Development of Krav Maga קרב מגע
The master Imi Lichtenfeld
In the late 1930s, anti-Semitic riots threatened the Jewish population of Bratislava. Together with other Jewish boxers and wrestlers, Lichtenfeld helped to defend his Jewish neighbourhood against racist gangs. He quickly realized that sport has little in common with real combat and began developing a system of techniques for practical self-defence in life threatening situations.
In 1948, when the Israel was founded and the IDF was formed, Imi became Chief Instructor for Physical Fitness and Krav Maga at the IDF School of Combat Fitness. He served in the IDF for about 20 years, during which time he developed and refined his unique method for self-defence and hand-to-hand combat. After he finished his active duty, Imi began adapting and modifying Krav Maga to civilian needs.
The method was formulated to suit everyone -- man and woman, boy or girl, who might need it to save his or her life or survive an attack while sustaining minimal harm, whatever the background of the attack.
To disseminate his method, Imi established two training centres, one in Tel Aviv and the other in Netanya.
In 1964, Lichtenfeld retired from the Israeli military. He then modified Krav Maga to fit the needs of police forces and ordinary civilians. He trained teams of Krav Maga instructors, who were accredited by him and the Israeli Ministry of Education. He also created the Israeli Krav Maga Association in 1978. On January 9, 1998, Lichtenfeld died in Netanya, Israel, at the age of 87. Today Krav Maga continues to develop and adapt to the changes of violence, making it one of the most effective, easy to learn self-defence systems in the world.
All About The Instructor
Christopher has over 10 years experience in several martial arts and 4 years experience teaching martial arts and self-defence.
He is a 4th Level Krav Maga Practitioner, and 4th Level Instructor under the
Global Martial Arts University.
He also holds rank of 4th Gup from the International Chang-Hon Taekwon-Do Federation, holds an 8th Kyu in Shotokan Karate and has self-defence and weapons training certificates from the British Shotokan Karate Club. He is passionate about encouraging and teaching, and always strives to keep classes fun, safe and uplifting for his students.