Krav Maga vs. Jiu Jitsu: Unleashing the Clash of Martial Arts Titans

Two men practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu sparring at the Academy.

From Street Fights to Self-Defense Mastery: The Evolution of Krav Maga

In 1910, the seeds of Krav Maga’s principles were planted in the mind of its founder, Imi Lichtenfeld. Born in Hungary but raised in Bratislava, Imi was a natural athlete, excelling in gymnastics, boxing, and wrestling. However, his greatest influence was his father, Samuel, a police officer and self-defense instructor.

Samuel, a former circus acrobat and wrestler, spent three decades as Chief Detective Inspector in the police department. He became renowned for his impressive arrest record, especially when dealing with dangerous criminals. Beyond his law enforcement duties, Samuel also taught self-defense techniques to local policemen at his gym, known as “Hercules.”