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

I’m often asked: ‘How long does it take to get good at Krav Maga self defence?’.

My answer is always the same: ‘It depends on you’.

Like most endeavours in life, in various skills acquisitions, you get what you put it.

Although Krav Maga is based on instinctive reactions, simplicity in application and common sense in approach, without repetitive katas or philosophies, its complexity lies outside of it; in the fact that it must be able to be applied anywhere, anytime, against anyone.

This complexity, managed by learning principles of Krav Maga used across any violent scenario - rather than set prescribed actions - means you can gain useful proficiency in months, good proficiency in a couple of years and a very high standard in a few years.

That is, if you put in near-regular daily or multi-weekly training sessions. Your progress will be directly aligned to the effort you put in, if you’re coached effectively.

Once the basic principles are learned, you then gain experience applying it in all kinds of everyday environments, with and without weapons, with out without everyday objects, and against single or multiple attackers, in various high-stress situations.

Krav Maga is equally a mindset. Explosive, continuous yet controlled 100% aggression in a fraction of a second against another human being - even to preserve life and limbs - demands a very specific mindset and self-aware ethics. Have you got it?

There’s no fake way to get these skills and no shortcuts. You must be prepared to put in the hard work and the right mind.

No elevator here. Take the stairs.

Picture Source: Spartans Academy. Romanian instructor Samir Pop in action.

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