David meets Goliath: Self Defense for Women
Physically, women usually are (on an average scale of course) smaller and less powerful than men. Women’s strength is 30% weaker than most men 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 another man who weighs 230 kg (~500ibs) with a height of approximately 230 cm (~8ft).
Would you; a man that weighs 90 kg, want to fight such a monster who can overcome you in a fight? Well, you probably wouldn’t. If you had to, then you should use tactics and techniques that women are being taught in Self Defense.
However, why should a woman should even fight a 90kg man to begin with? The answer is – unless she has no other alternative, she shouldn’t.
Krav Maga has always been about teaching “David” to be able to go up against “Goliath”. Since it became a system in a whole, a process that had started in the mid 1980’s, has also became about how to use techniques and tactics to avoid, prevent and deescalate confrontations and moreover, if the situation is inevitable the best solution is to win.
Winning depends on; who you are, what is the situation you are dealing with, where you at a specific moment and what you have set yourself as a goal to achieve. So a desirable result sometimes may be escape the area and sometimes to knock the aggressor down or to break the physical composure of the enemy.
Teaching women Self Defense, 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 an Instructors Education System that focuses on our specific curriculum and approach for women training.
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.
To find out more about the KMG women division: