Krav Maga

What is Krav Maga ?

Krav Maga is a modern and practical style of self-defence is known as an art of self-defence and not as a martial art.

Krav Maga is a survival system dealing with the personal safety issues in context of defending against armed, unarmed and multiple attackers.

Its anti terrorism roots make it aggressive by design, with only one objective is to eliminate the threats in the fastest way possible.

Krav Maga is considered a highly refined street defence system, designed to be utilized against street attacks, muggings, sexual assaults etc.

When an individual is attacked on the street there is no way of knowing what you are up against beforehand unless you have used your awareness to calculate the threat and the timing and distance and right techniques for you to react. Therefore Krav Maga training is based on a system without any rules.

Krav Maga is broken into three categories of defence

  1. Passive-To defuse the situation in a controlled manner where no one is seriously hurt
  2. Aggressive-To defuse the situation as fast as possible with whatever means is necessary.
  3. Security- To control and restrain an aggressive individual from harming yourself and others

History

Krav Maga was created and developed by Imi Lichtenfeld, Krav Maga Grand Master(1910-1998). Imi started teaching Krav Maga in the late 1940’s when serving as a Chief Instructor for hand-to-hand combat and combat fitness training for the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces).

Principles

  • Avoid injury
  • Counter attacking as soon as possible
  • Targeting attacks to the body’s most vulnerable points i.e: eyes, neck/throat, groin, knee, fingers.
  • Maximum effectiveness and efficiency in order to neutralize the opponent as quickly as possible.
  • Maintaining the awareness of surroundings while dealing with threats in order to look for escape routes, further attackers, objects that could be used to defend or help to attack etc.