I know I’m opening a can of worms here but well, I’m not politically correct and don’t plan on changing any time soon
Your posts are really great, worth their weight in gold. It is is really invaluable to get some perspective on living in a post crash society.
I am surprised however to see your criticism of Krav Maga. I've been taking classes for the last month or so, and while I'm only a beginner, I believe Krav Maga is the ultimate self defense martial art to study for those concerned about living in a society facing increased crime. After all, there are no competitions in Krav Maga, you aren't training for a civilized sporting competition, where your family comes on a saturday to cheer you on. Krav Maga is for the streets where there are no rules, no restrictions to the techniques. It is all based on street scenarios where there are no rules for either you or your attacker to follow. In a recent class our instructor taught us how to bite down on an attackers neck as a means of escaping a choke. Most defenses involve kicking or crushing your opponents balls. I don't think these types of vicious street wise survival techniques are taught in Judo or BJJ.
There’s a few points I’d like people to know about KM.
1)First thing fishy about Krav Maga: It’s the only “Trademarked” martial art/system or whatever the KM marketing guys feel its more profitable to call it these days.
By definition, I try to stay away from “trademarked” fighting systems.
To me they sound like ways of making money teaching BS.
Cheap MK marketing strategy: Take you trademarked name and include it into something that has existed already for 100 years or more. THe KM Butstroke... is just a good old buttstroke. Hey, I'll call it the "FerFAL buttstroke" and sell it like a copyrighted system!
Box, oriental martial arts, wrestling, tai and kick boxing, judo, those aren’t trademarked.
So the first thing VERY suspicious about KM, is that first and foremost, it’s a business. It’s people trying to make money out of it. That’s why its important for them to market it well, promoting the idea of “ultimate street fighting killing machine, no we don’t compete because we are too deadly…”
2) KM was first created as a system for IDF Israeli soldiers. Someone that knows little about fighting may be impressed by this, but in truth its not that impressive.
By definition, systems used to teach a diverse force like the Israeli military aren’t the best thing. The people serving come from all walks of life, in various sizes and genders with different backgrounds.
There may be a few 6 feet tall martial art experts recruiting, but most will be average people, computer geeks that never threw a punch in their lives, and 5 feet tall petite women. That's the people de IDF has to train. The guys with warrior mentality are a very reduced minority.
So what do they do?
Teach very basic H2H (hand to hand) self defense. (not a priority for the IDF or any other military force)
They create a feeling of self confidence ( this IS valuable for the military)
And then they teach them how to shoot a rifle.
So the soldier has the will to fight, knows very basic h2h that will almost never be put to use, and he’s emotionally inclined to shoot the target.
3) What happened then? They marketed it and sold it to the world.
The best real world h2h technique…
They came up with a very distorted very of how the system was invented, its created, glorified it, reassured it’s the best thing since sliced bread and people basically buy it…
And this is what you end up with:
This is beautiful... reminds me of this
But this is dangerous, because the "Kiai master" ended up believing his own BS, adn fought a MMA fighter... look waht happened:
Real KM, they don’t spar. Supposedly because its not a sport and its too deadly to put into practice.
Problem is, every time a KM fighter fights a mixed martial artist or competes in vale todo “everything goes” street fights, they always end up loosing. Why? precisely because they don’t compete.
“Oh but FerFAL, they don’t compete because its this deadly Israeli thing…”
They don’t compete because they lose. And if it were that super secret deadly, why would the Israeli military sell their secret in every city around the world?
Compare it to shooting. According to KM, shooting schools all over the world and military rifle training, it would all be useless because you’re not shooting real people and you are not getting shot back for real.
You fight as you train guys.
If you do mock choreography, you’ll get your butt kicked in the street. If you do boxing and compete in wrestling or BJJ you’ll easily win against the KM that never got punched or kicked, with or without gloves.
You can't practice killing each other because its stupid and you get hurt or killed.
But the best alternative isn’t doing nothing remotely reassembling reality, the best thing is to fight using protection gear and some basic rules to keep you from needlessly hurting yourself or others.
Fine, there ARE no rules in H2H combat, but you don’t need to practice breaking fingers or poking eyes. Stay fit and spar often and you’ll do fine, breaking fingers and poking eyes will be a piece of cake for you if that's what needs to be done.
Most KM schools sell the illusion of being the best thing, the best most efficient when most of its propaganda simply includes choreography, sometihng certain oriental schools are also guilty of.
Guys, you do not defeat three guys armed with guns and bats because you know KM, ok?
Its called “choreography” and thinking this BS is for real will get you killed.
Since not sparring makes it so obvious KM is BS, some KM schools of late have started sparring some. It was the obvious best thing to do because it made it so clear the “too deadly to practice” thing didn’t fly.
The lady in one of the videos feels she can hurt someone if needed thanks to the KM lessons she took…
The lady is wrong and unless a very stupid, cowardly teen trying to rob her runs away form her when she slaps him ( that’s called luck guys, not KM) she’s going to have an unpleasant wakeup call if she ever encounters a real social predator.
KM is so centered in selling feel good ideas, it would take me all day to go through all of them.
The idea that weight and gender doesn’t matter?
Jesus , how irresponsible is that?
I mean, guys have you ever spared with women? What kind of idiot would ignore such a fundamental difference?
The fighting several opponents thing? Please.
KM BS: If the guys were sparring for real, the bold guy would be dead. Same in a real fight.
For these reasons, I don’t recommend KM. It’s better than sitting home watching TV but there’s much better H2H training you can do by combinig a couple REAL fighting arts.
Box, tai box, the various forms of wrestling, BJJ, judo, these are all skills people that really fight with no rules have taken time to train in.
Join a mix martial arts school, or better yet find a “vale todo” instructor that teaches you what works when really fighting with no rules.
The real “no rules” fighting is called “Vale Todo” guys, or “Vale Tudo” as its known in Brazil, “Everything goes” in USA.
If due to physical limitations you can’t spar in these activities, then join a shooting school and check their H2H and knife programs, hopefully they have less BS.
If high demanding fighting isnt your thing:
Find a responsable self defense instructor that isn't a KM repesentative, preferably one with the mentioned background.
That’s my opinion and what I would do.
If KM does it for you then well, do what you feel is best.
Maybe you at least found some KM spin-off that is responsible enough about your real physical integrity and has included sparring into the KM marketing.
Some very serious KM... special forces guys.. KM expert Emir Perets
Of course, since KM choreography looks kind of nice, the guy is also an actor..go KM!
My god, I just found this vid. Other than good workout the amount of things done wrong in terms of real h2h combat makes me puke.
Hammering with your fist closed teh way shown repeatedly in the vid, is a good way to brake your small hand and finger bone's on a guy's head. With little damage at all done to the guy.
Now try fighting with a broken hand...
Of course any idiot can hammer down on a cushion like that and..oh..its reality based street fight.... No, this video simply shows BS.