Krav Maga/Krav Magen
Krav Maga - The Original Israeli Self Defense System Krav Maga (pronounced (kräv) (mägä)) is Hebrew for "contact combat." It is the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), and is used by members of the New York Police Department (NYPD), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the US Secret Service, and the US Armed Forces, as well as many other elite combat, defense, and law enforcement units around the world. Developed in the tough battle grounds of the Middle-East, Krav Maga has been effectively adapted for law enforcement and civilian use. It is the ideal self-defense system for use on the street - a place where no rules exist. Krav Maga is a self-defense system that anyone can use, regardless of size, strength, or fitness. Krav Maga emphasizes simple and practical techniques, real life scenarios, and intense training. The Original Schools of Krav Maga are dedicated to providing the highest level of Krav Maga training in the world.
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Krav Magen - Eli Avikzar is the founder of the Krav Magen system and the first black belt of the original Israeli Krav Maga under it's creator, Imi Lichtenfeld.
In the early days of Krav Maga Eli became proficient in the arts of Judo, Karate, Jujitsu and Akido in order to incorporate their principles and counters into the development of the Krav Maga system.
In 1974 Imi retired and Eli became the head of Krav Maga and joined the Israeli regular army as the head of their Krav Maga section in 1976. Eli continued to develop Krav Maga until his retirement from the Krav Maga association.
The many improvements Eli added to Krav Maga over the years had transformed it into a new method that was parallel to the original system. In 1987 Eli retired from the Krav Maga association and with Imi's blessing founded K.A.M.I., the Israeli Krav Magen association. It is recognized by the Israeli ministry of education as the recommended method for schools, it is authorized by the Wingate Institute, the Wingate College, "Na'amat" (women's organization), and P.E. teachers and it is used by various military and security forces and is known throughout the world.
Eli Avikzar continued to develop and promote the growth of Krav Magen until his passing away in May of 2004. His fatherly wisdom and teachings will be remembered always by the Krav Maga/Krav Magen family.