Krav Maga is not a traditional martial art or form of sport fighting like judo, karate, taekwondo, wrestling or the many others available that follow sports-oriented rules of contact combat.
The essence of the Krav system of self defense and fighting is to do whatever you have to do to defend yourself and survive an attack whether it involves one attacker or multiple assailants, unarmed or armed. Unlike traditional martial arts, there truly are no rules when it comes to defending yourself.
Most traditional martial arts focus on elements that possess little or no value at all in a real-life hand-to-hand combat scenario. For example, hand positioning, weight distribution, and fighting stance are very important factors in sports-oriented contact combat sports when you compete against an opponent face-to-face in a controlled environment in the ring or on the mat.
But in a real-life situation on the street, you are more than likely to be attacked without any warning and the uncontrolled environment of the streets means the possibility of dangerous weapons - guns, knives and blunt objects - being introduced into a fight.
Most combat sports-oriented martial artists have no experience in defending against weapons in real-life hand-to-hand combat situations.
Krav defensive tactics and techniques involves no rules except that you do whatever you have to do to survive a attack and get home safe.
Yet, even though the Krav hand-to-hand combat system involves lethally effective, no-holds-barred street defense and fighting techniques and tactics, it is not a system without principles and philosophies.
Below are some basic principles and philosophies practiced by every true Kravist.
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