Self-Defense & Awareness with Krav Maga – Dan Gador

by | Nov 8, 2016 | Podcast

KeyWords: Krav Maga, KRAV, Martial Arts, Street Fighting, Combat, Self-Defense, Confidence
Today we are excited to step into a new area of sport and movement with Krav Maga. Essentially Krav Maga is a self-defense method that is different from ‘martial arts’ in that there are no rules or competitions. It is focused on self-defense and, interestingly, on being aware and present in the moment to avoid risky situations.
Peter was apprehensive with violence but came away really excited about the ideas Dan shared today. Being aware of all the possible actions people around you could make and how you would handle them is a big part of Krav Maga. Peter has even started doing this while riding, in cities especially it can greatly reduce the chances of a crash if you are aware of your surroundings.

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Social / links (English Soon) Dan is based in Israel (the birthplace of Krav Maga!)



1) Tell us your story how did you get into Krav Maga ? 
  – Krav maga created in Israel
  – He went to his first class because friends did for social aspect
Taught in a way to analyze surroundings / social situations . Helps with Fears 
=> Awareness
=> use videos of live scenarios (what someone does before pull a knife)
  => class simulate attacks so see hand positions, foot positions


How does Krav Maga differ from BJJ or Karate (or other forms of combat sports / martial arts ) ? 
 – developed for defensive techniques for street fights, no points or competitions.
 – many other martial arts (judo etc.) are sports with rules, ways to get points
 – Method vs. competition


Where do you teach and who ? 
 –  some defensive forces
 – mostly civilians first grade to 7th grade .
  – groups of adults
 – oldest around 50 years old .


Violence? Will I get hurt ? 
 – Learn techniques , these can get aggressive but usually do not get hurt
  – some classes will wear protective gear
 – young girls especially are not looking for the aggressive classes but very much to learn to defend themselves


In North America
5) What are some easy ways to try out the sport ?  Is it available in north america? USA / Canada ? How to find ?
  – other disciplines and more aesthetics
  – several main streams –
  – Krav Maga has become popular in last few years but name has been taken to combine other methods/disciplines .


Where would be a place to travel to for a true immersion in the sport ? 
  -> Possible to come and have 1-2 weeks training session. Possible to have every day for every 3-5 hours a day.


Do athletes from other sports use Krav Maga for training? Or have athletes come to the sport and succeeded because of their past experience ? 
   – Crossfit and TRX ‘athletes’ like Krav Maga for the techniques and self-confidence
   – it is hard to combine with similar sports (i.e. MMA) due to the lack of rules
   – Someone from other Martial Arts will have some advantages but also some interference
    – Dancers often
     – anyone with awareness of body


Misconceptions about martial arts or krav maga specifically ? 
  *I have minimal experience with martial arts and find it tough to get motivated for ‘violence’ BUT really like discipline and training
   – that is a competition or specific technique. That it needs too look good.
    – Best way to deal with conflict is to avoid it  (i.e. if out on a run and see someone – could take a detour )
     – Preparation is not just for violent acts, Krav Maga teaches for other situations/emergencies


Is there a move or exercise we could try at home to start training / preparations today ? 
 => Go and do first-aid to help be prepared for medical situations – honed/aware of how to react/respond to surroundings
  -> a baby is not in a class to learn to walk -> it learns by trial and error


Mind Training  => include in day ‘mindset’ of thinking through surroundings. When walking play mental games. Thinking actively through scenarios and how to respond. Watch people.


Cool Move to make us more confident going into first class/session 
 – first class will start with warm-up, better shape is going to help look better / catch breath
  – there will be running, push-ups etc.
  – class – first techniques are intuitive, working on reaction to basic human instincts/reactions
   – do not try to look like s


What to wear to first class / session 
  – wear a t-shirt and wider pants. Women often wear tights-and dry-fit T-shirt.
  – not too far from street wear but want to be able to move freely / be comfortable
 = photo from website ******************


2 good north-american locations
 – Cinncinati   – Mike has come to Isreal .
   – TOronto – Gill has trained similar time and just moved to Canada (English Soon)

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