Elite Martial Arts is an official Krav Maga training centre, certified by the Krav Maga Association of Canada. This specific form of Israeli self defense has long been the school’s main appeal to the communities we serve. Most recently Elite Martial Arts has been able to integrate a very effective and successful Muay Thai program into our school. Many new and perspective students appreciate having those two training options available and commonly request information on how the two compliment each other. Please allow this latest Blog entry to serve as a guide to answer common questions about the relation & difference between the two.
Krav Maga was developed during a time of war, designed to keep civilians safe against any number of threats that could be presented to them. Eventually the self defense system was adopted as the official self defense system used by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Krav Maga uses the most effective and instinctual methods of self defense found in various other forms of Martial Arts. This creates a well rounded, complete self defense system. Further adding to the effectiveness of Krav Maga is that there are no rules. Krav Maga will teach it’s practitioners to target vulnerable areas of the body where an attacker/threat can be most effectively eliminated, in the shortest amount of time possible. This same methodology has also made it a preferred method of self defense among those working in various facets of Law Enforcement and Security. Krav Maga will also address unarmed defensive tactics vs an armed attacker with such weapons as knife, gun and stick/blunt-edge objects.
Muay Thai is the National sport of Thailand. It has been practiced among Thai people for centuries. Deep rooted in Thai culture, Muay Thai is a part of the very lifestyle of many Thai people. Muay Thai’s main weapons are an effective array of elbows, punches, knees and kicks, as well as the corresponding defenses for these weapons. Muay Thai utilizes very effective clinching and controlling techniques to dominate an opponent. Combining all of these attributes makes Muay Thai one of the most effective forms of self defense one can learn.
Underlying in all of the actual techniques is the amazing health benefits Muay Thai provides. It makes it’s students stronger, provides improved cardio vascular function and improves the over quality of one’s life. Muay Thai strengthens and conditions the entire body.
How do the 2 Compare?
That is a subjective question completely up to the interpretation of the student. Many appreciate the “no rules” aspect of Krav Maga training for street fighting situations. Others enjoy a true love and appreciation for the beauty found in traditional Muay Thai training. Students can challenge themselves in competitive Muay Thai boutsm while students of Krav Maga put themselves through reality based scenario training. The two styles may have their differences but when practiced in compliment to one another, the results are amazing in terms of the benefits. The Krav Maga student would enjoy much better knees, elbow, kicks, and punches to go along with their Krav Maga defensive tactics. Muay Thai students can obtain an even bigger appreciation and insight into how useful their preferred fighting style can be, when applied to a street fighting situation. The two are different but can be a direct complement and benefit to one another.
Both forms of martial arts are great skills to develop and learn. Oftentimes students start with one form and then as they improve, begin training in the other form. Essentially, it really comes down to your own preferences, goals, and objectives. Plus, both forms are well-suited for any skill level, even for people who have never taken a martial arts class before, as well as those who are looking to improve their physical activity and fitness.
To learn more about Krav Maga and Muay Thai, its history, techniques, ideals, and differences, please feel free to stop by your nearest Elite Martial Arts location today or call us at 647-406-9862! We have three locations conveniently located in Downtown Toronto, North York (Keele and the 401), and Mississauga.