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Krav Maga

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The Israeli secret

Krav Maga is a self-defense system developed for the military in Israel that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from Aikido boxing, judo and wrestling along with realistic fight training. Krav Maga is known for its focus on real-world situations and its extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks. It was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld, who made use of his training as a boxer and wrestler as a means of defending the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in the mid-to-late 1930s.

Krav Maga encourages students to avoid confrontation. If this is impossible or unsafe, it promotes finishing a fight as quickly as possible. Attacks are aimed at the most vulnerable parts of the body, and training is not limited to techniques that avoid severe injury; some even permanently injure or cause death to the opponent. Drills provide maximum safety to students by the use of protective equipment and the use of reasonable force.

There are no rules or competitions in the sport, as it is designed for legitimate defence in dangerous situations. It is intended to be a quick solution to the violent situations of day-to-day life, independent of physical characteristics, age or sex.