Krav Maga is the Official Self-Defense System of Israel. Krav Maga is a very modern and practical style of Self-Defense. This system has been continually refined and developed in light of actual modern combat and Self-Defense experiences. The system was developed originally by Imi Lichtenfeld (pictured left) during Israel's war of Independence. Imi was the Head Instructor in the Israeli Defense Forces' (IDF) unit for physical fitness.
We encourage the practitioner to adapt techniques for themselves based on their own abilities. It is a complete system anyone can utilize, regardless of size, strength, or fitness. Krav Maga was developed for use in the street, therefore there are no rules.
This style is currently used on a day to day basis by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) including their Special Forces Units, Israeli Police and Internal Security Branches. In the United States it's used by members of the NYPD, members of the FBI, members of the US Armed Forces as well as many other elite units around the world. Currently, Krav Maga is taught to men, women and children (of all ages and abilities) at community centers, schools, and clubs throughout the world. In Israel the style has become an important part of the educational system and is taught to elementary and high school students along with being taught at one of the world's leading physical fitness centers, the Wingate Institute.
Krav Maga was developed for use in the street; therefore there are no rules. When an individual is attacked in the street there is no way to know how many opponents or weapons you might encounter, therefore Krav Maga training is based on a system without rules. In an assault situation an individual has the right to use whatever technique necessary to defend themselves. For this reason there are no competitive tournaments or katas in Krav Maga. The techniques practiced in the style must be in terms of actual defense situations. In fact students of Krav Maga are taught the vulnerable points, i.e. back of neck, temples, eyes, throat, knees, groin, etc., on the human body and are encouraged to use this knowledge to fend off an attack.
Krav Maga uses a simple approach to learning. Through constant practice and repetition, the most effective defenses against each kind of assault become almost second nature and automatic, so that in actual "street" confrontations they will be immediately utilized. By emphasizing and practicing a few key defense techniques for each assault the style is able to consider a wide range of defense options rarely found in other styles, making Krav Maga a complete fighting system.
Because physical fitness is closely interwoven into the system, the workout includes a number of cardiovascular and strength building exercises, as well as stretching to increase flexibility. Emphasis is put on speed, endurance, strength, accuracy and coordination, especially for intensive Krav Maga training.
Krav Maga is a style benefiting both the individual who seeks serious Self-Defense training as well as the practitioner looking to improve their overall fitness.