Krav Maga (Hebrew for contact combat) is a self-defence system developed in Israel that involves striking techniques, wrestling and grappling. Krav Maga is known for its focus on real-world situations and extremely efficient, brutal counter-attacks it was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Imi Litchenfield, who made use of his training as a boxer and wrestler, as a means of defending the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in Bratislava the mid-to-late 1930s. In the late-1940s, following his immigration to Israel, he began to provide lessons on combat training to what was to become the IDF, who went on to develop the system that became known as Krav Maga. It has since been refined for civilian, police and military applications. Krav Maga has a philosophy emphasizing threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive manoeuvres, and aggression. The system is used by the Israeli Defence Forces, both regular and Special Forces, and several closely related variations have been developed and adopted by law enforcement and intelligence organizations. Outside Israel, Krav Maga is used by various special police, military and intelligence forces, such as American CIA, FBI, US Marshals, USAF, DEA, Federal Air Marshals and various police departments (SWAT teams), etc.
Royce Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Royce Gracie was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and is one of nine children, seven of whom are boys. His training in Jiu-Jitsu began at a very early age as a game with his father Helio.
Royce began competing in tournaments at age eight. He received his blue belt at age 16 and was promoted to black belt in less than two years. Royce moved to the United States at age 18 to live with his brother, Rorion. Together they opened the Gracie Jiu- Jitsu Academy twenty years ago in Torrance, California.
Royce’s career as a fighter began in 1993 after defeating three opponents in the first Ultimate Fighting Championship. Here he showed Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to the world. Discipline after discipline was defeated by the slight 6’1”, 180 pound Royce Gracie. The viewers were in awe. His opponents consistently outweighed him by more than 50 pounds. He went on to win 3 UFC titles and today is the only man in the history of no holds barred matches to successfully defeat four opponents in one night.