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History of Krav Maga

Imi Lichtenfeld, was born in 1910 in Bratislava.
He trained in gymnastics, wrestling and boxe. He competed in a lot of compétitions and was a champion in a lot of wrestling tournaments.
In the late 1930s, anti-semitic riots threatened the Jewish population of Bratislava. Together with other Jewish boxers and wrestlers, Lichtenfeld helped to defend his Jewish neighborhood against racist gangs. He quickly realized that sport has little in common with real combat and began developing a system of techniques for practical self-defense in life threatening situations. The first principles of Krav Maga were born:

  • Leverage body reflexes
  • Defend and simultaneous counterattack
  • Quickly recover after getting hit

In 1942, the Haganah's leaders immediately recognized Lichtenfeld's fighting prowess and ingenuity. In 1948, when the Israel was founded and the IDF was formed, Imi became Chief Instructor for Physical Fitness and Krav Maga at the IDF School of Combat Fitness. He served in the IDF for about 20 years, during which time he developed and refined his unique method for self-defense and hand-to-hand combat. After he finished his active duty, Imi began adapting and modifying Krav Maga to civilian needs. The method was formulated to suit everyone: man and woman, boy or girl, who might need it to save his or her life or survive an attack while sustaining minimal harm, whatever the background of the attack: criminal, nationalistic, or other. To disseminate his method, Imi established two training centers, one in Tel Aviv and the other in Netanya.

On January 8, 1998, Lichtenfeld died in Netanya, Israel, at the age of 87.

Source : wikipedia