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History of Krav Maga & KMI NYC

HISTORY-OF-KRAV-MAGAIsraeli Self Defense (Krav Maga)

In the late 1930s, a Hungarian-born professional athlete named Imrich (Imi) Lichtenfeld assembled a group of Jewish boxers and wrestlers and brought them out to the streets of Bratislava to defend the Jewish neighborhoods against fascist and anti-Semitic people. However, Lichtenfeld realized that self-defense was very different from competition fighting, so he re-evaluated his ideas about fighting. He developed a set of practical fighting skills and techniques that would help a victim get out of a dangerous situation immediately. His ultimate goal was to create effective self-defense techniques and skills that would ensure survival in any situation and that could be taught quickly.

In 1944, after having moved to the Middle East, Lichtenfeld started training fighters using the techniques he had developed. Soon afterwards, he moved on to train the military, including special units of the Israel Defense Forces and police officers.

In the following decades, the Israeli self defense system became a common practice in the Israeli military. When Lichtenfeld retired from the IDF, he modified the Israeli self defense system for civilians. He made sure to teach civilians enough Israeli self-defense techniques to be able to protect themselves in any type of dangerous situation.

Krav Maga Institute NYC

KMI NYC was established in late 2011 by two of the most experienced Krav Maga instructors working in the USA today. Shortly after moving to New York from Europe, Patrick Lockton started teaching Krav Maga bootcamps on his own in Central Park. Patrick’s small bi-weekly Krav Maga bootcamps in Central Park with just a few shields and very basic equipment grew into one of the largest body of students in the US with multiple locations in less than a year. KMI NYC  formerly started trading in NYC 2012 and has continued to grow, expand and break new ground in all areas of modern self defense practice and training. Around the same time that Patrick started teaching bootcamps, another vastly experienced Krav Maga instructor, Danny Zelig, formed KMI in California. Their joint efforts and work together have made KMI NYC the gold standard in professional and civilian Krav Maga training in the USA.

  • Dar Hoshanna

    What is the age limit?Also are you required to do splits if not is beneficial for me to be able to do so?Todah Rabbah shalome aleem