Israeli self defense, or “krav maga”, is a self-defense system developed for the military in Israel that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from boxing, savate, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Judo, Jujutsu,wrestling, and grappling, along with realistic fight training. It focuses on real-world situations and extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks.
Israeli self defense has a philosophy emphasizing threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers, and aggression. “Krav Maga” is used by Israeli Defense Forces, both regular and special forces, and several closely related variations have been developed and adopted by law enforcement and intelligence organizations, Mossad and Shin Bet.
Israeli self defense encourages students to avoid confrontation. If this is impossible or unsafe, it promotes finishing a fight as quickly as possible. Attacks are aimed at the most vulnerable parts of the body, and training is not limited to techniques that avoid severe injury; some even permanently injure or cause death to the opponent. Drills provide maximum safety to students by the use of protective equipment and the use of reasonable force. Students will learn to defend against all variety of attacks and are taught to counter in the quickest and most efficient way. Training will also cover situational awareness to develop an understanding of one’s surroundings, learning to understand the psychology of a street confrontation, and identifying potential threats before an attack occurs.