Posts Tagged ‘Krav Maga’

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.

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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.