The Krav Maga Curriculum at Protect-SG is a rigorous one year programme that aims to impart proper self-defence skills in realistic situations and improve the overall fitness of the average Joe. There are no prerequisites, except that trainees must be over 10 years of age. The progressive training provided ensures that practitioners can keep up with the fun, yet increasingly demanding, curriculum.
At the end of each Grade, trainees will be assessed with a practical test of both knowledge and techniques. There are three Grades of recognition that can be awarded at this stage: Apprentice, Practitioner and Advanced.
Some key points that will be taught in the curriculum:
- Neutralize the threat. The primary goal in Krav Maga is to neutralize your threat as quickly as possible. This overarching goal governs all the other principles of Krav Maga. Because your aim is to dominate and incapacitate your attacker as soon as possible, pretty much anything goes in Krav Maga. You can’t worry about fighting etiquette when your life is on the line. You do whatever you have to do to preserve your life.
- Keep it stupid and simple. This is our mantra at Protect-SG. There are no katas or patterns in Krav Maga. Just strikes, holds, and blocks. Krav Maga was designed so that it could be put to use as soon as possible.
- Simultaneous defense and attack. Many martial arts treat defensive and offensive moves as separate and discrete actions, e.g., first you block (defensive), then you kick when you find an opening (offensive). The downside of this approach is that it is reactive and you typically just end up in a cycle of never-ending defensive movements. In Krav Maga, the fighter looks to combine an offensive movement with every defensive movement — he wants to disrupt the attack and simultaneously counterattack. For example, if an attacker goes for your throat, you’d not only try to deflect his attack, but also simultaneously counterattack by going for his eyes, groin, or throat. The goal is to neutralize your threat as quickly as possible.
- Retzev, or continuous motion. Related to the principles of simultaneous defense and attack is retzev, a Hebrew word for “continuous motion.” Retzev can be described as a continuous explosion of violence, where the Krav Maga practitioner retaliates an attack with a series of aggressive movements. Retzev requires a fighter to work from instinct and not rely on a pre-set routine. A well-trained practitioner of Krav Maga will know how to react to any type of threat without hesitation.
- Use of weapons of opportunity. You can easily incorporate firearms and knives into Krav Maga. Besides these traditional weapons, Krav Maga also teaches practitioners to improvise and use any object at their disposal as a weapon. Keys, pens, belts, and chairs can all be incorporated into Krav Maga techniques in order to neutralize youropponent as quickly as possible.
- Weapon defense. Besides teaching students how to use weapons, Krav Maga also shows how to defend yourself from an armed attack.
- Focus on vulnerable soft tissue and pressure points. A well-known principle of Krav Maga is its emphasis on attacking vulnerable soft tissue and pressure points. Many counterattacks involve eye gouging, groin attacks, and strikes to the throat. Some criticize Krav Maga for this, arguing that “it’s not manly to punch a guy in the nuts.” However, Krav Maga’s main objective is to neutralize a dangerous attack, and appearing “manly” is the least of your concerns when it comes to street survival.
- Subduing techniques. In addition to striking attacks, Krav Maga also utilizes subduing techniques in order to de-escalate a violent confrontation. Joint locks and various grabs are used to exert control over your attacker and put you in a position to end the threat.
What to expect in a typical lesson?
A regular lesson consists of preparation where we do general and specific warm-up so the student (body and mind) is prepared for the session. We then do movements that may have been taught prior or even do a functional game that is related to the goals of the session, much like an analogy. Then the session goes over to the stage of teaching a new technique or repeating a previously learned technique, which almost always ends with summary drills, simulation of realistic conditions, stretching and information about next session.
All in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
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