Krav Maga was developed in the 1930s by Imi Sde-Or (Lichtenfeld).
Imi was born on May 26 1910 in Budapest and grew up in Bratislava. Through Imi’s father, he had an unusual upbringing which shaped the person he was to become.
His father was a chief inspector on the Bratislava police force, the owner of a local gymnasium, a self-defence instructor and a former circus acrobat.
With his father’s encouragement, Imi become an award-winning athlete with expertise in a wide range of sports, including swimming, boxing, wrestling and gymnastics.