This is the destination for Krav Maga training in San Diego. Our instructors are the best, trained in Israel, with years of experience in fighting and instruction to everyone, from civilians to elite military units.
Like all martial arts Krav Maga is plagued by orthodoxy, an untiring allegiance to how things used to be done. This leads to a sharp resistance to changes in the system. At Krav Maga Academy San Diego, we are bringing Krav Maga into the 21st Century.
The World’s First Mixed Martial Art
Krav Maga was the world’s first mixed martial art. It combined the best from other martail disciplines, including Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, Karate, etc…, to create a well rounded self-defense system. With the passing of founder Imi Lichtenfeld, a gaggle of his students have claimed the mantle of leader of the system of Krav Maga. All of these men have different approaches and focus. One thing they have in common seems to be an obsession with how things were done in the past.
In the 1990’s the UFC burst onto the martial arts scene. Initially it pitted different martial arts against each other in what was sometimes an absurd display. Over time the UFC and MMA in general progressed to show us that the most effective combatives system is one that effectively and seamlessly integrates disparate skill sets.
Change or Get Left Behind
Krav Maga was resistant to the rather obvious evidence on display in MMA. It eschewed sporting aspects and favored “street fighting” as its mantra. However the UFC and other MMA promotions provided a valuable crucible for testing martial arts skills. Krav Maga had the opportunity to learn from this and improve, however it did not, favoring tribalism and dogma.
Learn it all in One Place
Krav Maga Academy San Diego favors a mixed approach. Taking the effective principles based approach to violence from Krav Maga as well as effective techniques from disparate martial arts disciplines which have survived the crucible of daily pressure testing in combat. The result has been the most effective self-defense system anywhere in the world.
Students at Krav Maga Academy San Diego need not rely on dogma or tired mantras about “street fighting”. Our curriculum teaches all aspects of fighting, from striking, to clinching, to take downs, to grappling. All the while remaining loyal to the ideology of Krav Maga which sees students apply these skills to problem solving scenarios where they face armed attackers, surprise attacks, and multiple attackers.
Krav Maga Academy San Diego has the most widely experienced instructor cadre of any Krav Maga gym on earth. Our students benefit from this as they are shown the most effective combatives techniques and are able to safely test them in realistic scenario training!
Join us for training and learn the most modern, effective, self-defense system on earth!
Many Krav Maga schools boast that Krav Maga is a military system of self-defense. Many also say it is the system used by “Israeli Special Forces Units”. This seems to be a big selling point for many instructors and schools, they likely see it as a way of differentiating themselves in a market space more and more occupied by very competent fighters from other disciplines. The only REAL question is where this is relevant to you.
The short answer is “no”. A couple of reasons why:
You are not being trained the way a military unit is trained. And you shouldn’t be. Their time frame for completing their training is very different from yours. Typically, in the Israeli (or any military) the combatives training is carried out first in boot camp and/or infantry school. Then again within the soldier’s unit. Typically, in the American context there is a short segment on combatives in the unit’s pre-deployment work up. The objectives are to quickly build a combatives base for the soldier’s and not develop broad skill sets honed over time. In most American Special Operations and Special Forces units the soldiers are encouraged to seek out their own martial arts training then return to the unit and help spread that knowledge within the unit. This is ENTIRELY different from how civilians are, and should be, trained.
You don’t need the same training as a soldier. Soldiers are encountering threats under a set of Rules of Engagement (ROE’s) where use of force guidelines are much more relaxed than in a domestic setting for civilians (or law enforcement). Additionally, soldiers are carrying assault rifles, pistols, light machine guns, explosives, body armor, and helmets. Their training will reflect this reality and the advantages and disadvantages that exist. Their training in combatives is typically focused on getting back to using these tools and/or communicating for assistance from team members. To train a civilian in this fashion would be both unethical and unhelpful.
You can do better, you have more time. In my experience with military Krav Maga training, the primary focus is developing physical fitness, aggression, and mental toughness. Krav Maga training is more than self defense training, it is a part of the operant conditioning Israeli soldiers undergo to condition them for the psychological rigors of combat. There is little to no martial arts training involved, instead it involves sprinting up sand hills, smashing bags with the butt of one’s rifle, and doing force on force aggression training. In a civilian context the student is better benefitted by developing real skills and technical proficiency with an eye to longer term development and proficiency.
It is bullshit. Most of the instructors that tout their training as “military” or “special forces” have neither served nor taught in that context. Anyone who HAS, knows that civilians need an entirely different training protocol, and although these experienced instructors may offer military training they have a separate training package for civilians. Anyone claiming to be a “special forces” veteran and openly offering this training to civilians should be thoroughly vetted as this is a red flag for ‘bullshido’.
It’s fantasy camp. Instructors who promote this “militarized” combatives training are typically preying on weekend warriors, wannabes, and fantasy players who want to play soldier for a while. If you are quickly running around carrying mock weapons and doing burpees in the sand, then you may be in a “fantasy camp”. If this is what you want there are great organizations run by former Special Forces operators who provide just that. These are seasoned career Special Forces soldiers who will give you this experience, and it is advertised honestly as such. People who DO NOT have this background but offer this via Krav Maga or martial arts training are just playing to people’s fantasies.
Remember if you are NOT a soldier, you should NOT be training like one. Your needs are different. You aren’t 19 (maybe you are!) you don’t need that training. You need a serious combatives program that will build your skills over time to make you stronger, more confident, and safer if you are ever in a violent encounter. Don’t succumb to fantasy training, make sure you are training for the threats you face!