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4 Best Martial Art for Women's Self Defence
4 Best Martial Art for Women's Self Defence

In response to crime rates in modern society, self-defence for women is more important than ever for ensuring their personal safety. According to the ABS, it’s estimated that 1 out of every 3 women in Australia have experienced physical violence since the age of 15.Learning a martial art is one of the best ways for women to not only equip themselves with practical skills for protection but also to boost their self-confidence and peace of mind when travelling. If you’re considering taking up a martial art for self-defence, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we’ve highlighted the 4 best martial arts for women and why they are great for those looking to improve their self-defence capability.  The Value of Martial Arts and Self Defence for Women  It’s a sad reality that women are disproportionately represented in martial arts due to the false traditional stigma of violence that’s associated with martial arts. Most martial arts have their roots in defence rather than being a tool for offence or aggression. Martial arts are also widely known for being a medium for enhancing one's self-discipline and self-control and promotes values such as respect and mastery of the self. Women are often subject to unfair treatment due to archaic societal perceptions of masculinity. It’s no wonder that they also face higher risks of crime-related violence, and in some extreme cases, sexual assault. In such cases, the value of martial arts cannot be understated in helping to deal with perpetrators or even prevent them from acting against you altogether. 4 Best Martial Art for Women's Self Defence Krav Maga Originally developed for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), Krav Maga is an Israeli martial art that focuses on survivability rather than ‘winning’ over an opponent. It’s best known for having wide applications in real-world situations. Because Krav Maga doesn’t require a lot of mastery over specific techniques, it’s one of the easiest martial arts to pick up for women. You can start learning Krav Maga today and immediately learn moves that are applicable in commonly encountered situations, such as snatch theft or against a knife-wielding assailant.  Brazilian Jiu Jitsu As its name suggests, Jiu Jitsu originates from Brazil and is a martial art that features the use of grapples, ground fighting, and submission holds as part of its key set of techniques. Being pinned to the ground by an assailant is one of the most difficult positions to defend yourself in, especially so for women, as a lot of physical strength is required to push another ~ 70kg person off you. In taking up Jiu Jitsu, women can learn how to defend themselves against attackers even while lying on the ground and drastically improve their chance of escape. Muay Thai Kickboxing   Muay Thai, or kickboxing, is an extremely popular combat sport that features the use of both legs and arms for both defence and offence. Lots of women favour Muay Thai as it also happens to be great at burning calories and helping with weight loss. But aside from that, kickboxing also teaches self-defence skills for women like how to escape from wrist grabs, chokes, and hair grabs.  Wing Chun – the style Bruce Lee trained in Wing Chun was popularized around the world by Bruce Lee and also gained a lot more recognition after the movie “Ip Man” was released across the globe. It’s a martial art that is characterised by its focus on close-quarters hand-to-hand combat and straightforward techniques. Wing Chun was developed by woman it’s based on science and proper body mechanics. With techniques that don’t require a lot of arm strength, Wing Chun is gaining popularity among women who want a reliable way to defend themselves without needing to apply a lot of force. It’s an accessible martial art that can be picked up quickly regardless of your fitness level. It’s formidability comes from its ability to transcend size, abilities, disabilities etc. Tips for Choosing the Right Martial Arts Style for You   When it comes to finding the best martial art for women, we like to recommend choosing one that you are most comfortable with. Watching demonstration videos is a good way to try and envision yourself performing these techniques, as well as seeing firsthand how they apply to self-defence.  It may seem daunting to pick up a martial art for self-defence, but it’s simply a matter of practice to be able to reliably use it in dangerous situations. Once you’ve started attending regular classes, your trainers will be able to guide you and build your confidence in your abilities. Not to mention, your fitness, strength, and agility will improve dramatically.  At UMF Academy, we offer all the above best martial arts for women in North Queensland and Townville. Our classes are conducted by experienced Instructors of each martial art to help you along your self-defence journey. Contact us today to find out more about our classes!

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6 Important Benefits of Jiu Jitsu for Kids
6 Important Benefits of Jiu Jitsu for Kids

Jiu jitsu is one of the fastest growing sports around the globe.For parents looking for a fun and safe way to encourage their children to participate in exercise and sport, jiu jitsu offers a variety of physical and mental benefits and instils essential life skills that can help them thrive. UMF is the only Townsville martial art school that provides the industry’s #1 Character Development System.  In this article, we’ll look at six important benefits of jiu jitsu for kids and how martial arts can promote a healthy and safe environment for them to flourish in their formative years. Table of Contents  Self confidence Physical benefits Discipline & Respect Social aspect Peaceful resolution Year-round consistency  Self confidence When it comes to the benefits of jiu jitsu for kids, self-confidence is at the top of the list. Whilst we never want to find ourselves in situations where we need to apply jiu jitsu, the practical aspect of jiu jitsu makes students confident in combat situations.  Not only does jiu jitsu make kids more confident in combat situations, but it also makes them feel less inclined to get involved in them because they have nothing to prove. For many young jiu jitsu students, the reassurance of their training provides them with the confidence that they can de-escalate and overcome challenges which, in many cases, results in them feeling less inclined to prove it. Physical benefits As you might expect, jiu jitsu is a great pay to promote physical activity for children in a fun and engaging environment. Jiu jitsu training promoted cardiovascular and aerobic fitness, muscle strength, flexibility, and mobility across a range of motion. For kids that may struggle with conventional sports like Little Athletics or alike, jiu jitsu is a fun and engaging way to improve their fitness in a safe, fun, and controlled environment.  Discipline & Respect Martial arts are founded on the principles of discipline and respect – two essential skills that can be instilled in children from a young age. There are few other sports that place such a strong emphasis on patience, discipline, and respect for your instructors and fellow competitors like jiu jitsu. In class, children will learn the virtue of patience and respect towards both the art of jiu jitsu and their fellow practitioners. Outside of the class, kids become ambassadors for the martial art of jiu jitsu where they are empowered to uphold its unique and positive values to all of those around them. Social aspect For kids, jiu jitsu is a great way to make new friends and expand their circles to include new peers that they might not interact with in school or through other extra-curricular activities. Jiu jitsu for kids is a great way to interact, socialise, and bond on the shared interest of the sport of jiu jitsu. For most kids, they will make lifelong friends from their very first jiu jitsu class in a fun, team environment that promotes mutual respect and trust. Peaceful resolution  Contrary to the narrative that we sometimes see from the media, jiu jitsu and other forms of martial arts are about seeking a peaceful resolution – not inciting physical combat or violence. For kids who maty struggle with conflict resolution, jiu jitsu is a great way to teach the virtues of talking through problems in a respectful way to seek a peaceful outcome. For most kids, knowing that they have the combat skills to handle themselves in a physical altercation is enough for them to know that they do not need to prove it. For kids that have been the victim of bullying, or even those that have been the instigators, jiu jitsu instils the importance of peace that will help them to navigate their way through the school halls with confidence. Year-round consistency  Whether you’re battling the crippling summer heat and humidity in Townsville, or you’re overcoming the cold months in the northern hemisphere, one of the many benefits of practising jiu jitsu for kids is that it is predictable and can be enjoyed throughout the year. Unlike outdoor sports which are at the mercy of the weather, jiu jitsu is never cancelled and can be enjoyed in the comfort of an indoor setting throughout the year. For parents looking for a predictable and consistent after school or weekend activity, jiu jitsu is a great option. Final Thoughts For parents that are looking for an extracurricular activity for their children that provides a well-founded approach to physical and mental development, jiu jitsu is a great way to equip them with essential life skills in a fun and supportive environment.

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What Age Can Kids Start Learning Kickboxing?
What Age Can Kids Start Learning Kickboxing?

Kickboxing is one of the most revered and practiced martial arts in the world. But how old should kids be before they start to learn kickboxing and when is the best time to get them involved.For children, kickboxing is a powerful way to channel their energy, build resilience, and learn foundational self-defence skills and the importance of self-discipline. For children learning kickboxing, the emphasis is on fun, coordination, and support where kids can learn in a supporting environment. In this article, we’ll look at the basics of kickboxing, understand the best time to start your children, the physical and mental benefits of martial arts, and what you can do to minimise their risk and find the best environment where young learners can thrive and grow.  Table of contents Kickboxing basics & discipline overview What age can children start to learn kickboxing? Physical & mental benefits of kickboxing for kids Mitigating risk & maximising enjoyment Finding the right kickboxing class for kids Kickboxing basics & discipline overview Kickboxing dates back to the 1960s in Japan where Tatsuo Yamada combined the disciplines of Muay Thai and Karate to provide a full-body self-defence that employs kicks, punches, and footwork. The inception of kickboxing sparked a global movement in Europe, North America, and Japan which led to unique adaptions from pioneers like Joe Lewis which was the first to introduce full-contact kickboxing matches. In Europe, Dutch kickboxing built on the foundations of the Japanese techniques and achieved international acclaim. The diverse adaptions of the discipline of kickboxing that has become ubiquitous for its unique combination of power, precision, and discipline that continues to be one of the most popular forms of martial arts.  What age can children start to learn kickboxing? Kickboxing is a great way to teach discipline and foster early development in conflict resolution that prioritises de-escalation and a conflict-free outcome. Kids can start to learn kickboxing from the age of 6 years old where they will learn the basics and work on basic cognitive skills and development. During these formative years, kickboxing is practiced in a playful and theory-based level that promotes general physical and cognitive development. As children progress, the style and techniques that are covered will progress. Early kickboxing classes promotes self-confidence, conflict-resolution, and basic self-defence skills that help to improve coordination in a fun and supporting environment.  Physical & mental benefits of kickboxing for kids Kickboxing for kids goes beyond the physical aspects and instils important life skills such as self-discipline, conflict resolution, sportsmanship, and overcoming adversity. In addition to building physical strength and understand the capabilities of their bodies, kids can also work towards goals such as different belts and competitions that help to promote a competitive spirit. In the right environment, martial arts instil the value of clear decision making, overcoming emotions, and finding peace over aggression. While many of these values can also be taught through conventional team sports, the individual pursuit of kickboxing and martial arts highlights the important need for self-reliance and problem solving in overcoming adversity. Mitigating risk & maximising enjoyment As a parent or guardian of a young one, mitigating risk and maximising enjoyment plays an important role in how your child feels towards learning to kickbox. For young kids, safety is paramount when learning kickboxing which means investing in gloves, shin guards, and head gear to protect them during training and practice.  For kids, kickboxing is low contact and emphasises the use of technique over brute force. This approach helps to safeguard young learners and instils a greater understanding of the fundamentals that guide development. It’s a careful balance between safety and skill development that helps to ensure that kids have a positive outlook on learning to kickbox and choose to continue for years to come. Finding the right kickboxing class for kids Finding the right kickboxing classes for kids is essential. It’s important to find classes in a supportive environment from qualified instructors that understand how to make kickboxing fun for children and foster physical development and self-discipline. When seeking the perfect kickboxing class for your children, it's not just about punches and kicks; it's about nurturing character and confidence. In Townsville, UMF provides Kickboxing / Boxing 4 Kids program to kids ages from 6 to 14 years of age that combines boxing and kickboxing in a fun and dynamic fitness class while also teaching non-striking solutions. While many clubs emphasize discipline and respect, UMF goes a step further by offering the industry's top Character Development System that teaches children essential character traits and skills that will set them up for life. To learn more or book your first class, contact our friendly team today!

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Can Martial Arts Help to Prevent Bullying?
Can Martial Arts Help to Prevent Bullying?

Bullying is a persistent challenge for schools. As children progress through their formative years, bullying can have a profound impact on their self-image, development, and their outlook on the world. While schools and youth organisations implement initiatives to curb the impacts of bullying, martial arts training is a proactive route that parents can take to equip children with self-defence skills. Martial arts, often misconstrued as a violent physical combat, provides a holistic approach to physical, emotional, and mental development that can have an important impact on children during their early years. Table of contents The psychological effects of martial arts & bully prevention The direct impact of martial arts training on bullying The role of martial arts in improving self-confidence The value of environmental influence Learn with UMF for bully prevention The psychological effects of martial arts & bully prevention Learning martial arts isn’t simply a self-defence against bullying, it’s a psychological training method to prevent and deter bullying. For children and adolescents, martial arts training can play a fundamental role in developing self-confidence. This growth in self-confidence comes from developing physical skills and progressing through different achievements in their chosen martial arts discipline. Confident children exhibit strength and assurance in the way that they carry themselves which make them less likely to be a target for bullies.  For victims of bullying in schools or in their early years, martial arts provide a structured environment where the fundamentals of self-control and discipline. Conversely, for bullies, martial arts training offers a framework that can address behavioural issues and help to teach new ways to focus attention and control in a more positive way. The direct impact of martial arts training on bullying  Martial arts training can directly impact the way that children confront bullying. Armed with self-defence skills, one of the key cornerstones of martial arts training, children have the confidence to stand their ground with bullies. Martial arts instil a sense of confidence and security that helps to calm situations and reduce the fear of bullies.   In addition to the self-confidence that comes with self-defence training, kids are able to better understand situational risks and recognise situations before they elevate. This heightened situational awareness, combined with the resilience and self-confidence to tackle difficult situations mean that children are able to respond to bullying with a new level of confidence that can immediately deter bullies.  The role of martial arts in improving self-confidence Learning martial arts can have a profound and lasting impact on both bullies and the victims of bullies. While the focus is often on ways that martial arts can help victims of bullying to deal with conflict situations, it’s important to understand how martial arts training can help to break the cycle of aggression and frustration in the bullies themselves. For bullies, martial arts teach the importance of controlling anger and aggression – two factors which are often linked to the cause of school yard bullying and behavioural problems. Martial arts training centres around the importance of controlling impulsive actions, non-violent conflict resolution, developing character, and transforming aggressive behaviours into positive ones. For victims of bullying, martial arts training provides a physical coping mechanism for children, while also helping to develop the emotions and stress that stem from bullying. The progression system of belt levels within martial arts reinforces the tangible progress that is being made and serves as a visual reminder that plays an important role in self-image. The value of environmental influence The environment and community around martial arts training plays an important, often underestimated, role in shaping children and reducing bullying. The martial arts community that can be found in gyms around the world provides a nurturing and safe space that encourages self-development, guidance, and mentorship for young minds. Instructors or coaches serve as important role models and help to instil respect, discipline, and encourage perseverance through adversity. The sense of belonging that comes from training with like-minded role models and peers plays a crucial role in fostering growth and preventing bullying in both the bullies themselves, and for their victims. A structured learning environment helps to teach children the value of discipline, humility, and respect for authority and their peers. The community aspect of martial arts, characterised by respect and celebrating achievements, is integral in empowering children against bullying and arming them with the tools that they need for personal development and resilience. Learn with UMF for bully prevention At UMF, we're not just another martial arts school. We believe in instilling values that go beyond mere physical training. While many clubs advocate for discipline and respect, UMF stands out as the sole provider of the industry's leading Character Development System in Townsville. Our dedication to nurturing well-rounded individuals is evident in our kids' classes, where we integrate the exclusive UMF Character Development System. This incorporates the Non-Striking Solutions and our trademarked Bully Buster System™. These specialised systems empower children, fostering resilience, confidence, and the ability to stand up for themselves—attributes that go hand in hand with the comprehensive training at UMF.

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What's the Best Martial Arts for Fitness?
What's the Best Martial Arts for Fitness?

Martial arts aren’t only used as self-defence tools. They can be a fun and exciting way to keep fit, with the added bonus of being able to take care of yourself should the situation arise. This kind of training is highly rewarding, both for your fitness and mental wellbeing; but for beginners, the hardest part may be picking which discipline you wish to practice. Struggling to differentiate your Muay Thai from your MMA? We’ve put together a guide with an overview of five types of classes offered at UMF Academy, taught by martial arts veterans, so you can decide which one is best for you – and your fitness goals.  Choose one that works best for you and get ready to experience exercise in a new, challenging and rewarding way.   Table of contents The Best Martial Arts for Fitness Wing Chun Kung Fu Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Muay Thai Kickboxing Krav Maga Boxing What martial art is best for me? The Best Marial Arts for Fitness Wing Chun Kung Fu Popularised by Bruce Lee, Wing Chung is a self-defence system originally from China that will help you protect yourself. This is one of the close-range types of martial arts that focusses strongly on balance: this practice teaches the idea of a centre line in the body that guides every action. Attacks in this practice are mostly rapid strikes performed when moving towards the opponent, so think close contact requiring quick reflexes. Wing Chun uses very few kicks but can be tough on the forearms. Benefits of practising this direct and effective type of MMA include improving coordination and flexibility, developing self-discipline and working out the full body while lowering your blood pressure and heart rate. What makes UMF’s Wing Chun class stand out from other martial arts training providers is our training methodology. We teach our students scenario-based responses for commonly encountered situations, such as street violence. Wing Chun is not a combat sport and is governed by the principles of consent, awareness, preparation and rules and regulations. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Are you looking for a ground-based martial art? The grappling and “rolling” of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) could be for you. First popularised in the early 1900s, this hybrid of Japanese Juitsu and Kodokan judo is incredibly strategic and involves mental clarity and acuity. BJJ also requires the ability to out-strategize and out-manoeuvre your opponent by controlling the ground. This takes more than physical strength; intelligent problem solving, strategic skills and clear techniques also come into play in this sport. The objective is to put your opponent in a submission hold that causes them to submit. This type of combat revolves around the concept a smaller person can successfully defend against a stronger, heavier opponent by using leverage and weight distribution. Sparring in BJJ is called “rolling”, which is essentially wrestling, and makes for a very intense full-body workout. This teaches you to use your body as one unit and helps increase your body awareness.  Muay Thai Kickboxing  Muay Thai is a kickboxing practice that originated in Thailand. This combat sport uses attacking and defending techniques such as stand-up striking, sweeping and clinching. It is often referred to as ‘the art of eight limbs’ as you can use your fists, feet, elbows and knees to strike your opponent. This makes it an effective and intense cardio workout, as well as one of the best for self-defence outside of the class. UMF Academy’s unique curriculum offers drills and exercises to take your training to the next level, in turn developing your coordination and upper body and core strength, as well as improving your endurance and balance. Street Edge Krav Maga  Krav Maga is an Israeli martial art that was developed for the Israel Defence Forces to be used in real-life combat situations and teaches you practical knowledge like how to disarm an attacker in addition to punches and kicks. These classes are not just standard martial arts lessons: they offer a mixture of effective skills for defence in real-life situations, including knife and gun attacks, home invasions and unarmed scenarios. You will learn not only the physical skills, but the correct mental attitude that allows the appropriate reflexive actions should you need it. Krav Maga translates from Hebrew to ‘contact combat’, and this is what you’ll practice. There will be plenty of intense workouts with drills that aim to discipline you to fight when your body is tired.   At UMF, we offer Street Edge Krav Maga classes that are focused on self-defence tactics for both your physical body and mind to help you navigate dangerous real-world situations. Our program is designed by Paul Johnstone, the official Australian representative of this martial art, with over 30 years of experience. He also has vast experience in holding high-profile positions in the area of self-protection across multiple countries. Boxing Boxing is a sport that focuses on the art of punching and evading punches, emphasising striking techniques using fists and footwork. Engaging in boxing demands the coordinated effort of your entire body, making it a rigorous workout that simultaneously enhances cardiovascular endurance and builds strength.  Beyond its physical benefits, boxing hones mental attributes as well. Over time, practitioners experience heightened focus, improved concentration, and refined hand-eye coordination. Despite what many think, boxing also offers an avenue for children to channel their energy positively, promoting a healthy lifestyle, as well as helping in developing motor skills, coordination, and agility from a young age. This is why UMF offers a specialised class for children that incorporates elements of both kickboxing and boxing. What martial art is best for me? In short, the type of martial art you pick is entirely up to you and what works best for your lifestyle and goals. Martial arts aren’t just combat sports – most of them are designed to empower, teach self-defence, and improve physical fitness; so while you’re working out, you’ll be learning invaluable practical life skills. Joining UMF Academy will start you on a journey toward mental and physical self-improvement.

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How Does Martial Arts Teach Discipline?
How Does Martial Arts Teach Discipline?

Most people are aware that discipline is a foundational principle in any martial art. But how exactly does martial arts teach discipline?  Practicing and learning martial arts is becoming increasingly popular across the world, particularly so in Australia with over a quarter of a million participants nationwide. Apart from the obvious fitness benefits that comes with the intense physical activity involved, the sharpening of personal discipline is a big reason why so many are picking up martial arts. In this article, we’ll expound on the importance of discipline in marital arts, how martial arts teaches discipline, and how you can benefit from it.  Table of Contents  Discipline: A Core Principle of Martial Arts How Martial Arts Teaches Discipline Learning Through Rules Progressive Training Mastery Over Body and Mind Discipline: A Core Principle of Martial Arts  Many martial arts have deep roots in diverse cultures all over the world, including popular styles such as Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Wing Chun, just to name a few. At the core of each of these martial arts is the core principle of discipline.  At first glance, martial arts seems to focus on teaching students how to fight or defend themselves. While that is true, the way these techniques are taught are designed to hone one’s discipline and self-mastery. Discipline is a character trait that is invaluable at any age — it affects mental focus, the way we interact with others, and how we approach challenges. With martial arts, students will be given the opportunity to exercise discipline in every part of their practice, from class routine to physical drills. How Martial Arts Teaches Discipline Martial arts training places individuals in the perfect environment to learn discipline. Each martial art class or program is segmented into well-structured routines with clear goals and progression routes. Classes are led by qualified instructors who are masters of the martial arts they teach, and students lead alongside one another. There are 3 main ways that marital arts teaches discipline: Learning Through Rules Most forms of martial arts, whether competitive or not, have clearly defined rules that guide learning and practice behaviour. Students are taught to be responsible for their own actions and play by the rules, honing their ability to make their own decisions and discipline themselves. Progressive Training Training is done progressively with defined goals set throughout the program for students to achieve. This sets a precedent for students to be expectant of what they will learn, as well as track their own progress as they learn and practice, teaching them the importance of self discipline in helping them achieve results. Mastery Over Body and Mind Finally, students will be taught to discipline their minds and bodies to reach their goals. The concept of willpower is very closely tied to discipline, and martial arts encourages students to have control over their mental and physical capabilities, making them more capable individuals in life. Final Thoughts It should be said that martial arts is not an easy sport, and for good reason. Martial arts masters given due respected in recognition of the focus, effort, and discipline they have exercised to get to where they are. Students will no doubt face challenges when practicing martial arts, giving them opportunities to sharpen their discipline to overcome the obstacles they face, and later on in life. Discipline is one of the key areas of focus in our martial arts programs here at UMF Academy. Unlike other martial arts programs, our school uses the industry-leading Character Development System, which is specially designed in-house to teach our students valuable traits like discipline and respect. If you would like to learn more about how our martial arts programs can teach discipline effectively, give us a call today!

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Is Krav Maga a Martial Art or a Combat Sport?
Is Krav Maga a Martial Art or a Combat Sport?

Developed for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF), Krav Maga is known to teach participants to act in real-world situations with efficient, fast self-defence movements. There is often confusion, however, over whether Krav Maga is a martial art or a combat sport. Though Krav Maga takes cues and techniques from martial arts like aikido, judo, karate, boxing, and wrestling, it is also quite different from those arts.   UMF Academy is here to answer the question once and for all: Is Krav Maga a martial art or a sport — or neither? Krav Maga: A Quick Look Krav Maga is the Israeli army’s official self-defence system. It is a hybrid hand-to-hand combat system, with movements characterised by:  Speed and aggression Instinct and intuition Strong mental focus Rapid counter attacks Krav Maga was designed to get practitioners to a high level of proficiency in a short time. It does this by stressing survival above all — with no rules or restrictions on moves typically considered illegal, such as headbutts, groin strikes, eye gouges, and throat strikes. Many Krav Maga techniques and moves are inspired by various martial arts and combat sports such as:  Karate: Punches and palm strikes Aikido: Empty-hand weapon defences. Wrestling: Take-downs and throws. Judo: Escapes from chokes and holds. Is Krav Maga a Martial Art? By definition, a martial art is practised for self-defence, competition, development, entertainment, or heritage. A martial art maintains important traditions passed down from previous masters.  Like other martial arts taught here at UMF Academy, Krava Maga encourages its students to avoid physical confrontation — but the important distinction is that Krav Maga contains no rules. Instead, it trains you to improvise and incorporate versatile attacks and defences into your movements. So, is Krav Maga a martial art? Not quite. While it takes techniques such as strikes from karate and boxing and take-downs and throws from judo and aikido, the actual teaching and movements of Krav Maga lack the codified nature of those martial arts. One element of Krav Maga that contradicts this view is its grading system — many organisations use the coloured belt grading system based upon the Judo grading system. However, Krav Maga was not originally associated with belts or grading at its inception for the IDF — these were introduced to allow training and sparring between students of similar skill levels. Is Krav Maga a Sport? In contrast to martial arts, sports take on a competitive edge for the purposes of entertainment. In many combat sports, the contestant’s goal is to score more points than their opponent by either disabling them or attacking with a designated technique. Some common combat sports include boxing, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, judo, and mixed martial arts (MMA). One-on-one combat sports such as wrestling involve staying in the ring with your opponent for an allotted time, but the goal of Krav Maga is as far from this as possible. Though it takes some inspiration from wrestling, such as some take-downs, ground work, and escapes from chokeholds, Krav Maga training is about protecting yourself and others against violence, confrontation, and real-world threats. Instead of following sports-like rules and guidelines, Krav Maga prepares you to act in realistic scenarios and develop a self-defence mindset that will empower you to protect yourself and others. Defensive Tactics System But if Krav Maga is neither a sport nor a martial art, what on earth is it? In Hebrew, krav maga literally means ‘contact combat’. It isn’t an ancient martial art that takes practitioners decades of hard work to learn. Nor is it made for show and entertainment like contact sports and competitive fighting. Krav Maga is a modern and practical self-defence system that can be learned by anyone — and most importantly, is effective in real-world situations. So, instead of martial arts or sports, an apt term to describe Krav Maga would be as a ‘defensive tactics system’, heavy on the ‘martial’ and not so much the ‘art’. Learn Krav Maga with UMF Academy Krav Maga is often thrown into discussions of both martial arts and competitive combat sports. But at its rawest, most natural form, it is neither. Krav Maga is a tactical self-defence system employed for survival against the dangers of the real world. At UMF Academy, we don’t teach Krav Maga as a martial art or sport, but the defensive tactics system it was intended to be. Sign up for Street Edge Krav Maga to undergo Australia’s number one defensive tactics program, with a no-nonsense approach to real-world self-defence.

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