About Urban Krav Maga
The founders of Urban Krav Maga can draw on many years of experience
in the following fighting systems as well as various styles of Krav
Maga: Karate; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Traditional Jiu Jitsu, Aikido,
Boxing, Muay Thai, Tae Kwan Do and MMA.
We continued training in some of these systems after we became
instructors in various Israeli fighting systems.This training continued
to inform our teaching and this, along with our real world experience
led us to adapt and modify techniques, combining the education we had
gained in the Israeli systems with that from other systems we'd
experienced - we did this that which we we believe to be the original
and true spirit of Krav Maga (hence why we maintain the name). We found
that these modified and innovative techniques were working well for our
students - this was the beginning of Urban Krav Maga.
Basically we wanted to teach a system that:
1. Combined the best elements of the systems referred to above with
the Israeli mentality of "this is the problem - what is the solution?"
as opposed to the more abstract, indirect approach of many traditional
2. Contained a range of techniques that were not dependent on
punching power and/or brute strength. All techniques need to work
against stronger, heavier, taller etc opponents. We also acknowledge
that different students sometimes need different or modified solutions
so there is a personal development approach for the student.
3. Was genuinely collegiate and evolutionary in its approach. There's
a very wide range of experience in the Technical Committee, everybody
has a say in how techniques develop and, crucially, nobody is hidebound
by ego or adherence to tradition - the one priority is to make
techniques work as well as possible for as many people as possible. We
also listen to students - the Genesis of the system actually lay in our
observations re what worked for them under pressure, what didn't work
and our debates re how we could improve.
4. Recognised the importance of pre-emptive strikes for self-defence - action always beats reaction.
5. Took a genuinely scenario-based approach. In Urban Krav Maga, the
core syllabus is based around the disciplines and techniques needed to
defend the 10 most common street attacks. These are listed in frequency
order here: http://www.urbankravmaga.com/syllabus
The core syllabus also contains a range of techniques applicable to
female self-defence, grappling (stand-up and on the ground),
fighting/sparring techniques and weapons defences.
Our aim is to equip the student as soon as possible to defend
themselves against the most common attacks. Once the student has
mastered these techniques more difficult scenarios are addressed to
build a support system that will enable the student to deal with almost
any situation. By teaching concepts through techniques students are
taught how to read a situation and react/respond accordingly, even if
they've not experienced the exact same thing in training. Giving
students the ability to improvise is an important element of our
Awareness, avoidance and pre-emption are placed high in order of
priority - but we recognise that you can't always avoid or run away from
problems so we teach everything that is needed for self defence when
it's necessary in all environments, including highly confined, crowded
spaces like chip shops. "Chip Shop Krav Maga" was our working title for
the new system but we thought it may look a little odd on a t-shirt and
not translate well for those countries that call a chip a crisp...
We do not make any claims that our techniques are used by any
military organisation. We're happy for them to be judged on their
merits, not assumed to be good because of their supposedly being taught
to a regular army or Special Forces Unit. We make no apologies for this
civilian approach: a knife defence based on somebody attacking like they
were making a committed bayonet thrust will not be so effective as one
that is based on somebody stabbing with an aggressive pumping notion
with fast recoil. As stated we retain the term Krav Maga as our approach
reflects that on which Krav Maga was originally founded and we are of
course indebted to the experiences we have gained training with the
various Israeli Fighting Systems.