Mental Stability: Why Being Choked Is Wonderful (and Terrible too)

Male has other male in stranglehold from behind, choke full force

Hands grip your neck and encircle it tightly. The pressure on your neck and windpipe increases. Hands squeeze, harder and harder. You can’t breathe. No air. The onset of panic. A rapid heartbeat. Thud, thud, thud, unable to supply blood to your brain. Black spots. Dizzy. Helpless. Then, the rush of adrenaline, a surge of anger. … Continue reading

“Krav Maga? WTF is WRONG with you?!”

Krav Maga injuries: bruises after outside 360 defenses on arms

“WTF has happened to your arms? Did your boyfriend beat you up?” “Um. No. I do Krav Maga.” “Krav Ma-Wha?” “Well, Krav Maga! It’s this Israeli form of self-defense and it’s really efficient and awesome and–“ “But you’re all beat up and bruised!” “Um, yeah, because you practice for real-life situations, so we use some … Continue reading

VIDEO: Krav Maga on Fight Quest

Fight Quest was a program on Discovery Channel (currently no longer on air). The series followed seasoned mixed martial arts fighter Jimmy Smith and 25-year-old rookie Doug Anderson as they travelled the globe, adding fight styles from Kali to kickboxing to their repertoire. In each episode, Jimmy and Doug explored a new location identified with … Continue reading

27 Reasons Why I LOVE Krav Maga (and 7 why I HATE it)

Krav Maga: woman does a groin kick to male attacker.

I guess it goes without saying I’ve pretty much fallen in love with Krav Maga. ;) Hence the blog, the Twitter account and the constant nagging at people to “come ooooon, at least give it one try”. For me, it’s been one of those pivotal things in my life, for a whole lot of reasons, which I’ll … Continue reading

VIDEO: Krav Maga in ‘The Human Weapon’

“The Human Weapon” is a pretty awesome show in which the hosts, Jason Chambers and Bill Duff, traveled across the world to study the unique martial arts that have origins in the region. During the episode each train with some of the best instructors in their fields and learn some of the most cool and efficient techniques. At the end … Continue reading

Krav Maga Battle Mentality: Why Giving Up Means Death

“Never give up, never surrender!” – Tim Allen as Jason Nesmith in the movie Galaxy Quest – Lame quotes aside, I present you with one of the basic principles of Krav Maga. We never give up, and we never surrender. Why? Because Krav Maga teaches you techniques to survive an attack and if you give up … Continue reading

How Intimate Is (M/F) ‘Close Combat’?

Lady violently attacks male attacker

I can understand why you, as a woman, might feel hesitant to start a sport that involves a lot of physical contact. Especially when you know this sport is mainly practiced by men. You might feel uncomfortable dealing with men, or maybe you worry that you accidentally touch him ‘too intimately’. Or you worry about … Continue reading

7 Reasons Why It’s Great To Train With Men

Honestly, when I first entered my Krav Maga class and was confronted with about 20 to 25 men and 1 woman (who’s married to one of the guys and only occasionally shows up) I was intimidated. Don’t panic, take a deep breath! While initially a bit intimidating, I now think it’s great to train with a group consisting … Continue reading

Krav Ma-Wha? What Krav Maga Is REALLY Like (For Women)

Lady defends herself against male attacker with knife in urban city landscape.

What is Krav Maga? So you’ve stumbled upon this blog, curious about this thing called ‘Krav Maga’. Krav Maga is an Israeli self defensive system based on your body’s instinctive reactions. Therefore it’s easy to pick up and remember during stressful situations. It’s not considered an official (competitive) sport as we fight ‘dirty’. We go … Continue reading