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Krav Maga

Krav Maga is a self defense system designed to help you in the real-life situations that can suprise you every day. It is not considered a “martial art” as it doesn’t have an “art” or “sport” component. Krav Maga is strictly functional.


Translation: Krav –“Close, Battle, Fight”, Maga –“Contact”
Literal Translation: “Close Combat”
Origin: Israel


Krav Maga originated in the 1930’s as a way for the underground Jewish Army to protect themselves against the Nazis. When Israel was established in 1948, the founder (Imi Lichtenfeld) was appointed the Chief Instructor at the Israel Defense Forces School of Combat Fitness. Word about the system spread to the US in the early 1980’s and has since been incorporated to just about all divisions of the US Armed Forces, the FBI and local police forces.



Studying Krav Maga from a local instructor will teach you how to defend yourself, your friends and make sure the people you care about survive. Training is very aerobic and uses lots of pads, encouraging you to attack at full speed even when practicing. Focus is put on your natural reactions to situations, then builds from there to give you easy to use defensive tactics. The goal is to make your training an instinct so that when you are suprised by an attacker, your natural reaction is to prevent injury and neutralize the threat as quickly as possible.

Some people don’t consider Krav Maga to be a martial art, since it doesn’t actually teach physical fitness, have a sport component, or claim to be an “art form”. But we’re including it on our website anyways as we feel it’s one of the best systems to learn if your goal is self-defense.

Self Defense Application

Krav Maga is defined by it’s real life application, you probably won’t find a quicker and more effective self defense system.



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