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Krav Maga

Become a human weapon

Krav Maga is inherently different from other forms of martial arts. Originally developed for the Israeli military, the discipline is less about mystique and tradition and more about eliminating your opponent as quickly and effectively as possible. A skilled practitioner of Krav Maga is, in essence, a walking human weapon.

At the same time, however, there is a wisdom behind Krav Maga that is seen in all disciplines of the martial arts. One of the first things a student learns is to avoid confrontation whenever possible. It is only when it is impossible or unsafe that an attack is mounted. These attacks aim to end the fight as quickly as possible by targeting vulnerable parts of the body.

Krav Maga is a unique martial arts discipline that is well-suited for both men and women. It is perfect for those that are looking to improve their
self-defense skills or want to get into better shape than they’ve ever been before. It is also a great way to meet like-minded people
and become part of a unique community.

History of Krav Maga

Krav Maga was originally developed for use by the Israeli military. It combines techniques from boxing, savate, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Judo, Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, and grappling. Training in Krav Maga focuses on application of knowledge in real-world street fighting situations.

The first person to develop Krav Maga was Imi Lichtenfeld. Trained as a boxer and a wrestler, Lichtenfeld developed the new martial art to help defend the Jewish quarter from fascist groups in Czechoslovakia during the late 1930s and early 1940s. He started to give lessons in Krav Maga to the Israeli Defense Forces after immigrating to Israel in the late 1940s. The development of Krav Maga took off from here and has since been refined by the Mossad and Shin Bet law enforcement, as well as intelligence organizations.

Principles of Krav Maga

The primary goal of Krav Maga is to neutralize the threat as quickly and efficiently as possible. Anything goes in Krav Maga. There is very little fighting etiquette to learn and an emphasis is placed on attacking vulnerable soft tissues and pressure points, such as the eyes, neck or throat, face, solar plexus, groin, ribs, knee, foot, and fingers.

Maintaining an awareness of your surroundings is also key. In a street setting, it is vital to know what is happening all around you. For example, if you are arguing with someone on the street, you don’t know the intentions of any third-party observers gathered around you. They could very well be looking for an opportunity to attack.

Another important principle of Krav Maga is simultaneous defense and attack. Unlike many other martial arts, defensive and offensive movements are combined into a single continuous movement. When blocking an attack, you are also performing a counterattack. This is also where the principle of Retzev, or continuous motion, comes into play.

Krav Maga doesn’t shy away from the use of weapons.

Practitioners are taught how to incorporate firearms and knives into their practice.
They are also taught how to improvise and use surrounding objects such as keys, pens, belts, and chairs as weapons.

Defense training with real world application

Fighting environments can be very unpredictable. In a real-life setting, you are probably not going to be surrounded by a ring. It is also likely that you won’t be fighting a single person.

Attacks can come from anywhere, when you least expect them. You might be squaring off against an opponent head on when a third-party attacks you from behind.

Krav Maga trains you for situations just like these. It teaches you how to be aware of your surroundings and protect yourself in real life. We'll show you how to take down an attacker as quickly as possible by focusing on their pressure points and vulnerable areas.

You'll learn how to get out of danger and make your way to safety quickly and efficiently.

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