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Brangelina join Krav Maga fad

Newlywed celebs train in Israeli martial arts in preparation for new film

Renee Ghert-Zand is a reporter and feature writer for The Times of Israel.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the movie 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' (screen capture: 20th Century Fox)
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in the movie 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith' (screen capture: 20th Century Fox)

Newlywed Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie — dubbed collectively Brangelina — have reportedly become the latest Hollywood A-list practitioners of Israeli martial arts.

Could the couple really be fighting so soon after their August 23 nuptials in Correns, France?

Actually, Brad and Angie are apparently doing Krav Maga workouts in preparation for their upcoming film, “By The Sea.” They are filming the movie, about a couple making their way through a difficult marriage, on the Mediterranean island of Malta.

The new film, written and directed by Jolie, is the first time the couple will appear together on the big screen since 2005, when they got together while filming “Mr. and Mrs. Smith.” In that film, they showed off some hand-to-hand combat moves, but they were apparently not of the Krav Maga variety.

Mail Online reports that Pitt, who starred in the 1999 film “Fight Club,” is new to the Israeli martial art. Jolie, on the other hand, first became acquainted with it back in 2001 when she was working on “Tomb Raider.”

The couple is reportedly doing Krav Maga workouts for 45 minutes every day, with Pitt losing more than 10 pounds in just three weeks. They are apparently even letting their six children, aged six to 13, learn and practice some modified military combat moves with them.

It seems Krav Maga has become Hollywood’s favorite form of martial arts of late. Silver screen hunks like Daniel Craig, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jason Statham have trained in the Israeli self-defense system to prepare for various physically demanding roles. And they got gorgeously ripped in the process.

Krav Maga is a system developed by the Israel Defense Forces that focuses on real-world situations and emphasizes threat neutralization and simultaneous offensive and defensive moves. Hungarian immigrant Imi Lichtenfeld first introduced Krav Maga and it has been taught and continually developed in Israel since the 1940s.

The system is also taught worldwide through several organizations, one of which is Krav Maga International in Los Angeles, whose phone number is 1-800-KRAV MAGA and motto is “Get in shape. Go home safe.”

And the best thing about Krav Maga is that it isn’t only for celebrities. It’s for real people, and even not-real people, as well. Who can forget the humorous way in which Bart and Lisa Simpson became familiar with Krav Maga while on a trip to the Holy Land?

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