Krav Maga is the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces that consists of a wide combination of techniques from Boxing, Wrestling, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and other martial arts. It has been adopted in most countries for military training, law enforcement, elite special forces and VIP bodyguards. Eventually, for the past two decades, Krav Maga has become increasingly popular with civilians as a self-defense system for daily urban situations.
Krav Maga is designed for everyone; men, women and children, regardless of their size, agility and fitness levels. It is based on effective, instinctive moves and simple techniques that practically everyone can excel at. Not only do people learn to defend themselves in day-to-day situations, it is fantastic workout as well! Does that sound amazing? Come join our free trial class now!
Krav Maga, translated from Hebrew into English, as ‘Contact Combat’, was initially developed as an unarmed combat system by Imi Lichtenfeld for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) due to its no-nonsense approach.
Imi Sde-Or was born in 1910 to a Hungarian Jewish family in Budapest. He grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia where his father, Samuel Lichtenfeld was a Chief Inspector in the Bratislava Police Force.
As a former circus acrobat, Samuel Lichtenfeld owned a gymnasium where many activities were taught, including self-defense. Due to the influences of his father, Imi became a very successful boxer, wrestler and gymnast, competing at both the national and international levels.
In the mid 1930’s, anti-Semitic riots threatened the Jewish population of Bratislava. Imi became the uncrowned leader of about 100 Jewish young men, boxers and wrestlers. Together they defended the Jewish neighborhood against racist and fascist gangs. Through these real world experiences Imi quickly understood that sport had little in common with real combat and even began teaching his fellow defenders.
The home he grew up in, his father’s teachings, the fighting sports, the real violent street conflicts, and his natural talent enabled Imi to later develop a system of techniques for practical self-defense in life threatening situations.
Imi developed his fundamental self-defense principle: ‘use natural movements and reactions for defense, combined with an immediate and decisive counterattack.
Krav Maga is composed of three pillars: self-defense; fighting skills and tactics; 3rd party and VIP protection and consideration. Krav Maga is a practical, realistic system that teaches how to avoid, prevent, deter or deal with all types of violent confrontations, developed under realistic conditions in Israel. Krav Maga continues to be developed by Imi’s closest assistant and highest-level instructor Eyal Yanilov of Krav Maga Global.
Krav Maga is a unique and logical system of self-defense, fighting skills and defensive tactics. There are no traditional or sporting elements in Krav Maga. All of its training methods are based on the adaptation of instinctive response through principal based learning, resulting in skills that become practical in a short time and useful under stressful conditions. Krav Maga can elevating the trainee’s capabilities on the physical, mental, technical and tactical levels, with the guidance of a certified instructor.
An essential part of Krav Maga training is its structured teaching process and delivery of learning and training methodologies. Its curriculum is divided into grades and levels, whether it is for civilians, military soldiers, law-enforcement and security officers, Close Personal Protection personnel or members of special units.
KRAV MAGA TRAINING INCLUDES:
- How to prevent, avoid, escape and evade situations of conflict
- Learning how to fall and roll to reduce injury through impact on the ground
- Attacking and counter-attacking skills, using the hands, legs, feet, arms and head
- How to use everyday objects for self-defense and fighting
- Techniques to defend yourself against unarmed attacks such as kicks, strikes, throws, different grabs of body and clothing
- Techniques to defend yourself against armed threats and attacks involving knives, other sharp objects, sticks and other blunt objects
- Techniques to defend yourself against threats with both a short barreled or long barreled firearms
- How to defend yourself when on the ground
- How to deal with multiple attackers
- How to defend other people, also known as third party protection
- Specific curriculums for the governmental and security forces and departments from infantry to anti-terrorism, from law-enforcement to peace keeping missions.
Krav Maga techniques and principles are taught with the ultimate reality in mind. It enables someone to cope with all types of conflict situations and violent encounters in all types of environments, places, surroundings and situations, such as open or confined spaces, around or in a car, on public transport, in water, in low-light conditions and on shaky, uneven or non-resisting grounds and more.
Krav Maga training also emphasizes the need to train for with conflict when in positions of disadvantage such as; standing, sitting down, laying down (on your front or back), when on moving transport or with a loved one.