You often hear Krav Maga marketing itself as THE self defense practice, however many people actually wonder if it really is all that it claims to be?
Krav Maga “contact combat”) is a military type self-defence and fighting system developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israeli security forces.
Matt Thornton is a highly respected BJJ instructor and founder of Straight Blast Gym International, an association of over 35 gyms worldwide engaged in training athletes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing and mixed martial arts. He was among the first American-born practitioners to receive a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
In this episode of Ask Matt, coach Matt Thornton shares an interesting story about his personal experience with Krav Maga that may actually help you find the answer.
“On many occasions, groups of high level Krav Maga practitioners would come to my BJJ academy to get ready for one of their Krav Maga instructor courses. I would put them on the mat with some of my more recent BJJ blue belts (2 years of training) and the results were always the same: the blue belts would totally dominate the Krav Maga practitioners in all aspects of combat.”
Another interesting point of view:
Joe Rogan on Self Defense Martial Arts: ‘Learn To Beat Trained Killers Instead of Untrained Individuals’.
BJJ and Taekwondo Joe Rogan black belt believes that the majority of self defense courses are only there to steal your money. Those techniques don’t work on trained fighters but only on so called ‘untrained fighters’.
He talks about in detail in this video where he is asked about Krav Maga and if it is more effective than Grappling arts for self defense…