Krav Maga history begins with the founder of the system - Imi Lichtenfeld. Imi Lichtenfeld was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1910. His family soon moved to Bratislava, Slovakia, where Imi grew up. His father, Samuel Lichtenfeld, had experience boxing and wrestling. Samuel was a police detective and held the leading record of arrests as well as serving as the police force's self-defense instructor.