Someone still asks: “What is Krav Maga?” Krav Maga is a combat system born in the middle of the last century to train the Army of the State of Israel. It is based on a scientific and realistic approach to combat according to which, in a dangerous situation, the primary objectives are the protection of yourself and your companions, and the neutralization of the obstacle in the shortest time and with the minimum physical effort possible. To achieve this goal it’s essential to hit sensitive points of the aggressor’s body, classified according to the extent of the damage caused.
Imi Lichtenfeld, considered the ‘father’ of Krav Maga, synthesized techniques from different martial arts and combat disciplines to create an extremely effective and fast to learn system capable of countering attacks with bare hands, blades or firearms.
Imi Lichtenfeld – Krav Maga founder
Born in Budapest in 1910, Imi found himself having to deal with the Nazi violence in the ’30s; realizing the substantial differences between the brutality of the street and combat sports with competitions to which he was accustomed, he began to synthesize a practical and applicable method for the purposes of self-defence.
In the 1940s he trained the Elite Units of the Israeli Army, continuing in the following decades to spread the fruit of his experiences in the field of close combat: this is how Krav Maga was born.
What is Krav Maga now? Krav Maga (literally ‘hand-to-hand combat’) today is referred to as an ‘open system’, because it is constantly updated and improved on the basis of experiences of real intervention. Today, Krav Maga is also widely used in the civil field, where it has established itself as the ideal system of self defense. Unlike many other martial arts, Krav Maga is not considered a sports discipline: there are no matches or championships of Krav Maga because of the absence of rules useful to preserve the opponent’s safety, since in a situation of real violence there are no prohibited shots or referee’s interventions. If you want more detailed information about aspects of Krav Maga you can read this Article.