“So that one may walk in peace.” Imi Lichtenfeld- Founder of Krav Maga
The roots of the self-defense system date back to 1930’s Bratislava in what was then Czechoslovakia at the beginning of WWII during Nazi occupation of Europe. Imi Lichtenfeld, the son of a detective and chief instructor of police in what was then Czechoslovakia, was an active practitioner of boxing, Judo, wrestling, swimming, gymnastics, and all-around athlete. As violence towards Jewish civilians and other minorities increased with the rise of Nazism in Europe, Imi’s drive to create a survival system to defend civilians in the streets was honed and thus the roots of Krav Maga were planted.
Krav Maga is not a traditional martial arts system. It does not compete in combat sport competitions or tournaments. It is mixture of techniques including wrestling, Muay Thai, traditional boxing, kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, Karate and street fighting with utilizing the environment around you to increase your chances of staying alive and escaping a violent encounter. Krav Maga translated from Hebrew is “Contact Combat.” It is not about size and strength, it is speed, aggression, and technique with explosive reactions using the body’s natural instincts to be turned into a defense under simulated, real world, high stress situations where rules do not apply when defending one’s life. The system is simple so that the body can be trained to defend itself when the brain forgets and can bring a student to a high level of proficiency in a short period of time. A beginning student can feel confident in the basics of Krav Maga in as little as 3 months of regular training.
Krav Maga is practiced all over the world and taught to all who wish to feel safer and confident in their abilities to defend themselves and loved ones when one has no other choice but to engage an aggressor. With the growing numbers violent incidents happening all over the world in the workplace, schools, places of worship, and places of leisure, knowledge of how to defend oneself is more important than ever. Santa Barbara Krav Maga is an open community welcoming of all ages, fitness levels, backgrounds, physical abilities, and levels of experience. Santa Barbara Krav Maga instructor staff are available for individual private lessons, on-site and off-site seminars for businesses, places of worship, non-profit organizations, schools, sports teams, fraternity and sorority organizations, security guards, first responders, veterans’ organizations, and whoever else wants to walk in peace.
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