Krav Maga is a self-defense system, developed for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), which included techniques of aikido, judo, boxing and wrestling with realistic fight training. Krav Maga is widely known for preparing people for real- life situations. It is extremely efficient for brutal counter-attacks. It was derived from street-fighting skills, which were developed by Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld. In the late 1940s, he migrated to Israel, and began to provide lessons on combat training.
Gaurav Jain is an electronics engineer and an MBA. He is also a certified Krav Maga Civilian Instructor, Krav Maga Kids Instructor, KettleBell Instructor, Law Enforcement instructor with training in VIP Protection, Tactical Shooting under International Ultimate Krav Maga Federation, India. Apart from training men, women and children at Kailash Health Village, Noida, he also trains himself with other instructors and armed forces in the Krav Maga headquarters in Saket, New Delhi. He has also conducted sessions and workshops for Schools, Corporates, NGOs etc.
When did you know about the art of Krav maga?
In about 2007, I was learning Muay Thai for about four years which is a Thai form of Marital Arts. I had initially taken it up as a fitness plus defence programme. But then I realised that it was more of a sport while I wanted to train under a realistic form of art- basically which can be implemented in realistic situations. So I researched and found about Krav Maga. At that time there was only one person who used to teach in India- Mr Vikram Kapoor. He is the one who brought Krav Maga to India. I have trained
under different trainers but I am currently under him since the last 4 years.
How is Krav Maga different from other forms of Martial Arts?
Krav Maga is more of a system than a martial art. The other forms that you know are rigid in nature. One has to spend years to learn their correct technique, while Krav Maga involves the natural body movement and reflexes. It is also easier to learn- it can be learnt effectively within a short duration. Moreover, it is more practical and scenario based. Like for example while you are traveling in a bus or are attacked on the road, or have to face pistol threats or a knife attack or even a multiple attacker scenario. It is especially for women in attacks of assault or rape. It prepares you to deal with such things which are nowadays happening to the common man. There are more rules in other martial arts- like you can’t attack below the belt or back of the head. But will you follow rules while defending yourself in real life? There are no rules in Krav Maga. In other martial art forms it is about earning your point or the Belt but in Krav Maga, you earn your life!
Krav Maga is meant for street fighting and without arms. It is more realistic in nature and this makes it different from other forms of martial arts. Why is it comparatively less popular and known than them?
Krav Maga originated in Israel. Till the late 1980s, it was not available for civilians to learn outside Israel. It only came to india in 1995. But it is catching up fast!
Which age group would you recommend Krav Maga to?
There is no age limit to learn Krav Maga due to its adaptive nature. One can begin learning from the age of 5 years and above. That’s the minimum age limit. Of course for kids, we teach them defence in that age and not hitting back, otherwise they will hurt each other. Krav Maga is for everyone!
Are there any Bollywood actors/ actresses or celebs who are into it?
Ofcourse! There is Abhay Deol, Rani Mukherjee who learnt it for her movie Mardaani and others like politician Omar Abdullah and infamous Dr. Naresh Trehan.
Apart from self- defence, what are the other benefits that are gained that Krav Maga?
It will improve your agility and fitness, increases endurance, build your stamina and your confidence, decreases reaction time. Your reflex actions will become faster. It’s like cycling- once you learn it, you will never forget.
What made you decide to become an instructor?
After gaining the amazing benefits of Krav Maga, I wanted to share them with everyone. I believe that if I can do it, so can everyone!
What are your hobbies and interests apart from Krav Maga?
Well I play table tennis and chess and I like to read. I gym sometimes. I also play the mouth organ! I love to travel, camp and trek.
It is imperative in today’s time to be able to protect yourself physically. Self- defence not only makes you fit but also boosts your confidence, preparing you for the threats that come unannounced. The aim of Krav Maga is to cause maximum damage to the opponent(s) and ending the fight as quickly as possible. It teaches you to target the opponent’s weakest area – groin, eyes, throat, head, ribs, neck, throat, eyes, knees, which are not allowed in Martial Arts. And because of this, Krav Maga is not competitive like Brazilian Ju-Jitsu, because it can prove to be fatal.
Having spoken to Gaurav Jain, we now know how useful Krav Maga can be for the common man and not only for defence forces. We agree with him on his life motto ”I don’t even call it violence when it’s in self- defence; I call it Intelligence”.
You can visit official website of Krav Maga here www.kravmagaindia.in