Krav Maga – Close Quarter Combat Israeli style
Krav Maga is the unarmed portion of combat; defense against guns, knives, sticks, and hand to hand combat. It is a simple, user friendly style, designed to meet the needs of modern self defense. Unlike traditional styles it is constantly being revised based on lessons learned on the battlefield and in combating terrorists.
Cutting Edge Krav Maga
Our Krav techniques are constantly being evaluated and upgraded. Full contact training, and lessons drawn from real life cases, form the basis of our constant reevaluation. This keeps us on the cutting edge of reality training. We are innovators, not imitators.
FUN TO LEARN
Our first time students, lacking any previous training, are often surprised at how easy it is to learn. Krav-Maga uses natural body movements to create techniques that are easy for the body to learn and retain and use in high stress situations. We use few techniques but apply them to many situations.
Using rubber knives and guns we act our realistic scenarios in a safe and fun environment. The students have a good time and walk away feeling empowered.
Champions Martial Arts is a member of Israeli Krav International. The IKI is an Authentic Israeli Krav Maga system.
Krav Maga History
In 1903 the Maccabi Union was formed to teach Jews physical fitness and strength. They wanted to end the era of “Walid el mita”. They soon began training with sticks (early Kapap) but the goal was rifles, live weapons.
In 1907 a group was formed called “HaShomer” – The Guard, with the purpose of defending Jewish settlements. From this point, and even before this, is a constant exploration and evolution of hand-to-hand self defense techniques and strategies. This process continues even today.
In 1919 Ze’ev Jabotinsky founded the “Haganah” – Defense, for the purpose of defending Jews against the increasing Arab attacks.
Various instructors are instrumental in developing what would become known as Kapap and eventually Krav Maga.
In January 1941 a self-defense course takes place, the chief instructors are Maishel Horowitz, Menashe Harel, Gershon Kofler, and Yitzhak Shtibel. This is a key point in the organized development of Israeli self-defense.
In Czechoslovakia in the 1930′s Imi Lichtenfeld, an expert in boxing and wrestling, together with other Jews forms a Jewish self-defense group. 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.
When Europe became unbearable for Jews, Imi left. He eventually ended up in the Land of Israel in 1942, then controlled by the British. Israeli self-defense was already well in the process of development, he joined this on-going process.
Todd Has over 36 years of Martial Arts experience: Studying over 17 Martial Arts including Krav Maga. Todd Holds a 6th degree Black belt in Kempo karate, 25 years Jujitsu training and 14 years grappling experience. Training in Krav Maga for over 14 years. Champions MMA was the first school in Southern Colorado to offer Krav Maga in 2002. Find out why Champions Krav Maga is your best choice for training. Teaching only the most updated and authentic Krav Maga.