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Israeli Martial Arts

israeli martial artsTo understand Israeli martial arts you need to understand the history of Israel and why the art was developed in the first place, and to see why it must continue to evolve. You need to understand the goal of the art.

Israeli martial arts has a history that started in the late 1940s. During this time Jewish people were under attack and started to fight back. The art was developed for “real life” survival, not for sport.

There are many famous people and others who aren’t so famous who contributed to the history of the Israeli martial arts. One of the most famous is Solomon Aruch whose life story was told in the movie “Triumph of the Spirit”. Solomon Aruch had to fight on a daily basis in Nazi concentration camps to be allowed to survive. The Nazis would arrange boxing matches and he would be forced to win or die. Their was Hana Senseh, a young Hungarian, a new immigrant, living in kibbutz ‘Sdoth Yam’ who was recruited to serve as a paratrooper in the British Army. She fought against the Nazis, helping Jewish people in Hungary during world war two. This young brave girl lost her life in this mission. In addition, their was Oli Giveon, the commander of the Revengers Unit that fought the Nazis and was later responsible for hunting down Nazi war criminals. There are legendery fighters alive today such as Meir Har-Tzion, who helped found Paratroop Unit 101, the first Israeli anti-terrorist unit. Of Meir Har-Tzion, Moshe Dayan said: “He was the bravest Jewish warrior since Bar Kochba. These and many others are the people behind Israeli martial arts and CQB training.

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Krav Maga, Israeli Military fighting system

In 1948, the United Nations voted to grant statehood to Israel, and to partition the entire region of the British Mandate for Palestine into two states, one Jewish and one Arab. This decision was the motivating force behind the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, a series of armed conflicts between newly formed nation of Israel and its Read more

Kapap, short history of this Israeli martial arts

Kapap is the less well known Israeli military martial art system, compared to it’s cousin Krav Maga which has received worldwide popularity. This article gives a brief outline to the development of this self defence combat system, and it’s place today in modern society. Towards the end of the Ottoman rule in Palestine, the Jewish Read more

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