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20 Reasons Why I Love Krav Maga!

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Love Krav Maga? So do we! We also took a poll from our students and asked why they all love Krav Maga NYC, as opposed to any other martial art or fighting system. But then we stumbled upon the Unified MMA Rule Book and we realized that the first 20 official rules did an even better job than our poll at highlighting why our students love it. It also explains what makes us different from MMA, UFC and martial arts.

Krav Maga kick to the groin

Not in the rulebook? Who cares, we encourage this kind of behaviour.

The first 20 rules taken from the Unified MMA Rule book (We will teach you how to break all of them in any order!!)

“The following acts constitute fouls in a contest or exhibition of mixed martial arts and may result in penalties, at the discretion of the referee, if committed:”

1.Butting with the head

IKMF Train & Travel2.Eye gouging of any kind


4.Spitting at an opponent

5.Hair pulling

6.Fish hooking

7.Groin attacks of any kind!

8.Putting a finger into any orifice or any cut or laceration of an opponent

IKMF Train & Travel9.Small joint manipulation

10.Striking downward using the point of the elbow

11.Striking to the spine or the back of the head

12.Kicking to the kidney with a heel

13.Throat strikes of any kind, including, without limitation, grabbing the trachea

14.Clawing, pinching or twisting the flesh

15.Grabbing the clavicle

16.Kicking the head of a grounded opponent

17.Kneeing the head of a grounded opponent

18.Stomping a grounded opponent

19.Holding the fence (unless you’re defending yourself in a garden, unlikely – but use your surroundings as a weapon. A wall or a fence can make a great ‘common object’ for attack or defense!)

20.Holding the shorts or gloves of an opponent.

For more details on how we fight, check out our blog post on Krav Maga NYC Self Defense: Training to Survive.