Due to the political situation, Israel did not have the luxury of six-month boot camp for its young soldiers, who were literally conscripted and sent to fight. Because of this situation, the Israeli military needed an effective hand to hand combat system that could be learned very quickly, was easy to retain, and very effective. This was the birth of Krav Maga in Israel in the military setting. It became the official combative training for all military personnel, Israeli police and security forces. Since then it has been studied, tested, improved and developed extensively so that now these techniques are applied in areas such as law enforcement, elite military units, VIP protection and civilian self defense programs for men, women and children. Law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, CIA, ATF and police departments all over the world use Krav Maga as their self defense system of choice.
The technique is based on mind and mental force no matter what physical strength you have and is one of the few fighting styles in the world which adapts to the student rather than expecting the student to adapt to it, teaching students to build on their natural reflexes. Krav Maga are teaches the student personal awareness, confidence, self-control, movement and because physical fitness is closely interwoven into the system, the workout includes a number of cardiovascular and strength building exercises as well as stretching to increase flexibility, it is also an excellent way to get and stay fit.
For these reasons, Krav Maga is the fastest growing self defense system in the world. Students understand that very quickly they can be at a level where they are ready to protect themselves from various real life situations, as opposed to other martial arts where you need years of training and experience to even become somewhat effective.
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