History of Krav Maga

Imrich (“Imi”) Sde-Or (Lichtenfeld), the founder of the IKMF (Krav Maga), was born in 1910 in Budapest in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital, and engaged in a wide range of sports, such as swimming, boxing, wrestling and gymnastics. He trained at a Gymnasium owned by his father, who taught self-defence. Imi excelled in wrestling both as a contestant and as a trainer, also winning several awards in these fields.

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 various elite army units, as well as groups of police officers. He then developed and refined his unique method for self-defence and hand-to-hand combat. Imi later 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. He trained teams of instructors and monitored the trainees’ progress and achievements. He captivated them with his personality and imparting them with his knowledge and unique personality.

Krav Maga has spread all over the world by men, women and children of all ages. It is being used by security forces including the FBI, as well as in VIP protection and anti-terrorism.

Krav Maga at DSD Academy

Dynamic Self Defence Academy provides extensive short courses and long term training in Krav Maga. Chief Instructor Gideon Hajioff has over 30 years teaching experience and is a full member of the IMA (Israel Martial Arts Association)

Krav Maga at the academy stems from security as well as civilian self defence. We adapt the system to your strengths and apply it to realistic situations that can be encountered in everyday life. With many years experience the team will develop your skills from basic to advanced Krav Maga, providing specialist training in all aspects ranging from unarmed self defence to weapons and ground work.

At DSD Academy we run classes throughout the week for men, women and children of all ages and abilities.

“One of the best places to learn self defense and street wise, krav maga” – A H.O.B

Krav Maga is the most effective form of self defence and fitness programme in the UK today