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what do people think of Krav Maga

 

Comes back down to what do you do a martial art for, technically Krav Maga isn't a martial art it's a self defence system (They're different...)

 

I've been doing a bit of it at Street Defence Tactics on Gouger St (Adelaide) and it's the best in its field as far as I'm concerned however my Karate is 95% similar so it's not a huge issue if I can't make it.

 

It varies from Super-Commando level down to street fighting so it's scaleable which makes it adaptable and a good system to get interested in. It's fairly new, only 60-70 years old (from when it was created it has developed and changed alot since) and has taken the key points from other martial arts into one system that doesn't have katas or forms and is built around winning the fight and winning the war and getting home safe.

 

tl;dr I approve.

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Im fat n lazy.. i should do one of these.. lose abit more weight.. plus bonus ego points of thinking im king shit when i get a white belt...

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Actually krav maga is still a martial art, as is BJJ and such, the term martial arts is an umbrella term which originates from the west and can be applied to anything seeing as it is pretty much the "art of war" (martial/martian=mars also known as the roman god of war).

 

As for the best martial art overall, I don't think there can be one, it more or less depends on what you want out of it, for fitness nothing beats boxing/kickboxing/muay thai, the conditioning of fight ready athletes is ridiculous. for great discipline, hit up all schools of karate, kung fu, tae kwon do etc. Or you could go hybrid and try BJJ and such. If you were thinking of applying this on the street, DON'T!! It won't help, there is a big difference between the street and ring I.E. people fight fair in a ring, on the street it's a different story. There have been countless stories of a guy that picks a fight becuse he's an accomplished fighter but gets the crap kicked out of him because the other fighter is just as accomplished in giving cheap shots. The best way to defend yourself against dickheads, is to just avoid the situation all together...thumbsup.gif

 

I prefer kickboxing, only because it keeps me pretty fit. Haven't bothered to try any others..

 

Oh and if you're thinking about using a martial art to make you sound like you have an enlarged libido, don't bother, I'm sure there are pills you can buy off the internet that add 4"w00t.gif

 

 

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Oh and if you're thinking about using a martial art to make you sound like you have an enlarged libido, don't bother, I'm sure there are pills you can buy off the internet that add 4"w00t.gif

 

 

Funny you mention this. At karate we don't have anyone like that as we don't cater to that kind of person but when I was at Krav they had a few guys who had played Call of Duty and found krav maga on youtube and decided to give it a crack they never got very far because they were thick.

 

Not only that but "martial arts" as a discipline teaches implied respect because you can't impress a black belt very easily and to treat them like a *richard cranium* is only going to get you a smack behind the ears. So you have a culture of respect ingrained into martial arts so even if people are dicks and think they're top shit, they're not going to get very far without changing their attitude.

 

Training like a maniac, now that's a different story...

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very true, karate and other far east martial lose a lot of richard craniums, who can't weather the fitness and discipline, and just want to learn how to beat people up. You do get a lot of tools who box, but don't do too well because they like to brawl and not box, and again are ridiculously unfit. Don't know about douches in MMA, but if ultimate fighter is something to go by, a lot of them are rednecks who idolise people who crack skull fo a living, and love cauliflower ears too. I never did kickboxing to fight, more or less my friend tobi who was a kickboxer, was hella fit, and I thought it'd be good for rugby, before I could barely keep going for a half, nowadays I can play 2 to 3 games every saturday with ease. Situations that can get violent can be easily avoided, just don't be a dick and keep to yourself as best as you can is my motto..

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MMA i reckon would be worse if anything, with the demographic that the UFC is popular with.

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MMA i reckon would be worse if anything, with the demographic that the UFC is popular with.

 

Yes and no...

 

Think of that demographic who like to watch v8 Supercars, will they ever own one or hoon in one... no but their VN will suffice. That analogy pretty much covers it.

 

Usually to get into MMA you've done prior martial arts before hand and then you shuffle over to merge them all into one and fight competitively - I don't know how it works for beginners/introductory level. That's at least how I understand it. The combinations are usually Tae Kwon Do and Brazillian Jiu Jitsu or Muay Thai and BJJ however other combinations work - hence why I think that MMA clubs are more for black belts of other styles that have migrated for something different.

 

I have an urge to chase competition fighting but not sure if I'm good enough for it or will enjoy it - however it seems like a better way to test yourself physically and mentally than kicking bags all day.

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well there are MMA gyms around, where you can walk in with no prior knowledge and learn 'MMA'. That's what i was more referring to. You'd have to get a lot of walk in tough guys who want to learn "UFC" lol.

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well there are MMA gyms around, where you can walk in with no prior knowledge and learn 'MMA'. That's what i was more referring to. You'd have to get a lot of walk in tough guys who want to learn "UFC" lol.

 

There are a lot of these popping up with trainers who have NO IDEA. like a guy who has done kickboxing but never had a fight under his name teaching this and BJJ and calling it MMA i can name a couple gyms like this.

 

but then you also have good places that have sep teachers for BJJ, muay thai and so on i guess it comes down to finding the place that suits you and what you want to get into. but i see most MMA gyms as muay thai and BJJ nothing else as that is all they teach be good to find a place that also had karate in the mix or something.

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Depending on what you're after the mma gyms can be a good introduction to ma, you can generally try a few different things depending on the gym & if the program/trainer is good you can pursue it from there. Aside from that you can opt for a specialist gym that only offers one or limited styles if you know what you're after.

 

All depends on why you're doing it. I do mma more for conditioning & to mix things up a bit. Bjj is what I love and hope to compete in next year but little things I learn in mma such as basic wrestling and judo have helped my grappling game alot.

 

I haven't done much muay Thai/kickboxing but it's an insane workout, being more used to the endurance of grappling it was a shock to my system even with the mma & conditioning I already do. I like the versatility that my gym & I would assume most mma gyms offer.

 

They key IMO is to not just go to the closest gym to you, try a few. What are the trainers like? What are the students like? Are their classes well supervised? Do you have trainers assessing your technique? You need these things IMO to enjoy/progress at the gym.

 

The gym I've been at for almost two years now is great, everyone is friendly & willing to help eachother the coaches are experienced & tell you what you're doing right/wrong it a goo atmosphere, he'll I'd be there now if I wasnt sick :(

 

One good way to avoid getting stuck at a gym as mentioned above with bad trainers is make use of the first lesson free system a lot of gyms are using. It won't take long to sus it out.

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Alright guys i have moved to QLD

 

is there any good krav maga places? or very good MMA gyms? would rather stick to krav maga but happy to go into MMA if the gym is decent and i can be trained to be in fights not fitness as such

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Ive done a intensive year (3 days a week for a year one day a week sparring) of win chung kun fu; its street fighting kung fu from hong kong only about 100 yrs old) and about the same for muay thai. I reccomend them both as wing chun has dicipline and is really just a mix of the good stuff from many martial arts. Muay Thai is just brutal which is good for delivering hard blows and combinations of.

 

I always wanted to do zen do kai though after seeing a mate of mine take down 4 rugby player sized fellas with out them touching him, mind you he was the highest rank i believe...

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