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Jakarta Post

Exercise hard, and harder, with combat sports

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sun, September 9 2012   /  10:48 am
A paralyzing technique in Krav Maga. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)(JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

A paralyzing technique in Krav Maga. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)In a dim, nondescript corner of the Blok M area in South Jakarta, a girl is going through an intense self-defense routine. In another corner, a few men are doing stretching moves.

The place, located in the parking lot tower of a shopping mall, is the dojo of the Syena Martial Arts Center. And these people were getting ready for a session of Krav Maga — a combat sport developed in Israel back in the 1930s and used by the Israeli military for years.

The sport has gained popularity in town among those wanting to stay in shape with added value — self- defense skills.

“Krav Maga is not a martial art. It is a self-defense system designed for ordinary people to survive a combat situation,” said Joe Ueno, a certified Krav Maga instructor with Self Defense Indonesia in the center.

Krav Maga — a mixed m...