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KRAV MAGA is known for its focus on real-world situations and its extreme efficiency. It was derived from the street-fighting experience of Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld, who made use of his training as a boxer and wrestler while defending the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, during the mid-to-late 1930s. In the late 1940s, following his migration to Israel, he began to provide lessons on combat training to what was to become the IDF.
From the outset, the original concept of Krav Maga was to take the most simple and practical techniques of other fighting styles (originally European boxing, wrestling, and street fighting) and to make them rapidly teachable to military conscripts.
Krav Maga has a philosophy emphasizing aggression, and simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers. Krav Maga has been used by the Israel Defense Forces' special forces units, security forces and by regular infantry units. Closely related variations have been developed and adopted by Israeli law enforcement and intelligence organizations. There are several organizations teaching variations of Krav Maga internationally.
Krav Maga (/krɑːv məˈɡɑː/; Hebrew: קְרַב מַגָּע [ˈkʁav maˈɡa], lit. "contact combat") is a military self-defense and fighting system developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Israeli security forces derived from a combination of techniques sourced from boxing, wrestling, aikido, judo and karate, along with realistic fight training.
Master Copeland Lanzillotti founder and head instructor at warriors way martial arts institute has a lifetime of studying in the martial arts. He began his martial arts journey in 1975, and has studied and competed in the arts of American Karate, Shotakan Karate, sei shin ryu Karate, Tae Kwondo, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu jitsu, Judo, MMA, Shoot Fighting, Boxing, Wrestling and Krav Maga, Achieving certifications and black belts in different disciplines.
Master Lanzillotti Founded the style of Senshi Do in 2016 as a way of bringing together all of the arts that he has studied and loved over the years. . Master Lanzillotti’s expert knowledge in combat sports and the martial arts gives him a realistic approach to what he teaches, “Will it work” is his personal motto and driving force in his understanding and implementation of the martial arts.
Master Lanzillotti studies under Chief Instructor Mark Winn in his practice and study of the art of Krav Maga. His life goal in the martial arts is to help everyone he can reach become healthier and more confident in their every day life, through the study of martial arts
Warriors Way Martial Arts Institute Founder & Master Instructor Copeland Lanzillotti
Mark Winn, founder of Winning Warrior Krav Maga is devoted to teaching and living the principals that allow you to protect your most valuable asset: your life.
Emphasizing practical application and balance, Mr. Winn devotes himself to continual growth starting in American Karate achieving a strong introduction to appreciate various martial arts and achieved black belt, Then he moved to another city where he trained to the level of third Dan Black Belt in Okinawan Shorin Ryu, one of the oldest forms of karate and a degree in weapons.
He then went on to study Jow Ga Kung Fu and lead as the head instructor under his Sifu. He took and interest in the Israeli combat art of Krav Maga under his present instructor with the understanding that he would become a teacher. He now teaches Israeli Krav Maga with the advantage of his past experiences in martial arts and his understanding of how the body responses from his fitness background.
Founder of Winning Warrior Krav Maga
Lichtenfeld was born on May 26, 1910, to a Hungarian Jewish family in Budapest in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He grew up in Pressburg (Pozsony, today's Bratislava). His family moved to Bratislava, where his father, Samuel Lichtenfeld, was a chief inspector on the Bratislava police force and a former circus acrobat. Lichtenfeld trained at the Hercules Gymnasium, which was owned by his father, who taught self-defense.
Lichtenfeld was a successful boxer, wrestler, and gymnast since his youth. He competed at national and international levels and was a champion and member of the Slovak National Wrestling Team. In 1928, he won the Slovak Youth Wrestling Championship, and in 1929, the adult championship in the light and middleweight divisions. That year, he also won the national boxing championship and an international gymnastics championship.
Development of Krav Maga
In the late 1930s, anti-Semitic riots threatened the Jewish population of Bratislava. Together with other Jewish boxers and wrestlers, Lichtenfeld helped to defend his Jewish neighborhood against racist gangs. He quickly decided that sport has little in common with real combat and began developing a system of techniques for practical self-defense in life-threatening situations.
In 1935, Lichtenfeld visited Mandatory Palestine with a team of Jewish wrestlers to participate in the Maccabiah Games but could not participate because of a broken rib that resulted from his training while en route. This led to the fundamental Krav Maga precept, 'do not get hurt' while training. Lichtenfeld returned to Czechoslovakia to face increasing anti-Semitic violence. Lichtenfeld organized a group of young Jews to protect his community. On the streets, he acquired hard won experience and the crucial understanding of the differences between sport fighting and street fighting. He developed his fundamental self-defense principle: 'use natural movements and reactions' for defense, combined with an immediate and decisive counterattack. From this evolved the refined theory of 'simultaneous defense and attack' while 'never occupying two hands in the same defensive movement.
In 1940, Lichtenfeld fled the rise of Nazism in Slovakia, heading for Palestine on the Aliyah Bet vessel, Pencho, which shipwrecked on the Dodecanese Islands in the Aegean Sea. He reached Palestine in 1942 after serving with distinction in the British supervised Free Czechoslovak Legion in North Africa. The Haganah's leaders immediately recognized Lichtenfeld's fighting prowess and ingenuity. In 1944 Lichtenfeld. began training fighters in his areas of expertise: physical fitness, swimming, wrestling, use of the knife, and defenses against knife attacks. During this period, Lichtenfeld trained several elite units of the Haganah and Palmach (striking force of the Haganah and forerunner of the special units of the IDF), including the Pal-yam, as well as groups of police officers. In 1948, when the State of Israel was founded and the IDF was formed, Lichtenfeld became Chief Instructor for Physical Fitness and Krav Maga at the IDF School of Combat Fitness. He served in the IDF for about 20 years, during which time he developed and refined his unique method for self-defense and hand-to-hand combat. After he finished his active duty, Lichtenfeld began adapting and modifying Krav Maga to civilian needs.
The method was formulated to suit everyone – man and woman, boy or girl, who might need it to save his or her life or survive an attack while sustaining minimal harm, whatever the background of the attack – criminal, nationalistic, or other. To disseminate his method, Lichtenfeld established two training centers, one in Tel Aviv and the other in Netanya.
In 1964, Lichtenfeld retired from the Israeli military. He then modified Krav Maga to fit the needs of police forces and ordinary civilians. He trained teams of Krav Maga instructors, who were accredited by him and the Israeli Ministry of Education. He also created the Israeli Krav Maga Association (IKMA) on October 22, 1978, and the International Krav Maga Federation in 1995. On January 9, 1998, Lichtenfeld died in Netanya, Israel, at the age of 87.
Emrich "Imre" Lichtenfeld (Hebrew: אימריך “אימי” ליכטנפלד)
(May 26, 1910 – January 9, 1998) was a Hungarian-born Israeli martial artist who founded the Krav Maga self-defense system. He was also known as Imi Sde-Or (Hebrew: אימי שדאור), the Hebrew calque of his surname.