About Krav Maga

Official hand-to-hand combat system of the IDF

Krav Maga (Hebrew: קרב מגע, meaning"contact combat"), originally developed in Israel, is the official system of self defense and Hand-to-Hand combat employed by the Israeli Defense Forces, the Israeli National and Military Police, as well as Israeli special operations and security units. This system is also taught under the auspices of the Israeli ministry of Education.

It was created by Imi Lichtenfeld who developed the method during his long career, first as chief instructor in combat tactics for the Israeli army and then in civilian organisations. Krav Maga consists of 2 main features:

1. Self-Defence

Provides a complete range of techniques which provides the combatant with all the means possible in order to protect and defend himself and overpower his attacker. It consists of defence against all types of aggression - be it punches, hits, kicks, strangulations, holds and armed attacks or threatening ( knives, guns, sticks, grenades etc...) The student of Krav Maga also learns to apply different methods in varying situations, both familiar and unfamiliar, which may hamper the freedom of movement, such as attacks in the dark, in a seated or horizontal position.

2. Hand-to-Hand Combat

Represents a more advanced stage of Krav Maga where one learns to neutralize one's opponent rapidly and efficiently. This stage includes elements necessary for hand to hand combat situations such as a combination of techniques used against assailant, tactics or unexpected reactions to decoy attacks. It also includes the psychological dimension of combat.

Krav Maga emerged in an environment where violence, mostly of a political nature, was rife. It has had ample opportunity to be tested and improved under real-life conditions, proving itself to be an ideal means of defending oneself in the face of extreme danger. This unique training method has received international recognition as an innovative and highly practical self-defense system, and more recently has been taught to U.S. federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, as well as to different police units in South and Central America and in Europe.

Krav Maga is a modern, practical and proven system of self-defense, carefully devised for the needs of present day dangerous and unstable world. It is characterized by a clear and logical approach to self-defense and fighting confrontations, which enables one to achieve a relatively high proficiency within a short period of time.

Krav Maga was thoroughly developed to be diversified, and thus is applicable to the military, law-enforcement agencies, and civilian needs as well.

The system has consistently earned the praise of experienced fighters, Martial Arts experts, and military and police officers for its highly practical applications. It also appeals to beginners because of its simple, no-nonsense and realistic approach to personal safety. In fact, Krav Maga is the ideal self-defense method for men, women, young and elderly people of all ages and physical abilities.

Principles

Guiding principles for Israeli IMI System's techniques:

- Avoid injury
- IMI System's techniques were developed as an extension of the body's natural reflexes
- Defend and counterattack in the shorter and most direct way possible
- Strike correctley at any vulnerable point
- Use any tool or object available nearby for your defense and counterattack
- No rules, no limit