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Krav Maga

The Krav Maga Institute NYC holds daily reality-based and effective self-defense classes all over New York City.

Krav Maga is not a traditional martial art. It’s not competitive, and there are no rules, belts, katas or rings. It is a modern and practical form of self-defense designed for the streets, bars and nightclubs and for those trips abroad. It focuses on battle-tested, easy-to-learn techniques, strength and aggression building, and realistic trai

A typical lesson includes an aerobic and anaerobic combat fitness warm up before tackling techniques.  Class is a social and supportive environment to help students learn techniques based on natural functional movements and reactions.  These are reinforced through stress and aggression drills that test your ability to use techniques you have learned under pressure. Testing your ability to remember and perform the learned techniques under mental or physical stress is paramount. Stress training allows you to remember what you have learned when it really counts and helps students react better to an actual assault.

Krav Maga today

Krav Maga consists of practical techniques derived from boxing, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Judo, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, grappling, and street fighting. Modern Israeli self defense classes focus on building self-confidence, practical fitness – including stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy – and acquiring knowledge while learning practical and easy-to-learn self defense techniques. The skills learned in classes help improve the quality of your day-to-day life.

Basic Strategies

To help you get a taste of what it is like, here is a list of some important basic Krav Maga moves you should know in order to be able to defend yourself in any type of dangerous situation.

  • Pressure points: A pressure point is a weak point of the body that’s impossible to develop, harden, and strengthen (soft tissue). When you are in danger you have to be able to defend yourself effectively against a stronger or larger attacker you have to attack vulnerable points of the attacker’s body, like the groin, and apply pressure in order to cause extreme discomfort. Another common pressure point is the carotid artery, which is located on either side of the neck.
  • Front kick: Kicking the groin, knees, or, head, will deliver a lot of pain to your attacker.
  • Retzev: An important strategy is to engage in continuous combat motion to keep your attacker from having any time to react.
  • Escape: Krav Maga teaches you how to escape from a weapon assault using your hands, feet, and body to take control of the weapon, launch a counterattack, and then escape. This is usually taught in more advanced classes.

Techniques to Improve Life

Our self defense classes are designed to improve the quality of your life and give you the tools you need to protect yourself on the streets of New York City. Not only that, but our team of highly-skilled professional instructors teach students practical and modern Israeli self-defense techniques and work with them on improving their personal and fitness goals.

Krav Maga is not a traditional martial art; it is not designed for a ring or octagon with rules, points, and belts. Rather, it is designed for real-life situations. The practice is constantly evolving and doesn’t rely on forms, rules, and traditions. After completing our self-defense classes, students have reported feeling significant improvements in self-confidence, fitness, strength, and agility. They also lose weight and feel physically fit even after just a few weeks of training.

Krav Maga Insitute NYC regularly conducts street clothes training in a month; we do this because it is important for us how our plain clothes (not training clothes) affect our flexibility, breathing and movement when fighting. In this class, students are often requested to be in their casual attire in place of their training and/or workout clothes. Trainings is held in different places such as the streets and bars and anywhere that an attack or a fight can happen.

Anything can happen.

You are not immune to robberies, sexual assaults, shootings, abductions, or domestic violence. Actually, no one is. Even Chuck Norris could be attacked in the safest place in the world. Predators are everywhere, and it’s up to you to defend yourself against them should they ever prey on you. The best way to do this is to attend self-defense classes to learn the proper moves and techniques to protect yourself.

What is Self Defense?

Many people are hold the common misconception that self defense is all about karate kicks and breaking wooden boards. You can’t defend yourself unless you have the skills to morph into Bruce Lee and take on a dozen guys at a time, right?

Wrong. Self defense is so much more than pulling martial arts moves on bad guys. It involves avoidance, de-escalation, and alarming others of dangers. In self defense classes, they teach you how to spot suspicious characters, avoid potentially dangerous situations, use words as weapons, negotiate with attackers, calm potentially violent situations, and bring attention to yourself during an attack. Self-defense education is part of the wider martial arts industry. It’s geared towards dangerous situations and how to handle them effectively using your brains, fists, or both.

Being good at self-defense makes you less likely to be attacked and more likely to come out on the winning side if you ever get attacked. It also helps build confidence and teaches you to avoid potentially dangerous situations. After taking self-defense classes, you’ll be able to respond effectively to any threats that may arise.

Fitness is definitely part of taking care of yourself. You have to take care of your body so you can take care of yourself more effectively. You will get fitter and stronger attending our Krav Maga NYC Self Defense Classes and learning how to fight and defend yourself than you will on a treadmill and boring gym (although you can get a gym membership with the Institute too).

Alarming Statistics

Did you know that violent crime rates in the United States went up for the first time in nearly two decades? In October of 2012, the Bureau of Justice Statistics discovered a 22% increase in assaults since 1993. Today, 22.5 out of 1,000 people are assaulted each year. Not only that, but about 1.8 million violent crimes, including robbery, sexual assault, and aggravated assault, took place in the United States alone in 2011.

Where can I take Self Defense Classes

You can find a self-defense program in many different places. Police stations, town recreational centers, colleges, private institutes, youth programs, and fitness centers are some of the places where you can sign up for self-defense classes. You just need to find a program that’s well-suited to you (e.g. self-defense for women in urban areas like New York City isn’t the same as rural Missouri).