The Art of Krav Maga

Raise your hand if you've heard of Krav Maga! 




Me either. I've just found out about this activity from a fellow Global Shaper here in Atlanta and I'm inspired. Every meeting members share what we call "Mountain Talks". (I can't remember where this came from, so please forgive me, but it's one of our monthly traditions). Each Mountain Talk consists simply of one member sharing something—anything really—that they are passionate about or simply have a bit of knowledge on. Other members then have a minute to ask questions about the talk and then everyone writes thoughts/questions on a piece of paper for the presenter to keep. This week, one Shaper shared on Krav Maga and I'm quite inspired by the concept. 

Krav Maga is a self-defense system developed for the Israeli military focusing on real-world situations with techniques sourced from boxing, wrestling, aikido and judo. More than that though, it's making people stronger and safer. 

It's a way to 1.) strengthen your body, 2.) sharpen your mind, and 3.) boost your confidence. My fellow shaper shared that it's about self-empowerment and taking control of your life. 

The Shaper went on to reference a Huffington Post article: “self-empowerment [comes] from being “hungry”. Hungry to succeed, hungry to achieve more in life, hungry to do the right thing, and hungry to overcome any challenges that come my way.”

“Everyone’s fighting something.”
– Fit to Fight motto

This is absolutely true. We're all fighting something. The corporate latter. Self Doubt. Internal demons. Spiritual demons. And yes, even bullies. There are MANY ways to combat these obstacles, but I'd like to highlight 4 practical teachings of Krav Maga that my fellow Shaper shared from the perspective of self-defense. 

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Fighting = last resort
  • Stay grounded – mentally and physically
  • Talk with your hands up so you’re “fight ready”

I still have many things to learn about Krav Maga and am not even close to being an expert, but I hope the next time I'm in a situation in need of a bit of self-defence, I'll think back to these four helpful tips and be empowered! 

Here's to self-empowerment!