How is Haganah used by F.I.G.H.T different than other martial arts systems out there today?
Haganah is not a sport based system modified to deal with self-defense situations. Haganah is a self-defense system built from the ground up and tested in combat. Haganah integrates unarmed and armed combat, including gun and knife use, from many different sources to create practitioners capable or dealing with any type of self-defense situation. It combines elements in unique ways to create new approaches. Although common attack scenarios are covered in Haganah, Haganah is not a scenario based system per se. It focuses on achieving certain common objectives in virtually all scenarios, thereby making it easier to learn and more immediately effective than many systems. Finally, unlike many other self-defense systems, Haganah does not use a hierarchical belt system where it can take years to learn the most effective advanced material. It uses a rotation system where substantially all hand-to-hand combat material is presented within three to four months. Only one belt can be achieved- Black Belt- in recognition of an expert practitioner.
Do I need previous martial arts experience to learn F.I.G.H.T.?
No. The system is based on tactics taught in the Israeli Military. Israel has a mandatory military service requirement therefore its military must teach all Israeli civilians to be effective combatants quickly regardless of their background. You get the benefit of a system designed to teach average people (both men and women) to protect themselves against opponents who are trying to violently assault or kill them.