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The Origins Of Krav Maga

Krav Maga translated from Hebrew into English, as ‘Contact Combat’ was initially developed as an unarmed combat system by Imi Lichtenfeld for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) due to its no-nonsense approach, simplistic and practical approach.
Krav Maga has since been adapted to meet the needs of civilians, law enforcement officers and security personnel. Krav Maga is widely recognised as the most comprehensive reality based self-defense system in the world today.

Krav Maga Development

Krav Maga is composed of three pillars, self-defense; fighting skills and defensive tactics including protecting another person.
Krav Maga is a practical and realistic system that is build on the natural reaction of the human body in a conflict situation, and teaches how to avoid, prevent, deter or deal with all types of violent confrontations.  Having been developed under realistic conditions in Israel by its founder Imi (Sde-or) Lichtenfeld), Krav Maga continues to be developed by Imi’s closest assistant and highest-level Instructor Eyal Yanilov of Krav Maga Global, who was awarded the founders diploma of excellent

Eyal Yanilor
Eyal Yanilov

Krav Maga is a unique and logical system of self-defense, fighting skills and defensive tactics. There are no traditional or sporting elements in Krav Maga with all of its training methods being based on the adaptation of instinctive response through principal based learning, resulting in skills that become practical in a short space of time and useful under stressful conditions. Elevating the trainee’s capabilities on the physical, mental, technical and tactical levels, Krav Maga is suitable for all, as each person, with the guidance of a certified instructor can reach their own goals and fulfill their needs.

An essential part of Krav Maga training is its structured teaching process, delivery of learning and training methodologies. Its curriculum is divided into grades and levels, whether it is for civilians, military soldiers, Law-Enforcement and security officers, Close Personal Protection personnel or members of special units.


  • How to prevent, avoid, escape and evade situations of conflict
  • Learning how to fall and roll to reduce injury through impact on the ground
  • Attacking and counter-attacking skills, using the hands, legs, feet, arms and head
  • How to use everyday objects for self-defense and fighting
  • Techniques to defend yourself again unarmed attacks such as kicks, strikes, throws, different grabs of body and clothing
  • Techniques to defend yourself again armed threats and attacks involving knives, other sharp objects, sticks and other blunt objects
  • Techniques to defend yourself against threats with both a short barreled or long barreled firearms
  • How to defend yourself when on the ground
  • How to deal with multiple attackers
  • How to defend other people also known as third party protection
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  • Specific curriculums for the governmental and security forces and departments from the infantry to the anti-terror, from the law-enforcement to the peace keeping missions.

Krav Maga techniques and principles are taught with ultimate reality in mind. To enable someone to cope with all types of conflict situations and violent encounters in all types of environments, places, surrounding and situation, such as open or confined spaces, around or in a car or on public transport, in water, in low-light conditions and on shaky, uneven or non-resisting grounds and more.

Krav Maga training also emphasis the need to train to deal with conflict when in positions of disadvantage such as; standing, sitting down, laying down (on your front or back), when on moving transport or with a loved one.

Krav Maga enables personal growth from both a physical and mental perspective with those training Krav Maga seeing vast improves in their physical health and mental abilities to make decisions in stressful, fast moving situations and to be able to cope with demanding lifestyles.

Krav Maga is adaptable to meet the needs of both men and women, from children to mature adults.
Krav Maga training also has specific curriculums including tactical adaptations to meet the ever-growing needs of Military Units, Anti-Terrorist Groups, Special Units, Undercover Officers, Close Protection Agents, Correctional Officers, Air Marshalls and much more.

Born in 1959, Eyal Yanilov began his Krav Maga training in 1974 with Eli Avikzar, (at the time one of the top Krav Maga instructors) and soon afterwards, Eyal began to study Krav-Maga directly under the personal tutelage of Grand Master Imi-Sde Or (Lichtenfeld), the founder of Krav Maga.
Eyal demonstrated extraordinary talent as student in Krav Maga, and then later as an Instructor and went on to serve as Imi’s closest assistant from the early 1980’s for almost 20 years. Eyal is the only person in the world to whom Imi presented the ‘Founders Diploma of Excellence’.

The Development Of Modern Krav Maga

To meet the needs of modern conflict in the world today, Eyal Yanilov, after Imi entrusted him with this mission, created a new curriculum for Krav Maga transforming it to a more organized and formal system that is built on the principles of action and unique instructional methods. He then became the head of the Israeli Krav Maga Associations Professional Committee and was instrumental in the educating the general public in the benefits of Krav Maga, as well as military and anti-terrorist units in Israel.

20 Years Of Global Travel For Krav Maga

Eyal has devoted his life to spreading Krav Maga around the world. In the United States in the mid 1980’s and Europe in the mid 1990’s, he began teaching Krav Maga to various sectors from civilians, to Military Units and Law Enforcement personnel. It all started with the first Krav Maga Self Defense Instructors Course for American citizens being held in 1981.

The Global Demand For Krav Maga Training

Practically Eyal created the demand for Krav Maga around the world. To manage this ever-growing demand, Eyal founded the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) in 1996 and served as its President and Head Instructor under the guidance of Grandmaster Imi. Krav Maga has since spread throughout the globe and Eyal has personally trained all of the world’s first generation of Krav Maga Instructors in over 40 countries.

Krav Maga Global

In 2010, Eyal established Krav Maga Global (KMG), a global infrastructure designed to disseminate Krav Maga throughout the world in a more structure format whilst maintaining highest level of training.

Under the personal supervision of Eyal, Krav Maga Global operates a team of highly qualified instructors known as the ‘Global and International.

Since Imi’s death in 1998, Eyal has taken upon himself the responsibility of leading the continued development of Krav Maga throughout the world
In 2001, Eyal published the book ‘How to defend yourself against armed assault’, written in conjunction with Grand Master Imi before he passed away. The book is just the first part of a series of 3 volumes which create the only official and comprehensive manual of the system. The first book published is dealing with conflict situation that involve weapons, it also includes many of the core principles of the Krav Maga system.

Teams (GIT)’ who are responsible for delivering Krav Maga instructors education, exclusive workshops and specialist courses throughout the world.

Many Military Units and Law Enforcement personnel have adopted Krav Maga as their preferred system of defensive tactics and self-defense and use Krav Maga Global as their training provider.

Continuing The Krav Maga Legacy

Eyal Yanilov’s Krav Maga Global is proud to preserve and promote only authentic Krav Maga maintaining the professional standards as outlined by Grand Master Imi.

Eyal has also also produced a comprehensive set of Krav Maga DVD’s outlining the various techniques, tactics and principles of the Krav Maga system.