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  • Writer's pictureMarcus Kowal

The difference between MMA and Krav Maga

Not long ago, I wrote an article on MMA vs Krav Maga. The reason I wrote it was because I often get asked why I do both; why do I train both MMA and Krav Maga? To read the full article, click here. The reason why I wanted to make sure I shared it on here too was because not everyone follows but it's a fairly common question I get and after the main events of the UFC got stopped early for illegal blows two weeks in a row, I thought it was a good time to point out the differences.

One of the most common things people say when I get asked when working with personal training and performance coaching clients, or even when people come in to Systems Training Center is "what do you you think I should do? What's the best style for me, I'm not really sure what I want to do?"

In return, I always ask them: What's your purpose with training? What's your main goal? Do you want to get into shape and have fun doing so? If so do MMA, kickboxing, BJJ etc. If your main goal is to learn self defense, do Krav Maga. Your first goal is to learn the difference between the martial arts, so that you can decide for yourself what is the best fit!

Side note: Remember that nothing is final, so don't overthink it. Sometimes, the first martial art that you start training might not be the right for you. Or, after a while of doing it, you decide to take up another martial arts too. That's ok too. For example, many people that start training Krav Maga then get more and more confident and want to start training MMA instead to be able to "test themselves". Remember, martial arts is a journey that can and should take you to many places!


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