Official hand-to-hand combat system of the IDF:
This unique training method has received international recognition as an innovative and highly practical self-defense system. More recently, it has been taught to U.S. federal state and local law enforcement agencies, as well as to different police units in South and Central America and in Europe.
Krav Maga (Hebrew: קרב מגע,meaning”contact combat”), originally developed in Israel, is the official system of self defense and hand-to-hand combat employed by the Israeli Defence Forces, the Israeli National and Military Police, as well as Israeli special operations and security units. This system is also taught under the auspices of the Israeli ministry of Education.
Krav Maga is a modern, practical and proven system of self-defense, carefully devised for the needs of the present-day dangerous and unstable world. It is characterized by a clear and logical approach to self-defense and fighting confrontations, which enables one to achieve a relatively high proficiency within a short period of time.
Krav Maga was thoroughly developed to be diversified, and thus is applicable to the military, law-enforcement agencies, and civilian needs as well.
The system has consistently earned the praise of experienced fighters, Martial Arts experts, and military and police officers for its highly practical applications. It also appeals to beginners because of its simple, no-nonsense and realistic approach to personal safety. In fact, Krav Maga is the ideal self-defense method for men, women, young and elderly people of all ages and physical abilities.
Krav maga was created by Imi Lichtenfeld, who developed the method during his long career first as chief instructor in combat tactics for the Israeli army, and then in civilian organisations. Krav Maga consists of 2 main features:
Provides a complete range of techniques which provides the combatant with all the means possible in order to protect and defend himself and overpower his attacker. It consists of defence against all types of aggression – be it punches, hits, kicks, strangulations, holds and armed attacks or threats ( knives, guns, sticks, grenades etc…) The student of Krav Maga also learns to apply different methods in varying situations, both familiar and unfamiliar, which may hamper the freedom of movement, such as attacks in the dark, in a seated or horizontal position.
2. Hand-to-Hand Combat:
Represents a more advanced stage of Krav Maga where one learns to neutralize one’s opponent rapidly and efficiently. This stage includes elements necessary for hand to hand combat situations such as a combination of techniques used against assailant, tactics or unexpected reactions to decoy attacks. It also includes the psychological dimension of combat.
Krav Maga is not a martial art:
No competition, no choreography, only the violent reality.
The basic principle of Krav Maga, if we can not escape from an aggression, is to inflict maximum damage to our opponents in order to end the fight as quickly as possible. Brutal counterattacks using your most effective tools – knees, elbows, fingers, fists, headbutt, and anything you can find around you- stick, stones, bags, chairs, etc – to target your opponent’s weakest area – neck, throat, eyes, knees, ribs, solar plexus, groin, ears, etc – are the focus. For this reason, it is not a competitive martial art.
The philosophy of Krav Maga is different than the philosophy of martial arts. Practical efficiency to escape from all kind of aggression is the only concern. There are no high kicks, there are no rules, no limits and no respect towards our adversary.
We don’t train to get a diploma, we train to survive and protect ourselves and our family, no matter the kind of aggression.
Krav Maga rules:
- Avoid ending up in a bad situation; (prevention / awareness)
- Avoid confrontation; (de-escalate; using body language; words and voice)
- If you must fight inflict maximum damages to the opponents in order to end the fight and neutralize the threat as quickly as possible;
- Defend and counter attack in the shortest and most direct way possible;
- Use only brutal counterattacks using your most effective tools – knees, elbows, fingers, fists, headbutt, and anything you can find around you- stick, stones, bags, bottles, chairs, etc – to target your opponent’s weakest area – neck, throat, eyes, knees, ribs, groin, ears, etc – are the focus.
- No rules no limits;
- Never give up;
- Be able to provide basic first aid;
- Always be prepared for the worst situations;
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