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#225746 - 01/30/06 04:31 PM Re: Your favorite thing about Krav Maga right now? [Re: JasonM]
ShikataGaNai Offline

Registered: 08/27/05
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Loc: Bellingham, WA

I agree with the comments already mentioned on why we love krav. However, i just started Krav and learned that KM does do "colorful belts". It seems that we just don't wear them and it is refered to as level 1,2, etc... I trained in a traditional MA for about 10 years and didn't feel pressure when it was time to get another belt or be promoted. It was a great goal to achieve. Sorry if this swayed off topic a bit. Don't get me wrong, I love my traditional MA and love KM. They both have pros and cons, I think it is about taking something from both and making that material yours and having it work for you.

From what I gather, the belting and ranking system is more or less left up to the school. My school ranks the same way as a Kung Fu school would, but that's because KM is integrated with other styles. Some KM schools and instructors don't rank at all.

I love KM as a "foundation" art. I currently study Kali, Kung Fu and BJJ and find that KM has become my reference point for everything. An example would be in KF the Sifu instructs the students to go through a form as if they were fighting a live person. If I had only taken KF, I would have no idea what that means, so I rely on my basics from KM like how to actually hit someone/something or block etc. It's like studying western boxing while majoring in wing chun. The bare bones are everything.

#225747 - 02/18/06 02:41 PM Re: Your favorite thing about Krav Maga right now? [Re: ShikataGaNai]
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Registered: 02/18/06
Posts: 12
Loc: Missouri, USA
I love the fact that I'm a small to average size woman and I know how to effectively get out of a bad "club" situation or street situation with maybe a few bruises but nothing worse that what my brothers used to dole out as a kid. Now, nobody wants to play with me.

I don't like the fact that where I learn is 95% men. The women that are there are so afraid of actual contact that it doesn't provide me a chance to get used to being hit either. I enjoy training with a guy, just not doing kicks with a guy. I have no weight to hold against him. my 115 lbs isn't much against a 195 lb kick. My upper body doesn't like that much force and usually caves first, no fun for me and no resistance for him. Only down side so far.
One only regrets what he missed or cannot accept.

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