Krav Maga – Close Combat for Self Defense

By now some of you may have heard about a type of self defense called Krav Maga.

So what is it, and where did it come from? Well, let’s see how Wikipedia defines it.

Krav Maga … is a noncompetitive eclectic martial art system developed in Israel that involves striking techniques, wrestling and grappling, mostly known for its extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks, and is taught to regular and special forces in Israel. It was derived from street-fighting skills developed by 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 in the mid- to late-1930s. In the late-1940s, following his immigration to Israel, he began to provide hand-to-hand combat training to what was to become the [Israel Defense Force], who went on to develop the system that became known as Krav Maga. It has since been refined for civilian, police and military applications.”

Krav Maga started showing up in the US after 1980, when Jewish Americans had Krav Maga instructors come to America. Soon after that the FBI took notice of it and sent 22 people to attended classes in Israel. Those students came back from Israel and started opening classes to the general public.

It has recently grown to a popular option for women’s self defense, since the art uses tactics that can easily be learned by persons with a smaller frame. Krav Maga uses techniques such as, palm strikes, head strikes, groin strikes, and elbow attacks. If you’ve been looking for a great self-defense class for women, then look into Krav Maga.

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