Krav Maga

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Paratroopers training in Krav Maga.

Krav Maga /krɑːv məˈɡɑː/ (in hebrew means "contact combat") is an Israeli kind of martial arts. Today it is used both by the Israeli Defense Forces and all over the world.

Krav Maga is known for its focus on real-world situations and extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks. It was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld, who made use of his training as a boxer and wrestler while defending the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in the mid-to-late 1930s. In the late 1940s, following his immigration to Israel, he began to provide lessons on combat training and developed the system that became known as Krav Maga. It has since been refined for civilian, police and military applications.[1]

Exercising in Krav Maga in a gym (civilian application).

Krav Maga has a philosophy emphasizing threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers, and aggression.[2] To be successful, Krav Maga requires some special and very intensive physical training with special equipment, including, but not limited to a punching bag.

Krav-Maga training with punch-bag.

Krav Maga is used by both regular and special forces, and several closely related variations have been developed and adopted by law enforcement and intelligence organizations of Israel. There are several organizations teaching variations of Krav Maga internationally.[3] [4] [5]


  1. "The mother of all fightbacks". Daily Telegraph. 2005-10-22. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  2. "All change on the buses". BBC News. 1998-01-15. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
  3. Jim Wagner and Maj. Avi Nardia. "Inside Israel". Black Belt Magazine. Archived from the original on 2010-05-11. Retrieved 2009-12-31.
  4. Judy Ellis (1998-05-04). "Choke! Gouge! Smash!". Time. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
  5. Ryan, Rosalind (2002-08-23). "J.Lo's fitness fad and Salma's 'sweaty' hobby". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2013-03-05.

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