Krav Maga (pronounced KRAHV Muh-Gah) is the hand to hand fighting and self-defense system of the Israeli Military with applications for civilians. It’s a simple, easy to learn and easy to remember system of self-defense because all of its techniques are instinctive.
Krav Maga was designed to be learned in a relatively short amount of time and to be used effectively by all people, from the smallest female to the largest man, young and old. It covers standup and ground fighting as well as how to deal with an attacker that has a weapon such as a gun or a knife. It also teaches how to handle various scenarios such as a carjacking, home invasion, and multiple attackers.
Krav Fit was founded in 2004 by Devin Shirley, and our instructor staff has over 30 years of combined experience in Krav Maga.
Our co-ed adult classes last an hour and a half. Stamina and fitness are essential to Krav and comprise the first 30 minutes, and the next 60 are all Krav Maga! Our youth classes last 50 minutes and our women’s class lasts 60 minutes.
To understand Krav Maga is to understand how it developed in the first place. Imi Lichtenfeld was a Hungarian-born Israeli martial artist. But before he was Israeli, he grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia learning boxing, wrestling, and gymnastics at his father’s gym. He became a champion boxer, who put his skills to use when anti-Semitic riots threatened his neighborhood in the 1930s. He became the leader of a group of Jewish boxers and wrestlers that took to the streets to defend the Jewish community against the fascists. Imi discovered that what he knew about boxing didn’t translate well to combat in the street. He learned from error and started to teach those fighting with his cause. These techniques were the beginning of Krav Maga. However, it doesn’t stop there.
In the 1940s, Imi fled as the Nazis advanced. After a long journey to get to Israel (before it was officially Israel) and he was recognized for his natural fighting ability, he began to train fighters in what he knew best, physical fitness, swimming, knife attacks, and defense against knife attacks. It was Imi’s 20 years in the IDF that allowed him to develop Krav Maga into the system used today.
Upon his retirement in 1964, Imi took steps to bring Krav Maga to civilians of all creeds and ages that may someday need to defend themselves.
Imi Lichtenfeld passed in 1998, but his legacy will live on in every student that practices the art of Krav Maga.