Official hand-to-hand combat system of the IDF:
Krav Maga (Hebrew: קרב מגע, meaning “contact combat”), originally developed in Israel, is the official system of self-defence and hand-to-hand combat used by the Israeli Defence Forces.
Krav Maga is not a traditional or sport-based martial art, there are no competitions, rules and regulations! Instead, it is a reality-based system designed for the primary goal of survival to any kind of assault.
Krav Maga is a modern, practical and proven system of self-defence, carefully devised for the needs of the present-day dangerous and unstable world. It is characterized by a clear and logical approach to self-defence and fighting confrontations, which enables one to achieve a relatively high proficiency within a short period of time.
Krav maga was created primarily 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 originated in Czechoslovakia in the 1930’s, by Imi Lichtenfeld to protect his people from brutalization in Pre-World War II Europe.
In the mid-1930s conditions changed in Bratislava. Fascist and anti-Semitic groups were determined to mistreat the Jewish community. Imi became the leader of a young Jews group, most of whom had experience in boxing, wrestling or weightlifting. This group was intended to prevent anti-Semitic factions from entering the Jewish quarter. In the years that followed, this group was regularly forced to fight in street fights, which gave them a clear understanding of the differences between street confrontations and sports competition.
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Imi Lichtenfeld demonstrates a Krav Maga technique.