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KRAV MAGA is a military based self-defense system emerged in an environment where extreme violence was common. It has been tested and improved under real-life conditions, proving itself to be an ideal and realistic means of defending oneself in the face of life-threatening danger.

KRAV MAGA is used extensively by various military and paramilitary units such as Israeli Commandos, FBI, Mosaad, Special Forces in the USA and many other nations.

KRAV MAGA is effective because you will learn:

·         Simple techniques which can be used for multiple applications

·         Situational awareness so you can avoid confrontations

·         Proper use and defense of modern weapons such as guns, knives, clubs, and rifles

·         Defend yourself from any position and angle


KRAV MAGA is the most battle-tested personal defense system in the world

What is Krav Maga?

Krav Maga is the official hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli Defense Forces.  Its quick counter-attacks and brutal offensive techniques make it the ideal fighting style for dangerous and unexpected situations.  It’s also the preferred system for U.S. military and law enforcement personnel. Krav Maga is not a traditional martial art, but a revolutionary self-defense program. No katas. No rituals.

Based on simple principles and instinctive movements, this reality-based system is designed to teach extremely effective self-defense in the shortest possible time. Learn Krav Maga to defend against common chokes, grabs, and strikes as well as more serious threats involving weapons. 

Tested on the battlefield and in the streets, Krav Maga’s practical approach to self-defense will make you safer and more secure.  Try a self-defense course today and witness the changes in your mind and body.

Our Krav Maga class is taught by Instructor Joe Chao.

History of Krav Maga
Founder Imi Lichtenfeld

In 1948, the United Nations voted to grant statehood to Israel and to partition the entire region of the British Mandate for Palestine into two states, one Jewish and one Arab. This decision was the motivating force behind the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, a series of armed conflicts between the newly formed nation of Israel and its Arab neighbors, who rejected the UN proposition. Ultimately, the region was divided among Israel, Egypt, and Transjordan (modern-day Jordan). The first Israeli Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion, disbanded the paramilitary units in favor of a more cohesive military unit, the Israeli Defense Forces, or IDF. Imi Lichtenfeld joined the newly founded Israeli army in 1948, commencing a 15 year period of military service with the IDF. He began to build upon the foundation of fighting principles that were comprised of his boxing, wrestling, gymnastics, and military training. This new fighting style was termed Krav Maga or contact combat. As the head instructor of Krav Maga for the IDF, Imi was able to sift through his own knowledge and experience, as well as the knowledge and experience of his trainees, to expand the style with the most efficient methods of defense and offense possible. 

From 1948 through 1963, Imi developed and refined his own methods of self-defense and hand-to-hand combat while training Israeli soldiers in those same techniques. During that period, he personally qualified the best fighters of the most elite units of the IDF. In 1963, when Imi finally retired from military service, he had already begun to modify the style with the goal that it could be used by civilians, creating techniques that did not rely on what the military units can rely on; carrying weapons and functioning in a unit comprised of other soldiers for support. In order to promote this method, he opened two centers, one in Tel Aviv and one in Netanya. From then on, Imi's life would be dedicated to training future generations of students and to the expansion and refinement of the style. It was during this time that Imi, like many Eastern European Jewish émigrés to Israel, adopted the Hebrew version of his name, becoming Imi Sde'Or, the direct translation of Lichtenfeld (field of light). 


In 1972, the first civilian course for Krav Maga was offered at the School for Trainers at the Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sports, a world-renowned training center for Israeli national and Olympic athletes that fall under the auspices of the Israeli Ministry of Sport and Education and that remains the ultimate authority for martial arts in Israel. In addition to its role as the official style of the Israeli Defense Force, the Israeli Security Forces, the Israeli Police department and Military Police, and the Anti-Terrorism Forces, Krav Maga would rapidly become an integral part of elementary and high school education for Israeli youth, and a national form of self-defense meant to empower all Israeli citizens as they tended to their day to day activities in sometimes volatile and dangerous surroundings. 

In 1978, the Federation for Krav Maga and Self-Defense - Imi's Method, was created. The purpose of this organization was to establish a body that that would promote the purity of Krav Maga while allowing it to develop as the national defense method. The goal was to create an organization that would be non-partisan, non-political, and independent of other sports organizations: the single highest authority for Krav Maga. The founders of the federation were: Imi Sde'Or (President), Barak Yehoshua (Head of the Professional Committee), Tsvi Morik (Secretary), Haim Zut, Eli Avigzar, Rafi Algrisi, Haim Gidon, and Oskar Klein. In 1980 the name of the Federation was changed to the Israeli Krav Maga Association. 


In the early years, there were few power struggles. Disagreements among the founders were minor, and were settled as the differences of a family would be. Imi had veto power and was a dominant, highly respected figure. With the proliferation of the style and the emergence of the second generation of members, however, came larger internal disputes and disagreements. The main subjects of contention were the management of the organization, differences in opinion over the efficacy of techniques struggles over individual stature. These internal conflicts became the impetus for the creation of a number of splinter organizations teaching Krav Maga with and without quality control. Many of the initial members left the Israeli Krav Maga Association to create their own organizations. Presently, there are very few legitimate organizations. 

Our organization "Krav Maga Association" has direct ties with Israel and our Association's Head Instructor and associates travel every year to Israel for training updates and information to bring back to our association members.

At the same time, our school has been trained by other Krav Maga instructors under other associations including one of the Krav Maga creator’s original students who reside here in Miami.