It's time to discuss Krav Maga vs Karate. Between the two, is Krav Maga more effective than Karate? Or is it the other way around. Both systems require a great deal of practice and focus to excel at. Both systems teach you to be mentally capable to handle would be attackers. While both systems have some very similar aspects about them, Krav Maga and Karate have some very glaring differences. You'll see that Krav Maga isn't necessarily "better" than Karate. Just as, Karate isn't superior to Krav Maga. They are two great defensive systems that can help the properly trained person out of some serious situations.
Karate and Krav Maga are both systems of defense that utilize blocking techniques as well as precision striking and kicking to defend oneself against an attacker. As stated earlier, both systems require a great deal of dedication. And… This is where the path of Krav Maga, and Karate's path begin to deviate from one another.
Karate is like a total mind and body overhaul. Karate will get the disciplined pupil in shape physically, but it'll also teach you to respect your fellow man. Karate is not just a martial art. Over the years it has become a science of sorts. Studies have been done to specifically understand precise muscle manipulation and balance of movement. It also prepares you psychologically for handling would be attackers. Karate is so precise in total person transformation, that it'll get you in the best mental and physical shape of your life. Oh, and you'll learn how to kick major ass… defensively, and respectfully of course. Krav Maga on the other hand, doesn't really sport such loft goals in self improvement.
Krav Maga is not even considered a martial art. Maybe it's because Krav Maga borrows from multiple disciplines like "judo, jujitsu, karate, Western Boxing and elements of wrestling". Krav Maga does not have a rigid system of learning. Nor do you earn accolades. There are masters and so on and so forth, but climbing the ladder of Krav Maga understanding is not as systematic and rigid as Karate. Krav Maga will probably never be in school based tournaments. There won't be a movie called "The Krav Maga kid". This is because the sole purpose for Krav Maga is to teach you how to survive an attack my any means at your disposal. Krav Maga is designed to show you how to minimize pain to yourself while inflicting as much punishment as quickly as possible to your enemy. It teaches you to transform yourself from the defender to a ferocious aggressor in a split second.
While Karate focuses on very rigid techniques and styles, Krav Maga is very free and opportunistic. The sense of fair fighting and respect for your opponent is important in Karate. The sense of kicking the crap out of your opponent with anything at your disposal including eye shots, chokes, groin kicks, punches to incapacitate, are the elements of Krav Maga. Karate focuses on beating your assailant. Krav Maga focuses on beating your assailant down as quickly as humanly possible. The two disciplines are two sides to the same coin.
Both systems focus on preparing you mentally to handling would be tough physical situations. Both Karate and Krav Maga are very useful systems. It just seems that Krav Maga may be more relevant in a world where respect for your fellow man really doesn't exist anymore.