Uncoordinated Krav Maga

June 19, 2024, Israel

Last night I was at a protest against increased Arab infiltration in our area. There was a young woman there, perhaps early 20's. She mentioned that she goes to fitness classes. I suggested she join our Krav Maga class, free lesson as a reward for participating in this important demonstration. Clearly this is a woman who felt vulnerable. She was deeply troubled by Arabs moving closer to her home. She is petite and thin. We have all seen too much violence. And yet, she rejected my offer. Her reason is important for us to hear.  

She said, "I did some Krav Maga a few years ago, but it is not for me. I am simply not very coordinated". 

and here in a nutshell we have what is wrong with most systems of martial arts, Krav Maga included. 

What was the original purpose of Krav Maga? To teach Israelis some basic self-defense against the Arabs who were constantly harassing and attacking them. That's it. It was taught to youth groups and to soldiers. In the early days when the names Kapap, Krav Maga, and Haganah were used interchangeably, the short stick was a main component of the training, to block Arab knife attacks. But what has happened since? It has become commercialized, stylized, fitnessized, and compromised. And now it is no longer suited for its original purpose; survival. 

Let us look at the word "uncoordinated" and learn something about it.

The definitions include:

Inability and awkwardness. Well, so if an individual is lacking in natural coordination, i.e. suffering from an Inability to defend themselves, it is precisely such a person that we must be designing our system for. 

"Can't do something to save your life"(Idiom) - We must make it possible for such to indeed, save their lives. We don't have to train them to be Olympic athletes, but they are entitled to protect themselvs. The system should be simple enough to suit their needs. 

Lacking Coordination - The training can actually greatly improve one's cooredinatoin, not only for Krav Maga, but in other aspects of lives. In my years of training children, I was told by parents that after some time in our program their ability to ride a bicycle and participate in sports with their friends had greatly improved. So, we must never give up on anyone.

Graceless - Another definition of uncoordinated is "Graceless". Now if you want to be a dancer, that can be a serious obstacle, but if you want to defend yourself, who said you need to be graceful? There is nothing graceful about our style of Krav Maga, we are not seeking "likes" on Facebook, we just want to keep our face as it is. We are simple and effective. Leave the Grace to Jackie O. 

Ungifted - The only gift you need is the awareness that you must learn to defend yourself. You do not need to be a gifted athlete. You do not need any special talent. You just need will-power, and that is free and available at all times. That is the point of this and all my blogs, to inspire you, to motivate you, but only you can make the decision. Once you walk in our doors, we will help you. and you will succeed. You have all the gifts you need, now just unwrap them.

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Moshe Katz, 7th dan Black Belt, Israeli Krav Maga. Certified by Wingate Institute. Member Black Belt hall of fame, USA and Europe.

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