Is it a sport? Is it a Martial Art?
This blog post looks at the variety of questions that are frequently asked about Krav Maga and looks to provide answers
Krav Maga is not a martial art or a sport and it is aimed at teaching self defence and awareness of potential risks ‘on the streets’ and in real life situations. In that respect the skills acquired are arguably better suited to the real world than say a martial art.
Krav Maga skills are adapted to real life situations. Learning how to deal with different self-defence scenarios can build confidence and also an increased awareness of personal safety.
Learning Krav Maga is fun but just like acquiring any skill it requires time, dedication and effort. Many Krav Maga Classes offer free lessons or beginners classes to ease your introduction and to go at your own pace.
The short answer is no.
Traditional martial arts for example, Taekwondo or Karate are often based on belief systems and may include elements of spirituality, culture and history. The main objective of Krav Maga is self defence.
It can be argued that MMA is better for ‘fighting’, but it should be considered – what is the objective? Krav Maga is geared towards self-defence and personal safety. The goal is not to engage in fighting but to avoid it. The question is not really comparing like for like.