David meets Goliath
By Eyal Yanilov - Founder and Head Instructor of Krav Maga Global
Teaching Women Self Defense
Women are, on average, smaller and less powerful than men. A woman's muscle is 30% weaker than a man of the same size. Comparing a 60kg, 165 cm (132ibs, 5? 5?) woman to a 90kg, 183cm man (198ibs, 6?.) is like comparing the same man to a man who weighs 230 kg (~500ibs) with the height of about 230 cm (~8ft).
Would you; a man of 90 kg, want to fight such a monster who can make a pretzel of you? Probably not! If you had to, then you should use tactics and techniques that we teach woman.
Why should a woman have to fight a 90kg man? She shouldn't unless she has no alternative.
Krav Maga has always been about teaching "David" to be able to go up against "Goliath". Since it became more of a complete system, a process that started in the mid 1980's, it also became about how to use techniques and tactics to avoid, prevent, deescalate confrontations and if inevitable to avoid, to do the best to win. Winning depends on who you are, what the situation is, where you are and what you need to achieve. So a desirable result sometimes may be to run away and sometimes to knock the aggressor down or to break the physical composure of the enemy.
Teaching women, alike men, began in the early days of the Israeli Military. In the 1970's specific lessons that dealt with matters such as hitchhiking were also integrated, after some female soldiers were attacked while hitchhiking. The civilian sector always tried to appeal to women, but without very much success. A few years ago we began focusing on rectifying this and geared more towards female teenagers and adults.
The first big step was creating instructors education that focuses on our specific curriculum and approach for women training. Unique websites and material are also being prepared these days.
In the Women Instructors course our instructors learn exactly how to teach women, taking into considerations the different related aspects of physical and mental, cultural and sociological, psychological and tactical needs, advantages and disadvantages.
We also focus on the most commonly related problems such as sexual harassment, stalking, domestic violence, sexual attacks and much more.
Many women wish to focus on fitness to gain better figure and weight loss. We consider this and integrate it together with the techniques, tactics and mental preparation of how to cope with violent confrontations and stress.
In 2014 we aim to place much more effort and emphasis on spreading KMG among women in the many countries we are active in.
Enjoy your training, be safe and excel,