Israeli Combative Solutions (ICS Krav Maga): Krav Maga at Multi-Cultural Combative Arts is based off of a blend of Krav Maga techniques and principles from Israeli Krav Maga International and Commando Krav Maga. Students learn techniques based on large muscle motor memory, which allows them to engage techniques under times of stress. Techniques are based on natural body motion and mechanics and use efficiency and effectiveness of motion.
The focus is on real world situations and students are taught situational awareness to develop an understanding of one's surroundings and potentially threatening circumstances. Students prepare to combat and survive assaults by multiple armed and unarmed aggressors. During class we simulate real life challenges such as when you are feeling ill, carrying groceries or books to your car, walking out into a poorly lit area etc.
Students focus on four main areas of techniques such as gun defense, knife defense, empty hands, and ground defense. These are taught in a module format that allows students to quickly gain exposure to the basic principles and techniques of Krav Maga, which can be quickly adapted for individuals with previous martial arts experience and for the novice.
Israel Krav International
Mikel and Moshe Katz
Krav Maga History
Krav Maga literally means "Combat – Contact" or "Close Quarter
The roots of modern Krav maga began in Czechoslovakia in the 1930's with
Imi Lichtenfeld, an expert in boxing and wrestling. He was influenced
by his father, Shmuel, a detective and Defensive Tactics instructor with
the local police force.
Shmuel Lichtenfeld was known as a tough officer with a reputation for arresting the most violent criminals.Young Imi grew up in a tough area and had to deal with fascist thugs, violent gangs and anti Semites. On the street he learned to distinguish between sporting techniques and real life self defense.
Imi Lichtenfeld began to incorporate techniques from different styles to form an effective approach to self defense to enable the Jewish community to defend itself against Fascist militias. This would form the basis of Israeli Krav Maga training.When Europe became unbearable for Jews, Imi left. He eventually ended up in the Land of Israel, then controlled by the British.
Early Krav Maga training
He joined the "Hagana" (Defense, in Hebrew) a defensive force founded by the legendary leader Ze'ev (Vladimir) Jabotinsky in 1919 for the purpose of defending Jewish settlements from Arabs.Lichtenfeld's talents were noticed and he was assigned to teach unarmed combat. Krav Maga includes techniques form judo, jujitsu, karate, Western Boxing and elements of wrestling. With the establishment of the State of Israel Krav Maga was adopted as the official fighting style of the Israel Defense Forces and the Israel Police Force.
Krav Maga is free flowing; all styles of punching, kicking, chokes, take-downs are employed with the aim of neutralizing the enemy in the shortest amount of time possible.Unlike competitive martial arts, where limits are placed on the type of techniques used or the areas targeted, Krav Maga has no limitations. Groin shots, eyes, throat, face, are all fair game.
Krav Maga is designed for self defense, combat, and worst case scenarios. A major part of the training involves the ability to handle such stressful situations, both physically and mentally.The style is easy to learn and apply. Krav Maga chooses simple movements that are natural to the body, based on instincts that are already established within us.
Perhaps the most unique aspect of Krav maga, according to Itay Gil, is the emphasis on aggressiveness,sticking to the goal no matter what, even when it is hard, even when you feel you have nothing left, and a no compromising attitude towards the enemy. Our goal is to neutralize the enemy; the specific technique does not matter.
Krav Maga is taught to all units of the Israel Defense Forces , the amount depends upon the unit. As such nearly everyone in Israel has some Krav Maga training. Depending on the unit, knife and gun disarms are also taught. All training involves strict discipline, aggressiveness and a warrior mindset.
The above information was taken from the Israeli Krav International website
Commando Krav Maga "CKM"
Moni Aizik and Mikel
This is a modern form of Israeli martial arts that emphasizes practicality and simplicity. Its founder, Moni Azik, is an ex-Israeli Special Forces soldier who is world famous for developing this practical system. It is the world’s leading reality based self-defense system and was recently documented on the History Channel’s The Human Weapon series. It has also been featured in all of the top martial arts magazines around the world.
HISTORY OF ISRAELI FIGHTING SYSTEMS:
The history of Israeli Fighting systems dates back to 1919, with the implementation of the British Mandate. In this same year the Jewish people formed an underground army known as the Haganah (the Hebrew word for defense) to deal with the ongoing conflict with various terrorist gangs, and in anticipation of the creation of a Jewish state promised to them by the British in the Balfour Declaration. Throughout its existence since that time, the little region in the Middle East now known as Israel has had to fight daily in order to survive.
Completely surrounded by its enemies at all times, it has always been totally outnumbered in its battles. In response to these overwhelming odds, the Israelis developed systems of combat that had at their core a particular emphasis on mental toughness, versatility, innovation and practicality.
The formalities of traditional defense systems were abandoned, in favor of methodologies that valued rapid and instinctive learning. These philosophies helped Israel and its citizens to survive in the face of constant aggression and to form one of the most respected armies in the world.
Currently there are several forms of Israeli Fighting Systems in existence, each with the common thread of survival and reality based techniques as their main emphasis.
Israeli Fighting systems have been successfully used for decades by Israeli Special Forces, FBI SWAT, Argentinean GOE, U.S. Marshals, Brazilian GATE, the American Military, U.S. Border Patrol, Helsinki Police, the British TSG, high profile bodyguards, counter-terrorist police units, and SWAT units from around the world.
It is in this way that the system helps deal with the many challenges one can encounter in the day to day. Fundamental to this idea is the awareness of one’s limitations and strengths. It is the consciousness of those limitations that makes us humble as individuals, another major value inherent to the system, but it is the overcoming of those limitations that give confidence and an indomitable spirit when facing future obstacles. The constant emphasis on pushing forward no matter the odds reflects a can do attitude, and one of continuous improvement.
The above information was taken from the CKM website