KRAV MAGA SELF-DEFENCE 

"So that one may walk in peace" - Imi Lichtenfeld

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS & PREVENTION
STRIKING & BLOCKING TECHNIQUES
CONTROLLED AGGRESSION 
USE OF COMMON OBJECTS
DEALING WITH ARMED OR UNARMED ASSAULT
RELEASES FROM GRABS, HOLDS, & CHOKES

    

Krav Maga means contact combat and is the self-defence system used by the Israeli Defence Force. Krav Maga was founded and developed by Imi Lichtenfeld and its movements are based on using natural reaction in response to a direct physical threat. Krav Maga is direct, aggressive, and highly effective.  

Krav Maga Wellington & Self Defence Training Limited is a Wellington based social enterprise and we are affiliated with the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF). Since starting our classes in 2015, our main objective has been 'to empower people through krav maga, and to help create safer communities'. At Krav Maga Wellington & Self Defence Training, we teach the Civilian Version of Krav Maga where we focus on situational awareness, threat prevention, quick neutralization of an attacker, controlled aggression, and quick escape.

Important note - We do not teach specialised Krav Maga intended for VIP Protection, Law Enforcement, or Military.

Our core principles:

  1. Avoidance and prevention is the best option. 
  2. If attacked - Escape or fight back aggressively (stop the threat quickly by using reasonable force).
  3. Escape as soon as possible - The main objective is to be safe.

The unpredictable nature of physical violence does not adhere to any rules. An assault can be quick and often be very violent. Because of these uncertainties, we also train to protect ourselves against multiple attackers and armed assault. 

The New Zealand law in relation to self-defence states: “Everyone is justified in using, in the defence of himself or another, such force as, in the circumstances as he believes them to be, it is reasonable to use.” (Section 48 of the Crimes Act 1961.)

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GABRIEL MOLINA - INSTRUCTOR & NATIONAL DIRECTOR IKMF NEW ZEALAND


Gabriel is a provisional G3 level instructor. He gained his IKMF qualification in 2015 after passing the IKMF Civilian Instructor Course under Tim Alexander - Expert 4 (IKMF Continental Instructor) and Israel Tamir - Expert 5 (IKMF Global Instructor). Gabriel is the current National Director for IKMF New Zealand. Gabriel works as a specialist diabetes nurse for the local DHB, has an extensive background in adult teaching, and also holds a masters degree in clinical nursing. 

BIANCA HUI WANG - MANAGING DIRECTOR

Bianca is a P1 level student and works in the government sector as a chartered accountant. She is civic minded and is passionate about sharing the benefits of Krav Maga to the wider community. Bianca has a bachelor's degree in commerce and is experienced in business operation as well as events management.

AVI MOYAL - HEAD OF THE INTERNATIONAL KRAV MAGA FEDERATION

 

Avi Moyal is the head of the IKMF and he leads the organization from our head quarters in Israel. Together with the IKMF Global Instructor Team, Avi instructs krav maga at an international level to civilians, women, children, people with disabilities, bodyguards, law enforcement, and military units. At the request of the Israeli government, Avi developed the techniques and teaching programs regarding Women’s Self Defence, Car Rage Defence, and Children’s Self Defence. He also serves as an advisor to the Israeli Minister of Sport and Education in the area of krav maga. 

IMI LICHTENFELD - FATHER & FOUNDER OF KRAV MAGA 

Imi Lichtenfeld 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, Israeli Defence Force officials approached Imi and requested him to develop a system of self-defence 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 Israeli military personnel, 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 techniques made accessible to all.

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