Firstly I would like to qualify my experience in the martial arts world to qualify the substance of the article that follows. My name is Billy Manne and I am ranked no 52 in the world martial arts hall of fame. I have trained in various disciplines since the age of Six and have been a body guard for famous celebrities like Paul McCartney in the 80s. I have had over 7 years experience in Krav Maga and have used my martial arts in thousands of encounters on the street during my tenure as a security specialist, body guard and personal protection agent. I can speak with authority on Krav Maga because I have trained with and used the techniques in real life – and I have vast experience in other martial arts including zendokai, mauy thai kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu and boxing. I have also trained Systema with the Russian black wolves, been asked to train special force soldiers in the military and have trained famous boxers like Sam Soliman. Now lets get down to the question I am often asked – how does Krav Maga compare to other martial arts on the street.
The effectiveness of Krav Maga vs other martial arts is widely disputed among the martial arts community. It should be noted that with every comparison many elements come into play – but in this instance we are going to compare Krav Maga in a true street fighting scenario Vs other martial arts.
Krav Maga combines many of the powerful and generally simple techniques copied from many other martial arts. Because it is simple by nature, it enables a beginner to reach an advanced stage relatively quickly. Even so one should not assume that a few months worth of Krav Maga is going to defeat an experienced and seasoned martial artist in one of the other commonly used disciplines – but its probably going to give you a much better chance than most other martial arts.
Most importantly the main distinguishing feature of Krav Maga is that it contains NO RULES. Eye gouges, hard-multiple groin strikes and throat grabs are all permitted and used as a major focus when training. The stuff that other martial arts often do not allow due to rules – is the primary focus of Krav Maga.
The emphasis of Krav Maga is to attack and make focus of the vulnerable soft targets – this includes the groin, the eyes, the throat and the back of the head and nerve clusters/pressure points.