About Krav Maga

What is Krav Maga?

krav maga in the IDF
Israeli soldiers learning KM

Krav Maga, it translates from it origin Hebrew to  “contact-combat”, KM started as a military combative / self-defence system that was developed for the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) and Israeli security forces like Mossad. KM consists of numerous techniques sourced and adapted from Boxing, Wrestling, Muay Thai, Jujutsu, Judo, KM is known for its focus on real-world situations and reality-based training. It is also well known for its efficiency, and brutal effective counter-attacks. Zooming forward to the modern day.  KM is regarded as one of the most efficient, direct, and easy to learn self-defence system in the world. Its military and law enforcement models are taught to military and law enforcement personnel around the world.


Founder of Krav Maga

Krav Maga was created from the street-fighting experiences of a Hungarian/Israeli named Imi Lichtenfeld. Imi was the son of the chief of police in the European city of Bratislava. Imi made use of his training and experience as a boxer and wrestler to help defend the Jewish population against fascist nazi groups in Bratislava in the mid-to-late 1930’s. Following Imi’s migration to Israel, he started to give lessons on combat training to what was to become the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF).

The concept of Krav Maga

From the beginning, the concept of Krav Maga was to take simple, practical and effective techniques from other combat and martial systems. Refine and adapt them, then combine them into one system that could then be taught quickly to military conscripts. Krav Maga has a philosophy of aggression, and simultaneous defensive and offensive counterattacks. Though designed with a military purpose the principle concept of Krav Maga remains the same for civilians as it does to military personnel.