Why Krav Maga?
Krav Maga promotes finishing a fight as quickly as possible. Attacks are aimed at the most vulnerable parts of the body, and training is not limited to techniques that avoid severe injury. Training drills are designed to provide maximum safety to students by the use of protective equipment and reasonable force.
Students learn to defend against all types of attacks and are trained to counter in the quickest and most efficient way.
The main goals (advantages) of Krav Maga are:
- Counter attacking as soon as possible (or attacking pre-emptively).
- Targeting the body's most vulnerable points such as: the eyes, neck and throat, face, solar plexus, groin, ribs, knee, foot, fingers, etc.
- Maximum effectiveness and efficiency in order to neutralize the opponent as quickly as possible.
- Developing an awareness of the surroundings while dealing with the threat, look for escape routes or other attackers or objects/weapons to defend or help attack.
In additional to developing situational awareness, training helps students understand the psychology of a street confrontation, and identify potential threats before an attack occurs.
Krav Maga focuses on real world situations and extremely swift and efficient counter-attacks. Krav Maga in Hebrew means contact combat: krav means combat, and maga means contact. Krav Maga is used by both regular and special Israeli defense forces.
The history of Krav Maga begins in the late 1930's in Bratislava. Our founder, Imi Lichtenfeld, developed the roots of Krav Maga there during the influx of Nazi Germany. Being a former champion wrestler and boxer, Imi quickly learned the difference from sport and street fighting. Imi relocated to Israel in the early 1940's where he joined Haganah and taught basic hand to hand fighting skills to soldiers. In 1948 the state of Israel was born and Imi was asked to develop an effective fighting system, which later became the Krav Maga System. Krav Maga is the official self defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces and is taught to all enlisted men and women ages 18-51.
In the 1960's with military approval, Imi started teaching civilians in Israel. In 1981, the Krav Maga Association of Israel and the Ministry of Education held the first International Instructor's Course at Wingate Institute for Physical Education. This is where our Chief U.S. Instructor Darren Levine began his journey with Imi. Darren being one of only a few who passed the grueling six week, 8 hour, six days a week training schedule. In 1984, Imi passed his own Black Belt on to Darren. Years later Imi would award Darren with one of only two Founders Diploma's he handed out before his passing.
Darren has continued the legacy by spreading Krav Maga around the world so all people “May Walk in Peace.” We now join Darren and Krav Maga Worldwide on this journey.