What is Krav Maga?

Born on the battlefield, perfected in the street

In a nutshell, Krav Maga is the hand to hand combat system of the IDF – Israeli Defense Forces – created by Imi Lichtenfeld in the late forties.

Krav Maga (pronounced KRAHV muh-GAH) means “Contact Combat” in Hebrew. It is, like most military based unarmed combat systems, simple to learn, aggressive and easy to remember under the tremendous stress of combat.

Unlike more complicated, traditional martial arts which can take years to master, Krav Maga is designed to be learned quickly and deal with real world attacks such as multiple opponents, armed assailants and muggings. Unlike sports systems which spend their time training to beat one person who weighs the same as they do, in a padded environment, with doctors, referees and rules, KM is concerned only with reality.

Another difference between KM and traditional martial arts is that the majority of the latter are preserving an art form that’s been taught the same way for hundreds of years. KM is different in that it’s constantly evolving with feedback from military specialists, law enforcement officers and civilians. As criminals evolve and change their methods of attack so must an effective self protection system evolve.

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