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Krav Maga Israel, LLC Overview

KMI is a private firm providing global counter-terror and security consulting, training, and risk management to government organizations and the private sector. KMI personnel are highly specialized and uniquely qualified in Israeli defensive tactics, security, and counter-terror applications and operations. KMI training is not only leading edge, but the most concurrent with today's standards of operations, strategies and tactics for both civilians and security professionals. KMI works under the umbrella of the non-profit Israeli Krav Maga Association and the curriculum is supervised by Grandmaster Haim Gidon (10th dan.) Haim Gidon, the highest-ranking individual in the world at 10th degree black-belt, heads the organization as Imi's appointed successor and President. David Kahn serves as the IKMA's United States Chief Instructor and is the only American to sit board of the IKMA coordinating U.S. activities with his brother, Abel Kahn.

Israeli Krav Maga Association

Krav maga founder Imi Lichtenfeld established the non-profit Israeli Krav Maga Association (IKMA) on October 22, 1978 to promote Krav Maga throughout the world. After Imi's retirement in 1964 as the military's chief instructor of physical training and self-defense, he focused on adapting his system to provide both professional security agencies and ordinary civilians - men, women, and children - with solutions to avoid and/or end a violent encounter. The IKMA sponsors worldwide programs and courses are available at the International Training Headquarters in Hamilton, New Jersey and the Association's Israeli main training facility in Netanya, Israel. More information in both English and Hebrew can be found at the IKMA's website: www.kravmagaisraeli.com.

About Israeli Krav Maga

Battle-tested and street-proven Israeli Krav Maga ("contact combat") is the Israel Defense Force's official self-defense and close-quarters-combat system. The Israeli military and, law enforcement and security institutions needed a close-quarter-combat training regimen based on utility, instinct, simplicity, and adaptability. Imi Lichtenfeld's Krav Maga system has provided a solution that has reached global prominence. Krav Maga is based on our most primitive and natural instincts. In developing the self-defense system, survival in any situation was foremost in Imi's mind. Accordingly, Krav Maga relies on a person's natural instincts and reflexes for self-defense. Awareness and mental conditioning are integral to Krav Maga training.

Krav Maga's philosophy is never to do more than necessary, but to react with speed, economy of motion, and the appropriate measure of force. If a situation is dire, the defender must do whatever is necessary to overcome the threat. This may include multiple strikes to the groin, throat, and kidneys, a finger planted into an eye, shouting into an attacker's ear, a head butt, breaking an attacker's elbow using an armbar variation, severing an attacker's Achilles tendon using an ankle lock, a bite to the neck, or choking an assailant into unconsciousness. Speed is paramount and one is taught to strike instinctively at the human body's vulnerable parts. Krav Maga is dynamic and constantly evolves as situations require.

The Israeli Krav Maga system is one of the most effective, practical, and holistic fighting systems in the world. Krav Maga will build your body, mind, and soul. Imi designed Krav Maga to benefit people of all shapes, sizes, and physical abilities regardless of age. You may be your first and last line of defense in an increasingly violent world. You must be prepared to whatever it takes to survive. Most important, there are no rules on the street.

The six pillars of Krav Maga training include:


Combine your defense and offense into one complete strategy.


Counter-attack the vulnerable areas of your opponent's body including the groin, eyes, and throat.


Move fast, continuously, seamlessly and determinedly to overwhelm your attacker giving him no time to react.


Learn one elemental technique at a time and then build on it over time.


Be both decisive and quick in responding to a violent encounter. Do whatever is necessary to overcome a dangerous threat.


If possible, use subduing techniques to de-escalate a situation quickly.

The Krav Maga Mental Preparation Grid©


In a physical confrontation, you are likely experience a combined surge of stress, fear, and excitement. Mental and physical conditioning will allow you to harness your adrenaline and channel it into action. Mental confidence and toughness provides a decisive advantage in a violent encounter. Hone both your mental and physical skills to spring into action without thinking. Only proper training can trigger this fighting response.


When confronted, the mind goes through a series of steps to choose a response:

  1. Threat recognition.
  2. Situation analysis.
  3. Choice of action.
  4. Action or inaction.


A surprise attack will force you to react from an unprepared state. Therefore, your self-defense reaction must be instinctive and reflexive. Krav Maga training prepares you for just that. The subconscious mind turns instinctive trained responses into immediate action.


The body can withstand a high amount of physical punishment. Adrenaline is a powerful energizer and allows the body to momentarily insulate itself against pain. The body's resilience works for both victim and assailant. To stop an assailant, target the body's vulnerable and vital areas using retzev.


Training will help you overcome the fight paralysis that can easily set in. You will learn how to alleviate fear, panic and other sensations. You will learn effective physical techniques while mentally adjusting to a harsh violent reality.


Use your mind to train your body to automatically and instinctively react to danger. Visualization and scenario planning boosts your confidence, reduces fear, improves your fighting technique, and helps cope with unanticipated hostile situations because you will have envisioned them beforehand.

Krav Maga uses the same building blocks from the most simple defenses to the most advanced techniques including empty-handed defenses and disarms against bladed weapons, firearms, hand grenades, and even rocks. Krav Maga is world-renowned for these disarming techniques. In summary, Krav Maga is well known for its: simplicity, instinctive nature, utility, use of weapons of opportunity, adaptability and proficiency.

For more information on Krav Maga and its founder, Imi Lichtenfeld, in either English or Hebrew, please visit www.kravmagaisraeli.com and click "Founder."

A more a complete explanation and in-depth history of Krav Maga may also be found in the books, KRAV MAGA by ST MARTIN'S PRESS (2004), and ADVANCED KRAV MAGA by ST MARTIN'S PRESS (2008) available for purchase online and all major book stores.

Krav Maga's Behavioral Code

Imi emphasized good citizenship and a strong sense of morality. The following pillars of Imi's system help summarize his teachings.

Good citizenship.
Treat your fellow-citizens with respect and obey the law. Imi sought to instill "a sense of self worth."

Train properly to avoid injury.
Do not injure your partner or yourself by training haphazardly or over aggressively.

Act humbly.
Do not show-off your skills or provoke others to test your mettle. Act courteously toward others. As Imi said, "The most necessary thing, is to educate you– and that is the hardest thing–to be humble. You must be so humble that you don't want to show him that you're better than him. That is one of the most necessary things for pupils. If a pupil tells me, ‘I fought him and beat him,' it's no good."

Avoid confrontation.
Avoid or deescalate a potential violent situation whenever possible. When asked about a hypothetical confrontation that could be avoided, Imi responded, "Know what I told you – to be humble. I don't want to get beaten. I don't want to beat him. My purpose in learning Krav Maga is not to get hurt. If you beat him, you want to show him you can beat him. If you turn away, you have enough confidence."

Do not use unnecessary force.
Respond to a threat or attack with only the necessary amount of force to neutralize the attack. Imi underscored, "That is most necessary and difficult thing in Krav Maga – that I must be so good that I don't must kill."

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