What Is Krav Maga?

What Is Krav Maga?

( Krahv Muh-gaa )

Translation: “Contact Combat” or “Close Combat”

Krav Maga is not a traditional martial art. It was developed in a hostile environment by a man named Imi Lichtenfeld. Developed for the IDF (Israeli Defense Force) where combatants could not devote many hours to hand-to-hand combat training. Therefore, the Krav Maga system was created to bring students to a high level of proficiency in a relatively short period of time. There are no forms (katas), rules, or set combinations as reactions to attacks. Instead, Krav Maga training focuses on teaching simple self protection techniques which are specifically catered to reality based attack situations.

Krav Maga is a continuously evolving system based on the use of reflexive responses to threatening situations. It encourages students to, if possible, avoid confrontation. If this is impossible or unsafe, it promotes finishing a fight as quickly and aggressively as possible to get home safe. It is considered to be a modern, highly refined, street fighting system, designed to be used against armed and unarmed attackers. Krav Maga teaches students to instinctively respond to a wide variety of aggressive acts which include punches, kicks, chokes, bearhugs, headlocks, grabs, as well as defenses against multiple attackers and assailants armed with a firearm, edged weapon, or blunt object.

Krav Maga Mahopac is being established to spread the message of Krav Maga's founder, Imi Lichtenfeld, who quotes "So that one may walk in peace". Our goal is to equip you and your loved ones with simple, effective, and easy to learn techniques, for real life situations. As a result, you will get fit, you will learn how to protect yourself and you will be able to walk with confidence in any situation! Our curriculum, classes, drills, and instructors are constantly working hard to make sure that you are getting the best, most effective training possible! After you train, not only will you get an amazing workout and feel more confident but you will leave our classes with the ability to know how to protect yourself and your family.


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