What is Krav Maga ?
Krav Maga is an extraordinary synthesis of self-defense and hand-to-hand combat, adapted to the reality of military and civilian environment. The discipline has been naturally adopted by many armed forces around the world, by some elite police units, FBI agents, CIA agents, French GIGN gendarmes, Swiss and Polish special forces, and by numerous elite intervention specialists.
Initially reserved for the military and police forces, Krav Maga opened to the civilian world in 1972 in Israel. It was not until 1981 that Krav Maga “exported” beyond its original borders to spread around the world.
It quickly developed in Europe thanks to Richard Douieb, within the European Federation of Krav Maga (FEKM).
Krav Maga means “close combat” in Hebrew. It has two components:
– SELF-DEFENSE, is the pillar
It contains a variety of techniques to enable those who are initiated to defend themselves against an attack, to avoid injuries and to defeat an assailant. This part contains parades against a wide variety of armed or unarmed attacks and in different basic positions: standing, sitting, lying down…
– FULL CONTACT COMBAT is a more advanced phase
It teaches how to quickly and effectively neutralize one or more opponents. It brings together elements related to the combat itself: tactics, feints, the combination of different attacks, the psychological dimension of combat… and so many exercises to strengthen one’s mind and develop an ability to manage violent confrontations in a state of stress.
Krav Maga is not another martial arts school based on conventional approaches. It is above all a modern method of self-defense characterized by a coherent and logical way of thinking that allows natural, practical and easy techniques, based on relatively simple movements of the human body. To remain in line with the realism of this discipline, rules, limits or sports
competitions cannot be implemented.