A common question we are often asked is: “What are the differences between Karate and Krav Maga?” Before delving into this, let’s actually compare the similarities between these two forms of martial arts.
Both Karate and Krav Maga focus on building the mind and body. Much emphasis is placed on developing a proper stance or footwork, which creates a foundation for strong techniques and skills. In addition, both require dedication and commitment from the student, with progress indicated by way of a belt ranking system. They have their respective practical applications, as well as provide a great workout.
The exact origin of Karate is not definitive, but its history can be traced back to 19th century China and Japan. By the 1930’s, it had made its way to Canada.
Through the years, Karate has maintained its traditions, including the practice of training in a gi. During competitions, there is an underlying respect for one’s opponent – an unspoken code of honour. There are rules and regulations, much like any other organized sport.
Krav Maga (Hebrew for “contact combat”) came about in the 1930’s, and was integrated into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) as part of their military training. It incorporates myriad of other martial arts, including Boxing, Jujitsu, Muay Thai, Akido, and Judo.
Because Krav Maga is essentially used for self-defense purposes, there are no competitions (and hence, no “illegal” moves). Eye rakes, knees/kicks to the groin, and hitting the base of the skull are but a few of our go-to strikes. Our M.O. is to shut a person down ASAP by any and all means necessary.
To help decide if Krav Maga is the right option for your training and fitness goals, please contact us at 647-406-9862 to schedule a free trial class at any one of our three locations: Downtown Toronto, Mississauga, or North York.