Some instructors prefer to stress sports fighting games which necessitates continuous physical conditioning for the safely of their students. Some prefer concentrating physical conditioning and reflexes to resolve stand up quarrels in a more civilized manner of push and shove to discourage escalation of violence.
Some concentrate their training on perfection of breaking strikes and kicks, and some on wrist and vertebrae manipulations using gravity as the impact point on the ground. Many martial arts that broke off from Jujitsu, including Aikido, and Judo, have pressure points called Atemi, where sometimes they teach it to their students and sometimes they do not.
Many Aikidokas train in self defense by adding the marking of striking prior to the throw. When Karate went Full Contact they have changed their striking techniques and strategies. When Brazilian Jujitsu went full contact in Vale Tudo competitions it changed its strategy to include Atemi!
Krav Maga Founder Imrich Lichtenfeld aka Immi Sde-Or not only used Atemi in all his escapes and grappling, but made it public as the focal point of fighting and training. The thing is that in the turmoil of finding safe training ways to complex systems the self defense element was lost over the years. Immi Sde-Or distilled it back!
While you have many civilian Krav Maga organizations that lost the essence of fighting as they try to teach Jujitsu and other watered down martial arts, Immi did not. He did teach some mixed martial arts just to teach the principles of fighting - the essence.
For example what happens if you get used to curl like a ball face down to protect yourself from Judo techniques, in Mixed Martial Arts competitions you end up getting hit to the back of your head and kidneys until you let go from pain and then your opponent can apply one of the judo restraining or choking techniques.
This is the position learned in the sports of Judo, and used for training in Jujitsu as well. For one of the most prominent Jujitsu families, it is obvious why they win full contact sports fights - because they use Atemi. That proves the point.
While many students and instructors get lost between the generations traditional methods of training to promote safety and also winning in what is called fighting sports competition, Krav Maga in its origins distilled the survival training methods.
In Pure Krav Maga you learn to prioritize from the first hour. Pure Krav Maga Instructors are committed to one thing. To teach you the essence of fighting used in prevailing in a confrontation as quickly as possible.
In the first hour you learn not only the pressure points, but also get a good idea how to manipulate them. You also learn the concept of timing which gives you the idea the window of opportunity of using them which could last only a split of a second. You also learn how to generate force with your hands for first strikes and blows. In addition you learn general awareness as part of the solutions to the limitation of the reaction time.
In fact in the first hour of training you get a pretty good comprehensive idea of reality survival in hand-to-hand fighting. Of course you will practice and test the force and speed of your strike on punching mitts, while the instructor’s eye and ears will be sued to monitor your success. The stress is on how to move from a natural opening position into a full force speed and mass strike considering you do not want to alert your opponent and giving him sufficient time to foil your attempt.
You will learn the most efficient methods to use kicks, close the gap between yourself and your opponent in the shortest amount of time and how to generate maximum overall speed and force into your strike. You will also reinforce what you learn in the prior session to continue with hand strike and to hit the pressure points you learned of in the prior session.
Then you continue to learn some basic kicks, front and side, in one hour, and continue into your third hour where you practice defenses vs. hand strikes and kicks. These defenses are the simplest instinctive deflections.
The next thee hour session, will include how to use your elbows and generate speed and force in all directions possible, and few other methods to strike with your hands. You also learn knee kicks as well. However if you are taking an intensive short six to twelve hour course, you may learn them together with other grappling techniques.
Then you move on to grappling range techniques and tactics standing and then on the ground. Again here the idea is to get comfortable in falling on the ground, rolling, while initiated by yourself or by your opponent, and finding the striking points and manipulating them in motion on the close range or on the ground.
Depending on the length of the course, you will also learn few restraining techniques and how to escape from them. This will require three additional hours of training.
The close range scenarios could be taught in lesser amount of hours if you have a 6 hour course, and you only want your participants to get a solid grip of the basic principles. You do not teach rolling over or restraining techniques in that case.
In the next three hour session you will learn how to use a blunt object and for attack and defense, and how to use your bare arms to defend against a blunt object.
In the following three hour session you will learn how to use an edged weapon for attack and defense, and how to respond to an edge weapon threat with your bare arm or legs.
You will need another three hours of drilling to master all the combinations possible of knife attack.
We then move into three hours of pistol threat defense, although in a shorter seminar we cut down and just teach you fewer angles and ensure you hone them and the principles behind it.
Three hour session for Weapon retention including defense vs. assault rifle threat.
Three additional hours to learn all the other kicks, and to practice continuous attacks and combinations.
Final three hour session is extra sparring drills.
With a onetime three hour Pure Krav Maga seminar you get a pretty good idea about your chances of survival and how to maximize them according to your options.
With six hour training you get much more, while with twelve hour training, you get much more knowledge of self defense than if you would have followed a traditional Dojo model.
If you take twenty-one hours, read the book Krav Maga – Use Your Body as a Weapon and the training dvd set Pure Krav Maga – Self Defense Mastery and use them to hone your skills, you are on the right track for perfection.
At this point you already passed the curve you could have reached with a five year track in a traditional Dojo trip. But yet with the principles you now learned you will see that you could do a lot more honing to perfection.
It is not that Pure Krav Maga makes you perfect in twenty one hours of training, but it is that the other five years in the traditional Dojo System is totally misleading when it comes to self defense.
But statistically in averages you will be much better in your survival skills when you chose the twenty one Pure Krav Maga hours vs. the average five hundred hours that are required for an average black belt.
Nothing wrong in excelling in a sport but self defense should be well rounded skills and not in winning sports competitions, but in awareness through understanding the limits both you and your opponent may have through lecture and training and using them to your favor when you can.
Pure Krav Maga has all the techniques and the Tactics that the other Martial Arts have in their most efficient combination of form and prioritization geared for Self Defense Training under the constraint of reaction time. To be able to completely understand this statement you can read the book Krav Maga - Use Your Body as a Weapon!