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A Brief History of Krav Maga

October 16, 2013

A business executive with expertise in green and alternative energy initiatives, Anthony Jean-Claude currently serves as president of Maryland Green BioFuel, where he manages the company’s efforts to increase octane in biofuel for use in diesel and aviation fuels. A physical fitness enthusiast, Anthony Jean-Claude engages in numerous athletic activities, including marathons, triathlons, Tai Chi, and Krav Maga.

Rooted in the Hebrew language, Krav Maga means “contact combat.” It consists of a combination of martial arts and self-defense tactics involving aikido, boxing, jujitsu, and judo. Traditional martial arts follows a series of katas or patterns, but Krav Maga incorporates blocks, holds, and strikes that can be learned and used quickly in one seamless, continuous motion.

Established in the 1930s by well-known boxer and wrestler Imi Lichtenfeld, Krav Maga focuses specifically on training the body to neutralize a threat and assuming an attack position rather than a defensive one. In the early 1940s, Mr. Lichtenfeld moved to Palestine and joined the Haganah, a military Jewish organization, to train the organization’s fighting forces. In 1948, these fighting forces became the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and Mr. Lichtenfeld became chief instructor of physical fitness. Today, Krav Maga continues to be the preferred combat style of the IDF and many other organizations around the world.