The History of the Krav Maga Association

Krav Maga is the incredibly brutal, and effective, fighting system, that was originated in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in the 1930’s. The reason why this epic self defense strategy emerged was because of the nazi infiltration that was taking over Eastern Europe. After the Nuremburg laws were passed in Germany; granting the Jews no protection, and were considered inferior citizens. It was becoming a big violent problem that was becoming highly destructive to many cities such as Bratislava, so a man named Imi Lichtenfeld, who was a world class wrestler, recruited his fellow boxers and wrestlers to go around and defend the city they called home. While protecting the city and being involved in many altercations, Krav Maga was formed. Although this sport had originated in back in the 1930’s, it was not until 1978 that a group of men led by Imi Lichtenfeld started the Federation for Krav Maga and Self-Defense. In the following statement, an explanation will be written on the history and principles of the Federation for Krav Maga and self defense.

The main reason this federation was created, was to keep the traditional theories of Krav Maga a live and known to the future students, but as well still leave room for development of the fighting system. Imi Lichtenfeld and his board of administrators, also wanted to create a federation with no profitable, political agenda, and was separate from all other sports federations. Eventually the name of the Federation for Krav Maga and Self Defense would change to the Israeli Krav Maga Association. When the federation began there were a small amount of conflicts and were easily and appropriately settled. Imi was president and had full command of the operation, it was in fact his vision they were working to promote and preserve. Imi lichtenfeld was an excellent leader for this organization, and was always highly respected. There became a point in the 1980’s when Krav Maga got a little bit of commercial attention, and a not as genuine version of the fighting technique began to be taught in the United States. This was very upsetting in to many people in the federation because the meant to be, all out street war fare, hand to hand combat technique was being introduced as a type of aerobic activity. As the years continued Imi became a little disenchanted with how the spread of Krav Maga was happening and on January 8, 1998 he died in Israel.

The history of the Israeli Krav Maga Association is a very colorful one indeed. The main purpose of the association is to with stand the pureness of Krav MAga and keep the name of Imi Lichtenfeld respected.