IMA hall of fame was formed to tribute the late founding fathers of traditional and authentic Israeli hand-to-hand Combat Methods and Martial Arts.
Kapap (an abbreviation of Krav Panim el Panim meaning ‘face-to-face combat’) Krav-Maga (‘contact combat’), Sport Magen (‘defense Sport’) and Judo Shimushi (‘practical judo’) are all hand-to-hand combat disciplines originated in Israel.
These traditional combat disciplines were developed by Jewish residents of Palestine (later to become Israel) as early as 1891 as a means of protecting themselves from acts of violence as part of a wider cultural and ideological evolution undergone by the Jewish people.
Israeli authentic combat disciplines founding fathers were raised under the ethos of ‘muscular Judaism’ which emphasized physical capabilities and combat skills required to defend themselves against violent acts. These founders played a significant role in securing the physical safety of Jewish settlements in Palestine under the British Mandate, and eventually in the realization of the Jewish State, and for that they deserve to be listed in Israeli Martial Arts hall of fame.
Authentic Israeli martial arts were formed after the realization of the state of Israel. Their founders suffered Anti-Semitism in diaspora and had to defend themselves and fight for their lives. At some point they immigrated to Israel where they continued to develop and teach their fighting doctrines contributing to the strengthening Israel fighting forces.