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Every year on Holocaust Memorial day and evening of the fallen Memorial Day of Israel, parents ask the same exact question: "Is there a Krav Maga practice today?"
So Dear Parents, I am honored to finally answer this question with a short story which also might help anyone who reads this article to understand the perspective from which we look at the values ??and tradition of the method.
So for those who do not know, Krav Maga was born in the Diaspora. More specifically in Bratislava city that is in Czechoslovakia, (before it was disbanded into two separate states of the Czech Republic and Slovakia of these days). The developer of the method was a great man that was called "Imi Sade Or Lichtenfeld". since it was Imi's birthplace, like all Jews in the 30s, he felt and experienced the hatred on his own flesh, alienation and humiliation experienced by all Jews during the growing anti-Semitism began to oppress and destroy our people.

One in a generation

Imi was well known in Europe after winning several times in European championship in wrestling and boxing championship in Europe. Due to his vast experience in sports he decided to develop a method called "face to face combat" or short FTF (what is now called Krav Maga). This method was developed to fight an armed or unarmed rival, through Krav Maga Imi taught self defense against weapons such as a knife, a stick, a gun and all that could be neutralized with bare hands.
Imi's friends picked up his combat skills quickly, and were able to fight back against anti-Semitic rioters. Imi's name went before him and his heroic stories spread quickly and became legends in his own lifetime.

So with that dear parents, my answer to you is: "to give up" on a Krav Maga training in such a day, therefore is losing the battle in the Diaspora! I believe and feel that my work as a Krav Maga instructor is a type of a mission, patriotism, a kind of a little beacon that I turn on every time I walk up on the mat to guide - especially on days like Memorial Day or Holocaust Remembrance Day.

 

 

 

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