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History and principles

Krav Maga is the most powerful and realistic self-defense and hand-to-hand combat system available today.

It enjoys international recognition from experts in martial arts and combat instructors and is considered as a practical, effective and innovative self-defense and hand-to-hand combat method.

Originally developed by Grandmaster Imi Sde-Or (Lichtenfeld) for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and other national security services, Krav Maga has since been adapted to the needs of civilian use.

The method has been designed so that anyone, young or old, man or woman, can successfully use it, regardless of their physical abilities.

Krav Maga is a self-defense system characterized by its simplicity. The secret of its effectiveness lies in natural techniques, easily acquired through modern and sophisticated training methods, combined with logically structured tactical defenses.

The daily reality of the State of Israel has given ample opportunity for the School of Krav Maga to be tested in a much more dangerous context than the ordinary street fight.

Krav Maga ("fight with contact" in Hebrew) is the official system of self-defense and hand-to-hand combat used by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), the Israeli National Police and other security services. Krav Maga is also taught in public schools and educational centers affiliated with the Israeli Ministry of Education.

Krav Maga was created by Imi Sde-Or (Lichtenfeld), who developed the system during his distinguished career of chief instructor in hand-to-hand combat for the IDF. During his career, Imi wrote the official manual of self-defense and hand-to-hand combat.

In 1964, he left the army while continuing to supervise the instruction of Krav Maga in both military context and law enforcement. In addition to this activity, he worked at improving and adapting Krav Maga to the needs of the civilian population.

In 1994, Eyal Yanilov, the closest collaborator of Imi, created the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF).

Imi died in 1998, but his successors continued to improve, adapting and spreading Krav Maga in many countries across Europe and the world.

Krav Maga's approach is unique and logical. It is easy to learn and to remember.

It is practiced in a natural and intuitive way and works in stressful situations.

Krav Maga includes techniques, tactics, training methods and specific approaches for different types of industries: civilians of all ages, men, women, young and old, police officers, soldiers, prison guards and bodyguards, anti-terrorist and commando units.

  • Prevention, visualization
  • Managing a fight when one falls to the ground
  • Punching/kicking at different distances, heights and in different directions and from any position (standing, sitting, lying down, in a car, etc.)
  • Using common objects to defend oneself (pen, paper, umbrella, etc.).
  • Defense against an unarmed attack (punches, kicks) against various grabs, chokes, ceinturages, foreclosures hair, against an attack or armed robbery (knife, stick or firearm)
  • Identifying and managing stress
  • Defense against multiple attackers, armed or not