Krav Maga in San Diego with IKM
Krav Maga was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Slovakian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld, who made use of his training as a boxer and wrestler, as a means of defending the Jewish quarter in the mid-to-late 1930s. In the late 1940s, following his immigration to Palestine, he began to provide lessons on combat training to what was to become the IDF, who went on to develop the system that became known as Krav Maga. It has since been refined for civilian, police and military applications.
Krav Maga has a philosophy emphasizing threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers. Krav Maga is used by Israeli Defense Forces, both regular and special forces, and several closely related variations have been developed and adopted by law enforcement and intelligence organizations, Mossad and Shin Bet. There are several organizations teaching variations of Krav Maga internationally.
Krav Maga encourages students to avoid confrontation. If this is impossible or unsafe, it promotes finishing a fight as efficiently and effectively as possible. Drills provide maximum safety to students by the use of protective equipment and the use of reasonable force. This method has mass appeal due to its quick and easy to learn techniques that are based on fundamental principles and movements and basic human instincts. Students can learn to defend both themselves and the ones they love in a variety of real life situations, whether it be a single attacker or several. The techniques taught include defense against common chokes, grabs or holds, punches or kicks, and weapons (such as guns, knives, etc). Krav Maga will instill the inner confidence required to stay focused even when faced with the shock and stress of any potentially violent encounter, as well as providing an excellent way to stay fit and healthy in both mind and body.