I once had a massage therapist who told me he practiced Krav Maga after a particularly traumatic mugging incident, and that it really boosted his confidence and ensured that people didn't mess with him. I'm curious as to what the philosophy behind Krav Maga is--is it more like Asian systems, which are less about violence and more about warding off the anger/intensity of your opponent without getting too caught up (almost meditative)?
...somewhere around here. I've trained in it. It is not meditative, contemplative, or non-violent. It is an in your face, kick-ass, you're learning how to survive type of street fighting. There's a lot of punching and kicking and the training is like boot camp. Well worth it and a terrific workout, but don't expect a lot of spirituality here.
There was an episode recently of Fight Quest (a television show on the Discovery Channel) on Krav Maga. The two hosts traveled to Isreal and trained for a week. Based on what I know about Krav Maga, I think the episode does a good job of conveying the general attitudes of the style. Check it out, if you get the chance.
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