Martial arts for effective self-defense

The Israeli close combat technique is nowadays one of the most effective self-defense systems worldwide. In our institute you learn fast and without previous knowledge close combat techniques for self-defence. Originally the system was developed for the Israel Defense Force. Our system trains the prevention of danger, conflict management and effective defense techniques. Our Martial Arts Institute is represented at many locations, such as Cologne, Bonn, Bergisch Gladbach, Frechen, Sankt Augustin and Düsseldorf. You want to learn our self-defence system? Then get in touch with us and take part in a trial training!

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What is martial arts?

Martial arts are all fighting styles that are practiced without firearms. A distinction is made between martial arts and combat sports. In martial arts, the focus is on sporting competition such as boxing, kung fu, karate, judo or kickboxing. Normally, the competitions in martial arts are duels. There are fixed rules and regulations under which a fight takes place. These vary greatly from martial arts to martial arts. A contest is supervised by a referee. It is also a basic principle of martial arts that the athletes in the fight must not suffer serious permanent damage. The sport is always in the foreground here. Fitness and a healthy lifestyle are important in martial arts, as are discipline and concentration.

Is Krav Maga a martial art?

Krav Maga is not a martial art in the classical sense. No competitions are practiced with this system. Furthermore, unlike other martial arts, there are no rules or regulations. The system is aimed at real dangerous situations. Not only civilians practice Krav Maga to defend themselves, but also the German Army and units of the police. Thus, this system refers to emergencies in which survival in the worst case is at stake and to protect oneself and others from danger. In this self-defence system everything is allowed that prevents the attacker from further attacks. It differs from other martial arts and combat sports by its uncompromising nature.

What is martial arts?

In martial arts the focus is not on competition but on self-defence. Martial arts often also makes use of weapons. Real danger and conflict situations are the focus of the martial art.

Often the martial art also implements conflict and danger prevention. Speed, agility and strength are trained. Many Asian martial arts systems see themselves as a complete system for shaping life. Self-discipline and philosophical or religious ideas are as much a part of the martial art as learning certain kick or punch techniques. A clear and unambiguous distinction between martial arts and martial arts can no longer be made nowadays. The boundaries between martial arts and martial arts are blurring.

What other martial arts and combat sports are there?

There is a wide range of martial arts. With over 100 martial arts and martial arts styles, it can be difficult to find the right martial art for you. Our system is based on natural reflexes and movement sequences and is therefore the easiest to learn, but is not a martial art in the classical sense. Other martial arts need years of practice and intensive training. Many start to practice martial arts in childhood. Popular martial arts for children besides Krav Maga are Judo or Karate. To be able to distinguish the system better from other martial arts, we have explained well-known martial arts and combat sports in more detail below. Find the right martial art for you!

Boxing – a popular martial art from England

Boxing as a martial art originated in England in the 17th century. The fighting technique of boxing is based on hits with the closed fist. Punches below the belt line are not allowed in boxing. Boxing is also one of the unarmed martial arts. Boxing is a competition-oriented martial art. In boxing competitions, two people with the same physical conditions and abilities always compete against each other – divided according to their weight class. In boxing, the competition is carried out in the so-called ring. The boxers wear boxing gloves. The referee supervises the fairness and compliance with the rules of the fighters in boxing. In this martial art, the boxer wins if he has knocked his opponent out. If the opponent goes down during the fight, a certain time is counted down. If the opponent does not rise within this time, he will leave the fight as a loser. Furthermore, in boxing there are several rounds per competition. If none of the boxers achieves a knock-out, the referees decide who has won the fight in boxing.

Boxing is a very popular martial art and has a long tradition due to the Olympic Games. The martial arts rules in boxing hardly differ internationally. However, there are different training methods for boxing as a martial art. Not only is boxing very popular, it is also a very controversial martial art, as it celebrates the public exercise of violence on television. Nevertheless, many fighters like Muhammad Ali have been able to achieve great fame through boxing.

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Krav Maga is suitable for everyone. You can learn self-defense in our regular courses or in individual seminars. Our training is aimed at men, women, teenagers or children – regardless of age, fitness or size. Women can learn effective self-defense in our mixed trainings as well as in our special “Women-Only” seminars. We also offer special training courses for police & justice, as well as for rescue services and the military.

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Judo – the martial art for children

The martial art Judo originated in Japan in the 1880s. Judo is also an unarmed martial art. It is based on throwing, falling and floor techniques. Translated Judo means “the gentle way”. In competitions, the aim is to make the opponent unfit to fight. Leverage and throwing techniques are mainly used to bring the opponent down. Judo is very popular with men, women and children. Judo develops the mental and physical fitness of children. Judo also focuses on self-defence. Children should support each other during training and thus develop further. At the beginning Judo refrains from striking techniques. Only certain Judoka from a certain level of training on are allowed to practice punching techniques. In 1964 the martial art Judo was included in the Olympic Games. The colour of the belt describes the level of training of the martial artist.

Karate – the martial art for mind and concentration

The martial art karate originated in the early 20th century from Chinese Shaolin and native Okinawan traditions in Japan. Typical for the martial art Karate are various weaponless kick and punch techniques. In 2019 there are four different styles of martial arts karate: Goju-Ryu, Shito-Ryu, Shotokan and Wado-Ryu. Karate martial arts train high resilience, flexibility and speed. The different punching and kicking techniques are trained in karate training using punching pads and sandbags. Karate also trains the mind and concentration. The Karate fighter must learn to control his body and mind and thus execute targeted and fast kicks and punches. Dangerous karate techniques are forbidden in modern sporting karate competitions.

Taekwondo – the martial art for dynamics and speed

Taekwondo originated in 1955 from the martial art karate in Korea. Meanwhile it is an independent martial art. In the martial art Taekwondo speed and dynamics are trained by means of fixed foot positions and step sequences. The martial art also trains traditional values such as respect for teachers as well as politeness, integrity and fighting spirit. Taekwondo is also a competitive sport. No weapons are used in this martial art. Competitions can include light, semi or full contact combat against an opponent. Destroying wooden boards and bricks is also part of Taekwondo. Taekwondo as a martial art teaches you gymnastics, self-defense and free combat. The clothing in Taekwondo martial arts consists of jacket, trousers and belt. Millions of people practice Taekwondo martial arts all over the world.

Kickboxing – modern martial art from the USA

Kickboxing is a martial art from the USA. It is a mixture of boxing, karate and taekwondo. It combines traditional Japanese martial arts and Western martial arts. The fighting technique is based on punches and kicks. In kickboxing, endurance and reaction are trained. In martial arts kickboxing, a distinction is made between three types of competition: semi-contact, light contact and full contact. Kickboxers usually fight in the boxing ring. A fair fight is facilitated by the division into different disciplines, weight and age categories and the subdivision according to gender. The martial art of kickboxing is also regarded as a whole body training, as it requires a lot of strength, endurance and condition.

Aikido – the peaceful martial art

Aikido was brought to life by the Samurais in Japan. Aikido is considered a peaceful martial art. The personality development of the students is the focus of Aikido training. Different fighting techniques like throws, levers, punches and kicks are used in Aikido. In addition, a long stick is also used, which is supposed to represent a Katana sword. Aikido martial arts does not involve serious injury to the opponent. The aim of Aikido martial arts is only to put the opponent out of action. The preservation of life and harmony are central values of Aikido. Attack and defence merge. The effective use of energy is trained in Aikido martial arts.

Kung Fu – traditional martial art from China

Kung Fu is a traditional martial art. The martial art Kung Fu originated in China 1500 years ago. The techniques in this martial art are based on various hand and foot techniques as well as the use of sticks, spears, sabres or swords. From Kung Fu many other martial arts developed. Kung Fu was developed by the monks of a Shaolin monastery. At first it was supposed to strengthen endurance and improve concentration. Later on, fighting techniques were added. In Kung Fu the five elements wood, fire, earth, metal and water are attributed great importance. Kung Fu also trains the discipline, because the training methods are very demanding and strict. Under the name of Shaolin Kung Fu, hundreds of different Chinese martial arts styles fall today. All these martial arts styles of Kung Fu differ very much from each other in their techniques and practices.

Martial arts versus self-defence

Krav Maga is an Israeli self-defense system. It uses reflexes and natural movement sequences to defend oneself in dangerous situations. There are no rules or regulations in this system. It is an uncompromising self-defence system, which makes it very different from other martial arts or combat sports. Our system is therefore not a sport, but self-defence for the case of emergency. Our institute offers self-defence courses for men, women and children throughout Germany, for example in Bergisch Gladbach, Bonn, Düsseldorf and Cologne.

How did the self-defence system develop?

The system was developed in the 1930s. Imrich Lichtenfeld, the founder of Krav Maga, trained Israeli forces for war. Imrich Lichtenfeld had to prepare the soldiers for an emergency, regardless of age, previous experience or gender. The techniques had to be easy to learn and immediately available in stressful situations. There was no time to train for a long time or to achieve a certain fitness. From this initial situation Krav Maga developed.

Who is the system suitable for?

Since then, the system has been continuously developed. Influences from boxing, wrestling or Jiu-Jitsu have been incorporated into the system. Even today our system is still being developed further. Our institute and its instructors continuously adapt the self-defence system to current dangerous situations. In 2019 Krav Maga is one of the most successful self-defence systems worldwide and hard to compare with other martial arts.

The special thing about the self-defence system is that it is suitable for everyone. It is completely independent of age, sex or height. Therefore there are different courses for all people – for men, women, children, for people with disabilities, for everyone. Police officers and the German Bundeswehr also use the defence system in close combat. Krav Maga has already proven itself as an effective self-defence system in an emergency. Learn to defend yourself in 2019 in one of our many martial arts schools in Bonn, Cologne or Düsseldorf.

How often do I have to train self-defense or martial arts?

The system is not characterised by elegance, fairness or aesthetics. But it is incredibly easy to learn. Many Kravists from the official or military sector have no time for intensive regular training. This also applies to many civilians in everyday life. Therefore it is perfect for people with little time. Since the system is designed to be intuitive, anyone can learn it in a very short time. In our courses we train reactionary movement patterns with a minimum of training effort. The goal is to be able to act and recall the techniques even under stress.

What techniques does our defense system use?

With us, you learn to defend yourself by any means necessary. Not until, of course, escape is no longer an option. Since Krav Maga is not a martial art where the goal is to get out of the ring as the winner, but a self-defense system for the case of emergency, escape is always the first choice. In serious situations, it can also be a matter of freeing not only yourself but also children, family or friends from a dangerous situation. However, if escape is no longer possible, giving up is never an option. Our self-defence system is unfair, uncompromising and brutal. Inhibitions are shed during training, because in the worst case, survival is at stake. And this is a fight you should always win. This makes the system highly effective. These principles are also followed by policemen and soldiers who use Krav Maga in terrorist crisis areas. They are in regular contact with real danger situations.

The defense system teaches you to hit the vulnerable points of an attacker. When defending, you must aim quickly at these vulnerable spots. These would be for example eyes, nose, genital area, kneecap etc. Since there are no rules or regulations with this system, anything that prevents the attacker from further attacks is allowed. In contrast to other sports, kicking below the belt or eye stings are consciously taught. In a real dangerous situation it can happen that the attacker is armed. That is why you learn to use everyday objects as weapons during our training. You would like to learn how to defend yourself in the future? Then get in touch with us in 2019! You can find our institute all over Germany, for example in Düsseldorf, Cologne or Bonn. If you have any questions, please contact our experienced trainers!

What do I learn during a training session?

In our courses we train the recognition and avoidance of dangerous situations. Our trainers make your eyes and ears more attentive to conflict situations. Prevention is the highest goal of our courses. In case of an emergency, our instructors teach you to avoid attacks from different distances and directions, as well as counter-attack and preventing further attacks with different tools and objects. Our seminars also include self-defence against one or more armed and unarmed opponents.

Krav Maga is a flexible and open self-defence system. It is subject to constant change and development. For new and current threatening situations, our experienced trainers and instructors immediately develop new solutions. That’s why we are always creating new seminar forms for different target groups. For example, in our seminars you can learn how to defend yourself specifically against knife attacks. In addition, we have seminars every year that are geared towards dangerous situations in carnival. Because there violent or sexual assaults are not uncommon. Women and men can learn there how to withdraw from crowds or how to defend themselves against attacks with bottles. Just have a look at our seminar offer.

You can either take part in our weekly regular courses or take part in one of many self-defence seminars in 2019. Just have a look at our training schedule online and register for a trial training in our Krav Maga Institute in Bergisch Gladbach, Bonn, Düsseldorf or Cologne in 2019.

Is self-defense a martial art?

Krav Maga is not a martial art, since no athletic competition is in the foreground. In addition, there are no rules or regulations like in other martial arts or martial arts styles. Everything is allowed. However, the system incorporates many techniques and practices from different martial arts. So the defense system contains elements from boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and much more. The system can also be trained in addition to other martial arts to prepare for realistic fighting situations.

What do I need self-defense for?

Self-defense techniques protect you from fatal injuries or sexual abuse in an emergency. After the New Year’s Eve 2015/2016 in Cologne, in which hundreds of women and girls became victims of sexual abuse, the demand for self-defence in Germany has increased enormously. Even a few years later, women, girls and children everywhere in Germany are still victims of violent or sexual assault. Do not trust others to help you in an emergency, but learn to protect yourself! But self-defence is not only important for women, men are also often violently attacked. Very few people know how to defend themselves in stressful situations against one or more unarmed or armed men. But it is possible. Learn effective self-defence techniques at the best schools in Germany. We are represented everywhere in Germany, for example in Bonn, Bergisch Gladbach, Düsseldorf and Cologne.

What does a self-defence course include?

You can learn self-defense in our institute. Our institute has schools all over Germany where you can learn from professional trainers how to protect yourself. In real life dangerous situations do not take place on a mat in a gym. That’s why we do not only train on mats in our courses, but in realistic locations:

  • Self-defense in the parking lot
  • Self-defense in a car/taxi
  • Self-defence on the train or bus
  • Self-defense in the bar or club.
  • Self-defense in the pool
  • Self-defence in confined spaces

You’re interested? Then contact us in one of many martial arts schools throughout Germany. Sign up for a trial training in 2019 and learn how to defend yourself. You can find our schools all over Germany, for example in Bonn, Bergisch Gladbach, Düsseldorf and Cologne.

Who can successfully take a self-defence course?

Self-defence systems are not designed for years of training like martial arts. Likewise, the goal is not to win a competition, as in martial arts. Therefore everybody can learn self-defence: men, women, children and disabled people. Because everyone should learn how to defend themselves and others in an emergency. In training for children, the focus is on strengthening self-confidence. Our special courses for children train children to recognize dangerous situations and to avoid a fight with self-confidence. Our trainers convey this with a lot of fun and in a good mood. At the same time, the fitness and coordination of the children are trained. Take part in a trial training in our institute now!

Contact and trial training – Krav Maga Institute

You want to finally learn to defend yourself in 2019? Then contact us at the Institute and visit one of our many schools around the world. In Germany we are represented in Bonn, Sankt Augustin, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Bergisch Gladbach and many more. Just contact our instructors and register for a trial training. Everybody can learn the self-defence system. Even you! Learn effective techniques that you can also use in stressful situations. The system does not require many years of training, but can be learned within a few hours. Of course you can also participate in our weekly courses at many locations in Germany, such as Bonn, Frechen, Düsseldorf, Cologne or Bergisch Gladbach. Do you have any questions about our course program or the contents of our seminars? Then simply contact one of our martial arts schools by phone or mail. We will gladly answer all your questions. Our trainers are looking forward to meeting you!