June 7, 2013 | 12:20 pm
Posted by Noga Gur-Arieh
Krav Maga (contact combat) is a is a non-competitive practical and tactical self-defense system that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from boxing, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Judo, jiu-jitsu, wrestling, and grappling, along with realistic combat training. It was invented and developed in Israel, based on a street fighting skill developed by martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld.
At the beginning of the 20th century, before Israel was a state, Krav Maga lessons were given to what would later become the IDF. The purpose of the system was to teach the soldiers how to fight under realistic conditions. When the state of Israel received its independence, and the IDF was formed, soldiers were taught Krav Maga as a way to fight in case they run out of ammo or in case of being attacked without a weapon to fight back with. Up until today, all soldiers of the IDF are being taught Krav Maga.
With time, the self-defense system was spread outside the boundaries of the army, and outside of Israel. Nowadays Krav Maga techniques are being taught in the police, and in civil frameworks, such as gyms or special Krav Maga schools. But no matter where it is being taught, Krav Maga will always be known as the Israeli way to always be prepared for the unexpected.
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