Imrich Lichtenfeld, A European Boxing Wrestling Gymnastics Champion a Jujitsu student and British Soldier trained in Fairbairn knife and bayonet hand to hand techniques Teaches Fitness and Hand to Hand fighting to the Israeli Underground, and then becomes the Chief Krav Maga Instructor in the IDF. After many years he opens up a civilian Krav Maga school.
As Krav Maga (Hebrew name designated for Imi’s original Hand to Hand Fighting Training System) heads of the Israeli Defense Forces they had the opportunity to test the system with thousands of warriors that many had already mastered one or few martial arts systems including professional wrestling and Boxing.
When Interviewed, Imrich had said that “the minute that Jigoro Kano created the Judo, he had to extract all the lethal elements of Jujitsu.” At the same interview, Imrich had said in his Civilian Krav Maga Gym, that he is trying to modify Krav Maga to be suited to civilians. In addition the Jigoro Kano Belt System and initially Judo Gi in the civilian Gym were adopted by Imrich.
Unfortunately, the minute Krav Maga became civilian and suited to youth, Imrich had to extract all the lethal elements from it. The irony of all is that anything could be lethal, and the best way to be safe is have a complete knowledge and know how to handle lethal threat. In order to train against lethal attack one needs to have a training partner trained in the most lethal attack.
Any confrontation can start in a low level and escalate to a lethal level in matter of seconds. It can also start with a lethal level and end in a lethal results three seconds after it started.
Therefore, you need to learn to respond to the most swift lethal attack, and then use your judgment if possible to control your opponent if caught on time without giving him the option to escalate the fight into a lethal level, and thus avoiding to have the necessity to kill him.
In a political world which is spread anywhere including inside the ranks of the IDF and any civilian organization, top instructors were to choose very carefully who to teach and what to teach.
While a student will complete his Krav Maga training in the IDF in one month, he would have to wait four years to complete his Krav Maga training in Civilian Krav Maga, and then he would be offered more advanced training.
Of course in any profession over time one can find more topics to be discussed, essential topics to be reviewed, elaborated, rehearsed and assured.
For someone that trained instructors in the IDF to get ranks in a civilian association would be a nice social event and professional development but from a realistic enhancement of training methods, and teaching method it would be boring somewhat.
When Immi got older, he was paid respect in his student’s Dojo’s or training halls, as he deserved it and he was always admired by his students as an extraordinary smart and compassionate man. At that point of his life, he would award his students that contributed to his vision to spread Krav Maga around the world in Dan Ranks.
The people that held the Keys to the original IDF Krav Maga, and its training methods were Eli Avikzar and his hand picked followers. He had a great sense of assessing personality, and if you did not like him completely, he did not like you completely.
So in reality, Krav Maga training methods were continued to be developed in the IDF, after Imrich retired. The civilian Krav Maga students had no access to them unless they were trained by an authentic ex IDF Krav Maga instructor.
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