About Kravlady

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Here is a picture of me. :-) For months now, I’ve been getting a ton of questions regarding my identity, affiliation and level. I figured it would be best if I gathered all the answers in a single post, instead of just repeating myself over and over again. ;) Who are you? I am Kravlady! … Continue reading

NEVER Fight On The Ground: 11 Reasons Why Ground Fighting Sucks

Lady violently attacks male attacker

Ground fighting. I despise it from the bottom of my heart. Not just because I lose all the time — no, wait, actually… it’s exactly because I lose all the time. It’s suffocating. You’re trapped. It makes you feel helpless and dependent on others to save you. It’s also the frightening knowledge that I can … Continue reading

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

Reality Check: Krav Maga Does Not Make You Invincible (How I Nearly Got Myself Killed)

Krav Maga Technique 'Knife Defense From Ground Position"

Let me this start this post with the life lesson I’ve learned some time ago. This life lesson is: Krav Maga does not make you invincible. Do not act like you are! And I’m damn sure you can substitute ‘Krav Maga’ with any other martial art in existence. Let me just repeat that for you: … Continue reading

First Step To Defending Yourself: Your Voice As Weapon (Verbal Defenses)

Woman looks frightened in dark alley

You’re on the subway and a man stands uncomfortably close to you. You edge away, yet he moves right along with you and keeps the distance close. It’s not as if there’s no room anywhere else, so you know he does it on purpose. There are a lot of people, but you feel very alone. Nobody seems … 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

“But Krav Maga seems like a lot of work” (Objections and Rebuttals)

Krav Maga technique: Female defender goes for a face hit/eye gauge with a male attacker.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been trying like crazy to get some of my other female friends to try at least one Krav Maga lesson. Most of them didn’t feel like it because ‘it seems so violent’, or because ‘it’s too hard’ or intensive. And time and time again I’ve been arguing with … 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