Krav Maga

Logan's Martial Arts Academy is the only karate — self defense school in Tallahassee certified to teach Official Krav Maga.

Krav Maga (pronounced (kräv) (mägä) is Hebrew for "contact combat." It is the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), and is used by members of several US Law enforcement agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the US Secret Service, and the US Armed Forces, as well as many other elite combat, defense, and law enforcement units around the world. It has become one of the premier civilian self defense systems.

Developed in the tough battlegrounds of the Middle-East, Krav Maga has been effectively adapted for law enforcement and civilian use. It is a streamlined system for use on the street - a place where no rules exist.

Krav Maga is a self-defense system that anyone can use, regardless of size, strength, or fitness. Krav Maga emphasizes simple and practical techniques, real life scenarios, and intense training.



Krav Maga was developed for use in the street.

Hence there are no rules. When an individual is attacked in the street there is no way to know how many opponent's or weapons one might encounter, therefore Krav Maga training is based on a system without rules. In an assault situation an individual has the right to use whatever techniques is necessary to defend himself/herself. For this reason there are no competitive tournaments or katas in Krav Maga. The techniques practiced in the style must be in terms of actual defense situations. In fact, students of Krav Maga are taught the vulnerable points i.e. back of neck, temples, eyes, throat, knees, groin, etc. of the human body and are encouraged to use this knowledge to fend off an attack.

Krav Maga uses a simple approach to learning.

Through constant practice and repetition, the most effective defenses against each kind of assault become almost second nature and automatic, so that in actual "street" confrontations they will be immediately utilized. By emphasizing and practicing a few key defense techniques for each assault the style is able to consider a wide range of defense options hardly ever found in other styles, making Krav Maga a complete fighting system.


  • Expect anything - there are no rules when you are being attacked
  • Use the body's natural reflexes in the defensive motion
  • Defend and attack in the minimum time required
  • Use the body's natural weapons as well as ordinary objects
  • Exploit the human body's most vulnerable spots
  • Target your opponent's weaknesses-never put power against power
  • Take no defensive action without an offensive action
  • Avoid injury

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