Because not all krav maga is the same…” 

You may be your first and last line of defense in an increasingly violent world. You must be prepared to do whatever it takes to survive. Most important: there are NO rules on the street!

Battle-tested and street-proven Israeli krav maga (“contact combat”) is the Israel Defense Force’s official self-defense and close-quarters-combat system. The Israeli military, law enforcement, and security institutions needed a close-quarter combat training regimen based on utility, instinct, simplicity and adaptability. Imi Lichtenfeld’s system has provided a solution that has reached global prominence.

Krav maga is dynamic and constantly evolves as situations require and is based on our most primitive and natural instincts. In developing the self-defense system, survival in any situation was foremost in Imi’s mind. Accordingly, krav maga relies on a person’s natural instincts and reflexes for self-defense. Awareness and mental conditioning are integral to training.


Krav maga’s philosophy is never to do more than necessary but to react with speed, economy of motion, and the appropriate measure of force. If a situation is dire, the defender must do whatever is necessary to overcome the threat. This may include multiple strikes to the groin, throat, and kidneys, a finger planted into an eye, shouting into an attacker’s ear, a head butt, breaking an attacker’s elbow using an armbar variation, severing an attacker’s Achilles tendon using an ankle lock, a bite to the neck, or choking an assailant into unconsciousness.

The Israeli krav maga system is one of the most effective, practical, and holistic fighting systems in the world. It will build your body, mind, and soul. Imi designed it to benefit people of all shapes, sizes, and physical abilities regardless of age.

Krav maga uses the same building blocks from the most simple defenses to the most advanced techniques. These include empty-handed defenses and disarms against bladed weapons, firearms, hand grenades, and even rocks. As a result, it is world-renowned for these disarming techniques.

In short, krav maga is well known for its simplicity, instinctive nature, utility, use of weapons of opportunity, adaptability, and proficiency.