The Origins Of Krav Maga
The History Of Krav Maga
The history begins in the late 1930’s in Bratislava. Our founder, Imi Lichtenfeld, developed it there during the influx of Nazi Germany. Being a former champion wrestler and boxer, Imi quickly learned the difference from sport and street fighting. Imi relocated to Israel in the early 1940’s where he joined Haganah and taught basic hand to hand fighting skills to soldiers. In 1948 the state of Israel was born and Imi was asked to develop an effective fighting system, which later became the Krav Maga System. It is the official self defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces and is taught to all enlisted men and women ages 18-51.
In the 1960’s with military approval, Imi started teaching civilians in Israel. In 1981, the Krav Maga Association of Israel and the Ministry of Education held the first International Instructor’s Course at Wingate Institute for Physical Education. This is where our Chief U.S. Instructor Darren Levine began his journey with Imi. Darren being one of only a few who passed the grueling six week, 8 hour, six days a week training schedule.
In 1984, Imi passed his own Black Belt on to Darren. Years later Imi would award Darren with one of only two Founders Diploma’s he handed out before his passing.
Darren has continued the legacy by spreading it around the world so all people “May Walk in Peace.” We now join Darren on this journey.