This is the International Krav Maga Federation, which is different than our World Wide & Alliance Affiliations. This video is shot in Israel, where a brick attack might be more common. In watching the video I would think the diving in method from frontal stick attack would be safer. If you cracked someone with a stout 360 defense it seems to me that the momentum of the brick could fly out of attackers hand in your direction. But, again I have not practiced the brick defense, so I certainly speculate from afar. Enjoy.

I teach both. I love both. I am passionate about both. I believe with proper commitment both lead to self improvement. I believe both give a person a stronger body, mind, and spirit. I believe a stronger person is harder to kill and is generally more useful in life. I have fourteen years experience in Goju-ryu. I have five years experience in Krav Maga. Thankfully, I am still scratching the surface at what these two arts have to offer. I have learned so much, yet have so much to learn. The more I teach, train, and contemplate Goju-ryu and Krav Maga, the more I appreciate just how similar they are. It’s not the differences that grab my attention. It’s their commonalities. Both, are a martial arts born and bred out of war and oppression. Both, are ultimately teaching one to become a ruthless fighter, should one need to engage in physical combat. Both, seek to bring out the very best in the individual. At the core of both arts, lies the idea of a peaceful warrior, whom only battles, when said warrior is not given a choice. Neither Krav Maga nor Goju-ryu are particularly flashy. Both styles utilize powerful strikes engineered from gross motor skills. Both styles, utilize softer fine motor skill techniques aimed at vulnerable areas. The Krav Maga self defense system is the most comprehensive and logical self defense system I’ve encountered. I love it. There is no equal. In Goju-ryu we practice kata. It’s amazing to me how similar some of the movements in the kata are to the self defense system in Krav Maga. For me, these two arts are the ultimate pairing. Both arts would rather keep the fight on the feet. However, both arts address being taken down to the ground. Not enough to beat Jui-jitsu student. But, enough ground work to defeat the average street thug/predator. Both styles, due require dedicated training and participation to improve and master. Neither style will offer a true master, as growth and perfection are ongoing. Both styles encourage the concept that you will never attain perfection or be invincible, only that you constantly strive to be both.

The significant differences in DNA between these two systems are the way the programs are conducted, the culture of the classroom, and how one gets from point A to point B. So, to the average person both styles will look vastly different. To the trained eye it is the similarities that are breathtaking. Krav Maga lacks the ritual and formality of Goju-ryu. However, in today’s world it is important that one trains. So, if an individual wants to train in a less formal art but with a wealth of martial art, then Krav Maga is the answer.

The most important difference in Krav Maga and Goju-ryu is that Krav Maga is centralized. So, there are three or four Official Krav Maga Affiliation Corporations that an Official Krav Maga School must belong to, train with, and certify through. The brilliance is that this system offers uniformity amongst the schools and the organizations. So, in laymen’s terms, if one were to train in a Worldwide Krav Maga Affiliate in Philadelphia, then he should feel right at home if comes and trains with us in Austin. Goju-ryu and most traditional martial arts lack this true centralized organization that controls curriculum, instructor certification, and system enhancement. So, a Goju-ryu school in Austin may look and feel very different than a Goju-ryu school in Philadelphia.

In the endgame I love them both. I believe my participation in both make me better at both. I don’t think I could pick one if I had too. Both arts inform me. Both arts challenge me. Both arts excite me. Both arts make me a better student and a better instructor.

By now this video has gone viral. This is a video of a bully getting tossed by his victim. These are news reports tied into said incident.

Now for my opinion on said matter. The school suspended both boys for an equal amount of time. By the looks of things in the video the big kid was the victim of this gang of bullies. They probably made a living picking on this kid. Based on my experience teaching martial arts the bullies probably picked on this kid every single day. Based on my experience the victim probably shared this with a guardian or teacher. This video represents the result of a system that fails to mandate a strict ‘no bullying’ policy. First of all, congrats to the victim standing up for himself and ending it once and for all. That being said the bully that got slammed could have been seriously hurt or killed. In the video it appears that he was slammed on his head and back on concrete. If the victim told someone and nothing was done about it then shame on the school. If the victim did not tell anyone about and just dealt with the turmoil every single day- then shame on the school for not being proactive about bullying in the first place. The victim did what he had to do in that moment to avoid further mental and physical abuse. He reacted and protected himself, and he damn near broke the bully’s head open with the body slam. This is a lose lose situation of the highest order. First of all the victim should not have been suspended. It sends a message to further victims that should the system fail you, you still do not take matters into your own hands in the realm of self preservation. It also sends a message to bullies that a victim will be reluctant to defend himself due to said consequences. This entire situation falls directly on the weight of the school, and the parents of the bullies. As a parent if you cannot see your child is cocky, arrogant, and making life hell for others then you are completely blind, or your bullying child is the greatest liar/performer on earth. How many suicides need to occur before we get serious about this issue? How many Columbine like massacres must occur before school systems world wide nip it in the bud before it becomes an issue? This is part of the problem with our society of litigation. This is what happens when parents refuse to see who their children really are. I teach and interact with kids every single day in a very nice part of Austin, Texas. I hear about bullying monthly. It’s a serious problem that school systems need to figure out otherwise the blood will be on their hands. School systems are currently crossing their fingers hoping nothing too bad happens. It’s complete crap. Freedom of speech does not apply in the institution of education. Especially, when the pupils are under the age of 18. Get it together school systems. Protect the weak and punish the bullies the same way you would punish a kid who threatened a faculty member.

This particular Krav Maga pistol defense was displayed on the show “Human Weapon”, which had totally slipped my mind until today. Enjoy.

Krav Maga conquering the world one show at a time.

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