Posts Tagged ‘Personal Safety’

If you are a regular UTKM Blog follower or active member in the Krav Maga or self-defense community, then you’ve probably figured out that there is a lot of politics in the Krav Maga world. Since I started Krav Maga, I’ve become familiar with some of the more active and larger organizations through training directly with them or their students and instructors. Some I follow on Facebook. Just to give you an idea, let’s list off some of the major recognized Krav Maga organizations, and even some smaller ones:

IKMA – Israeli Krav Maga Association
KMF – Krav Maga Federation
IKMF – International Krav Maga Federation
KMG – Krav Maga Global
KMW – Krav Maga Worldwide
KMA – Krav Maga Alliance
CT707 – Israeli Special Forces Krav Maga
CKMI – Combat Krav Maga International
IMKM – Israeli Military Krav Maga
KMIL – Krav Maga Israel
IKI – Israeli Krav International

Of course, there are many others legitimate organizations, but nowadays the Krav Maga community is fraught with liars and fakers. (I am not intentionally forgetting anyone, but I think my point is made by listing the above.) From a business perspective, I disprove of some of the ways these organizations operate or teach things that are impractical or unrealistic or stray from the fundamental Krav Maga principles. Many seem to have developed a more sports martial arts mentality. Yet, given the opportunity, I would like to train with each and every one of these organizations at one point or another (minus the obvious frauds).

Many people ask, “What’s the point?” Why train with other Krav Maga organizations when you’re already an expert? Many people have the stance that they already know everything there is to know about Krav Maga. So why put in the effort to train more?


One simple rationale. Perspective is everything in the world. Even time itself is simply the perspective of one point to another, from where it was before to where it is now.


For this reason, I welcome and pursue training with other organizations and bring instructors from other organizations to train my students, even if I may not agree with or teach their curriculum. Our goal is to provide all of our students with the best possible ability to defend themselves. Thus, introducing them to other perspectives affirms what we have taught them or offers another method that works for them. The reason being that in the end, it is about them not me.

Personally, I have issues with all of these organizations, but I also see valuable lessons from all of them, just as how they view me and other smaller organizations or schools I am sure.

If a student trains with another organization and makes the decision to leave me, I truly hope it is for the right reason of giving themselves the best possible training that suits them. The goal is that they can defend themselves to the best of their ability in a dangerous situation.


Ego aside…

I know people of all martial arts who only train with one organization, their organization, and never reach out to others. I commend their sense of loyalty, yet criticize their close-mindedness. For all they know, their instructors could be garbage or fraud. You are not getting the best training you can if you are limiting yourself to one source.

You are not getting the best training you can if you are limiting yourself to one source. Don’t limit your perspective and, in turn, limit your personal growth by restricting yourself to one organization, school, and style.

Sure, training with all of the organizations is unrealistic, not to mention expensive and impractical. However, now you know the benefits of branching out and experiencing more than one perspective throughout your Krav Maga or self-defense journey. At least, try to train with more than one organization. If not, how do you really know that you truly have the ability to defend yourself? Challenge yourself by learning and training with new people. Limiting yourself would limit your perspective. In the end, it could be catastrophic if you’re blindsided by a situation for which you are totally unprepared.

Perspective is everything. Don’t stop challenging yourself. Don’t stop learning. Keep searching for different perspectives.


A while back we were contacted by some one from the Krav Maga Instutue in NYC,, asking to collaborate. It has been a while but we are happy to post their first article. If you are a Krav Maga school, Instructor or even student that would like to help contribute to the blog feel free to contact Jonathan Fader at: so that we can make the Krav Maga world and family a little more knowledgeable one post at a time!

6 Times you’re really tempted to Krav Maga Someone, But Shouldent!

When You Keep Getting Bumped on the Train

There are very few things worse than commuting during rush hour, especially in a big city like New York. Thousands of strangers pressed together on their way to or from work — that’s a recipe for agitation, short tempers, and possible confrontations. When you’ve already had a stressful day because you flubbed your big presentation at work and then a hulking monster of a guy keeps elbowing you in the ribs “by accident,” it’s understandable that you’d want to elbow him too … in the groin. Solution: Take a deep breath, go home, and immediately start looking for jobs that allow telecommuting.

When a Conniving Co-Worker Takes Credit For Your Work

You just busted your ass finishing a mega report that your co-worker helped with marginally at best. Imagine your surprise, and fury, when you submit it to your boss and your colleague says, “Hope you like it, boss. I think it might be my masterpiece.” Resist the urge to roundhouse them in the head and remember that the truth always prevails. Solution: Schedule a meeting with your boss to discuss the report further and present your hours of research and work. Clearly outline your co-worker’s involvement, which your boss will see is actually tantamount to Googling some names. You’d be revealing the truth without deliberately sabotaging your colleague.

When You Catch Your Partner Cheating

Hopefully this will never happen to you. But if it does, then there’s no easy way to say it — it’s going to hurt like hell. In fact, your immediate urge will be to inflict pain right back, if not on your partner then certainly on that stranger in your bathrobe. However, not only will attacking them not win you your partner back (if anything, it would all but cement the breakup), it might land you in jail. Solution: Take the high road and calmly deal with the situation, whether that means leaving or asking the third party to leave. Show them how cool, mature, and graceful you are in a situation like this, and then remind them that’s what they just lost.

When Someone’s Rude to Someone You Love

You’ll probably never want to deck someone so bad as when you witness someone being rude to your mom or little sister or best friend. Sometimes it’s much easier to let a confrontation go when it’s targeted at you, but when it’s someone you love, your protective instinct kicks in. Chances are, however, your mom, little sister, or best friend would not want you to punch someone in the face in their honor. So don’t. Solution: If you must, calmly let the assailant know they had been rude. Perhaps they weren’t even aware of their actions and will apologize immediately. Or you can always let it go and use the encounter as an excuse to go get dessert somewhere with your loved one.

When That Sleazy Guy Ruins Your Night Out

All you ladies out there will know what I’m talking about. You’re out with your friends at the bar and one very persistent, very unwelcome guy won’t leave you alone. You just want to focus on your friends, and your whiskey, but he won’t take no for an answer, all the while looking down your shirt and making suggestive comments about how you look tense. Of course you look tense — there’s a douchebag pressing up against you. It’s like his groin is just asking for you to send your knee over. Solution: Drop the niceties and tell him very bluntly that he’s creeping you out. If he still won’t relent, ask your friends if they would mind moving on to another bar or inform the staff that there’s a sleazebag creeping out their customers.

When You Witness Bullying

Krav Maga teaches us to use our skills in order to maintain overall peace. As a result, you may sometimes feel like a vigilante who can help restore order in society with a swift hammer fist or a hard push kick. When you notice someone getting pushed around, your first response might be to step in and subdue the bully. However, you don’t know these people or the circumstances of the situation. For all you know, they could be siblings with an aggressive dynamic.

Solution: Calmly ask what the problem is and try to assess if the apparent victim needs any help. If it becomes clear that it’s a misunderstanding, then move along. If the victim is a woman who appears to be getting abused by a man, alert the authorities.

Written by: Alicia Lu by way of Cai Cuyugan