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Fighting in self defence is about survival. Not about glory, prizes or rules.

Here are three important principles to stick to.

Surviving an attack is not sport. Never consider whether you’re fair or considerate in what you do. Think dirty, raw, nasty and non-stop attacks towards vulnerable areas until you can escape. There’s no referee, point system, time-out or trophy on the streets. Your only consideration is whether your force level is legal or not.

Always think the attacker may have a concealed weapon. Keep attacking non-stop without hesitation or pauses to prevent deployment and keep your eyes out for changes in body posture indicating a weapon is being looked for. A losing party in a fight may consider it their final option.

Think that there could be multiple attackers. Even if not apparent to begin with, friends or even bystanders may join in, especially if you’re ‘winning’, thinking they’re protecting the aggressor as the victim. Move so you can see 360° around you. Use your voice to indicate you’re the victim, e.g. by repeating ‘Don’t hurt me’ out loud as you’re striking.

Sounds raw, harsh and unfair? Remember, implicit in violence against you is that the attacker consider YOU unfairly to be their subject of violence. Why should you being fair in return?

KRAV MAGA LIFE and KRAV MAGA INSPIRATION are short pieces of succinct brevity aimed at capturing the discipline and positivity behind the Krav Maga lifestyle.

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