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What is the difference between Russian Systema and Israeli Krav Maga in terms of technique?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    I'd have to disagree with whats been said about Systema with regards to there being a lot of ground work.

    Systema is a Russian martial art developed a few centuries ago. In the West, it is seen as being synonymous with the art taught by Mikhail Ryabko although in Russian, it means 'the System" and covers several different martial arts (like 'karate covers shotokan, Wado Ryu, Goju, etc).

    As the earlier contributor said it deals with an opponents 'levers' to control him. It is a very fluid martial art which deals with a strong emphasis on individual structure. A quick search on youtube would find you several clips of the most prominent instructor, Vladimir Vasilev which are awesome. It has some very unique characteristics and Systema students are very capable of defending themselves using the variety of effective techniques and methods. It places a strong emphasis on psychological and breathing techniques. It is generally believed that the art was taught to Russian Special Forces and Government agencies which gives it the real dirty battlefield authenticity. Systema techniques are thrown in a very loose manner much like the 'soft'/internal systems of kung fu. The energy developed for punches comes from a kind of loose momentum loaded swing rather than a forceful hard strike. It requires a lot of relaxation and balance.

    Krav Maga is a system of martial art also designed for the modern street or battlefield. There is a lot of emphasis on working with weapons (pistol, knife, rifle) and presents a practical, no holds barred self defence system. There is a big emphasis on pressure testing (full contact attacks) and conditioning. Krav Maga throws its techniques in an orthodox martial arts way with strong punches and kicks to weak points designed to render the opponent unable to respond further.

    Both share a lot of similarities however Krav Maga is designed to work/appeal 'straight out of the box'. Both are martial arts designed for self-defence and not competition. Both share equally the amount of emphasis in stand up and ground fighting. Both have the same kind of non-traditional attitude to training.

    Hope that helps

    Source(s): 37 Years study of the martial arts (and still studying) and instructor in Shorin Ryu, Wing Chun, Jeet Kune Do and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Chief Instructor Seiken-do UK at the University of Teesside.
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    5 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    russian systema relies a lot on ground techniques It is designed to be highly adaptive and practical, training using drills and sparring instead of set kata. It focuses mainly on controlling the six body levers (elbows, neck, knees, waist, ankles, and shoulders) through pressure point application, striking and weapon applications.....krav maga shares a lot of similarities with systema as far principles however while systema relies heavily on grappling and joint locks krav maga actually has an extensive list of strikes and moves that involve striking and it is usually practiced for close quarter or no quarter situation.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Funny, I was wondering the same thing myself

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