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The train and travel program is one of the most popular training events offered by IKMF. The popularity of this course is two-fold: it combines amazing training and an opportunity to sightsee through Israel. This course is open to all levels of Krav Maga, including no experience at all, and families are encouraged to attend. If you wish to combine the best Krav Maga training available with touring Israel, this is the program for you.
You will be staying in three-star hotels, in double rooms. The hotel will provide breakfast daily. The base location is Tel Aviv and Cesaria, with accommodation in Cesaria at "Sea Center Cesaria".
The program is an introductory course aimed to provide a taste of the variety Krav Maga has to offer. Therefore, every day will concentrate on a different Krav Maga sub category:
Three days will be dedicated to touring Israel, spiced by on the tour training. Locations may vary.
Krav Maga is the most effective self-defense system offered today. Krav Maga is easily learned and implemented quickly. This system is accessible to anyone interested in learning self-defense techniques in aim to protect themselves and their surroundings.
Krav Maga was founded and developed originally by Imi (Lichtenfeld) Sde-Or. Imi created Krav maga for military purposes, meant to improve combat abilities of Israeli IDF soldiers in the early 50s. Over the years, the Krav Maga system was further developed by Imi to provide self-defense solutions for the civilian sector as well.
Master Avi Moyal, IKMF chairman and head instructor, as well as Imi's direct student, continues on to develop Krav Maga along with other high ranking Israeli Krav Maga GIT members (Global Instructor Team). Nowadays, Krav Maga is providing self-defense solutions to a broader variety of sectors, among which are:
IKMF, which stands for International Krav Maga Federation, is the most veteran Krav Maga organization remains forever loyal to the famous phrasing by Imi: "So that one may walk in peace".
It is IKMF's ongoing task to reach out to as many individuals in as many possible countries and provide them with self defense tools that will allow them to self defend effectively and eliminate danger so that everyone may walk in peace.
The art of Krav Maga was founded by Imi Lichtenfeld (Sde - Or). Imi was born in Bratislava to a renowned police officer and circus acrobat. As a child, Imi excelled in various sports such as wrestling and boxing and practiced several martial arts. When anti-Semite riots began to spread through his home town, Imi and his family were forced to immigrate to Israel (Palestine at the time).
In 1948, once Israel had declared its independence, IDF's (Israeli Defense Force) officials approached Imi and requested him to develop a system of self defense and fighting based upon his experience and his work with special forces units as the 'Hagana', 'Palmach', and 'Palyam'.
During his 20 years of service as chief instructor of hand-to-hand combat, Imi carefully refined the methods of Krav Maga, making it the official combative training for all military personnel, Israeli police, and security forces. Imi developed a doctrine enabling both fit and out-of-shape soldiers to practice it successfully. Rather than rigid movements and techniques requiring years of training, Krav Maga integrated instinctive and simple moves accessible to all.
In 1964, Imi retired from the IDF and continued teaching Krav Maga to civilians, as well as law enforcement units and military applications. The Krav Maga association was founded by Imi and several of his students in 1978, aiming to promote Krav Maga's unique techniques locally and throughout the world.
When the teaching of Krav Maga started to spread beyond the borders of Israel, arose a need to found an international organization. This happened mostly because the initial Krav Maga association existing at the time was divided and not functioning efficiently, due to dissension among the higher graded instructors.
Imi resulted in forming a new international Krav Maga federation with the support of his most loyal students and respected instructors, among which was IKMF's chairman nowadays, Avi Moyal. Once the IKMF was finally formed, all expert and master diplomas, grades and levels issued by it, were authorized by Imi, as well as the IKMF curriculum. Imi approved this new curriculum at the time of formation of the IKMF as well as subsequent changes made in 1997.
Since 1996, the IKMF expanded and is now the largest and most appreciated Krav Maga institution worldwide. The IKMF has branched out and is successfully active locally, in Israel as well as in Australia, North America, South and East Asia, the Far East, most EU countries, and ex-communist countries (such as Poland, Russia, and Hungary).
The general structure of the organization in each country is relatively similar: a director, responsible for the growth of both the Krav Maga system and the local IKMF organization in said country, and, of course, local instructors at different grades and levels assisting him.
The IKMF trains and educates all types of trainees, with or without Krav Maga (or other martial art) background, such as civilian students and instructors, military personnel and instructors, law-enforcement officers, and instructors, etc.
Three days will be dedicated to touring Israel to Masada, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv.
During this training and tour, you will be visiting the Dead Sea region, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv. Your base location will be in Tel Aviv and Caesarea. In Caesarea, you will be accommodated at the lovely Caesarea Sea Center, where the sea is literally a one-minute walk from your room. The place is only a short drive from Ben-Gurion International Airport in the city of Rishon Le Zion, it enables trainees to come and train directly from the airport and be close to Tel Aviv's and Rishon Le Zion's nightlife.
You have breakfasts included in the price, but you will be responsible for your lunches and dinners. However, food in Israel is very good, relatively inexpensive and safe. For quick, filling meals, try Falafel (vegetarian), Schwarma, and the many fruit smoothies. Israel is the country of milk and honey.
Please book your flights to arrive at Tel Aviv Airport (TLV) or Haifa Airport (HFA) and take the bus or train from there to Caesarea.