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Krav Maga was created and developed by Imi Lichtenfeld, Israeli Grand-master (1910-1998). He started it in the late 1940’s when serving as Chief Instructor of the IDF for hand-to-hand combat.
As a young man growing up in Bratislava, Slovakia, Lichtenfeld was a champion heavy weight boxer, a top-level wrestler and an expert in judo / ju-jitsu. His father was a police officer who was in charge of teaching defensive tactics. Lichtenfeld grew up in an environment where combative sports, law enforcement and ferocious street fights played equal rolls. He took part in numerous street fights defending the Jewish quarter against local fascists and Nazis before and during the first phase of World War II.
Lichtenfeld immigrated to Palestine in 1942, which became Israel in 1948. Due to the political situation, Israel was immediately at war with its neighbours and did not have the luxury of having months of training soldiers in the boot camps. Because of this, the Israeli military needed an effective hand-to-hand combat system that could be learned very quickly, was easy to retain, and was very effective. Hence, the birth of Krav Maga in Israel. Beginning with Israeli Special Forces units, Krav Maga became the official combative training for all military personnel, Israeli police, and security forces.
Since then it has been studied, tested, improved, and developed extensively. Krav Maga techniques are now applied in areas such as law enforcement, elite military units, VIP protection, and civilian self-defense programs for men, women, and children.
The Krav Maga curriculum was/is developed, collaboratively, by a group of :
Even though the Krav Maga curriculum is recognized by many experts as one of THE BEST in the world, we are constantly improving and developing our curriculum.
Krav Maga is a modern self-defense system designed to address and defend against present day street assaults and confrontations. It also aims to answer the need for a practical and simple way of self-defense, particularly for security and law enforcement forces, as well as for citizens wanting to learn fast and practical self-defense skills against any type of assaults.
It is a simple, realistic, easy to learn, and an extremely efficient self-defense system. You learn it today, and you can use it tonight…The system is based upon realistic responses to assaults and aims to help the practitioner to properly react and respond to threats and learn how to disengage from the situation, or leave the scene as fast as possible, or place him/herself to be in a position of advantage against the attacker.
Our commitment to our members is to continually provide the best and most current training methods and techniques.
When asked why they study martial arts, many people will answer that they do so to learn to defend themselves against a threat. Unfortunately, martial arts (in their traditional form) are not realistic compared to self defense systems; there are rules to prevent illegal moves.
For civilians, Krav Maga was designed to be utilized against street attacks, muggings and sexual assaults. Krav Maga isn’t about being a tough guy, it’s not about learning how to fight in a ring, it’s about going home alive no matter what the situation is.
Krav Maga has a survival based mentality and street survival tactics that include a hybrid of mixed martial arts techniques also utilizes elements of boxing, karate, judo, jiu-jitsu, may thai. However, Krav Maga is one of the few fighting styles which adapts to the student rather than expecting the student to adapt to it. Krav Maga teaches students to build on their natural reflexes and to use whatever techniques necessary to defend themselves. It brings the students to a high level of skill in a relatively short period of time. If necessary, a student could utilize the skills that were just learned to defend themselves from an attack while commuting home on the same evening.
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