Although Krav Maga can be intensively mastered in one week of training, regardless of if done intensively or spread over five years of dojo training, or somewhere in between, it has few components that need to be understood.
First, student need to get minimum level of understanding of the whole system and its parts. In civilian world to get people to do any kind of training as a hobby or exercise, you need to give them a motivating reason unless they already have this reason on their own.
The foundations in Krav Maga is getting a taste of the intricate complex principles and getting a broader view of the whole picture as possible.
Students are taught the mechanics of kicks strikes escapes weapon use and defense, pressure points and reaction time.
Second, students need to get working proficiency in the techniques, applications and prioritization. Repeated combination of basics attacks and defenses whether with striking or grappling or slashing or poking or hitting and safe training methods to get your body to feel the hands on escalation of physical scenario, all its possibilities and the working capacity of the Krav Maga principles in resolving the problems quickly and efficiently.
While the second part is more common in MMA, it lacks the first part that Krav Maga has. Therefore not only the good energy is wasted but it can do harm since bad reaction habits are acquired if the purpose is making someone self defense proof.
The advantage of Krav Maga Training methods is the ability to teach anyone before exposing them to the danger of physical injury. However many Instructors increase the level of classroom type teaching neglecting the physical hands on aspect to the point that training partners are increasing their level of challenge.
Excuses such as not knowing how to do that, or never getting a chance to do it to avoid loosing the crowd of people that just come for an easy workout and socializing cause this phenomena.
It is a joke when people think that Krav Maga is just about how to block or escaping a hold statically. But at the same time it is a joke that someone trains grappling thinking that it is the best way to fight ignoring exposed reach of pressure point for strikes pokes, stabs and shots.
In conclusion, first you need to do the basics right, and then you need to apply them is safe methods in fighting games.
In reality it does not take as long as MMA to finish a fight unless you wait for someone to get a good grip on you, but then again, if you do, he might have got a good strike on one of your vital pressure points and ended your life faster.
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