Israeli Krav Maga Academy
Academy is a organization providing global counter-terror and security consulting, training, and risk management to government organizations and the private sector. IKM Academy personnel are highly specialized and uniquely qualified in Israeli defensive tactics, security, and counter-terror applications and operations. IKM Academy training is not only leading edge, but the most concurrent with today’s standards of operations, strategies and tactics for both civilians and security professionals. IKM Academy works under the umbrella of the non-profit Israeli Krav Maga Association and the curriculum is supervised by Grandmaster Haim Gidon (10th dan.) Haim Gidon, the highest-ranking individual in the world at 10th degree black-belt, heads the organization as Imi’s appointed successor and President. Founders of Academy – Krzysztof Sawicki is one of the higher ranking black belt instructor in Europe, is the official representative Israeli Krav Maga Association and Chief Instructor IKMA’s Poland.
Israeli Krav Maga Association
Krav maga founder Imi Lichtenfeld established the non-profit Israeli Krav Maga Association (IKMA) on October 22, 1978 to promote krav maga throughout the world. After Imi’s retirement in 1964 as the military’s chief instructor of physical training and self-defense, he focused on adapting his system to provide both professional security agencies and ordinary civilians – men, women, and children – with solutions to avoid and/or end a violent encounter.
The IKMA sponsors worldwide programs and courses are available at the International Training Headquarters in Hamilton, New Jersey and the Association’s Israeli main training facility in Netanya, Israel. More information in both English and Hebrew can be found at the IKMA’s website: www.kravmagaisraeli.com.
About Israeli Krav Maga
Battle-tested and street-proven Israeli krav maga (“contact combat”) is the Israel Defense Force’s official self-defense and close-quarters-combat system. The Israeli military and, law enforcement and security institutions needed a close-quarter-combat training regimen based on utility, instinct, simplicity, and adaptability. Imi Lichtenfeld’s krav maga system has provided a solution that has reached global prominence.
Krav maga is based on our most primitive and natural instincts. In developing the self-defense system, survival in any situation was foremost in Imi’s mind. Accordingly, krav maga relies on a person’s natural instincts and reflexes for self-defense. Awareness and mental conditioning are integral to krav maga training.
Krav maga’s philosophy is never to do more than necessary, but to react with speed, economy of motion, and the appropriate measure of force. If a situation is dire, the defender must do whatever is necessary to overcome the threat. This may include multiple strikes to the groin, throat, and kidneys, a finger planted into an eye, shouting into an attacker’s ear, a head butt, breaking an attacker’s elbow using an armbar variation, severing an attacker’s Achilles tendon using an ankle lock, a bite to the neck, or choking an assailant into unconsciousness.
Speed is paramount and one is taught to strike instinctively at the human body’s vulnerable parts. Krav maga is dynamic and constantly evolves as situations require.
The Israeli krav maga system is one of the most effective, practical, and holistic fighting systems in the world. Krav maga will build your body, mind, and soul. Imi designed krav maga to benefit people of all shapes, sizes, and physical abilities regardless of age.
You may be your first and last line of defense in an increasingly violent world. You must be prepared to whatever it takes to survive. Most important, there are no rules on the street.