Which Krav Maga Organization is the Best? Best from around the world

by Joost | Last Updated: October 3, 2020

It’s been more than 75 years since Krav Maga was created by Imi Lichtenfeld and since it became a worldwide hit in the late 1990s, there have been countless instructors and associations that teach this Israeli self-defense technique to people from all walks of life.

So much so that there is probably one organized body of Krav Maga practitioners in over 150 countries worldwide!

We know for a fact that Krav Maga teaches its students to become self-reliant and improvise whenever necessary in order to sharpen their skills.

So it begs the question; which Krav Maga organization is the best and the one that you should train with?

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Concise Krav Maga Background

Krav Maga is a combination of more than 6 diffirent martial arts discipline developed by Imi Lichtenfeld and was originally intended for the Israel Defense Force or IDF.

After 40 something years the martial arts technique gained notoreity in North America and from there it spread worldwide.

The principles of Krav Maga are:

  1. Neutralize the threat
  2. Keep it simple
  3. Simultaneous defense and attack
  4. Retzev (continuous motion in Hebrew)
  5. If the opportunity to avoid the fight presents itself to you, then grab it
  6. Attack to inflict damage, not pain
  7. Aim low
  8. Don’t stop until they drop
  9. Train, train, train and then train some more

Krav Maga is so dangerous that no mixed martial arts or inter martial arts sports organizations has ever allowed it in their sports games!

Militaries and law enforcement agencies across the world have included the Israeli fighting style in their combat training because they have recognized it as lethal and very effective.

Kung Fu is still far more effective than Krav Maga as this particular Chinese martial arts technique has over 72 individual fighting styles whereas Krav Maga only has less than 10.

However, Krav Maga is very practical and relatively easy to learn compared to Kung Fu.

You can be a master in Krav Maga in as little as 6 months, but it takes 20 years to master a third of the 72 fighting styles of Kung Fu. Can Krav Maga be self taught, or do you need to join an organization?

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List of Krav Maga Organizations All Over the World

With growing interest in the fighting style you can also expect some number of Krav Maga organizations popping up on just about every continent of the world.

However, the goal of these organizations is not to hold sports events and give titles and prizes to the fighters like in other martial arts.

No, the goal is to share their knowledge and skills on how to become a more efficient Krav Maga practitioner, so that one can protect himself or herself as well as be sufficiently able to protect others around them.

Here are a list of Krav Maga associations on various continents:

United States & Canada:

Central & South America:

Israel

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Europe

Asia & Pacific Islands:

Africa:

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Middle East:

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Global Associations:

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