What is the History of Krav Maga?
Krav Maga was founded by Imi Lichtenfield and has its roots in the 1930′s, when riots threatened the Jewish population of Bratislava.
Imi helped with defending his community against riots and attacks from gangs. He quickly understood that combat sports had little in common with real combat, and began to develop solutions to the regular threats to his community. In 1940 Imi left his homeland to serve in the Czech Legion and later settled in Israel. Imi’s fighting skills became clear to the military leaders and he structured the training of Israel’s first fighting units in military close quarters combat.
Krav Maga has is not a traditional martial art:
- It was developed in an environment where the Israeli military could not devote many hours to hand to hand combat training.
- The Krav Maga system was created to bring students to a high level of skill in a relatively short period of time.
- There are no forms (katas) or rules or set combinations as reactions to attacks.
- Krav Maga training focuses on teaching simple self-defense techniques which are specifically catered to reality based attack situations.
- Because of the Krav Maga’s combat-orientation, there are no competitions or tournaments.
Krav Maga includes specialized training methods to not only challenge students physically, but to also instil a special mental discipline. We develop the ability to deal with violent confrontations under intense stress. Classes will also incorporate the self-defence techniques that are taught to law enforcement personnel.
The history of Krav Maga shows that Krav Maga has developed and continued to evolve to help people survive violent problems in today’s society. Through regular training in Israel and across Europe with the leading experts of Krav Maga, West Coast Krav Maga is able to build on this history with lessons coaching the most modern aspects of self defence with classes in Preston and Blackpool.