The Philippine Army adopted Krav Maga as its self-defense system during the closing ceremony of the International Krav Maga Federation Trainer’s Training at the Army Wellness Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig on Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
Fifty-seven students from different Army units underwent the three-week training and will serve as Krav Maga trainers back in their respective units.
In the course of 24 days, the students learned about the military defense and fighting system of Krav Maga that combines techniques from boxing, wrestling, aikido, judo and karate. This system develops the soldiers’ abilities to defend themselves against attacks with bladed weapons and firearms; and in the elimination of threats in open and closed areas such as in a hostage situation. This is an addition to the current Pekiti Tirsia and Kali Filipino style martial arts of the Philippine Army.
In accordance with a training directive, the military self-defense and fighting system was conducted to standardize the combative training program of the Philippine Army.
“Through Krav Maga, our troops will be able to maximize their combat effectiveness in whatever capacity they are serving. This will boost the confidence of every soldier to confront any threat whether armed or unarmed,” said Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto, the Army Commanding General. Philippine Army