Newsflash! There is finally a Krav Maga center in St. Louis! For those unfamiliar with the brutal fighting arts, Krav Maga is the lethal self-defense technique taught to some of the biggest badasses on the planet–the Israeli Defense Forces. It’s also the martial art that serves as the basis for Batman’s buttkicking in the recent Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale flicks.
On the “Batman Begins” commentary, it’s described as a form of fighting where you basically decide whether you’re going to maim or kill your assailant. In other words, it’s the polar opposite of the allegedly non-lethal martial arts of Aikido or Judo (which I studied and found somewhat impractical).
Krav Maga’s lethality comes from the powerful elbow and knee strikes it employs, and was designed to quickly end altercations in which one found themselves facing a gun, knife, or multiple opponents. I’ve wanted to learn it for some time now, though let’s be honest, some of that comes from the fact that it’s elbow strike–perhaps alone in the martial arts–combos safely and effectively with repeated pimp slaps.
Don’t think it a chauvinist’s martial art, however, as demonstrated by the picture below. It’s for any lady who’s found the need to go up through the nose and pick a man’s brain…