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Krav Maga

Krav maga is a brutal hybrid form of martial arts hand-to-hand combat that was founded by Imi Lichtenfeld (1910-1998). It is based on Imi Lichtenfeld’s street fighting, boxing and wrestling skills that he used to defend the Jewish quarter in the city of Bratislava (the modern capital of Slovakia) against fascist groups in the mid- to late-1930s.

After fleeing Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, Imi Lichtenfeld arrived in Israel in 1942 and immediately began teaching close-quarters combat to Israel’s first fighting units. After Israel’s independence in 1948, Imi Lichtenfeld became the chief instructor of physical training for the Israel Defense Forces, and his fighting style was named krav maga, which means “contact combat” in Hebrew.

The following principles define krav maga: Strive for maximum versatility, defend and attack simultaneously, never assume that the fight is over, train from positions of disadvantage, target vulnerable areas, let reality dictate your response, use instinctive movements, train to build sound tactics and strive to get yourself as safe as possible as quickly as possible.

Krav maga’s basic philosophy is aggression and threat neutralization, which are tenets that align well with the IDF Special Forces where krav maga is standard training.

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  1. Israeli Martial Arts: Eyal Yanilov on the Best Krav Maga Techniques Against a Front Kick

    Israeli Martial Arts: Eyal Yanilov on the Best Krav Maga Techniques Against a Front Kick

    Five attack scenarios, five krav maga options by Imi Lichtenfeld’s highest ranked disciple!
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  2. Krav Maga: Israel’s Time-Tested Strategy for Street Survival, Part 2

    Krav Maga: Israel’s Time-Tested Strategy for Street Survival, Part 2

    This is the second part of Black Belt’s exclusive interview with Darren Levine, head of the Los Angeles-based Krav Maga Worldwide.

    Black Belt:  Knowing how seriously krav maga takes gun and knife defense, a stick, especially a lightweight one, must be viewed as a much lower threat.

    Darren Levine: Not really. I’ve
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  3. Krav Maga: Israel’s Time-Tested Strategy for Street Survival, Part 1

    Krav Maga: Israel’s Time-Tested Strategy for Street Survival, Part 1

    As the popularity of reality-based self-defense continues to grow, we thought Black Belt readers would appreciate a closer look at what’s probably the world’s first RBSD system, krav maga. We spoke with Darren Levine, head of the Los Angeles-based Krav Maga Worldwide. His historical insights and training tips are sure
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  4. Get Close-Quarters Combat Training With Seven Krav Maga and Kapap DVDs From International Self-Defense Experts!

    Get Close-Quarters Combat Training With Seven Krav Maga and Kapap DVDs From International Self-Defense Experts!

    Are you into the close-quarters combat training styles of Avi Nardia, Albert Timen, Alain Cohen, Mike Lee Kanarek, Richard Ryan and the like? Are you interested in realistically depicted street-fighting scenarios and step-by-step breakdowns thereof? Then Black Belt has a new group of krav maga and kapap DVDs that might
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  5. Krav Maga Gun Disarm Techniques and Tactics: Control the Weapon

    Krav Maga Gun Disarm Techniques and Tactics: Control the Weapon

    Consider this scenario:

    In Lubbock, Texas, police officers responded to calls of an elderly woman in her own home posing a threat to those around her. Unable to contact the woman, the officers identified themselves and entered the home. The woman, unwilling to believe the officers were legitimate, armed herself with
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  6. Krav Maga Gun Disarm Techniques and Tactics: Redirect the Line of Fire

    Krav Maga Gun Disarm Techniques and Tactics: Redirect the Line of Fire

    A good defense against any threat must first address the primary danger, and clearly the most immediate danger from a gun is getting shot. Specifically, the danger is being in the path of the bullet once it leaves the muzzle, which means that to avoid the danger, you must get
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  7. Krav Maga Gun Disarm Techniques and Tactics

    Krav Maga Gun Disarm Techniques and Tactics

    Consider these two scenarios:
    Scenario No. 1
    It’s late at night. You’re walking to your car in a parking structure. Your mind is occupied, and you’re obviously not as aware of your surroundings. Without warning, a man steps out of the shadows. You can’t see his face, but you can see the
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  8. Krav Maga Expert Eyal Yanilov Shows You How to Disable an Opponent and Defend Yourself From the Ground

    Krav Maga Expert Eyal Yanilov Shows You How to Disable an Opponent and Defend Yourself From the Ground

    Eyal Yanilov is, by far, one of the most respected krav maga practitioners in the world today. He is currently listed as “master level 3/expert level 8″ in krav maga – the highest rank krav maga founder Imi Lichtenfeld ever awarded to any student. Yanilov’s official title today is chief
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  9. How to Use Krav Maga for Self-Defense Against a Shirt Grab!

    How to Use Krav Maga for Self-Defense Against a Shirt Grab!

    Would you know what to do if an attacker grabbed your shirt in a bar, at an ATM or on the street? Krav maga expert Alain Cohen shows you a simple yet fiercely effective krav maga counterattack for exactly this situation in this excerpt from his six-DVD krav maga set,
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  10. Combat Fit: Krav Maga and CrossFit Cross Paths

    Combat Fit: Krav Maga and CrossFit Cross Paths

    In the 1990s, a new category of martial arts emerged: reality-based self-defense. It was spearheaded by systems such as krav maga, Tony Blauer’s Tactical Systems and senshido, along with padded-assailant programs like Peyton Quinn’s RMCAT. The emphasis on practicality and real-world applications was also fueled by the rise of the
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