about krav maga & krav maga global (kmg)

Krav Maga ('contact combat') is an integrated system of self-defence, combat and fighting, VIP and third-party protection. Known for its practical and realistic techniques, Krav Maga was developed for the Israeli military and has been adapted for civilian use around the world. Krav Maga Global (KMG) is recognised as the leading provider, with thousands of students in over 60 countries.



The origins of Krav Maga go right back to the 1930's, when founder Imi Lichtenfeld started teaching Jews being persecuted on the streets of Bratislava how to defend themselves without weapons. After WWII, Imi moved to what become the state of Israel and began teaching hand to hand combat to the newly-forming military there. The system he developed became known as Krav Maga.

In the 1960's, Imi began to adapt the system for civilians. A decade later Eyal Yanilov started training under Imi and they developed a structured curriculum. By 1996 Eyal was developing the Krav Maga system we recognise today - integrated, comprehensive, technical and tactical, ready to be rolled out anywhere.

In 2010 Eyal Yanilov established Krav Maga Global, to ensure the highest standards of professionalism, morals and ethics could be maintained as Krav Maga continued to grow globally. By 2018, there were over 1,500 active KMG instructors, teaching in over 60 countries. Each of these instructors has completed the 180-hour Gerneral Instructor Training and been passed by a senior member of the International Team. They must then maintain their status by attending annual Instructor Updates.