There are probably millions expressions of the art through the human body. There are several styles of Gymnastics with certain concentrations, there are combinations of gymnastics with rhythm which turn it out to dance expression, while the raw gymnastics depends on demonstrating the success of controlling the body's physics.
There are many ideas about, and theories of martial arts training systems and many concentrations. All are about how to use your two arms two legs and perhaps a side arm and your brain to defend yourself.
There are modern fighting sports and older fighting sports that people really had to fight and in the old days kill each other to stay alive even on stage. In the old days Hand to Hand was mostly what to do when you can't use your sword or dagger, or what to do with your bare hands when you don't have one.
So once I've realized that Pure Krav Maga is giving me a precise training system of how to prevail in Hand to Hand Fighting, thinking back of some of the other martial arts I've mastered, I've realized I would get bored and lose interest in a class where the material presented does not cover all the realistic aspects of self defense. The art of not making mistakes in the last few split seconds you have in the verdict of live or die!
Yes, learning something else will force me off my lazy butt to get more exercise, more coordination, more strength, and perhaps more fame. Yes, perhaps if I keep going I will cover almost any form of shape of attack someone might try on me when I try to defend myself.
However, I am not the type of guy anymore that is interested in winning something whether its arm wrestle, Judo Match(thank God someone created this sport to provide with sweat absorbing clothes)not a boxing match. I've got Knocked out in training only once in my life. It was not a bad experience, you just get a wake-up call realizing that this is what happened. Not painful. Luckily I did not cut my eye lid, nor did I break my nose. That would have probably been more of a nuisance pain in the recovery time. I also got stabbed with a knife from the back only once. Not painful at the initial day, only when you try to stretch for the year to come.
I've decided not to adopt the Spartan lifestyle, working on the strength carrying a quite heavy spear and using it skillfully to prevail in a poking game. I've decided not to engage in the Art of Jujitsu, nor Wrestling, nor Grappling giving up on the beauty of becoming my opponent's leech on chiropractor. I've decided not to join a boxing gym and probably getting in one of the best fitness one could ever get. It is probably good for courage too.
I find in it a walk-through in all the possibilities the human body can inflict damage and the counter medicine of how to prevent it from happening. It is systematic and therefore easier to retain. I just think that If I would keep that systematic training with the same time that the other martial arts do I will enjoy it more than if I would have spent it on lame training and conditioning for a competition or a belt.
Yes, this is my choice, but I tell my students and my potential students, that if they do not have a good Krav Maga school which nowadays as it ever was an extinct creature, they should join one of the activity classes instead. But if they are interested in self defense, I tell them that reading my book would help them a lot.
I think that if let's say a master of some exotic style will decide one day to consider all the other martial arts and devise counter techniques against them, perhaps he will develop another style of Krav Maga. But in fact Krav Maga became math, and the numbers do not lie...I just don't want to get in a bad habit of running up a data bank of 10,000 techniques in my small brain trying to find the right one in the last few split seconds of a threat where I just might come out alive. Certainly not if most of these techniques were practiced against unrealistic attack and tactics as a result of safety and ease of running chain of schools...
I do however encourage you to take one, two or three fighting sports, martial art or set up yourself a goal to master them all if you would like or have nothing better to do. However, remember two things! First I am not paying your tuition! Second, well I don't have to worry about it because you would not come back to me to complain about my advice if you are dead anyway.
I do think many martial artists had achieved great strength, close to animalistic skills, but they put their life time in. To become an animal you have to live like one! It is the aspiration of any man to posses the virtues of a human and the strength of motion of animals. Well you can get at least the virtues from both aspirations and learning Pure Krav Maga would make you see the entrance and the end of the tunnel quickly.
Its better to think and do something before it's too late but at the same time your body's natural responses help to react instinctively. Yet some people prevail and some lose their lives.
Well I do have interest however in observation monitoring and analysis of them. I am still curious if the laws of physics, and tactics extracted from the experience of the fighting sports still conform to reality.
The rest of the ingredients are: Impact, feasible response of change in the direction of the forces according to the reaction time. You see the hotzone is a virtual 360 degree sphere to monitor! You have a better chance to take advantage of your physical and your opponent's physical limitations by monitoring the entry and exit into the hotzone!
The Hot Zone equals a 3D 360 degree zone around your body which metaphorically increases its temperature when a second opponent gets into it. Virtually, the idea is the area that when crossed you become very vulnerable to attack which you simply have less of a potential to prevail if you did not attack or followed a counter prior the entry to the hotzone or at the exact moment of entry into the hotzone.