An effective self defence system such as Krav Maga must deal with the real world situations we face in our every day lives, including situations such as being approached or attacked by mugger or threatened by drunken thugs. In particular for women, the threat of sexual assault and being pinned to a wall or the ground must be considered. This is one of the reasons why Krav Maga is highly regarded, but to be completely effective it must also ake into the account the requirements outlined below:
Self Defence must be Quick to Learn
To be effective a self defence system must be quick to learn, the moves and concepts must be simple, make sense and build on the instinctive movements a person will make when threatened. This is a key factor in Krav Maga which bases its core moves on the instinctive body reactions that most people will do under pressure without thinking.
Work for Different types of people
Effective defense moves must work for the majority of people regardless of their sex, age or physical ability. A fancy combat technique which requires years of training is pointless, not only is time wasted in training but the reality is that a technique that requires a significant amount of practice to work in a training environment will most likely not be effective in the chaos of a combative situation.
Allow for Error
In high stress chaotic situations the chances of a self defence move working exactly to plan are very low. Surprise is a factor, as well as environment and emotional state. In addition the defender may be distracted, unwell or under the influence of alcohol. This means that techniques must have built in redundancy so they still have impact if not executed at the optimum level. Practice and training of the moves must also deal with pressure situations which is why many Krav Maga classes open and close with adrenalin based games and activities.
Self Defence training must Operate at different levels of severity
Grabs, holds pins and strikes can all by delivered with different levels of severity and aggression, the defensive moves used by be able to operate even if an attack is delivered at a very high level of aggression.
Focus on Escape
The mindset of a self defence system is critical, the fundamental principal must be to escape from the threat if possible. This means practicing escape and disengaging when possible. Failure to focus may lead to the defender prolonging the combative situation creating risk they could come to harm or be unable to legally claim self defence as a basis for their response.
Deal with the legal ramifications
A person who wants to learn to learn how to protect themselves must ensure they understand the legal aspect of self defence. They must understand when a threat is considered to be genuine, the options open for them and the ramifications of being involved in physical assault situation. They must also understand their obligations and the actions they should take if they must engage in physical self defence to protect themselves or the family.
Self defence is a lot more than just learning to strike someone or execute a fancy move, it is about ensuring you stay safe and avoid any harm or legal consequences. Learning Krav maga moves is important but there is much more to learn in order to ensure you stay safe and on the right side of the law