Hebrew Translation For Krav- "Combat" and Maga- "Contact", meaning "Contact Combat". Krav Maga is the official self-defense and fighting system of the Israeli Defense Forces. It has been recognized as the most efficient self-defense system for real-life situations, emphasizing practical defenses against real attacks. It has been taught to hundreds of U.S. law enforcement agencies and thousands of civilians. Krav Maga is a simple, effective self-defense system emphasizing instinctive movements, practical techniques and realistic training scenarios.