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Krav Maga a martial art that has no rules but teaches you how to fight hard in real situation. Meet Vikram Kapoor, Director, and Chief instructor, International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) India.

  • What is Krav Maga?

Krav Maga in Hebrew means contact-combat. It is a practical and tactical system that teaches how to prevent, deal and overcome all kinds of violence and attacks. It was founded by Imi lichtenfeld in Israel, in 1940’s. In 1948, when the State of Israel was founded and the Israel Defense Force (IDF) was formed, Lichtenfeld became Chief Instructor for Physical Fitness and Krav Maga at the IDF School of Combat Fitness. He served in the IDF for about 20 years, during which he developed and refined his unique method for self-defense and hand-to-hand combat.

In 1964, Imi retired from the Israeli military, and began adapting and modifying Krav Maga to civilian needs. The method was formulated to suit everyone – men and women, boy or girl, who might need it to save their life or survive an attack while sustaining minimal harm, whatever the background of the attack – criminal, nationalistic, or other. Imi, a most valued teacher and fighter, passed away on 9 Jan ‘98.

Krav Maga is a self-defense system and combat tactics developed to accommodate its need of the training to be learnt anyone and in a short period of time, as the forces cannot spare too much time for one such training. The Krav Maga philosophy is to prepare the participants for controlled aggressiveness, determination, alertness, awareness and reflex CQB (Close Quarter Battle) training. It is a horizontal system with a unique and logical approach. It is easy to learn and retain, performed naturally and intuitively, and practically be used under stressful conditions. An essential part of Krav Maga is its teaching process, methodology and ways of training.

Krav-Maga is a style benefiting both the individual who seeks serious Self-defence training as well as the practitioner seeking to round out prior martial art knowledge. The bottom line is a style that is effective against any type of assault.

  • Principles of Krav-Maga
    • Avoid injury
    • Devise drills that take advantage of natural reflexes
    • Defend and attack in the minimum time required
    • Use the human body’s vulnerable spots
    • Use the body’s natural weapons as well as ordinary objects that may be close at hand
    • No Rules
  • How it is different from the other forms of martial art?
                         Traditional Martial Arts                                      Krav-Maga
Formal, ritual oriented, and difficult to learn Fighting dirty and learning no-holds-barred moves in a realistic environment
Expects the student to adapt to it Adapts to the student
Teaches moves adapted from animals Students build on their natural human reflexes
Competitive tournaments, katas, rituals, or choreographed routines Relies on “continuous motion” to complete the defence hence nothing is ritual or choreographed
Brings students to a high level of skill in a long period like 10 to 20 years Brings students to a high level of skill in a relatively short period
Ritual oriented routines based on old era of swords and arrows Incorporates modern realistic re-enactments so students learn how to operate under the stress
As a sport, it has rules and illegal moves No Rules; use everything you have
Does not adapt or learn from other martial arts Adapts and is a hybrid of mixed martial arts techniques like Boxing, Karate, Judo, JuJitsu, Muay Thai and other lesser known styles
  • What are the levels/grades in Krav Maga?

Similar to the belt system common in Martial arts IKMF also manages a grading system. This is also divided to three main groups: Practitioner levels (or just “P” levels), Graduate levels (“G” levels) and Expert Levels (“E” levels). Individuals who train Krav Maga may advance in rank through IKMF’s testing system as high up as they want in proportion of how much Krav Maga training time they have invested. G levels are usually veteran Krav Maga trainees and very few have been qualified as instructors.

Civilian Krav Maga training syllabus is compiled of 5 P levels and 5 G levels. Each element of the curriculum is based upon real life scenarios describing real life attacks. Every P or G level includes various self-defense solutions and counterattacks that derive from such scenarios. Through Krav Maga training the student practices these scenarios according to respective rank. As one advances in grading the scenarios upon which the syllabus is built, it becomes increasingly dangerous and complex, and self-defense solutions are provided accordingly. IKMF places very important emphasize on updating the syllabus as often as needed so it is always contemporary and effective.

  • Krav Maga in India

I founded IKMF India in 2003 with Expert Level 2 with experience in hand-to-hand combat training, Military Close Quarter Combat Tactics, and specialist Law Enforcement tactics. Certified by IKMF, Israel, I am the India’s First Law Enforcement Instructor, SWAT Instructor, Civilian Instructor, Military Instructor, and Global International Team Instructor in the IKMF, the only non-Israeli to hold this prestigious appointment.

IKMF India, established its Headquarters at Saket, New Delhi, in October 2004, where it is still is located till date. IKMF India organized the first Civilian Instructor Course (CIC) in May 2005, and today has the proud distinction of successfully completing 25 CIC courses. IKMF India today boasts of having its branches located all over India- Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kerala, Kolkata, Chennai, and Goa.

  • Celebreties/famous name that follows this martial art.

Yes, in India there are like Omar Abdullah, Navin Jindal and Abhay Deol. And talking about international Jennifer Lopez, Angelina Jolie, Hillary Swank, Maria Menounos and Jennifer Garner

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