Jiu Jitsu and Krav Maga are two related martial arts that provide a structured program in a safe and friendly environment that has a proven track record.

Training in these two art forms guides participants on a journey to getting in shape and helps them develop greater confidence as they progress and learn real self-defense skills.

Jiu Jitsu is a grappling type art that emphasizes technique and leverage over strength to help even the playing field between the smaller weaker person and the bigger stronger person.

It is more of a ground-based system that utilizes joint locks and submissions. The Gracie Jiu Jitsu system incorporates a well-rounded self-defense program that is structured for children and adults.

Krav Maga is specifically designed to prepare people for defending themselves in real-world situations. It is an excellent way of learning how to defend oneself with its efficient, no-nonsense tactics that emphasize instinctive movements, practical techniques and realistic training scenarios.

The principle of fewer techniques that work in more situations streamlines its simplicity and provides a more fluid adaptability for people of all shapes and sizes.

As conditioning improves, so too does overall health, which benefits cognitive thought processes and helps to develop better concentration for greater awareness.

In both Jiu Jitsu and Krav Maga, students can set and reach realistic and attainable goals. Everyone learns to train for his or her own personal development as well as the development of fellow students in a mutually rewarding, safe and family-friendly environment.

Jiu Jitsu and Krav Maga promote a healthy lifestyle and improved social skills both in and out of the program. Teaching students how to live a fitness-based lifestyle is one of the foundations of Jiu Jitsu and Krav Maga.

All of these benefits work together to create an ideal environment to develop healthy habits while learning real world self-defense skills.

Whether one’s goal is to learn self-defense or to improve one’s level of well-being, taking the first step to improvement starts with finding an accredited program that provides a safe environment and that promotes personal growth and development.

Learn how to protect yourself with proven real-world self-defense techniques and become healthier while you are doing it.

Matt Rhodes has more than 25 years combined military and law enforcement experience and is a Georgia POST-certified Police Academy instructor, defensive tactics instructor and firearms instructor.