Krav Maga is a self-defense system developed by the Israeli army. In Hebrew, the Krav Maga literally means "contact combat." Developed by Hungarian boxer and wrestler Imrich Lichtenfeld in the 1930s, the technique was first used by Israeli underground paramilitary organizations such as Haganah. When Israel became an official country in 1948, Lichtenfeld was appointed Chief Instructor and Combat Trainer for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Since then, Krav Maga has spread, and it's now practiced in over 30 countries around the world. At first view, Krav Maga may look like a martial art, but it's actually a form of combat with no rules and no limitations. Martial arts such as Judo, Karate, and even wrestling are considered sports; Krav Maga, on the other hand, is a regulated form of combat. In fact, the point of Krav Maga is to take the enemy down as quickly as possible. Some teachers of Krav Maga explain it as "the art of going home alive," which means that groin strikes, choking, and headbutts are considered acceptable moves.
In addition to using their bodies to fight, practitioners of Krav Maga are taught to use the environment as a weapon. This means learning to use any object nearby, from bottles to baseball bats, as a gun-substitute. The objective of Krav Maga is to avoid injury in real-life scenarios, such as fights, street attacks, and violent encounters. Advanced students of Krav Maga learn to defend themselves from gun and knife attacks, multiple attacker scenarios, headlocks, and ground fighting. Most self-defense classes today teach some variation of Krav Maga. Military training in Krav Maga is more extreme, including manual killing techniques, defense against grenades, and disarmament of the enemy. All military and police offices in Israel are trained in Krav Maga, and so are many Special Forces Units around the world. In the US, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the United States Marine Corps, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) Anti-terrorism Specialty Team all learn Krav Maga as part of their physical training.
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An Israeli fighting style that is specifically designed for real fighting on the streets, unlike other martial arts that are made for sport. It blends together techniques from many other martial arts, such as Jujutsu, Muay Thai, Aikido, Judo, and boxing.

One of the main philosophies in Krav Maga is that there are no rules. For example, some of the things that are off limits in something like MMA (Groin shots, throat strikes, hits to the back of the neck) are some of the main targets you want to attack in Krav Maga. Another main philosophy is to do as much damage to your attacker as quickly as possible, making at possible for you to cripple your attacker and escape.

Unlike some other (more traditional) fighting styles, it teaches disarms against weapons such as guns, knives, and bats. It is widely regarded as an extremely effective method of self defense, and is used by American police forces, as well as the FBI and several military branches, which use the combat Krav Maga used by the IDF.

If you are considering taking up Krav Maga, it is important to find one that is a genuinely good school, and not simply trying to cash in on the Krav Maga name. Here are several ways to tell if it is a good Krav Maga school:

-Make sure the instructor has valid Krav Maga instruction credentials, which means he has taken the Instructor's class at the Krav Maga training center.

-Make sure the classes are at the very least, 45 minutes to an hour long

-The class should practice sparring regularly. And it shouldn't be sparring for points, it should be like a real fight (only wearing protective gear, of course)

-You should be worn out after the class

-Try to avoid brand new Krav schools, the older ones that were there before the Krav Maga craze are much more likely to be good schools

-Training should be intense and focus on perfecting your power, speed, and technique
Thanks to Krav Maga, when someone attacked me on the subway, i was able to break their nose and crush their windpipe and get away safely!
by AN0NYM()US April 11, 2009
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Cheating. There is no way one could possibly win a fight against this combat technique.
The only way to defeat a person who uses krav maga is to shoot them in the face. From a far distance
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Krav Maga isn't recognized as a true "martial art", because it teaches techniques that are "dishonorable" and/or couldn't be used in a fighting ring without really hurting the opponent. It's more like Israeli street fighting.

But it's really powerful and practical in real fights, teaches you where to strike to inflict the most damage, how to disarm opponents, get out of bear hugs/choke holds etc.

And it's not just in LA anymore, there are training centers all over the US now
Pretend a couple of dumbass emo kids try and jump you in the parking lot after class... if you know Krav Maga, you can break their knee caps, punch in a few wind pipes, even go for their testicles/eyes. All they'll know how to do is throw a pathetic right cross.

I've actually squared off with a kid who was bigger than me and had to be careful not to mortally injure him.
by bryan18 August 18, 2005
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Krav #MAGA (n.): the American martial art of defending @realDonaldTrump on cable news programs
Sean Hannity is a master of Krav #MAGA.
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A martial art created in Czechoslovakia in the 1930's and adopted by the Israeli military. It favors survival above all else. The rules of attack and defense are simple: be faster, stronger, quicker, natural, and to the point.

Originally taught only in Israel, there is now a school open in Los Angeles.
A Krav Maga master can destroy a Judo master.
by LorgSkyegon January 23, 2005
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Punching someone in the mouth with brass knuckles. Attacking someone's eyes so they can't see. Palm someone's nose to win against a shark. 5-7 strikes not once like a black bitch who "punches you in the mouth" 😭. Anything goes do or die. Say it's not gonna be me.
I used krav maga and gouged this gangstalking piece of trashes eye in in the street when the bitch was high on pcp and attacked me.
by TI Satan November 25, 2022
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