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Krav Maga Israeli Self Defense Method Martial Arts

Krav Maga one of the greatest martial arts of our era. What brought the rise of popularity in the west, for this israeli self defense martial arts method. What does Krav Maga even mean?

It definitely wasn’t because of some fat guy in a martial arts gi shooting chi balls, I’ll tell you that. The reason this israeli self defense method, Krav Maga managed to grasp the attention of the whole martial arts community is because:

  1. It incorporates techniques from all other martial arts.
  2. Alive if a new better technique is discovered, it improves on itself.
  3. It’s proven to be effective, let’s get real here the Israel Defense Forces uses Krav Maga as there combat foundation.

Krav Maga Israeli Self Defense Method Martial Arts

What Is The Israeli Self Defense Method Martial Arts Krav Maga

As we have already said Krav Maga was specifically designed for the Israel defense forces and Israeli security forces. A martial art style taught to form the basic foundation of a soldier’s combat abilities.

Nowadays we have multiple versions of Krav Maga being taught all around the world, hopefully that interpret Krav Maga’s good techniques. We’ll get more into the Krav Maga scam dojo’s later on the article.

The Creator Of Krav Maga Imi Lichtenfeld

Imi Lichtenfeld the man that created this amazing Israeli self defense system. In the year 1910 Imi Lichtenfeld was born, the man that would change Israelis self defense methods. Unfortunately Imi Lichtenfeld passed away at the age of 88 in 1998, while still perfecting Krav Maga techniques.

Imi Lichtenfeld was interested in multiple sports at a young age, some of which that are known are:

  • Gymnastics
  • Wrestling
  • Boxing

Surprisingly he was great at all these sports, competing internationally and even winning some international competitions. These 3 sports really helped in the foundation of the Israeli self defense method, however he did have an advantage over other people.

His father Samuel Lichtenfeld was the Chief Inspector in the Bratislava Police Force, an ex-circus acrobat while owning his own gym. This gave Imi Lichtenfeld a great advantage over other people at his time.

Krav Maga Quotes

Like any martial arts founder you know they made some cool quotes for us to remember them by. This goes for Imi Lichtenfeld as well, he’s blessed us all with some well needed Imi Lichtenfeld quotes.

1) Krav Maga heightens perception and transforms fear into something more productive. – Imi Lichtenfeld

Love this one, something we should all strive for in life. We should never let fear or any negative emotions take over our minds. Krav Maga helps us feel strong and in control, in situations were we would have been put at great fear.

2) People respect power, and it comes in many forms, Krav Maga is power, and people will respect you for knowing it. – Imi Lichtenfeld

Interesting Krav Maga quote, yet so true. In our society, power may it be confidence, money, fame, strength, etc is what rises us in our social hierarchy type lifestyle. The higher you are in this social hierarchy the more benefits you enjoy. Being able to fight rises your confidence thus being perceived as a more alpha member in our society.

3) The leg of a baby is stronger than the balls of Muhamed Ali. – Imi Lichtenfeld

Not my favourite Imi Lichtenfeld quote but it does make sense. To sum it up, it basically means that someone who has trained in the Israeli self defense system will be stronger than someone who never practiced it. At least that’s my understanding of this quote, feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.

4) Street fights are unpredictable, dirty fights. – Imi Lichtenfeld

I can’t agree with Imi Lichtenfeld any more than this. We see it also in Krav Maga’s principles, were you should always try to settle things without resorting to violence. It’s a big principle mainly found in all martial arts, you never know what’s going to happen in a street fight. Maybe he’s got a friend around the corner, maybe he’s got a weapon who knows street fights are dirty and unpredictable. 

5) Dont expect your enemies to ever love you, or even like you, only respect you. – Imi Lichtenfeld

Doesn’t really relate to Krav Maga, but I think it’s a good life philosophy one should implement in his life style. Don’t try to befriend everyone it’s impossible, respect on the other side is quite possible.

History Of The Israeli Self Defense Method Martial Arts Known as Krav Maga

At the age of 20 Imi Lichtenfeld started to form the now known as the Israeli self defense method. When groups of anti-Semitism started attacking the Jews of Bratislava, within this chaos Imi Lichtenfeld soon realized that his boxing and wrestling martial arts where quite impractical outside the ring.

This lead him to seek better more practical techniques that one could use against thugs on the street. Gathering a group of jewish wrestlers and boxers, to teach them Krav Maga and fight off these anti-semitic hordes of thugs.

In 1940 Imi Lichtenfeld escaped with his family to Mandatory Palestine where he joined the Haganah paramilitary organization. In 1944 he continued perfecting his Israeli self defense training method, while teaching more fighters his martial art style.

When the IDF also known as the Israel Defense Forces formed In 1948, Imi Lichtenfeld became the head of combat fitness. Serving the Israel Defense Forces as head of combat fitness for 20 years gave Imi Lichtenfeld a lot of time to improve Krav Maga’s techniques.

Judo was added to the Krav Maga curriculum In 1965.

In 1968 the Krav Maga belt system or Krav Maga grading system was formed. This was invented so that one would know the level of combat skill in relation to this Israeli self defense martial art one knows. This makes it easier for Krav Maga teachers to properly teach the student in the ways of Krav Maga.

The first black belt under Imi Lichtenfeld was a man named Eli Avikzar who earned his belt in 1968. Though Eli Avikzar decided to leave to France to further improve his martial arts in Aikido where he earned a brown belt before coming back to Israel defense forces.

Shortly after his arrival in 1974 Imi Lichtenfeld stepped down from his Krav Maga dojo in Netanya and passed it on to Eli Avikzar. Eli Avikzar continued to improve this Israeli self defense method, later in 1976 he joined the Israel Defense Forces and replaced Imi Lichtenfeld role. Taking Krav Maga to the next level, more members of the IDF where forced to learn this Israeli martial art system.

In 1978 Imi Lichtenfeld established the Krav Maga association IKMA / KAMI. 9 years later Imi Lichtenfeld decided to also back down from the title of Chief Krav Maga instructor, thus handing it to Boaz Aviram whos still currently the Chief Krav Maga instructor.

That pretty much sums up Krav Maga’s history, quite an interesting fellow Imi Lichtenfeld was. From sparring safely under his father’s shadow, to leading forces against the rebels to forming one of the greatest martial arts in our time. One that’s dominated many other martial art styles, while being a national jewel for the Israeli nation.

The Primary Purpose Of Krav Maga Techniques

We already touched on this slightly while we were talking about the history of Krav Maga. The purpose of Krav Maga techniques were originally designed to fight off the antisemitism.

Today Krav Maga techniques still have a similar purpose, the Israel defense forces uses Krav Maga to stop thugs and other criminals within the country. Though normal citizen people are choosing to learn Krav Maga but why?

I’m sure citizens don’t intend to run after some crook to get him behind bars. Krav Maga still provides a well balanced self defense martial art method for the average person. In fact when we are strictly considering learning a martial art for the self defense aspect of it Krav Maga beats a lot of other martial arts. Hence why it rose in popularity. Though with this, rose Krav Maga Mcdojo’s.

What I Hate About Krav Maga

There are primarily 2 things that I really don’t like seeing in this amazing Israeli martial arts system.

Krav Maga’s Explosion In Popularity

Martial arts nerd, you’re just hating the mainstream to sound cool.

No this is a legit problem I see in Krav Maga training centers. They are either really good, or the Krav Maga instructor has no idea what he’s doing. I have no idea how many times I’ve went to a Krav Maga school to see some cringy fat guy showing me how to disarm a gun by karate chopping the dudes bicep.

Or some other equally obscure technique that would never work in a real life situation. Which is really sad as, as we were saying when discussing Krav Maga’s history is that it was specifically designed for street fighting as both boxing and wrestling techniques where failing to function properly in a real fight situation.

The rise of this Israeli self defense method, gave birth to a bunch of school’s that try to make money by ripping off the great name Krav Maga achieved. Know this isn’t really an issue for people that have practiced good martial arts in the past, as they will easily detect the bull stench from a mile away.

Just putting it out there before someone starts complaining in the comments section. This isn’t really a Krav Maga problem, everything that becomes popular will have people trying to milk it. This will happen to any martial art that reaches the fame Krav Maga achieved. Though there’s something which is going to bring me to my second point about my ‘hate’ for this Israeli self defense method that really promotes this type of behaviour.

No Sport Aspect In Krav Maga

This has to be the most thing I hate about Krav Maga. I don’t even mind the first one to be honest that much as it’s inevitable once a martial arts style becomes popular. Though this encourages so much of the bad practices found in mcdojos.

Without healthy competition with other Krav Maga academies, how can you know your instructor is teaching you the proper techniques. This was really great for people wanting to make a quick buck of Krav Maga, simply claim you teach Krav Maga and hope none of the students ever look at another place. You can’t really do this with martial arts like MMA because if you said something against competition in an MMA gym students would instantly know something’s fishy.

Sure I’m going to get that typical comeback, but martial arts nerd Krav Maga is strictly for street fighting.

This makes no sense to me how can you practice techniques in a street fight environment, than say that you can’t create a sport out of it. If you are practicing these techniques in a safe environment, why can’t that be the sport?

I know were just going to have to agree to disagree as this is always the argument that me and a Krav Maga practitioner can never agree on. But ehh, maybe one day I’ll understand.

Just to make things clear, I love Krav Maga. I think it’s one of the greatest martial arts at the moment. Though with  most of it great, it still has some issues like any other good thing.

Krav Maga Israeli Self Defense Method Martial Arts Conclusion

That’s all I really have to say about Krav Maga. Do you guys have any question about Krav Maga. Maybe you didn’t like something I said about Israelis signature martial art. Or simply want to add something, feel free to write a comment down below.

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