Krav Maga Ami Niv and self-defense krav maga is a martial art system dedicated to educating its students against verbal and physical violence.

Ami Niv developed Krav Maga Ami Niv and self-defense krav maga in the mid-1990s; its roots derive from the Krav -Maga martial art with many additions from Aikido and Jiu-jitsu. Aiki – Krav Maga and self-defense krav maga is a dynamic martial art, constantly evolving and trying to find better solutions to deal with the many forms of violence encountered today in most societies.

Krav Maga Ami Niv and self-defense krav maga is first and foremost an educational system with the primary objective of teaching its practitioners respect for self, parents, teachers, and any human being, together with humbleness and tolerance. These values are emphasized in training (especially in the children’s classes) and are expected to be carried over into one’s everyday life, in order to stimulate personal growth and a better community to live in. Furthermore, we believe that when the student internalizes these values, they in return will give the practitioner a deeper understanding of the Krav Maga Ami Niv and self-defense krav maga system and of martial arts in general.

The name Krav Maga Ami Niv and self-defense krav maga were chosen for two reasons: first, it translates from Japanese- ‘Ai’, means harmony and ‘ki’ means internal energy; secondly, when written in Hebrew it is an abbreviation of Israeli martial arts.

From an ideological point of view, Krav Maga Ami Niv and self-defense krav maga differ from other martial arts because it attempts to combine an educational direction typical to soft martial arts, such as harmony, tolerance, and calmness with the ability to face ‘street violence’ (confrontations with no rules), which require simple, efficient techniques and aggressiveness. This combination requires the instructor to prepare the practitioner mentally, physically, and technically for any ‘street’ confrontation against one or more attackers (armed or unarmed).

The defensive and offensive techniques taught in Krav Maga Ami Niv and self-defense krav maga are comprised of linear and circular movements that are easy and natural for the body to perform. The system combines punches, elbows, kicks, knees, throws, chokes, arm or leg locks, and other useful techniques needed in a street confrontation. In more advanced studies the objective is that every technique will end with the assaulter neutralized on the ground and the defender ready to ‘take on any other assailants. In addition, the students are taught how to use and defend against knives, bats, or clubs. In later stages, the practitioner will also learn how to defend against guns or rifle threats.

The training in Krav Maga Ami Niv and self-defense krav maga focus on four components: technical skill, physical capabilities, mental capabilities, and simulations of different scenarios (which require a combination of the first three components). From a technical perspective, the objective is to teach the practitioner efficient and effective techniques to deal with various violent encounters and that these techniques are performed instinctively so that reaction time when attacked is decreased. Improving mental capabilities in training will help the practitioner improve his function under extreme stress situations, keep ‘cool’ and think rationally when he needs to defend himself in violent encounters. Improving physical capabilities such as cardiovascular fitness, strength, speed, agility, and flexibility will give the practitioner tools to execute the techniques that he has practiced effectively. Finally, practicing in simulations of different scenarios, with the practitioner under stress, will combine technical skills, and physical and mental capability. In these scenarios, we try to bring the practitioner as close as possible to a real event in which he needs to protect himself or others. The student’s objective is to effectively diffuse the situation as fast as possible with minimum injury to himself or other bystanders.

During training, the student will be exposed to four major subjects (depending on the practitioner’s level in the system). The basic subject is self-defense, which teaches the student to defend against a single attack, or counter-attack, and finishes the confrontation by neutralizing the attacker. The second subject is street fighting, which trains the student in a sequence of defenses and counterattacks that develop into a fight. The third subject is martial arts, which teaches basic techniques from various styles of martial arts and attempts to give the student a better understanding of Krav Maga Ami Niv and self-defense krav maga uniqueness and a broader perspective within the martial arts. The last subject is anti-terror hand-to-hand combat, which is taught to advanced practitioners or specific security forces. These units require dealing with complex situations involving one or more terrorists (or criminals) with firearms or when holding hostages. In these instances, usually, more than one person will be needed to diffuse the situation, therefore, besides the individual skill level, strategy and coordination among a team is practiced.

Krav Maga Ami Niv and self-defense krav maga received international recognition in November 1999 by the “world union martial arts federation” and since then Ami (the founder of Krav Maga Ami Niv and self-defense krav maga ) is giving exposure to the system in various martial arts seminars in Europe. In addition, he teaches courses around the world to specialized forces in anti-terror and criminal enforcement.


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