What is Krav Maga?
Krav Maga (Contact Combat) is a defensive tactics system, and like all such systems it is aimed at teaching practical and realistic self-defense, rather than it being a method for sparring against a person with the same background, as is the case with many martial arts systems. Krav Maga is a tool for survival, not just a means for technically drilling different exercises. We therefore focus on the nature of confrontations in the real world, the conditions in which they occur, and the various methods for preventing and dealing with such situations.
Imrich (Imi) Sde-Or (Lichtenfeld) founder of Krav Maga, was born in Budapest in 1910. With his fathers encouragement, Imi became active in a wide range of sports. This exposed him to not only different fighting disciplines, but fitness and sports.
In the mid 30's Europe was changing for the worst. Facism and and Anti-Semitic groups targeted the Jewish community. Having been involved in many conflicts with these groups, he was forced to leave. Imi joined the Czechoslovakian army for 2 years. He arrived in Israel in 1944 and began training fighters in his area of expertise. Imi was the Chief Instructor for Physical Fitness and Krav Maga at the IDF School of Combat fitness. He served in the IDF for 20 years.
Imi founded the IKMF (International Krav Maga Federation). http://kravmaga-ikmf.com/events/
IKMF Instructors for this program work closely with the Global Instruction Team (GIT) and Israel HQ to ensure that technique is current, correct and effective. They have been screened, taught, thoroughly tested. We are continually evaluated to ensure you have a program that is consistent, cohesive and modern.
IKMF Skill Levels
The IKMF has built levels of accomplishment into the system. This accomplishment is shown through patches (See Picture).
The grading begins at Practitioner Levels (Yellow) 1 through 5. These are the beginner levels of IKMF Krav Maga. As the student progresses, their skills levels develop moving into the Graduate Levels (Blue) 1 through 5. Graduate levels show greater understanding and competence of all technique, also opening up different opportunities for training in the IKMF. Expert levels (Gold) 1 through 5, show the greatest understanding, application and continued development of skill.
Since 1996, the IKMF has expanded and is now the largest and most appreciated Krav Maga institution world wide.