The specifics

The Principles of Krav Maga


Avoid being in a dangerous situation, for example by not hitchhiking, evading strange individuals, avoiding to walk through a dangerous neighborhood of the city.


Base yourself on the natural reflexes of the human body.


Defend yourself and attack by the shortest way possible and from the position you are standing in, favoring each time a minimum of risk-taking for yourself.


Depending on the situation, and according to the need, in function of the danger represented by the opponent, try to discourage the latter by speaking to him/her.


Use the sensitive spots of the human body (eyes, throat …) to strike or master the opponent.


Try to use all objects in reach, then the natural weapons of the body.


No law, no limitation in terms of the techniques, nothing prohibited, “all strikes are permitted.”

The currents

Krav Maga, like all martial arts, is divided into different schools, even before the death of the founder, Imi Lichtenfeld. To clarify a few people, to those who do not know these different currents, we present here the main ones.

Only the most recognized instructors are represented here.

All have worked with Imi and all are or were excellent instructors having on certain aspects a different vision of Krav Maga depending on their personality.

There is no “best” or “closest to IMI”. All were close to Imi at one time or another and all have their qualities.

In terms of clarity, we had to voluntarily omit some other important instructors of Krav Maga. If you notice errors, please tell us so we can join your sources. We want a maximum of objectivity to avoid any controversy.

To summarize, the 3 more former pupils of Imi were :

  • Eli Avikzar
  • Raphy Elgrissi
  • Haim Zut

Eli Avikzar has formed: Eyal Yanilov, Haim Gideon, Kobi Lichtenstein and Richard Douieb who also had as teachers Raphy Elgrissi and Haim Zut. These 4 people have also been trained directly by Imi.

Today there are 6 organizations in Krav Maga:

  • The F.E K.M
  • The I.K.M.A.
  • The K.M.G. (former I.K.M.F.)
  • The K.AM.I. (which is a derivative)
  • The K.M.A.A.
  • The K.M.S.A.

The Moral Code of the F.E.K.M.-R.D.

Adherent to the F. E. K. M. -R. D., I commit myself to respect the charter of conduct that follows and will show evidence of:

  • Honesty,
  • Of non-aggressiveness,
  • Humility,
  • Respect of the regulation of our statutes, of our interior rules, the instructors and our partners.

In addition, I undertake to use the techniques of Krav Maga exclusively during the classes or in the sole purpose of defending my physical integrity or that of my relatives.

I will also contribute to a climate of friendship, simplicity and conviviality.