● Instinct Based: the techniques follow your natural reactions under stress and help you utilize them in a more efficient and effective manner.
● Reality Based: all the techniques learned are learned under stress to ensure they will work in dangerous situations.
Greensboro Krav Maga (“contact combat”) is a martial art system which was developed in Israel that involves striking techniques, wrestling and grappling, known primarily for its extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks, and is taught to special forces in Israel. It was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Imi Lichtenfeld, who made use of his training as a boxer and wrestler, as a means of defending the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in Bratislava in the mid- to late-1930s. In the late-1940s, following his immigration to Israel, he began to provide hand-to-hand combat training to what was to become the IDF, who went on to develop the system that became known as Krav Maga. It has since been refined for civilian, police and military applications.
The intent behind Krav Maga is to render your opponent either unwilling or unable to continue the attack. Krav Maga is used by IDF Special Forces units and several closely related variations have been developed and adopted by law enforcement and intelligence organizations, Mossad and Shin Bet. There are several organizations teaching variations of Krav Maga internationally, one of which is Krav Maga Alliance (can be found at www.kravmagaalliance.com).
This video below is John Whitman, a 4th degree blackbelt in Krav Maga, explaining some of the facets of Krav Maga.