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KRAV MAGA INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION

May one walk in peace, Train hard bleed less, Transform yourself, Extreme tactics for self defence



KRAV MAGA - THE STORY OF IMI SDE-OR

Krav Maga began with a single man - Imrich Lichtenfeld, who later took the name Imi Sde-Or. Born in 1910 in Budapest, he grew up in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, in a home where sports, law, and Central European education were equally respected. Samuel Lichtenfeld, Imi's father, was a unique figure. At the age of thirteen, he joined a traveling circus, and for the next twenty years engaged in wrestling, weightlifting, and various demonstrations of strength. For him, the circus was also a school in which he met people involved in a wide variety of sports.

OUR JOURNEY : ISRAEL - CANADA - INDIA

Our journey begins in Israel, where Krav Maga was developed for military, police, and civilian use. Not long after Krav Maga's founder, Imi Sde-Or, settled in Israel after his eventful and almost thwarted aliya (immigration to Israel) in 1944, he began training fighters in his areas of expertise: physical fitness, swimming, wrestling, use of the knife, and defences against knife-attacks. Imi trained several elite units of the Hagana and Palmach (the striking force of the Hagana and forerunner of the special units of the IDF), including the Pal-Yam and groups of police officers.

CANADIAN NATIONAL DIRECTOR - IKM, DIRECTOR, KMIA

Refael Kashani (Rafi) is KMIA's co-founder and principal instructor. ‚Äč Rafi became involved in Krav Maga at an early age and progressed through the belt system with enthusiasm as a young man. His first teacher and mentor was Eli Ben Ami. He later trained with such men as Avi Moyal, Eyal Yanilov, Gabi Noah, Amnon Darsa, Tamir Gilad, Yossi Shmueli, and Israel Tamir. He achieved his yellow belt (1992), orange belt (1993), green belt (1994), Assistant Instructor certification (excellent standing), blue belt (1996), brown belt (1998), and first Expert Level (2000) as he continued to develop professionally...




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