April 25, 2012
Sara Ayaz describes how CrossFit and Krav Maga work together to produce finely tuned martial artists.
When I first started Krav Maga, it was the single most intense and awesome thing I had ever encountered. As a lifelong martial artist, I was looking for a system that was more ardent and practical than what I had previously done. Krav Maga was that system.
Krav Maga is a self-defense system created by Imi Lichtenfeld, and it focuses on practical approaches to modern-day threats. It was forged in a hostile environment and is ever-evolving.
Each class is started with a 10-minute warm up that consists of cardio, calisthenics and working our basic stance. Classes are interval-oriented. After two to three years of Krav, your athletic ability should be at a fairly high level. Each ranking in Krav consists of a three to five hour endurance test involving punching, kicking, sparring and whatever other creative calisthenics hell the person running the test can think up.
One might say Krav Maga is the full package: self-defense, fighting and fitness.