Krav Maga Is a self-defense system developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from aikido, judo, boxing and wrestling, along with realistic fight training. Krav Maga is known for its focus on real-world situations and its extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks.

Krav Maga, developed by Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld in the mid-1930's, emphasizes on threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers and aggression.  Krav Maga has been used mainly by the Israel Defense Forces' special units and reconnaissance brigades and recently by regular infantry brigades.  Krav Maga has also been adopted by Israeli law enforcement and intelligence organizations. There are several other organizations teaching closely related variations of Krav Maga internationally such as the British SAS and the US Marine Corps.

Grading system
Our grading system and requirements are consistent with traditional Krav Maga which is a colored belt grading system which is based upon the Judo ranking system. It starts with white belt, and then yellow, orange, green, blue, brown and black belts. Black belt students can move up the ranks from 1st to 9th Dan.


Techniques must be practiced and repeated  to become second nature.  However, without developing aggressivness and a warrior spirit during training, students will realize that technique has its limits because under duress in a real conflict, without aggression, one will not react appropriately to overcome his/her opponent.  During a portion of our training, the emphasis is placed on "replicating reality" so that our students can produce an adequate physiological and emotional response to terminate an attack.
We, at Diamondback Operations, incorporate many drills into our training sessions, such as stress drills, fatigue drills, awareness drills, and drills involving aggressiveness to assist our students develop a fighting spirit.  Under no circumstances do we want to equip our students with the knowledge and techniques without the understanding of how to effectively survive and overcome a violent encounter, which begins with a proper and finely tuned mindset.  Safety during training is always a priority, therefore we ensure that all of our techniques and drills are performed as safely as possible.

Easy to LEARN, based on natural instincts!

Imi Lichtenfeld