A Brief Overview of Krav Maga and Its History by Anthony Jean-Claude

April 17, 2013

Developed in the State of Israel, Krav Maga, which literally means “contact combat” in Hebrew, is a noncompetitive system of self-defense. Krav Maga draws on several different types of combat techniques, including boxing, muay thai, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling. Its philosophy emphasizes threat neutralization and a combination of defensive and offensive maneuvers used in tandem.

Krav Maga is a set of techniques derived from street fighting techniques developed by the Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld. While living in Bratislava, Slovakia, Lichtenfeld utilized street fighting skills drawn from his martial arts training in order to defend Bratislava’s Jewish quarter from anti-semitic fascist groups in the late 1930s. Lichtenfeld later immigrated to Israel in the 1940s and began providing combat training to members of what would later become the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The IDF would go on to refine these techniques and develop them into the system that is now known as Krav Maga.

About the author: A sales and management professional, Anthony Jean-Claude is the President of Maryland Green BioFuel. In his spare time, Anthony Jean-Claude enjoys running marathons and triathlons, coaching football, and delivering motivational speeches.


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