Krav Maga was developed in the 1930's by a former boxer and wrestler named Imi Lichtenfeld who used this combat style of fighting to train the Israeli Defense Force. Krav Maga is a martial art that can be best described as all martial and no art. Krav Maga is a furious style of hand to hand combat which uses a pragmatic approach to disarm an opponent.
To learn Krav Maga one must strike using the fists or knife hands to vulnerable areas like the solar plexes, the neck or the nose. There are no tactics that are off limits in Krav Maga. To do Krav Maga one must be capable of striking or kicking and the objective in Krav Maga is to disable your attacker to the point where you can flee harms way. The following is a real life example of engaging an attacker and using the tactics of Krav Maga to defend yourself from attack.
First and foremost, always try to avoid confrontation if possible. It is better to leave a situation than become involved in a physical altercation. Assuming no escape is possible, the students of Krav Maga immediately raise their fists to protect any blow which may be aimed at the face or head.
The attacker throws a right hand to the head. The Krav Maga student blocks the blow with his left elbow to inflict damage on the attackers arm. Even a defensive maneuver can be offensive in Krav Maga.
The Krav Maga fighter would then take the left elbow he has defended the initial blow with and swing the elbow, which is already raised, to strike the attackers face.
The attacker would now be in a defensive posture but may not be incapacitated. The Krav Maga fighter would now swing his right hand to the face or neck of the attacker.
Kicks to the groin or any exposed area would follow and the attacker is now immobilized, incapacitated and unable to present a threat.
This is but one scenario for the use of Krav Maga in a real life situation. Krav Maga allows the average person, without the benefit of martial arts experience, to use their hands, elbows, knees and feet as deadly weapons. Many of the Krav Maga techniques can be learned in a session or two and do not need the constant repition like other martial arts to be effective in combat.