The seeds of the unique Krav Maga Self Defense and Fighting System were planted back in the late 1930′s in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia by a young man named Imi Lichtenfeld. Imi was a natural athlete, holding championship titles in a variety of sports, including boxing, gymnastics and wrestling. It was from his father, a famous and highly respected police detective and trainer, that Imi learned street fighting skills that he would use to save his own life and those of his neighbors on the rough streets of Eastern Europe. Prior to World War II, Imi escaped from Eastern Europe. Shortly after arriving in the Middle East, he began fighting for Israel’s independence. It was during this time that Imi was enlisted by the government to create a dynamic yet practical self defense system designed for men and women.
Until recently Krav Maga was only practiced by Israeli Defense Forces, National Police and the Secret Service. Krav Maga is now practiced throughout the world. To date, it has been taught to thousands of civilians, law enforcement and military personnel. It is considered to be the best defensive tactic system in the world because the techniques are simple, easy to perform, and extremely effective.