Monday, June 2, 2014

Have you heard of Krav Maga?



I wonder if most people know what Krav Maga is? I know that many people have heard of it but do they understand what it really is and what makes it different from other forms of martial arts or self defense techniques?

Krav Maga is a combination of both a self defense system and different styles of martial arts. It is not “one thing” like other forms of the fighting arts. Translated from Hebrew Krav Maga means “contact combat”. It was developed by a man named Imi Lichtenfeld, a Slovakian-Israeli martial artist. He said that the new fighting style was derived from the street fighting skills that he learned as a result of his wrestling and boxing training as well as his real life experience protecting the Jewish quarter of Bratislava against fascist groups in the 1930’s.

Today Krav Maga includes what are considered to be the most effective parts of many disciplines including Wing Chun, wrestling, boxing, savate, Muav Thai, jiu-jitsu and grappling. What really separates it from everything else is the attitude that is such a large part of its core philosophy. The self defense training is hard core and focuses on real world situations. Mercy is not a part of the credo and counter attacks are brutal and damaging. This is one reason that the Israeli military and police provide recruits with very intensive training in the art. Fighting terrorists is no joke and they consider this the finest training available today.

So what in the world does all of this have to do with the life of a realtor? As you already know realtors must cater to the needs of their clients. No small part of this is the necessity to meet clients at a time that is convenient to them, not us. More importantly we must show them properties that are located where they are interested in buying. This is usually not a problem of course but when one is out alone at night there is always the possibility of a problem, even in the best of neighborhoods.

No one is exempt from crime and if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, well…… We all have stories or at least know someone that does. Being aware is all important and I think that most of us are smart enough to pay attention when we are walking to our car when the mall is closing or in a parking garage but what if something does happen? If you are aware (and lucky) maybe you can avoid many situations but the truth is if you are accosted you are basically on your own. Police cannot be everywhere all the time and no one knows this better than the “bad guys”. Maybe at least considering learning some form of self defense is not such a bad idea.

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