History: Krav Maga..

Krav Maga Was Created And Developed By Imi Lichtenfeld..

Imi Lichtenfeld..


 Imi Lichtenfeld, Israeli Grand-master (1910-1998). He started it in the late 1940’s when serving as Chief Instructor of the IDF for hand-to-hand combat.

As a young man growing up in Bratislava, Slovakia, Lichtenfeld was a champion heavy weight boxer, a top-level wrestler and an expert in judo / ju-jitsu. His father was a police officer who was in charge of teaching defensive tactics. Lichtenfeld grew up in an environment where combative sports, law enforcement and ferocious street fights played equal rolls. He took part in numerous street fights defending the Jewish quarter against local fascists and Nazis before and during the first phase of World War II.


Lichtenfeld immigrated to Palestine in 1942, which became Israel in 1948. Due to the political situation, Israel was immediately at war with its neighbours and did not have the luxury of having months of training soldiers in the boot camps. Because of this, the Israeli military needed an effective hand-to-hand combat system that could be learned very quickly, was easy to retain, and was very effective. Hence, the birth of Krav Maga in Israel. Beginning with Israeli Special Forces units, Krav Maga became the official combative training for all military personnel, Israeli police, and security forces.


Since then it has been studied, tested, improved and developed extensively. Krav Maga techniques are now applied in areas such as law enforcement, elite military units, VIP protection and civilian self-defense programs for men, women and children.

Krav Maga, Hebrew for “contact combat”, is the official self-defense and hand-to-hand combat system of Israel. Krav Maga is a very practical style of self-defense and is used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to train soldiers and civilians to become efficient in a short amount of time.


Krav Maga is an aggressive, anti-terrorist survival system without rules. It deals with personal safety issues in the context of defending against both armed and unarmed attackers with only one objective: to eliminate the threat in the fastest way possible. This Israeli system emerged in an environment where extreme violence was common and has been continually refined and developed in light of actual modern combat and self-defense experiences.

Krav Maga has received international recognition for its unique ability to train self defense techniques to civilians, military personnel and law enforcement alike.


Krav Maga has a survival based mentality and street survival tactics that include a hybrid of mixed martial arts techniques also utilized in boxing, karate, judo, ju-jitsu, muay thai.  However, Krav Maga is one of the few fighting styles which adapts to the student rather than expecting the student to adapt to it.  Krav Maga teaches students to build on their natural reflexes and to use whatever techniques necessary to defend themselves.  It brings the students to a high level of skill in a relatively short period of time. 


The Way Is In The Training..