What is Krav Maga?Krav Maga

Krav Maga is an Israeli Martial Art that literally translated means “contact fighting.”  It is a system of self-defense and unarmed combat aiming to quickly neutralize any threat, borrowing devastating techniques from Boxing, Muay Thai, Judo, Aikido and JuJutsu.  

Krav Maga has no hard and fast rules. Its only real rule is to always be in the correct state of mind to read threats properly and then quickly neutralize them.

Its training methods are based on real life situations, with students being put through drills that foster toughness and decisiveness.

A similar Israeli Martial Art to Krav Maga is Kapap (Krav Panim el Panim, “face to face combat”).  Kapap also de-emphasizes forms in favour of learning effective principles of proper relative body positioning, striking with hands, elbows, feet, knees and stick. 

History of Krav Maga

Krav Maga was initially developed in Hungary and Czechoslovakia in the 1930’s by Imi Lichtenfeld who had an extensive background in boxing, gymnastics and wrestling.  

Lichtenfeld turned his attention away from sport and began developing and teaching his system to the Jewish community in Bratislava to survive the rise of Nazism.  In the 1940s he began teaching his methods in the lands that would soon become Israel.  

After the formation of Israel in 1948, Lichtenfeld became the Chief Instructor of Physical Training in the Israel Defense Forces.  Krav Maga, as we know it today, was developed and refined in the following decades, and further adapted for police and civilian applications by Lichtenfeld after his retirement from the IDF in 1964.

Philosophy of Krav Maga

Krav Maga’s Main principles are:
•    Do as much damage in as little time as possible
•    Change from defending to attacking as quickly as possible
•    Use items around you as weapons
•    Be aware of everything that is happening around you

Krav Maga as Self-Defense

Krav Maga’s no nonsense principles and methods of teaching, which simulate the fatigue and chaos one may encounter in real life situations, make it a very effective system of self-defense.

Krav Maga for Kids

Check with your local training facility for availability of kids classes.

Krav Maga for Adults

Krav Maga is well suited for adults who want a very practical, no-nonsense course of instruction in self-defense.

Krav Maga Associations & Resources:

International Krav-Maga Federation (IKMF)
Israeli Krav Maga
Krav Maga Worldwide

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