Krav Maga


Krav Maga in Birmingham & Midlands

If you are thinking about starting Krav Maga training get in touch with the experts at Krav Maga Central today.

History of Krav Maga

Krav Maga is Hebrew for ‘contact combat’ and was developed by Imi Sde Or (Lichtenfeld) in Israel during the 1940s. Imi developed Krav Maga as a simple but effective way of enabling soldiers to defend themselves. It needed to be quick to learn and easy to remember under pressure, being taught to conscripts who may never have fought before.

Imi was a champion boxer, wrestler and expert in Judo and Ju-Jitsu in his home country of Slovakia. His father was in charge of training detectives in Bratislava, which included teaching police defensive tactics. Imi had first-hand experience of street fighting as he and others defended the Jewish quarter of the city against attacks by local fascists in the run up to World War II. Krav Maga was a success and become part of the training programme for all Israeli military personnel and police. Imi continued to refine the system, leaving the army in 1964. He then went on to develop Krav Maga for civilian use and it became part of the national curriculum in Israeli schools. Krav Maga has spread all over the world, being used by security and special forces including the FBI, US Marine Corps and the British SAS. As well as civilian men, women and children of all ages. It is practised by celebrities and Krav Maga fight scenes have featured in movies including Enough, starring Jennifer Lopez and The Bourne Supremacy with Matt Damon. 

Imi died in 1998, at the age of 88. Avi Moyal is now the Chief Instructor of the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF).
students practicing

Krav Maga techniques

Although Krav Maga shares many techniques with other martial arts, such as Boxing, Savate, Muay Thai, Ju-Jitsu, Judo and Wrestling the training is often quite different and less formal. It stresses fighting under worst-case conditions (for example, against several opponents, when protecting someone else, with one arm unusable, when dizzy, or against armed opponents). 

Training in Krav Maga is a great aerobic workout, and utilises focus pad drills and bag work. 

a girl practicing Krav Maga

Basic Principles of Krav Maga

In Krav Maga, there are no hard-and-fast rules. It is not a sport, and there are no competitions. All the techniques focus on maximum efficiency in real-life conditions. Krav Maga generally assumes a no quarter situation; the attacks and defences are intended to inflict the most pain possible on the opponent. Groin strikes, headbutts, and other efficient and potentially brutal attacks are emphasised.

The guiding principles for those performing Krav Maga techniques are:
Neutralise the threat
Avoid injury
Go from defending to attacking as quickly as possible
Use the body’s natural reflexes
Strike at any vulnerable point
Use any tool or object nearby

The basic idea is to first deal with the immediate threat and then neutralise the attacker, executing the technique in a straightforward manner, despite the rush of adrenaline that is common under such circumstances. The emphasis is on taking the initiative from the attacker as soon as possible. 
If you are looking for Krav Maga classes call Krav Maga Central on 
07956 595 224
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