When the teaching of Krav Maga started to spread beyond the borders of Israel, there arose a need to establish an international organisation. This happened mostly because the initial Krav Maga association at the time was divided and not functioning efficiently due to dissension amongst the higher graded instructors. Imi formed a new international Krav Maga federation with the support of his most loyal students and respected instructors.
Once the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) was finally formed, all expert and master diplomas, grades and levels as well as a new curriculum were authorised and approved by Imi. That included subsequent changes to the new IKMF curriculum in 1997.
Since 1996 the IKMF has expanded globally and is now the largest and most appreciated KM institution worldwide.
The IKMF has branched out and is successfully active locally, in Israel as well as in Australia, North America, South – east Asia, the Far East, most EU countries, and ex-communist countries (such as Poland, Russia and Hungary). The general structure of IKMF organisations in each country are relatively similar: a country/regional director responsible for the growth of KM in his/her country, and a team of highly qualified instructors to facilitate.
The IKMF trains and educates all types of trainees, with or without Krav Maga (or other martial art) background, such as civilian students, military personnel, security and protection staff, law-enforcement officers and instructors.