Krav Maga is a martial art and self-defense system that was developed in Israel in the 1930s and 1940s. It has since spread worldwide as an effective fighting and self-defense methodology. Read on to learn more about the development, spread and continuing evolution of Krav Maga.
In combat sports, or self-defense, “clinching” refers to a category of close-quarters techniques. There are multiple types of clinches: the Muay Thai plumb, the body lock, etc. All of these are used in a standing grappling situation and can be used offensively or defensively. The most common clinch taught in Krav Maga is the “Side Clinch”. This particular technique can be very effective in controlling (and defending oneself against) an attacker and useful in setting up combatives (offensive maneuvers), such as the groin kick or knee strikes. Read on to learn more about the Krav Maga Side Clinch!
Imi Lichtenfeld led the effort to develop Krav Maga, the unarmed fighting system used by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Krav Maga was originally developed for a small group of Jews (pre-WWII) as a system of proven techniques, that could be quickly learned to defend against physical attacks. Over time Krav Maga was systematized as the primary empty-hand training for military personnel. During his service in the IDF, Imi Lichtenfeld developed and refined his hand-to-hand combat techniques. After leaving the military, he adapted Krav Maga for civilian self-defense, enabling schools and training facilities to begin teaching Krav Maga to everyone. Read on to learn more about this fascinating history!
In recent years, online learning and workout options for conditioning and training in martial arts from home have gained in popularity. These resources are not only useful during this time of social distancing, but also viable options for long-term training. In this article, I will share information about several top options available for learning Krav Maga over the internet.