Literally meaning “Contact Combat”, Krav Maga has it’s roots in Czechoslovakia in the 1930’s. The economic and political unrest of the time created growing pressure on the Jewish community1, and in response Imi Lichtenfeld, an expert in boxing and wrestling, began to learn various useful self-defence techniques from different styles. By the time he was forced out of Europe by the unbearable conditions for Jews, Lichtenfeld immigrated to the Land of Israel which was then under British control. Here he joined the ‘Hagana’ (Defence) who’s primary job was to protect Jewish settlements. Lichtenfeld’s talents were quickly noticed and he was assigned to teach unarmed combat and it is here that he started combining techniques from different styles such as judo, jujitsu, karate, western boxing and wrestling. What all the techniques had in common, was their effectiveness in combat. With the establishment of the State of Israel, Krav Maga was adopted as the official close combat style of the Israel Defence Forces and the Israel Police Force.
The Krav Maga system continued to grow and change, continually being further developed to become a streamlined system that is relevant to today’s threats. Guardian Krav Maga continues that tradition. A refined set of punches, kicks, chokes and take-downs are employed, always with the goal of neutralising the threat as quickly as possible. Our primary targets are the eyes, throat and groin, due to their susceptibility to injury, regardless of the size of the attacker. We utilise our environment to increase our defence and learn to defend attacks from commonly used weapons.
The system is designed to be effective in real situations and our training provides you with the opportunity to practice techniques whilst under duress. This reality-based training enables you to be confident, knowing that you are ready to handle real situations. You learn to stick to the goal of neutralising the attacker/s, no matter what, even when it’s hard, even when you are exhausted. This kind of warrior mindset is immensely powerful and rewarding. It has the potential to drive you forward in many areas of your life.
FOUNDATION LEVEL 1 (6 MONTHS)
White – Understanding the Problem, General Tactics including Pre-fight tactics.
Yellow – Striking Techniques, bursting, footwork, stances, combinations and chaining. Pre-fight techniques and application. Stand-up fighting skills for reality.
FOUNDATION LEVEL 2 (9 MONTHS)
Gold – Defensive tactics against empty hand strikes.
Orange – Defensive tactics against stabs, slashes.
Green – Utilising improvised weapons for defence – Small items, shield, stick, knife.
INTERMEDIATE (1 YEAR)
Blue – Release from grabs and holds. Defence from being held and hit. Defence from pushing and pulling.
Purple – Release from chokes, standing and on the ground.
Brown – Take-downs, throws and falls. Empty-hand Subject Control techniques.
Red – Sitting and Grounded Fighting.
ADVANCED (1-2 YEARS)
Black – Knife and firearms threats.
Double Black – Third party protection. Dealing with Multiple Attackers.
Triple Black – Dealing with unpredictable situations under duress. Environmental Scenario training.