One of the most amazing aspects of the Jewish State is its ability to defend itself. A large part of this success is because of Krav Maga. Literally translated to “Contact Combat” in Hebrew, Krav Maga is a self-defense system that was developed in Israel and used by Israel Defense Forces (IDF). But the story of its inspiring creation goes all the way back to Europe.

Imi Lichtenfeld, a Jewish wrestler and boxer, fought off fascist groups in Bratislava in the mid-late 1930s. Although part of his ability to fight off these groups came from his athletic training, much of it what was due to the instincts he had honed as a street fighter defending himself against anti-Semitic attacks. When he came to pre-state Palestine in the late 1940s, he taught his “Krav Maga” street-fighting techniques to soldiers in the War of Independence.


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