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Krav Maga
About Krav Maga

Krav Maga is the official system of Defensive skills and Fighting tactics of the Israeli Defence Forces, including the Police - both military & civillian. In Israel Krav Maga is taught in schools as part of the curriculum. Because of it's effectiveness, Krav Maga is now used all over the World by law enforcement agencies as well as civillians.

A History of Krav Maga

Created and developed by Imi Lichtenfeld and the IDF, Krav Maga only came into the civillian life in 1965. It grew outside of Israel in the early 1980's and is now popular around the world, being used not only by Military and Security Forces but civillians as well.

When Imi Lichtenfeld, the creator of Krav Maga was given the task of creating a fighting system for the fledgling IDF he studied how soldiers reacted under intense stress and pressure. Having studied people's instinctive reactions under pressure to various forms of attack he then amplified those natural movements and so created Krav Maga, over half a century ago. Since then Lrav Maga has been adopted by the like of the FBI, The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Beverley Hills PD - in fact more than 60 agencies in the USA alone - as well as the Finnish Paratroopers to name but a few

The People

Gun V knife

Eyal Yanilov, seen in action above, is the World-wide Head Instructor for the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF). Eyal was Imi's closest assistant and is almost solely responsible for Krav Maga being what it is today. He is the driving force behind Krav Maga and it's his responsibility to keep syllabi up to date on an International basis. He is the only person alive to hold a 'Master-level 4' grading. Eyal teaches all over the world and is widely recognized as being the world's leading authority on self defence and fighting skills

Your instructors

Alwyn and Soo Dixon are both accredited instructors with the IKMF (International Krav Maga Federation). Alwyn was personally trained by Eyal Yanilov whilst in Israel in the early 90's and was the fisrt Instructor in the UK recognized by both the IKMF and the Israeli Ministry of Education. Responsible for bringing Krav Maga to the UK in 1996 Alwyn and Eyal founded the UK branch of the IKMF.

Soo qualified as an IKMF instructor in 1997 and is the highest graded female Krav Maga instructor in Europe.

All IKMF instructors hold professional qualifications, one is an instructors diploma from the IKMF the other a teaching diploma from the Israeli Ministry of Education. In Israel the IKMF work hand in hand with the Ministry of Education as Krav Maga is not only the official combat system of the IDF, but it is also taught (as self-defence) in the schools as part of the curicculum.

Imi Lichtenfeld, the founder of Krav Maga

Krav Maga founder, Imi Lichtenfeld was a champion boxer and champion wrestler. His father opened he first 'gym' in Europe. Imi was also the uncrowned King of street fighting in his home town of Bratislava during he 'fascist' years. When Imi went to Palestine in the 1930's he taught the Haganah fighting skills. When Israel became a state on 1948, Imi was made Cheif Instructor for physical fitness and Combat in the IDF.

Classes are held at the Fitness Exchange, 179a Tottenham Court Road. London W1.

The entrance to the Fitness Exchange is in Queens Yard. Nearest tube is Warren Street.