What is Krav Maga?
“Krav Maga” is Hebrew for “contact combat” and was created by Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld. It is a highly effective, combat-oriented self-defense system known for its practicality, powerful counter-attacks, and focus on real-world situations. Originally developed for use in the Israeli Defense Forces, Krav Maga has evolved to include programs for law enforcement, security professionals, civilians, women’s self defense, and even kids. It has roots in many diverse martial arts, but its foundation is based on instinctual reactions and natural body movement. As a system derived from street-fighting skills and military applications, Krav Maga is neither a sport nor an art form, but a fighting system designed to protect and save lives.
KMF-AC offers a comprehensive curriculum emphasizing situational awareness, threat neutralization, controlled aggression, and conflict avoidance/de-escalation through both defensive and offensive methods. The techniques are easily tailored to suit a myriad of situations, professions, body types, and lifestyles. KMF’s training focuses on both the physical and mental aspects of countering threats and attacks with the use of flow drills and stress drills in addition to technique.
The system comprises five key areas:
The basic techniques of Krav Maga involve simple, intuitive methods of engaging and disabling an assailant in a self-defense situation. These techniques can be applied in various conditions, against armed and unarmed attackers, and both standing and on the ground. Attacks that can be countered with these techniques include punches, grabs, chokes, stick and knife attacks, and knife and gun threats.
As the student advances and becomes confident in their skills, more emphasis is given to hand-to-hand combat and offensive maneuvers. Practitioners also delve into mental preparedness and the psychology of a fight. The techniques become more free-flow and allow for combinations, creativity, and, if the situation calls for it, preemptive strikes.
The law enforcement curriculum includes self defense as well as techniques for securing an assailant and following up with arrest procedures. Specific courses can be tailored for use by undercover agents, SWAT teams, Air and Sea Marshals, and intelligence agencies.
This area involves protecting a third party, and ranges in level from any practitioner defending a friend to security professionals working with VIPs. Among the skills learned in advanced protection are crowd safety, moving and evacuation, and disabling a wide variety of attacks from one or multiple assailants.
Krav Maga was originally created for military use and accommodates a multitude of jobs within the armed forces. Operators and military units are trained in battlefield preparedness, tactical advantage, and defense. These include but are not limited to CQB techniques, Special Forces applications, combat awareness, and sentry disarm/disablement.
Wingate Institute, the Israeli National Sport Institution and a military training base, has been a home for Krav Maga instruction for many years. The first Krav Maga course was delivered in 1971 under Imi Lichtenfeld himself.
Since then, Krav Maga has evolved and branched into various styles and federations. Wingate Institute has established a professional committee to design a unified, dynamic syllabus for Krav Maga instruction at all levels. Wingate offers professional, legally accredited, and up-to-date qualifications to practitioners regardless of federation affiliation.
Alain Cohen is a part of the Wingate Institute Martial Arts team as a teacher, lecturer, and Krav Maga Coach and is a member of the guidance committee. He is the co-founder of the official Israeli Krav Maga program of the Wingate Institute.
KMF-AC hosts and provides Wingate Institute Official Certification.