Krav Maga, Hebrew for “contact combat”, created by Imi Lichtenfeld and is the official self-defense and hand-to-hand combat system of Israel. Krav Maga is a very practical style of self-defense and is used by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to train soldiers and civilians to become efficient in a short amount of time.
Krav Maga is an aggressive, anti-terrorist survival system without rules. It deals with personal safety issues in the context of defending against both armed and unarmed attackers with only one objective: to eliminate the threat in the fastest way possible.
Counterattacking as soon as possible (or attacking preemptively).
Targeting attacks to the body’s most vulnerable points.
Maximum effectiveness and efficiency.
Maintaining awareness of surroundings.
All techniques are built upon the body’s natural instincts. Martial arts are strongly based in ritual and as a result, often incorporate strange techniques. Krav is different, efficiency is the only concern. For this reason, many of the strikes and defenses utilize the same basic motion.