Tactical Krav Maga
Literally meaning “Contact Combat”, Krav Maga has it’s roots in Czechoslovakia in the 1930’s. The economic and political unrest of the time created growing pressure on the Jewish community1, and in response Imi Lichtenfeld, an expert in boxing and wrestling, began to learn various useful self-defence techniques from different styles. By the time he was forced out of Europe by the unbearable conditions for Jews, Lichtenfeld immigrated to the Land of Israel which was then under British control. Here he joined the ‘Hagana’ (Defence) who’s primary job was to protect Jewish settlements. Lichtenfeld’s talents were quickly noticed and he was assigned to teach unarmed combat and it is here that he started combining techniques from different styles such as judo, jujitsu, karate, western boxing and wrestling. What all the techniques had in common, was their effectiveness in combat. With the establishment of the State of Israel, Krav Maga was adopted as the official close combat style of the Israel Defence Forces and the Israel Police Force. 2
The Krav Maga system continued to grow and change, continually being further developed to become a streamlined system that is relevant to today’s threats. Tactical Krav Maga continues that tradition. A refined set of punches, kicks, chokes and take-downs are employed, always with the goal of neutralizing the threat as quickly as possible. Our primary targets are the eyes, throat and groin, due to their susceptibility to injury, regardless of the size of the attacker. We utilise our environment to increase our defence and learn to defend attacks from commonly used weapons.
The system is designed to be effective in real situations and our training provides you with the opportunity to practice techniques whilst under duress. This reality-based training enables you to be confident, knowing that you are ready to handle real situations. You learn to stick to the goal of neutralizing the attacker/s, no matter what, even when it’s hard, even when you are exhausted. This kind of warrior mindset is immensely powerful and rewarding. It has the potential to drive you forward in many areas of your life.
Technical Director and Founder of Tactical Krav Maga - Itay Gil
The driving force behind Tactical Krav Maga is Itay Gil. Featured on the ‘Human Weapon’ series on the history channel, Itay’s international reputation as one of the foremost experts in the field of Krav Maga defensive tactics is rapidly growing. Those of us who have been privileged enough to have trained with Itay, knew that already.
You can view Itay in action on the History Channel.
Australasian Training Manager - Carl Halley
Having trained in both Israel and Australia, Australasian Training Manager for TKM, Carl Halley, introduced TKM to Australia. His successful expansion of the system in our country and the Australasia region can be accredited to his clear explanation and highly skilled demonstrations of TKM technique, and his candid teaching style.