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The name in Hebrew means "Hand-to-hand combat." Krav (קרב) meaning "combat" or "battle",and Maga (מגע) meaning "contact" or "touch".an eclectic hand-to-hand combat system developed in Israel.It was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Imi Lichtenfeld, making use of his training as a boxer and wrestler, as a means of defending the Jewish quarter during a period of anti-Semitic activity in Bratislava in the mid- to late 1930s.

In the late 1940's, following his emigration to Israel, he began to provide hand-to-hand combat training to what was to become the IDF, developing the techniques that became known as Krav Maga. It has since been refined for both civilian and military applications. Unlike most martial arts, Krav Maga training is essentially a tactical defense skill. Its philosophy emphasizes threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive manouvres, and aggressive endurance in a 'him-or-me' context. Krav Maga is still used by the Israel Defense Forces and several closely related variations have been developed and adopted by law enforcement, Mossad, FBI, US military, Irish and British Special Forces.

There are no rules for Krav Maga fighting, and no built-in distinctions in training between men and women.It has no sporting federation, and there are no official uniforms or attire, although some organizations, internally, do recognize progress through training with rank badges and different levels.

Techniques generally focus on training combatants in conditions approximating real-life scenarios. Krav Maga trains combatants for situations where losing would be potentially fatal. Its attack and defense maneuvers aim to neutralize the threat and facilitate rapid and safe escape. These include a variety of fast and fluid, crippling attacks to vulnerable body parts through various efficient and often brutal strikes. The improvised use of any available aids is encouraged - maximizing personal safety in a fight is emphasized.

Krav Maga training programs involve rapid learning, with offensive and defensive techniques introduced from the first lesson and retzev (pronounced ret-zef and meaning "continuous motion or momentum") playing an important part in both training and maneuvers.[8]

While no limits are placed on techniques to be used in life-threatening situations, during training the legal need to minimize damage is generally stressed (at least in civilian contexts, and instructors are required to demonstrate how to moderate the techniques to suit the seriousness of the circumstances.

Krav Maga basic training emphasizes the following:

Do not get hurt
Employ pre-emptive defensive techniques
Change quickly from defensive into offensive techniques ie respond to an attack with overwhelming force, in the quickest time possible
Use the most natural, quickest, reflexes of the body
Exploit the opponent's vulnerabilities to their extreme
Employ the aid of any available objects
Krav Maga trainees learn to deal first with the immediate threat and then prevent further attacks, if necessary by neutralizing the attacker. Training is conducted in a methodical manner whilst taking account of the practitioners strengths and weaknesses



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