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Israeli martial art Krav Maga boosts fitness, safety and self-confidence

Israeli martial art Krav Maga boosts fitness, safety and self-confidence

When Hannah Young, 27, of Jessup walks to her car, she’s paying attention to her surroundings. It’s a habit she learned when she started training in Krav Maga, a military fighting and self-defense program, in 2012.

“One of the biggest things that I’ve learned is being aware of what’s around me and not to get scared or panic,” Young says.

After taking a few years off, she’s back in the habit, training at Columbia’s Krav Maga Maryland since last fall.

Krav Maga, originally developed for the Israel Defense Forces, has gained popularity among civilians drawn to its practical fighting techniques, which are a hybrid of other martial arts, boxing and wrestling.

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