FOUNDER - IMI LICHTENFELD
Born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1910
Originally referred to as Kapap – the Hebrew acronym for “krav panim el panim,” which means face-to-face combat.
OFFICIAL TRAINING SYSTEM OF THE ISRAEL DEFENSE FORCE
Imi Lichtenfeld was assigned as Chief Commander of the IDF’s hand-to-hand combat and physical fitness division
Founder of Krav Maga
The founder of the system – Imi Lichtenfeld was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1910. His family moved to Bratislava, Slovakia, where Imi grew up. His father, Samuel Lichtenfeld, had experience boxing and wrestling. Samuel Lichtenfeld was a police detective and held the leading record of arrests as well as serving as the police force’s self-defense instructor.
Samuel Lichtenfeld also opened up a fitness gym that provided training in boxing, wrestling, and Judo – a very rare type of facility in the early 20th century. Imi began training at his father’s gym focusing on both sport combat and self-defense training. In the 1930s, Central Europe was starting to fall to Fascist power. Anti-semitism was spreading rapidly, and Jewish people were regularly targeted for discrimination and violent attacks.
expanding Krav Maga to other free countries
Imi Lichtenfeld and his leading instructors went about expanding Krav Maga to other free countries. In the late 1970’s, Imi and his instructors traveled to the U.S. to do Krav Maga demonstrations for Jewish community groups. Krav Maga was recognized by prominent members of the American Jewish community as a great vehicle for developing young people as well as connecting with brothers and sisters in Israel.
In 1981, a group of Americans was invited to participate in the first 6-week long international instructor course under the direct supervision of Imi Lichtenfeld. American businessman Daniel Abraham sponsored an American delegation of 23 Americans to attend the course. Alan Feldman, Rick Blitstein, and Darren Levine stood out in this group due to their performance during the course and previous martial arts training. The three served as American ambassadors for the Israeli Association, and Alan Feldman accepted the Eastern Region, Rick Blitstein the Central Region, and Darren Levine the Western Region.
Representation in over 50+ countries
Krav Maga Association, International Krav Maga Federation, Krav Maga Global, US KM Association, Israeli Krav Maga Association, Krav Maga Federation, Krav Maga Worldwide to name but a few?
WHAT IS IT ?
Krav Maga is a philosophy, a set of principles and a tool-kit of techniques
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become a credible street defence ‘fighting style’
Krav Maga has exploded in recent years and has become a credible street defense ‘fighting style’ when taught and executed well. However, there seem to be so many different ‘types’ of Krav Maga? An online search resulted in multitudes of lessons, sessions, classes, clubs, federations, associations and organizations.
When he retired from the IDF, Imi wanted to train civilians in self-defense and he founded the Krav Maga Association. When Eli Avikzar wanted to step to the side of Imi’s civilian Krav Maga Association, he founded the Israeli Krav Magen Association. Seems fair: the father of Krav Maga and his first successor each with an association promoting their specialized systems.
defined and refined through five decades of application
Students and followers going all over the globe
Now many years later we now have the Krav Maga Association, International Krav Maga Federation, Krav Maga Global, US KM Association,
Israeli Krav Maga Association, Krav Maga Federation, Krav Maga Worldwide to name but a few?
The evolution of Krav
KRAV MAGA - EVOLVED
Warrior Defence Lab evolves Krav by getting you thinking again.
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One of the greatest Martial Art Business Pioneers
Develops training methodologies that greatly enhance the ability to deal with and understand the ‘Chaos Code’
a Lifestyle Approach System, that can help anybody
Warrior Defence Lab – The Evolution of Krav
Defence Lab can simply be defined as ‘ A Way of Thinking’ – it is a Lifestyle Approach System, that can help anybody.
The core concept is to get you thinking again, through the use of online training utilizing situation awareness Enabling you to be aware of your environment and what we can do in those situations.
Warrior Defence Lab inspires people in this way to ‘Get you thinking’
Its design as a methodology that can help anybody learning/teaching Krav Maga or Self Defence and Tradaitional Martials Arts. Enables individuals/Instructors to understand the real truth about Self Defence.
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