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Israeli Krav Magen (K.A.M.I.) is an Israeli martial art designed to teach self-defense and coping with hand-to-hand combat. The method was developed from defensive battle and was founded by Eli Avikzar in 1989.
The KAMI method is based on the body's natural movement, and is noted for its simplicity, speed and efficacy.


Israeli Krav Magen is defined as:
"Krav Magen" – the purpose of the exercises and battle is to protect life.
"Israeli" – the profession was developed in Israel, and Eli Avikzar believed it important for the method to bear the name State of Israel to every trainee or any other interested party.


The name "Krav Magen Israeli" essentially symbolizes the method.


KAMI's ideology is characterized by several rules:
1. To not get hurt.
2.  Act based on your abilities but act correctly
3. Use knowledge whenever necessary
4. "The simple way"
which is "the shortest, fastest way".


The KAMI method has been approved by the Wingate Institute, where physical education teachers are trained in self-defense courses taught in this method. The method was recommended to Naamat by the Israel Police to teach self-defense to teenage girls and women. The KAMI method is used by various branches of the security forces, and has since received international recognition, which has increased its demand worldwide.


Krav Magen Israeli focuses on two areas:
1. Self-defense
2. Hand-to-hand combat
 
Self-defense – training to identify focal points of violence and to stay away from them, education on self-restraint as well as exercises in self-defense and to stun the attacker. Self-defense is designed to develop in everyone – girls and boys, men and women, senior citizens and the physically disabled –the ability to defend themselves in the case of attack.


The combat – develops in the event that the self-defense exercise was not completed and the attacker, who was not neutralized, continues to attack.


Exercises taught with the KAMI method:

• Defense against various hits and kicks
• Hits and kicks to stun the attacker
• Release from grabs – hand grabs, hair grabs, shirt grabs
• Release from various hugs
• Release from various chokes
• Release from holds, hugs and chokes while lying
  on the floor
• Coping and defending against an attacker armed with a cold or hot weapon – stick, knife, gun
• Combat with one or more attackers
• Self-defense workshops for women


The exercises are based on a simple principle: the natural and simple movement is quick movement. Quick movement generates power. Use of basic, straightforward movement constitutes minimum defense against maximum attacks, and allows everyone the ability to protect themselves and stun the attacker.
Hence the phrase coined by Eli Avikzar: "Minimum defense against maximum offense."


Unlike martial arts that are derived from internal-religious philosophies and attainment of spiritual and physical wholeness, the expressions in complementary exercises that can also be used in self-defense – the KAMI philosophy is based on the principle of self-defense: weak vs. strong, low vs.  high, limited vs. capable. Complementary exercises in KAMI are the ambition but not the goal. The goal is to protect life.


Unlike the methods in the traditional combat methods, which adopt exercises that are hundreds, and perhaps thousands, of years old, KAMI is a 'young' profession that adapts itself to dynamic situation in the street and to immediate, contemporary dangers. KAMI renews, refines, adds or removes exercises, and finds solutions to changing behaviors in the street and in the field. The exercise is brief and efficient, indicating 'use of knowledge based on need' while maintaining self-control in order to do everything to protect life.


The trainee's knowledge is marked by a color belt. Listed below is the series of belts: white, yellow, orange, green, blue, brown, black: Dan 1 – Dan 5, Red-White sections: Dan 6-7, Red: Dan 8-10.


The K.A.M.I. method has branches across Israel and around the world. Trainees begin at the age of 5+ - girls and boys, men and women, including physically challenged people who find their place in the K.A.M.I. method due to the simplicity of movement and adjustment of the exercises to their limitations. Most report improved movement and coordination.


KAMI trainees note that practice constitutes a critical component in maintaining their mental state. The accumulated knowledge opens their eyes and distances them from violent focal points, increases their personal security, self-confidence and courage. In addition, the method trains them to remain composed and to maintain self-discipline, while also providing them with control and self-restraint throughout their lives.