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HISTORY OF ISRAELI FIGHTING SYSTEMS:
The history of Israeli Fighting systems dates back to
1919, with the implementation of the British Mandate. In this
same year the Jewish people formed an underground army known
as the Haganah (the Hebrew word for defense) to deal with the
ongoing conflict with various terrorist 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.
surrounded by enemies under the most hostile circumstances, Israel
has always been outnumbered in its battles. In response to continuous
overwhelming odds, the Israelis developed systems of combat that
emphasized mental toughness, versatility, innovation and practicality
at its core.
formalities of traditional defense systems were abandoned in favor
of methodologies that valued rapid and instinctive learning. These
philosophies helped Israel and its citizens to survive in the face
of constant aggression as the nation formed one of the most respected
military forces in the world in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
Faced with warfare and terrorism, the Israeli military developed
combat systems that were practical in the battlefield.
Fighting systems have been successfully used for decades by Israeli
Special Forces, FBI, high profile bodyguards, counter-terrorist
police units, and SWAT units from around the world.
BIRTH OF COMMANDO KRAV MAGA
after the Yom Kippur War in the 1970s, the Israeli military looked
to improve upon its close quarter combat system. It was at this
time that Moni Aizik, a member of one of Israel's most elite Commando
units, was assigned to evolve the military's existing hand to hand
combat system. Moni was sought after because of his extensive martial
arts experience and battlefield experience.
his youth, Moni dominated the Judo and Jiu Jitsu arena winning 7
National titles. After turning 18, Moni served his country as a
member of one of Israel's most elite Commando units in the IDF.
Having fought in the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Moni's unit was decimated
and he was one of the few that survived. During his service, Moni
quickly learned what would and wouldn't work in real life situations.
his new assignment after the war, Moni experimented with combative
tactics and techniques under the most realistic conditions. Through
intensive research and rigorous field testing, Moni extracted the
most practical and effective moves that could be utilized even in
the most stressful and unpredictable situations. It was at this
time that Moni Aizik created Commando Krav Maga. To read more
about Moni Aizik, click
Krav Maga (CKM) is considered by many experts to be the
most evolved and effective Israeli hand-to-hand combat system in
the world. Founded by Moni Aizik, a former Elite Commando of the
Israeli Special Forces, Commando Krav Maga is the ultimate reality-based
system engineered for the most brutal and vicious street confrontations.
With its no-nonsense approach and straightforward practical moves,
CKM prepares you for the unexpected with techniques that can be
utilized effectively under pressure.
Krav Maga is not a traditional or sport-based martial art. There
are no competitions, rules and regulations. Instead, CKM is a reality-based
system designed for the primary goal of survival.
in the streets is completely unpredictable. There are no rules.
There are no referees to stop a fight. Most important: There is
no honor code as anything can happen. The attacker might pull a
gun, or a knife, or have friends that decide to swarm you. Thugs
and criminals are capable of stooping to any sub-human extent.
CKM Solution: Think like a Commando. Engage the enemy only if there
is no other choice, but if you must then exploit his weaknesses
to create maximum damage as quickly as possible. Then rapidly disengage
before a weapon is introduced or if his friends come to jump in.
The goal is simple: Survival. This is the reality of the street.
Krav Maga's highly effective tactics and techniques are built upon
a foundation of key concepts for survival:
Engage/Disengage! In a street fight there are no rules
or referee stoppages. Staying engaged with your attacker and trying
to punish them can be fatal. At any time the attacker can pull out
a concealed weapon or their friends may jump in. This is why one
of the key concepts in CKM is to disengage whenever you can (as
a big ego can you killed) but if you have no choice, immediately
engage to create as much damage as quickly as possible then disengage
Damage/Minimum Time! Further building on the concept of Engage/Disengage,
CKM tactics and techniques are designed to inflict the maximum
amount of damage in the minimum amount of time during a life-threatening
confrontation. You are trained to debilitate the attacker with
devastating street tactics that will ensure your survival.
Seconds Rule! In CKM, you are taught Ground Survival rather
than Ground Fighting. No matter how superior your grappling skills
are, staying on the ground during a street confrontation can be
fatal. Unlike an MMA ring, the streets are unpredictable. Your
attacker can suddenly pull out a knife or his friends may jump
in. In CKM, you are trained to get up in 5 seconds or less from
any devastating ground attacks including ground and pound, submissions
or lethal weapons. Once
you're up, the goal is to disengage to safety rather than trying
to punish the attacker.
The What-Ifs! In order to train
realistically, you need to implement the what-if mindset by putting
yourself in the attacker's shoes. As the street is unpredictable,
you need to consider the different variables. "What if the
attacker is bigger, stronger or faster?", "What if the
attacker moves from one attack to another?", "What if
the attacker's friends jump in to help him?", "What if
the attacker is carrying a concealed weapon?"
internalizing the what-if mentality, you will develop the proper
mindset to always prepare for the worst.
In Commando Krav Maga, you are trained to adapt quickly to the changing
environment under the most realistic scenarios. After perfecting
your tactics and techniques through progressive practice, you must
test yourself under the most stressful and dynamic conditions.
Simplicity is Genius! Any technique
that requires more than 2 gross motor skills is extremely difficult
to perform under stress. In Commando Krav Maga, most of the tactics
were designed to be simple and universal so that you don't have
to think about the move under stress. They work regardless of the
direction you are attacked from as well as the size of the attacker.
the tactics and techniques in CKM are simple to perform, it took
many years of research and field testing to refine and evolve CKM
to where it is today.
of a clock: simple on the face but when you look inside, you will
see how many detailed and intricate parts it takes to make the clock
move. This is symbolic of the ingenuity behind CKM's simple and
highly technical yet straight forward tactics.
you understand the key concepts and apply them along with Commando
Krav Maga's no-nonsense street tactics, you have a much greater
chance for survival.
Philosophy of CKM can be broken down into three main dimensions:
In CKM, the intention in any conflict situation is to find an honorable
path towards a peaceful resolution. CKM abhors fighting. Violence
is the absolute last resort. CKM always gives the aggressor a chance
to save face, an honorable solution as a way out, without ever compromising
his own sense of self esteem. The body says, "I don't want
to fight", the eyes say,
times, a fight is all about somebody's ego, either theirs or ours.
CKM knows that fighting is mostly avoidable and as such its practitioners
do best to deescalate any situation that could turn violent. Every
practitioner of CKM seeks to dissolve his own individual ego through
intense training and introspection.
every CKM technique is potentially lethal, CKM insists that its
practitioners respect every other human being, regardless of race,
religion or gender.
the fundamental CKM principle is this: No first use of force.
The second principle of CKM is this: While negotiating for peace,
prepare for war.
CKM evolved in the hostile environment of the Middle East. So, CKM
intrinsically is a mature and pragmatic body of knowledge. Though
every CKM practitioner does his best to deescalate the conflict,
CKM is not oblivious to the fact that there are many unintelligent
people out there who might mistake a desire for peace as weakness.
even as CKM tries to negotiate a honorable peace with the aggressor,
the CKM practitioner instantly begins to prepare for combat. The
CKM starting stance for instance conceals far more than it reveals.
If there is going to be any kind of fighting, the opponent will
know nothing about what the CKM practitioner knows. This allows
CKM to launch the most devastating counter attacks from what looks
like an innocuous position.
practitioners are taught to loudly announcing their intentions of
not wanting to fight. This further ensures that should the law enforcement
authorities intervene, they will have witnesses to show that the
CKM practitioner did not want to fight and that whatever happened
subsequently was the result of the aggression of the aggressor.
Fighting in self defense is legally OK in most countries. Aggression
and the use of excessive force is not.
Static systems that claim to know all the answers are obviously
highly suspect. All bodies of knowledge must keep evolving to keep
pace with new inputs or else they become outdated. CKM is no different.
CKM knows that criminals and terrorists continuously keep changing
their tactics. Therefore, CKM keeps evolving to keep pace with the
new tactics and weapons of the enemy. It is totally dynamic.
in the streets is totally unpredictable. There are no rules. There
is no referee who will stop the fight, or throw in the towel. There
is no honor code. Treacherous behavior abounds. The attacker might
pull a gun, or a knife, or have friends lurking not too far away
(a gang), it may be two or more than two on one. Such people are
capable of stooping to any sub-human extent.
CKM Solution: Think like a Commando. Engage and rapidly disengage.
Engage the enemy only if there is no other choice, but if you must
then finish him off immediately. Then, rapidly disengage before
his friends come to his rescue. The goal is simple. Survival. This
is the reality of the street, not of the dojo.
of the important philosophies in Commando Krav Maga are:
We Don't Live to Fight, We Fight to Live! In Commando Krav
Maga, the intention in any conflict situation is to find a peaceful
solution. Violence is the absolute last resort. As a CKM practitioner,
it is important to understand that you have a responsibility to
use your skills for protecting yourself or your loved ones. CKM
tactics and techniques are potentially lethal and not meant for
satisfying your ego by starting fights and hurting others. Instead,
you are taught to respect others and swallow your ego. In a confrontation,
use of force should only be utilized if you have no other options.
Look for Peace While Preparing for War! Even though you are
not looking for trouble, CKM helps prepare you for the unexpected.
There may be times when you look for a peaceful solution by trying
to deescalate the conflict but an aggressor takes this as a sign
of weakness. As a CKM practitioner, you are always ready for combat
while never revealing that you know something. Your first intention
is to always make it known that you don't want to fight. However,
if the aggressor engages, you are ready to launch devastating
counter attacks if necessary.
Only Winner is the One that Goes Home Safe! Don't let your
ego get in the way of your judgement. Even if you beat someone
senseless in the street, you can be charged criminally and end
up serving a jail sentence. There is nothing to prove by fighting
someone. You are a true winner if you go home to your loved ones
alive and safe.
or Extinction! The key to survival is to continuously evolve
and progress. As criminals evolve with the weapons and tactics
they utilize on their victims, Commando Krav Maga recognizes the
need to keep ahead of new threats. Any system that remains static
can quickly become outdated. As such, the tactics and techniques
in CKM are constantly being evaluated and tested to see if there
are simpler, faster and more effective methods. The only constant
in CKM are the key concepts and philosophies.
CKM, when you train, you train for real - to survive in the street.
During training in Commando Krav Maga, attack scenarios are simulated
to be as realistic as possible. You will gain the following skills
to survive any attacks regardless of where you are (street, bar,
parking lot, car, home and other confined places):
to defeat any attackers including attackers armed with guns, knives,
clubs, bottles, bats, etc.
to control or debilitate your opponent immediately - irrespective
of their size or martial arts background.
to execute crucial and straightforward moves that can save your
How to become an effective hand-to-hand combat expert!
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The techniques taught to elite commando units and SWAT forces
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Pressure Points, Violent Headlocks, Explosive Baseball Bat Attacks,
Clinch Defense, Surprise Attacks, Escape from Unexpected Street-holds,
Improvised Weapons, Crime and Terrorism Survival Skills, Grappling
and Striking techniques ,Pre and Post Conflict Tactics, Commando
Training Tips and much more!
practicing the CKM tactics and techniques, you are also taught to
understand the psychological and mental aspects of the attack.
maximize your street survival skills so you can perform under stress,
CKM drills are progressive. You start training slowly and precisely
(in some cases even blind-folded) so that the tactics and techniques
are built into your muscle memory and become part of you. You gradually
increase the amount of pressure in your training to include balance,
psychology, non-cooperative attackers, multiple attackers and the
adrenaline factor. We train as realistically as possible while always
keeping safety in mind.
you progress in Commando Krav Maga, the level of intensity becomes
increasingly demanding both physically and mentally. Through advanced
training, you will gain the skill and self-confidence to effectively
survive any confrontation.
Commando Krav Maga there are a total of 10 Levels. You can progress
from levels 1-8 either as a certified CKM Instructor or as a CKM
student. The grading requirements are different for instructors
and students, and offered as separate programs.
9 and 10 are designed to continuously develop and improve the Commando
Krav Maga system which emphasizes that CKM is constantly evolving.
These two levels are exclusively reserved to the highest level CKM
Instructors specifically invited by CKM Founder, Moni Aizik.
popularity of Commando Krav Maga continues to grow due to its practical
no-nonsense approach to reality-based training. As the fastest growing
reality-based in the world, CKM has gained media exposure in popular
television shows and well-known martial arts publications. CKM was
featured on the History Channel's Human Weapon, the
Military Channel's Weaponolgy series, the Celebrity
Fit Club, the Fight Channel, FOX News and many others, sparking
widespread desire to either learn CKM or teach the system. To watch
the Human Weapon clip or the Weaponology clip, click
to our Press
Room for recent articles on Commando Krav Maga published
in major martial arts magazines such as Black Belt, BUDO International,
Inside Kung Fu, Martial Arts Illustrated and more. Click
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