Krav Maga School
WHAT IS KRAV MAGA?
The art of Krav Maga was founded by Imi Lichtenfeld (Sde-Or). Imi was born in Bratislava to a renowned police officer and circus acrobat. As a child, Imi excelled in various sports such as wrestling and boxing and practiced several martial arts. When anti-semite riots began to spread through his home town Imi and his family were forced to immigrate to Israel (Palestine at the time).
In 1948, Once Israel had declared it’s independence, IDF’s (Israeli Defense Force) officials approached Imi and requested him to develop a system of self defense and fighting based upon his experience and his work with special forces units as the ‘Hagana’, ‘Palmach’ and ‘Palyam’.
During his 20 years of service as chief instructor of hand-to-hand combat, Imi carefully refined the methods of Krav Maga, Making it the official combative training for all military personnel, Israeli police and security forces. Imi developed a doctrine enabling both fit and out-of-shape soldiers to practice it successfully. Rather than rigid movements and techniques requiring years of training Krav Maga integrated instinctive and simple moves accessible to all.
In 1964 Imi retired from the IDF and continued teaching Krav Maga to civilians, as well as law enforcement units and military applications. The Krav Maga association was founded by Imi and several of his students in 1978, aiming to promote KM’s unique techniques locally and throughout the world.
When the teaching of Krav Maga (KM) started to spread beyond the borders of Israel, arose a need to found an international organization. This happened mostly because the initial KM association existing at the time was divided and not functioning efficiently, due to dissension amongst the higher graded instructors. Imi resulted in forming a new international KM federation with the support of his most loyal students and respected instructors, among which IKMF’s chairman, Avi Moyal.
WHY WATCHDOG KRAV MAGA?
We believe self-defense training starts with excellent physical fitness. In order to fight and defend oneself and in the spirit of the founding tenants of Krav Maga, fitness is a necessary part of training to be fit enough to use the techniques or to escape a situation successfully. Watchdog Krav Maga school doesn’t just provide you the techniques to use to protect yourself, but also the fitness training to prepare you for those techniques. Intimidated? Don’t be—we are a family at Watchdog Krav Maga. Everyone works together to help each other achieve. We praise success and encourage growth. The small class sizes advocated by the Instructor help to foster the family environment everyone at Watchdog loves.
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