Krav Maga

"Krav Maga heightens perception and transforms fear into something more productive."


Imi Lichtenfeld, founder of Krav Maga 

The principles


Firstly, Krav Maga encourages avoiding confrontation in the first place. If you can run away from a threat, then do so!

If this is impossible or unsafe, then Krav Maga promotes finishing a fight as quickly and efficiently as possible. Counter attacks are aimed at the most vulnerable parts of the body, which enables the physically smaller or weaker defender to beat off a much stronger attacker.

Competition rules for martial arts naturally prohibits attacking the vulnerable areas like the groin, eyes and throat.  Krav Maga, however, is about self defence, survival and escape, so within the bounds of UK self defence law (“necessary and proportionate”), counter attack techniques may even permanently injure or cause death to the attacker.


Avoid the threat altogether


Escape from the threat (run!)


Deescalate! Verbally try and mitigate the situation if possible.


If you have to defend yourself:

Counter as soon as possible – that may include a pre-emptive strike


Target the body’s most vulnerable points, such as: the eyes, neck or throat, face, groin, ribs, knee, foot, fingers, etc.


Maintain awareness of surroundings while dealing with the threat, looking for escape routes, further attackers, objects that could be used to defend.

“It is better to avoid than to run, better to run than to de-escalate, better to de-escalate than to fight, better to fight than to die.” 
 Rory Miller, Facing Violence: Preparing for the Unexpected

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