California Krav Maga
(Krav Maga: lit. “contact combat”) is a noncompetitive eclectic self-defense system developed in Israel that involves striking techniques, wrestling and grappling. Krav Maga is known for its focus on real-world situations and extremely efficient, brutal counter-attacks. It was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Imi Lichtenfeld, who made use of his training as a boxer and wrestler, as a means of defending the Jewish quarter in the mid-to-late 1930s. In the late-1940s, following his immigration to Israel, he began to provide lessons on combat training to what was to become the IDF, who went on to develop the system that became known as Krav Maga. It has since been refined for civilian, police and military applications.
Krav Maga has a philosophy emphasizing threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers, and aggression. Krav Maga is used by Israeli Defense Forces, both regular and special forces, and several closely related variations have been developed and adopted by law enforcement and intelligence organizations,including but not limited to the infamous Mossad . Outside Israel, Krav Maga is used by various special police, military and intelligence forces world wide.
Now Krav Maga is made available to civilians.California Krav Maga feels honored in sharing this devastating form of Self Defense with our local community. Everyone who values their quality of life and the safety of their community needs to be educated in preserving a sense of freedom and happiness. We welcome new students everyday.
Master Paul Benavidez
A practitioner of Martial Arts for more than 25 years, Master Instructor Paul is also a certified Krav MagaInstructor through Krav
Maga Alliance(KMA) and. Owner and Founder of the California Krav Maga training facility located in San Juan Capistrano, California, he holds the rank of Seventh-Degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate, and was a 2004 USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee, MASTER OF THE YEAR. And in 2011 was Inducted in the Masters Hall of Fame, Receiving the Silver Lifetime Achievement Award Master Benavidez coaches and referees in any local and national tournaments throughout the year, and especially
enjoys recognition for the many young champions he has trained!
Marco O’Campo has numerous credentials and accomplishments. Recently he was nominated “Best Coach in San Juan Capistrano” Taking 82% of the votes! (www.sanjuancapistranopatch.com
) Readers Choice Awards 2012. Currently a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate under the supervision of Master Instructor Paul Benavidez, and a certified Krav Maga Instructor through Krav Maga Alliance Under John Whitman. Marco truly has a passion for sharing the Martial Arts with as many people as possible, often volunteering his time and sharing his expertise at local schools and community events. ”To live in peace is a right that every one deserves…if everyone learned how to protect themselves and their loved ones, we can all live in peace”. Krav Magawas designed for this reason.
Matt began his training at the age of 5 in traditional Shotokan Karate. Later he continued training in Shaolin Kempo Karate. Currently a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate under the supervision of Master Instructor Paul Benavidez, and a certifiedKrav Maga nstructor(KMWW), Matt has provided martial arts training for hundreds of students throughout Orange County. In addition to his Kempo and Krav Magatraining, Matt also participates frequently in Martial Arts and Self Defense seminars, constantly looking to improve his own training and xperience to become a better student, instructor and mentor.
Si vis pacem, para bellum ”If you want peace prepare for war”