KRAV MAGA is a Hebrew word that means "contact-combat", which is a self- defense system developed for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) that consists of a variety of techniques originating from a multitude of disciplines such as Aikido, Judo, Boxing, Wrestling, Jiu Jitsu, Wing Chun Kung-Fu, Karate, Systema, FMA, and Silat. Krav is known for its aggressiveness to violent attacks, moving quickly to neutralize the attacker. 


Krav is a unique, aggressive, and rewarding system of self-defense. Krav is not a traditional Martial Art. Traditional Martial Arts tend to be rigid and focus on maintaining traditions handed down from past masters. A majority of Martial Arts systems tend to be sports-oriented, establishing rules that limit the fighters. For example, MMA fighters fight in a controlled environment with restrictions of what they can and cannot do to their opponent. This is what makes Krav so unique. At Duke City Krav Maga, students will learn how to defend themselves against the violence we face every day and everywhere. Our techniques focus on real world fighting principles. Students will be taught how to disable an attacker in a fast, efficient, and effective way. Techniques learned in class will focus on these following principles:

  • Techniques should be based on gross motor movements.

  • Techniques must defend and counter attack, sometimes simultaneously.

  • Some techniques target the body’s most vulnerable points, such as: the eyes, neck, throat, face, solar plexus, groin, ribs, knee, feet, fingers, and many more.

  • Movements in one technique should complement not contradict the movements in other techniques.

  • Maintaining awareness of surroundings while dealing with the threat in order to look for escape routes, additional attackers, and leveraging the environment for weapons that will be used for your defense.

"Where there is only a choice between cowardice and violence, i would advise violence." GANDHI 




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