Krav Maga Origins
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, simplistic and practical approach.
Emrich “Imi” Lichtenfeld (Hebrew: אימריך “אימי” ליכטנפלד) (May 26, 1910 – January 9, 1998) was a Hungarian-born Israeli martial artist who founded the Krav Maga self-defense system.
He was born to a Hungarian Jewish family in Budapest in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia. Imi was a successful boxer, wrestler, and gymnast, competing at national and international levels, being member of the Slovakian National Wrestling Team.
In the late 1930s, riots threatened the Jewish population of Bratislava. Together with other Jewish boxers and wrestlers, he helped to defend his neighbourhood against racist gangs. He quickly decided that sport has little in common with real combat and began developing a system of techniques for practical self-defence in life-threatening situations. In 1940, Imi fled the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, heading for Palestine.
In 1944 Imi began training fighters in his areas of expertise: physical fitness, swimming, wrestling, use of the knife, and defences against knife attacks.
In 1948, when the State of Israel was founded and the IDF was formed, he became Chief Instructor for Physical Fitness and Krav Maga at the IDF School of Combat Fitness. He served in the IDF for about 20 years, during which time he developed and refined his unique method for self-defence and hand-to-hand combat. After finishing active duty, Imi began adapting and modifying Krav Maga to civilian needs.
In 1964, Imi retired from the IDF. He then modified Krav Maga to fit the needs of police forces and ordinary civilians. He trained teams of Krav Maga instructors to further the knowledge, and it continues to grow til this day.
Krav Maga has since been adapted to meet the needs of civilians, law enforcement officers and security personnel. Krav Maga is widely recognised as the most comprehensive reality based self-defense system that consists of a combination of techniques sourced from Boxing, Wrestling, Aikido, Judo, & Karate, along with realistic fight training.
Krav Maga in real life
Krav Maga is adaptable to meet the needs of both men and women, from children to mature adults.
Krav Maga training also has specific curriculums including tactical adaptations to meet the ever-growing needs of Military Units, Anti-Terrorist Groups, Special Units, Undercover Officers, Close Protection Agents, Correctional Officers, Air Marshalls and much more.
It is an easy to learn system, based on the bodies natural reactions, using economy of movement & principles to ensure maximum effect for minimal effort.
Krav Maga principles:
- Avoiding dangerous people and places
- Using everyday objects to protect yourself
- Using the body’s natural reflexes
- Knowing when to run to safety
- Striking at vulnerable parts of the body
- Neutralising the threat
- Avoiding injury
- Having fun, being fitter, and enjoy training
- Benefits of Krav Maga trainings
Krav Maga is adaptable to any individual, regardless of age, gender, fitness level, or physical abilities/limitations.
You will benefits in fitness and health aspects:
- Muscle Toning
- Speed & Power
- Improved Blood Circulation
- Boosted Self-Esteem
- Strength Endurance
- Dynamic Balance
- Reaction Time
- Body Composition
- Stronger Immunity
- Weight Management
Benefits of Juniors:
- Physical Development(as Co-ordination or Balance)
- Builds Character
- Boots Self-Esteem
- Teaches Discipline And Respect
- Develop Teamwork Skills
- Provides Guidance
- Improves Endurance
- Strengthens Perseverance
- Promotes Healthy Competition
- Aids in weight control