Krav Maga is the official self defense system of Israel, created by Imi Lichtenfeld. It is hand to hand combat and self defense for civilians and law enforcement, and is also used by elite combat units worldwide. Krav Maga is a martial art that everyone can use, regardless of size, strength or fitness, and is specifically designed for use on the street, a place where no rules exist. Krav Maga teaches simple and practical techniques and intense training based on real life scenarios.

Because it is an art designed for everyone, Krav Maga teaches never to use strength vs. strength, to always strike vulnerable targets, and that for every defense there must also be an offense. Practitioners learn to defend themselves against attackers both unarmed and armed (including defenses against sticks, knives and guns) as well as against multiple attackers. Proper training requires physical and mental concentration and commitment.


The Krav Maga NYC school has been in existence for over 20 years - it was founded in 1990. The Krav Maga Federation traces its lineage from Krav Maga founder Imi Lichtenfeld and Grandmaster Haim Zut to Rhon Mizrachi.