Krav Maga Evolution

Does Krav Maga evolve? Do you believe in the theory of evolution?

After the Second Lebanon War military analysts put their noses to the grind to figure out what went wrong and what went right. You might call it the "Post game analysis".

If you want to win you must analyze your game and learn from your mistakes. Otherwise you are history.

In combat and in training we must always evolve.

Yet most martial arts are exactly that – history, fossils. "Master so and so did it this way." So what! Who cares? That was then, this is now. Time changes, circumstances change. And change we must if we wish to adapt and survive.

The ancient Hebrew prophets railed against idol worship, yet it continues today, in a different form. People worship Master so and so and want to dress like him, talk like him and train like him. Bruce Lee, one of the great innovators of our times, said, Don’t' imitate the master; imitate the creative process that make him a master.

In Krav Maga we adapt techniques from other arts to form a practical system of self defense. He was not Moses delivering the Ten Commandments. The style is not written in stone, it must continue to evolve. We are not creating a museum to his style or to that of anybody else's. We carry forward the concept of real self defense.

We use what we know. We borrow from styles that we have trained in and adapted them to the needs of the Israeli soldiers of our era. Many did not have guns, so we trained them in the use of sticks. Over the years many instructors joined Krav Maga, they added techniques from styles they had studied; Krav Maga grew, it was not stagnant.

Over the years I have changed some techniques; I have seen that it some techniques take too long to learn or do not work on a stronger, resisting, opponent. So we modify them to make them work. Sometimes it means dropping a favorite technique that we have used for years, how sad.

Often I will come home to Israel from trips abroad and show Itay Gil techniques that are being taught in Krav Maga schools in America, or in other related Israeli styles. He will say, "Yes, I learned those techniques many years ago, they used to teach it that way, but good men died while using those techniques. So they were dropped and replaced with better techniques."

Discontinued techniques must be dropped. Sometimes there are financial reasons not to drop them. You spent $5,000 making a DVD, you have 10,000 in your warehouse. You produced expensive manuals. Now if you change a technique – what are you going to do with all this outdated stuff? Just toss it? So you keep it, and you keep teaching old outdated stuff; you stopped evolving, you become a dinosaur.

Therefore I decided never to spend a lot of money on making DVD's. Keep 'em cheap, update them often. So they will be less polished, who cares. A true student will not care if the lighting is not so good, he will still see the technique, and the whole thing will only cost him 10 dollars, not $49.95.

Over the years we have changed some techniques, dropped some techniques totally, fine-tuned others and have continued to evolve. This is the true martial arts way. This is what Bruce Lee believed in and this is our policy at IKI.

Open Minded Krav Maga

In Krav Maga techniques and strategies evolve. One approach we no longer use is Side Stepping Defense