Monday, April 17, 2006

Combat Krav Maga - looks interesting

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The history of Israeli Martial Arts dates back to 1919, with the implementation of the British Mandate. In this same year the Jews formed an underground army known as the Haganah (the Hebrew word for defense) to deal with the ongoing conflict with Arab gangs, and in anticipation of the creation of a Jewish state promised to them by the British in the Balfour Declaration. Throughout its existence since that time, the little region in the Middle East now known as Israel has had to fight daily in order to survive. Completely surrounded by its enemies at all times, it has always been totally outnumbered in its battles. In response to these overwhelming variables, the Israelis developed systems of combat that had at their core a particular emphasis on mental toughness to overcome any odds, versatility to deal with any attacker, innovation to always be ahead of its enemies, and practical but deadly tactics executed with technical efficiency. The formality of traditional defense systems was abandoned out of necessity, in favors of methodologies that instead valued rapid, instinctive learning. It is these philosophies that have not only helped Israel and its citizens to survive in what is essentially a war zone, but to go on to form one of the most formidable and respected armies in the world. Throughout the globe today, everyday citizens recognize the efficacy of Israeli Martial Arts and what it can do for them as individuals. Currently there are several forms of IMA in existence, each with the common thread of survival and reality based techniques as their main emphasis. Some are used for basic infantry (Krav Maga) within the Israeli Defense Forces, while others are reserved for more elite units within the Special Forces (COMBAT SURVIVAL Commando KRAV MAGA, KAPAP, Lotar, etc.). It was back in the seventies that Moni Aizik, then a senior member of one of the most elite commando units, was approached by senior staff to improve upon the already existing system of close quarter combat. The system that he developed at that time, incorporating various Israeli and other styles, has evolved into what is now referred to in the world as Combat Survival--Commando Krav Maga.

1 comment:

Me said...

Looks like our school has a lot of good things to look forward to. We just converted over to Commando Krav Maga.