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

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

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

13 Ways To Ace Your Krav Maga Exam

Krav Maga: Knife defense. Female defends against male attacker with a knife.

I’ve passed my P1 exam (250 students, IKMF, administered by Amnon Darsa) only yesterday. Beforehand I received a lot of good advice from my instructors. Now that I finished and passed the exam, I have some advice of my own to add to theirs. Avi Moyal, head of the IKMF, has written an article with … 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