Hi, thanks for dropping by.
My name is Richard Walker. I have been interested in and have practised martial arts and fighting systems since I was a kid (er… that’s 30+ years ago!).
I separate the two terms ‘martial arts’ and ‘fighting systems’ since I recognize that a martial art is more than just a fighting art. A martial art is a spiritual discipline where the fighting art practiced is itself the path taken. By contrast a fighting art is just that – a fighting art.
My first introduction to the martial systems was in the form of Judo when I was 12 years old. Then Shotokan Karate (the system as taught by the founder of modern Karate Japanese Gichin Funakoshi) and then Aikido (again the original form as devised by the late great Morihei Ueshiba). All traditional Japanese systems, that’s to say Japanese Martial Arts with Zen and / or Shinto at it’s core. Today I both remember and practice the basics of these great Japanese martial systems. (The ‘basics’ is all there is kid, everything else is window dressing!).
My interest in these systems never waned. And aside from those systems with a ‘spiritual’ inclination I became fascinated by the martial (‘fighting’) capacity of these arts. And I continued to investigate and practice various such ‘fighting’ arts.
And now, these days in addition to ‘walking the walk’ I write about these systems as well.
Which brings us to Krav Maga – the subject of this small website. A relatively new martial art / fighting system (I’m not going to contemplate nor discuss which camp it fit’s best into). Krav Maga is recognized – with good reason – as being a particularly effective fighting system for ‘taking down your opponent’.
What follows is a brief, but hopefully informative overview of this system.
Enjoy! And thanks for reading.