Krav Maga, the official self-defense and hand-to-hand combat system of Israel, is a martial art first developed by Imrich Lichtenfeld in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s. It is a practical and tactical system that teaches how to prevent, deal with and overcome all kinds of violence and attacks. It prepares trainees for self-defense, fighting and combat skills and defense of others, all in a unique and comprehensive approach.
Krav Maga is a simple, martial art system that emphasizes instinctive movements, practical techniques, and realistic training scenarios. It integrates instinct based self-defense tactics, with a strong curriculum that trains aggressiveness, fighting spirit, situational awareness, and verbal de-escalation of conflict. Its anti-terrorist roots make it aggressive by design, with only one objective, to eliminate the threat in the fastest way possible.
Krav Maga is loosely translated from Hebrew as “contact combat.” The word Krav means "fight" or “battle,” and the word Maga means "near" or "next to”.