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The International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) headquartered at Netanya, Israel, is the world’s premier body for Krav Maga training. IKMF was established by the Late Imi Lichtenfeld, the founding father of Krav Maga.

Mr. Avi Moyal, a disciple the Late Imi Lichtenfeld, heads the IKMF as its Chairman & Chief Instructor
Krav Maga IKMF-India is the only authentic source of Krav Maga training in India recognised by the IKMF.

Mr Sanjay Shetty, heads IKMF-India as its Director (India). He is the first Indian to train in Krav Maga with IKMF. Associated with IKMF since the 1990’s, he has been involved in training various agencies and security forces around the world.

Sadashiv Mogaveera is India’s senior-most full-time Krav Maga instructor. He serves as IKMF’s Technical Director (India) and Head Instructor (Maharastra State). With a martial-arts career spanning 35 years, he holds a 4th dan in Karate from the International Okinawan Gōjū-ryū Karate Federation and has been trained and certified in Krav Maga under the direct tutelage of Mr. Avi Moyal. He has won various medals at national and state level karate tournaments. He has been awarded the title of ‘Best Karateka’ by the Gōjū-ryū Karate Federation of India, and the trophy of ‘Best Indian Krav Maga Instructor’ by the IKMF

What is Krav Maga exactly?

Translated literally, Krav Maga means ‘contact combat’(in Hebrew). Krav Maga is the Israeli system of self-defence. Originally developed to help Jews combat anti-semitic violence and aggression in Europe, Krav Maga became the official hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli Defence Forces after the State of Israel was formed in 1948. Subsequently, civilian modules of Krav Maga were developed for the safety of the general public

Who created Krav Maga?

Krav Maga was developed by Hungary-born Emrich ‘Imi’ Lichtenfeld (also known as Imi Sde-Or) who grew up in Bratislava Slovakia in the 1930’s where he became a successful wrestler, boxer and gymnast. He used his fighting skills to develop the Krav Maga system to fight anti-semitic violence in his town. His success in training others to use the system led him to become the chief instructor for training the Israeli Defence Forces in hand-to-hand combat after the State of Israel was formed in 1948.

What are the peculiarities of Krav Maga?

Krav Maga trains your natural reflexes to get you out of harm’s way, and to take down the attacker with a barrage of counter-measures leaving him no opportunity to continue the attack. It equips you to respond with incapacitating strikes using the strongest parts of your body against the most vulnerable parts of the attacker’s body. Krav Maga practitioners are encouraged to use their natural aggression instead of suppressing it.

Krav Maga v. Martial Arts

Unlike conventional martial arts and fighting styles, Krav Maga was developed, not for tournaments or competitive bouts, but for street survival. The only goal of Krav Maga is to make you neutralise the threat as quickly as possible, and get you home safe. Every Krav Maga practitioner trains to fight off attacks by a stronger attacker, and to deal with multiple-attacker scenarios. Because on the street there are no rules, and no referee to stop the fight.

What is a typical Krav Maga session like?

In Krav Maga training, one has to build one’s fitness to fight from the inside out. The sessions therefore start with physical training (largely calisthenic) that is designed to build endurance and to condition your body and mind to withstand the rigours of a street situation. Following the workout, the trainees practice certain drills like the ‘360 defence’ that are designed to increase awareness, reduce response time, and build muscle memory. Lastly, trainees are shown specific threats that may face on the street, and are taught how to overcome them. All in all, it is a great skill-set to acquire, and one hell of a workout!

Where and to whom is Krav Maga training provided in India?

Civilians & Security Forces
Krav Maga IKMF-India runs several training centers for civilians at various locations in India. In addition to public classes, special training programs are conducted for corporates and individuals on request.
Law Enforcement Agencies
Krav Maga IKMF-India is actively involved in imparting hand-to-hand combat training to the personnel of the armed forces and law enforcement agencies.