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Jul 4 2018

The Badass Who Founded Krav Maga

Meet Imi Lichtenfeld, Founder of Krav Maga

Imi Lichtenfeld - Founder Of Krav Maga

Imi grew up in the slums of Bratislava having to fight a lot, and helped defend Jews from fascist gangs. He learned eclectic combat tactics from his father and refined them. Later, he was acknowledged for his fighting prowess in Palestine (now Israel), and trained the Palmach, Palyam, and Haganah; Israel’s first fighting units.

When Israel was established in 1948, he became Chief Instructor of Physical Training for the Israeli Defense Forces. This is when the name/expression “Krav Maga” was coined. After Imi retired from the military, he refined Krav Maga for civilian and law enforcement use.

In 1981, Darren Levine was one of a few US Martial Arts practitioners invited to Israel to train in the system after a handful of Israeli Krav Maga instructors arrived in 1980 to demonstrate Krav Maga (mostly to Jewish Community Centers). Darren received one of only two “Founders Diploma’s” by Imi, which granted him the honor of enhancing the system over time.

In 1996, the first KMW Training Centers™ Location opened in West Los Angeles (then called the “National Training Center”), and Krav Maga truly began it’s ascent in North America. Shortly thereafter, Krav Maga Worldwide™ was established in order to help facilitate the growth of Krav Maga in the United States.

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Who Carries Imi’s Legacy On Today?

Just over 100 years ago, on May 26, 1910, in central Europe, the creator of Krav Maga, Imi Lichtenfeld was born. 2010 marked Imi Lichtenfeld’s 100th birthday. In honor of this occasion, Krav Maga Worldwide™ and former student of Imi, Darren Levine created this special video message that was broadcast in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Imi Lichtenfeld Centennial Celebration.

Jun 28 2018

Welcome to Xtreme Krav Maga Midtown

Xtreme Krav Maga & Fitness Offers Elite Training With Certified & Experienced Instructors – Challenging, High Energy and Effective Workouts!

Krav Maga is the official self defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces, and is the preferred hand-to-hand combat system for U.S. Military and law enforcement.  Krav Maga is not a traditional martial art. No katas. No rituals. No non-sense!

Krav Maga is a simple, effective self defense system that emphasizes instinctive movements, practical techniques, and realistic training scenarios that gives you a full body cardio workout!

Israeli Self Defense

Krav Maga is based on simple principles and instinctive movements, this reality-based hand-to-hand combat system is designed to teach real self defense in the shortest possible time. Students learn to defend against common chokes, grabs and bear hugs, as well as weapons such as guns, knives, and sticks. Just as important, we teach people to function during the stress and shock of a sudden, violent encounter. Tested on the battlefield and in the streets, Krav Maga’s practical approach to self defense will make you safer and more secure.

Fitness

Krav Maga Fitness classes get you into fighting shape. Designed by a team of top fitness experts and defensive tactics instructors known for building fighters, Krav Maga’s fitness programs use cardio classes, heavy bag work, and sports conditioning techniques to burn fat and tone muscle. Feel strong. Feel Safe. Feel Good.

Fighting

Krav Maga applies its practical, no holds barred approach to a complete street fighting system. Learn simple techniques to end a fight as quickly as possible. Aggressive training drills improve vision, help you manage stress, deal with multiple attackers and give you techniques that work in real-life street fights.

 

“So That One May Walk In Peace” – Imi Lichtenfeld

 

 

Jun 28 2018

What Is Krav Maga?

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What comes to mind when you think of self-defense? Do you imagine yourself fighting off an army of home-invaders, guns blazing Rambo-style? Or maybe you’d incapacitate that mugger with a flying kick, à la Bruce Lee.

For most of us, self-defense is just about making it home safe and sound, about protecting our loved ones, and about defending our home from attack.

But what if you aren’t Bruce Lee or Rambo or even the Karate Kid, and you’re pretty sure a flying kick would do more to incapacitate you than your attacker?

The answer is simple—Krav Maga.

What is Krav Maga?

Right about now, you’re probably thinking “Krav Ma-what?” That’s ok. Stick with me for a second…

Krav got its fancy name from Hebrew. It’s a self-defense system that was developed by a badass named Imi Lichtenfeld, a boxer, wrestler, and judo expert, who got a job teaching hand to hand combat to the Israeli Defense Forces (Think: Special Forces). Imi realized all the things he learned wrestling in spandex didn’t amount to much when someone came at him with a knife in an alley. So he took all his experience in competition-based fighting systems and adapted them for the streets. He developed principles that were easy to learn and easy to perform under stress.

I can see you nodding right about now…we like easy!

Keep It Simple Stupid.

Well, to be honest, Krav is more simple, than easy. Think back to that KISS principle from high school—Keep It Simple Stupid. It probably would’ve been Imi’s favorite saying if someone would’ve translated it to Hebrew for him.

He created Krav to be principle-based v. technique-based, meaning the system doesn’t have a million techniques for a million different scenarios. Instead, Krav has a set of core principles that fit many different situations, keeping it simple (stupid).

Those principles all come back to a basic few things: Defend, Counter-Attack, and Improve Your Position.
Simple, right?

And while Krav Maga was originally designed for the military and law enforcement agencies, Imi adapted it for civilians after retiring from the IDF. It kept all the aggression and explosive counter-attacks, but it doesn’t rely on you carrying an automatic weapon to work every day.

What do you learn in a Krav class?

Beginners at Xtreme Krav Maga learn to punch, kick, knee, elbow, and head-butt, along with learning how to defend against chokes, grabs, bear hugs and weapons (guns, knives, and bats) from all angles. The intensive training teaches you to function under stress, shock, and adrenaline. And to top it off, every single class is a killer workout.

(See what I did there? KILLER workout?)

One last thing to keep in mind, Krav Maga is for EVERYONE. People of all ages, sizes, and fitness levels can learn this system. We work together to challenge each other and improve, every time we hit the mats.

 

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And there is nothing that brings you closer together than practicing groin kicks on a friend.

Don’t believe us? You’ll just have to come take an introductory class to find out.

Written By: Margaret Torres

 

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