Imi Lichtenfeld Quotes

Who was Imi Lichtenfeld?

Emrech ‘Imi’ Lichtenfeld was the Hungarian born Israeli founder of the martial arts Krav Maga self-defence system. He was also known as Imi Sde-Or.

In the late 1930s, Lichtenfeld developed a system of techniques for practical self-defense in life-threatening situations to help defend his Jewish neighborhood against racist gangs.

Born May 26, 1910
Died January 9, 1998
Aged 87 years old

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Best 15 Quotes by Imi Lichtenfeld

“A strong man has many friends.”

“Before courting a woman you would better know who her father is, who her brothers are, and sometimes even who her boyfriend is.”

“Darren Levine has my unqualified support and gratitude for his contributions to Krav Maga.”

“Do what you can but do it right. Do not look for shortcuts...they do not exist.”

“Don't expect your enemies to ever love you, or even like you, only respect you.”

“I began fighting anti-Semitism in the ’30s. When the Hitler youth gangs used to single out Jewish young men on the streets, it was either hit or run. I found the hitting more satisfying.”

“Krav Maga heightens perception and transforms fear into something more productive.”

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“Krav Maga, so that one may walk in peace.”

“One not need make peace with friends, only with enemies.”

“People respect power, and it comes in many forms, Krav Maga is power, and people will respect you for knowing it.”

“Sometimes a man turns his head to look at a woman and it changes his entire life, and sometimes he does not turn his head, and that too changes his life.”

“Street fights are unpredictable, dirty fights.”

“The leg of a baby is stronger than the balls of Muhammad Ali.”

“Waiter, bring me two of whatever my doctor says I can’t have.”

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