Interested in trying an Orange County Krav Maga school? Before you decide which martial arts to training, first remember that most martial arts work for what they are intended to work for. For example, Taekwondo is striking intended for sport in point fighting tournaments, Muay Thai as striking in for a full-contact ring sport similar to boxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu as a grappling art to subdue a possibly larger attacker through leverage, positioning, and gravity to finish them with a choke, join lock, or strikes.

Krav Maga

Krav Maga is a martial arts system tailored for the Israeli military and similar to MCMAP (Marine Corps Martial Arts Program) or the United States Army’s Combatives program. Like any military martial arts program, such as MCMAP and the U.S. Army’s Combatives, Krav Maga is a crash course in how to fight using very practical techniques in high pressure situations. Moves from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and Boxing (the core styles of MMA) are used in these military programs. The top military martial artists training in these styles off duty. However, military oriented programs are short, simplified, and limited in moves. This makes perfect sense; soldiers aren’t martial artists—they are gun fighters. They have one or two months to learn hand to hand combat and little application for it. MMA-style martial arts are designed to teach precise moves that are constantly improved upon at the highest levels of competition.


As a former United States Marine Corps Sergeant, combat veteran, and instructor with competitive experience in BJJ, boxing and MMA, I have first-hand, professional experience training in military martial arts and individual styles. For real-world situations, I recommend spending at least a few months learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, following by learning a complimentary striking art such as boxing or Muay Thai because most people who consider joining a martial arts school are interested in training 2+ classes a week to learn martial arts and get fit at the same time. The beauty of learning the core styles of MMA is that you do not need master one to comfortably handle an attacker. In less than 6-12 months you will likely surpass the level of grappling possessed by the highest rank in any military martial arts, if training 2-3 times a week. Military martial arts offer several great techniques and concepts such as grab a weapon of opportunity, but if you’re not hastily training for war, I do not believe it is worth your time.

Interested in getting started! Call (714) 655-6050 to learn more about our no-pressure, 7-day trial at our school located in Garden Grove, California.