About Krav Maga
Krav Maga (Hebrew for Contact Combat) is a practical and realistic system which teaches how to prevent, avoid, deter, or deal with all kinds of violent threats and attacks, including those which involve weapons. Krav Maga educates people in the subjects of self defence, self protection, fighting and combat skills, as well as the skills to defend others. Krav Maga is taught in a unique and comprehensive manner and was developed in Israel under realistic conditions.
The founder of Krav Maga
Imi Lichtenfeld was born into a Hungarian Jewish family and grew up in Bratislava. His father was a Chief Inspector in the police force and owned a gymnasium where he taught self-defence. As a young man, Imi was a successful boxer and wrestler. In the 1930′s, riots threatened the Jewish population of Bratislava. Imi helped to defend his Jewish community against gangs and realised that sport had little in common with real combat, and began developing a system of practical self-defence for life threatening situations. In 1940 Imi left his homeland to serve in the Czech Legion and then settled in Israel. Israel’s leaders immediately recognised Imi’s fighting skills and he began to train Israel’s first fighting units in military close quarters combat. This training included fighting fitness, sentry removal and any other military-oriented problems that required a creative solution. He became the Chief Instructor of Physical Training in the Israel Defence Forces and it was during this time that his system came to be called Krav Maga.
Krav Maga Global (KMG)
The Institute of Krav Maga UK is affiliated to KMG UK, the United Kingdom branch of Krav Maga Global based in Netanya, Israel. They provide us with our instructor further education programmes, member grading examinations as well as specialist courses. KMG is lead by Eyal Yanilov. Eyal studied under the personal tutelage of Imi, the founder of Krav Maga. Eyal is the only person in the world to hold the highest grade even given by Imi (Master Level 3/Expert Level 8). Assisted by his Global Training Team, Eyal now travels worldwide teaching and promoting the Krav Maga system.