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Q:  What is the difference between what you guys teach and Krav Maga?

A:  A lot, but our techniques are very similar to real Krav taught by the IDF.

  1.   Israeli Krav is Fantastic, but unfortunately, THE VAST MAJORITY of American krav is a joke

and is greatly watered down a

  2.  We teach to be offensive when someone is trying to kill up, not defensive.

3.  We understand self defense laws.  We teach and incorporate different levels of control and

damage, all dependent on the situation and the perceived threat level. 

  4.  Our training is much harder and our training sessions are longer.  We train for 2.5 - 3 hours at a

time, not 45 minutes to an hour at a time like at most krav gyms

5.  WE DON’T TEACH CHILDREN.

  6.  We don’t lure you in with a $19 intro course before telling you how much it really costs.    (Most

krav gyms are over $110 per month, and that often covers only one, one hour session per week).. 

Our daily training is only $80 per month and allows you to train as often as you want. And we let

you train with us for a night at no cost to you so you can see if our training is right for you.

  7.  We don’t wait 12 months or longer before teaching defense against weapons, we teach it right

away.  We also don’t wait to teach you how to break wrists, knees or ankles.  To us, those are basic

techniques and are taught from the first day. 

  8.  Krav relies too much on punching and kicking and not enough on close quarter destruction.  

  9.  We encourage the pretending bad guy to actually resist and fight back during training.  We train

at 100% quite often.

  10.  WE DON’T DO BELTS,, they have white, yellow, orange, green, brown and black.  (But only in

the United States,,  this is not an IDF Krav tradition, either is teaching children)

  11.  We don’t make you wear a uniform or the same shirt as everyone else.  Yes, I have seen these

classes where you must wear the Krav shirt you were given when you started, and you must wear it

every time you train.  IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY

12.  Our ground fighting training is much more aggressive and intensive than krav. 

______________________ OK,,  LETS BREAK IT DOWN.

First of all, don't get me wrong, ‘Israeli’ Krav Maga is OUTSTANDING WHEN it is taught by

qualified, hardened Israeli Defense Force Soldiers ‘IDF’ or Israeli police officers but unfortunately

the vast majority of the Krav schools in the United States are watered down versions of the real

thing taught by self proclaimed instructors who have attended a couple of Krav Maga classes and

watched a few DVD’s.

Also, don’t forget, Krav Maga is a self-defense system developed for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF)

that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from aikido, judo, boxing and wrestling,

along with realistic fight training.  

YES,  there are web sites advertising that you can become a ‘MASTER’ in just two years so you too

can open your ‘OWN KRAV MAGA GYM’.  All you have to do is buy the DVD’s, study them on your

time, video tape your self teaching the material, and VOILA,  you too are an Krav Instructor and

now KRAV will send you a certificate so you can open your own gym and advertise Krav..   Most of

these instructors have little if any time in a gym or dojo and that is unfortunate because Real

Israeli Krav Maga is AWESOME..         

I have personally attended several Krav Maga classes and a couple of seminars and have even

watched many of their videos.  We have also had several Krav students come to train with us so I

can speak of experience.  SORRY,  BUT I AM NOT IMPRESSED.   YES!  there are a few good krav

gyms out there but most are extremely over rated.  Some techniques are good, most are too

complex, unrealistic and entertaining at best. 

  As one ‘Krav’ student told us;   'We are like Krav but on Steroids’ 

It seems to me that too many ‘Amercan’ krav techniques rely mostly on strength and striking with

very little ground fighting and there is little if any resistance being offered by the student playing the

bad guy.  Many Krav students have told us that their old Krav school wouldn’t teach defense against

weapons until the student has been there for over a year,,   Sounds like a money maker to us.  We

teach weapons immediately.  Why wait?

The pictures above were taken off a Krav website and can be found on many of their sites  along with

similar ones.  It’s so unrealistic that it is funny so lets use these as examples.  

Sorry, but a punch to the face is NOT going to stop the bad guy.  The threat of a knife wielding

attacker should not be taken so lightly.   If you make a mistake YOU DIE.

SORRY, Knife fights are not static!  They are furious, devastating and chaotic.  In a real fight, the

krav guy is going to get seriously hurt.  His forearm is going to get filleted like a fish as the attackers

momentum keeps the knife moving downward as it cuts through his skin, hits bone and slides down

the bones of the arm.  And again, an attacker with a knife is going to be swinging, stabbing and

slashing in a very unpredictable way, NOT JUST STANDING THERE.  Attempting to KICK a knife

out of someones hands is foolish and will get you killed.  

Exchanging a life threatening laceration of the wrist for a punch to the face is not a good sound

decision.  You must control that knife!

Unfortunately, these tactical, physical and life threatening errors can be witnessed in the vast

majority of of the material that krav and other schools teach.  All you have to do is sit back, watch it,

and think logically about it.

  _________________

  

   US?    

Our techniques are very similar to Real Israeli Krav, like that offered in Israel and in other countries

and taught by the IDF.  We also train a lot more on the ground, and with 90% of fights ending up on

the ground, why would you not train a lot there. 

Unlike most Krav gyms,, we are a small school with only about 15-20 students and we train in small

small groups of 8 or less per night (NOT 20-30).   This greatly helps with one on one instruction,

gives everyone room to move and provides a much higher level of training.    We train harder than

most gyms as we do train for 2-3 hours at a time,,  NOT 45- 60 minutes.  We want you to push

yourself and to work outside your comfort zone and we want you to gain endurance. 

We stress the fact that in a real street fight there is a good chance there will be weapons and there

will be multiple attackers.  This is reflected in our training as we train a lot against multiple

attackers and half of our training involves defense against weapons.  Unlike at most Krav gyms

where you have to wait at least a year for defensive weapons training, students start to learn defense

against weapons in their first week with us. 

We also know that over 90 percent of fights do end up on the ground, whether you want to go there

or not, so about half of our training is ground fighting.  However, when we fight on the ground we

are actually fighting to get off the ground so we can fight on our feet.  We have a four second rule

meaning, that if the student takes longer than 4 seconds to get to their feet, bad guy #2 joins the

fight. 

Unlike other gyms, we often train with simulated injuries like broken hands, lacerated arms and

busted ankles.  This helps students understand some of the realities of a fight and even when

injured, you must keep fighting until you can't fight no more or your attacker has stopped.

We teach students that fights are chaotic and things may not go right -- but you must keep fighting.

When we train, we train slow until the student learns the technique. During this time the training

partner goes along with the technique to aid in the learning process, showing very little resistance.

HOWEVER,, once the student shows some confidence in the technique the UKE 'training partner'

will start showing more resistance and more aggression.  This resistance and aggression helps the

students understand that things may not go right and that attackers will actually fight back and may

not be as easy as the submissive training partner in a lot of gyms. 

Much of our training is also scenario based meaning that students are often faced with a potential

attacker but has NO IDEA if the person is going to attack, and when he/she does attack, the student

has NO IDEA how, where or what with.  Too many 'so called' fighting schools today are totally

scripted meaning, students always know when and how the UKE attacker is going to attack.   Sorry,

but in the real world, the attacker isn’t going to tell you how or when they are going to attack,  

Then, to make it more chaotic, the UKE does it fast and with some resistance. We want the student

to experience what a fight might be like, but still train within safe margins so no-one gets hurt.  This

is an eye opening experience, especially with the Krav students. 

Unlike other gyms, every time we train we focus on mindset, mindset, mindset.  We introduce the

student to a wide variety of environment to include; very low light conditions; strobe lights; loud

music; in the rain; in the snow; when sweaty and slippery; on the ground; when exhausted and we

even train in a 10x15 foot padded room with smaller rooms and hall ways to help replicate being

attacked in a bathroom stall, between parked cars or a narrow hallway.

As you can see, our training is intense and unfortunately this level of training is not too often found

in many gyms.   I greatly respect REAL KRAV and the IDF who train and teach it, but i am not

impressed by most of the Krav gyms I have experienced in the United States.  AGAIN, we offer a free

night of training so if you want to come and see if our training is right for you, please contact us.

Street Combatives
Specializing in Close Quarter and Knife Combatives
© Street Combatives   2015
Q:  What is the difference between what you guys teach and Krav Maga?

A:  A lot, but our techniques are very similar to real

Krav taught by the IDF.

  1.   Israeli Krav is Fantastic, but unfortunately, THE

VAST MAJORITY of American krav is a joke and is

greatly watered down a

  2.  We teach to be offensive when someone is trying

to kill up, not defensive.

3.  We understand self defense laws.  We teach and

incorporate different levels of control and damage,

all dependent on the situation and the perceived

threat level. 

  4.  Our training is much harder and our training

sessions are longer.  We train for 2.5 - 3 hours at a

time, not 45 minutes to an hour at a time like at

most krav gyms

5.  WE DON’T TEACH CHILDREN.

  6.  We don’t lure you in with a $19 intro course

before telling you how much it really costs.    (Most

krav gyms are over $110 per month, and that often

covers only one, one hour session per week)..  Our

daily training is only $80 per month and allows you

to train as often as you want. And we let you train

with us for a night at no cost to you so you can see

if our training is right for you.

  7.  We don’t wait 12 months or longer before

teaching defense against weapons, we teach it right

away.  We also don’t wait to teach you how to break

wrists, knees or ankles.  To us, those are basic

techniques and are taught from the first day. 

  8.  Krav relies too much on punching and kicking

and not enough on close quarter destruction.  

  9.  We encourage the pretending bad guy to

actually resist and fight back during training.  We

train at 100% quite often.

  10.  WE DON’T DO BELTS,, they have white,

yellow, orange, green, brown and black.  (But only

in the United States,,  this is not an IDF Krav

tradition, either is teaching children)

  11.  We don’t make you wear a uniform or the same

shirt as everyone else.  Yes, I have seen these

classes where you must wear the Krav shirt you

were given when you started, and you must wear it

every time you train.  IT’S ALL ABOUT THE

MONEY

12.  Our ground fighting training is much more

aggressive and intensive than krav. 

______________________ OK,,  LETS BREAK IT DOWN.

First of all, don't get me wrong, ‘Israeli’ Krav Maga

is OUTSTANDING WHEN it is taught by qualified,

hardened Israeli Defense Force Soldiers ‘IDF’ or

Israeli police officers but unfortunately the vast

majority of the Krav schools in the United States

are watered down versions of the real thing taught

by self proclaimed instructors who have attended a

couple of Krav Maga classes and watched a few

DVD’s.

Also, don’t forget, Krav Maga is a self-defense

system developed for the Israel Defence Forces

(IDF) that consists of a wide combination of

techniques sourced from aikido, judo, boxing and

wrestling, along with realistic fight training.  

YES,  there are web sites advertising that you can

become a ‘MASTER’ in just two years so you too

can open your ‘OWN KRAV MAGA GYM’.  All you

have to do is buy the DVD’s, study them on your

time, video tape your self teaching the material,

and VOILA,  you too are an Krav Instructor and

now KRAV will send you a certificate so you can

open your own gym and advertise Krav..   Most of

these instructors have little if any time in a gym or

dojo and that is unfortunate because Real

Israeli Krav Maga is AWESOME..         

I have personally attended several Krav Maga

classes and a couple of seminars and have even

watched many of their videos.  We have also had

several Krav students come to train with us so I can

speak of experience.  SORRY,  BUT I AM NOT

IMPRESSED.   YES!  there are a few good krav

gyms out there but most are extremely over rated. 

Some techniques are good, most are too complex,

unrealistic and entertaining at best. 

  As one ‘Krav’ student told us;   'We are

like Krav but on Steroids’ 

It seems to me that too many ‘Amercan’ krav

techniques rely mostly on strength and striking

with very little ground fighting and there is little if

any resistance being offered by the student playing

the bad guy.  Many Krav students have told us that

their old Krav school wouldn’t teach defense

against weapons until the student has been there

for over a year,,   Sounds like a money maker to us. 

We teach weapons immediately.  Why wait?

The pictures above were taken off a Krav website

and can be found on many of their sites  along with

similar ones.  It’s so unrealistic that it is funny so

lets use these as examples.  

Sorry, but a punch to the face is NOT going to stop

the bad guy.  The threat of a knife wielding attacker

should not be taken so lightly.   If you make a

mistake YOU DIE.

SORRY, Knife fights are not static!  They are

furious, devastating and chaotic.  In a real fight, the

krav guy is going to get seriously hurt.  His forearm

is going to get filleted like a fish as the attackers

momentum keeps the knife moving downward as it

cuts through his skin, hits bone and slides down

the bones of the arm.  And again, an attacker with a

knife is going to be swinging, stabbing and slashing

in a very unpredictable way, NOT JUST

STANDING THERE.  Attempting to KICK a knife

out of someones hands is foolish and will get you

killed.  

Exchanging a life threatening laceration of the

wrist for a punch to the face is not a good sound

decision.  You must control that knife!

Unfortunately, these tactical, physical and life

threatening errors can be witnessed in the vast

majority of of the material that krav and other

schools teach.  All you have to do is sit back, watch

it, and think logically about it.

  _________________

  

   US?    

Our techniques are very similar to Real Israeli

Krav, like that offered in Israel and in other

countries and taught by the IDF.  We also train a

lot more on the ground, and with 90% of fights

ending up on the ground, why would you not train

a lot there. 

Unlike most Krav gyms,, we are a small school with

only about 15-20 students and we train in small

small groups of 8 or less per night (NOT 20-30).  

This greatly helps with one on one instruction,

gives everyone room to move and provides a much

higher level of training.    We train harder than

most gyms as we do train for 2-3 hours at a time,, 

NOT 45- 60 minutes.  We want you to push

yourself and to work outside your comfort zone and

we want you to gain endurance. 

We stress the fact that in a real street fight there is

a good chance there will be weapons and there will

be multiple attackers.  This is reflected in our

training as we train a lot against multiple attackers

and half of our training involves defense against

weapons.  Unlike at most Krav gyms where you

have to wait at least a year for defensive weapons

training, students start to learn defense against

weapons in their first week with us. 

We also know that over 90 percent of fights do end

up on the ground, whether you want to go there or

not, so about half of our training is ground fighting. 

However, when we fight on the ground we are

actually fighting to get off the ground so we can

fight on our feet.  We have a four second rule

meaning, that if the student takes longer than 4

seconds to get to their feet, bad guy #2 joins the

fight. 

Unlike other gyms, we often train with simulated

injuries like broken hands, lacerated arms and

busted ankles.  This helps students understand

some of the realities of a fight and even when

injured, you must keep fighting until you can't fight

no more or your attacker has stopped.

We teach students that fights are chaotic and

things may not go right -- but you must keep

fighting.

When we train, we train slow until the student

learns the technique. During this time the training

partner goes along with the technique to aid in the

learning process, showing very little resistance.

HOWEVER,, once the student shows some

confidence in the technique the UKE 'training

partner' will start showing more resistance and

more aggression.  This resistance and aggression

helps the students understand that things may not

go right and that attackers will actually fight back

and may not be as easy as the submissive training

partner in a lot of gyms. 

Much of our training is also scenario based

meaning that students are often faced with a

potential attacker but has NO IDEA if the person is

going to attack, and when he/she does attack, the

student has NO IDEA how, where or what with. 

Too many 'so called' fighting schools today are

totally scripted meaning, students always know

when and how the UKE attacker is going to attack.   

Sorry, but in the real world, the attacker isn’t going

to tell you how or when they are going to attack,  

Then, to make it more chaotic, the UKE does it fast

and with some resistance. We want the student to

experience what a fight might be like, but still train

within safe margins so no-one gets hurt.  This is an

eye opening experience, especially with the Krav

students. 

Unlike other gyms, every time we train we focus on

mindset, mindset, mindset.  We introduce the

student to a wide variety of environment to

include; very low light conditions; strobe lights;

loud music; in the rain; in the snow; when sweaty

and slippery; on the ground; when exhausted and

we even train in a 10x15 foot padded room with

smaller rooms and hall ways to help replicate being

attacked in a bathroom stall, between parked cars

or a narrow hallway.

As you can see, our training is intense and

unfortunately this level of training is not too often

found in many gyms.   I greatly respect REAL

KRAV and the IDF who train and teach it, but i am

not impressed by most of the Krav gyms I have

experienced in the United States.  AGAIN, we offer

a free night of training so if you want to come and

see if our training is right for you, please contact us.

   Street Combatives      Specializing in Close Quarter and Knife Combatives