The IDF has to always be ready in case of terror attack. That way, in addition to having a gun to defend civilians, they also learn Krav Maga.
Krav Maga – stay alive
IDF soldiers learn Krav Maga, and the purpose of this fighting system is to simply to stay alive. The system does not require precise repeated moves. It does not have the finesse of karate. Instead, it relies on the body’s movements to stay alive. A terrorist is charging a civilian? There is no shame in poking in the eye – if that works. Or a knee to the groin. The key point is to do what it takes to stay alive. So when one learns Krav Maga, he/she learns a general system of self defense that can be adapted for any scenario.
The IDF soldiers stand guard over Israel and face terrorist threats all the time. Sometimes the terrorist can be stopped by firing a warning shot in his direction. If necessary, additional force will be used to stop the terrorist. But terror attacks don’t always follow textbook examples. What happens if a terrorist with a knife attacks a soldier by surprise, and he can’t reach his gun? That’s where Krav Maga enters. The Krav Maga instructor in the video is clearly an expert. He is able to defend himself against multiple attackers. He can also protect himself from a variety of attacks.
Krav Maga was developed by Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld. He used his training as a boxer and wrestler as a means of defending the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in the 1930’s. When he moved to Israel, he began training Jewish defense soldiers there. In fact, in 1948 Lichtenfeld became Chief Instructor for Physical Fitness and Krav Maga at the IDF School of Combat Fitness.