Krav Maga Mindset Training

​Krav Maga Mindset & ​Mental Training

​Krav Maga is not just about techniques but also creating a success "mindset".  A self defence situation is very stressful due to the high stakes involved . If we do not defend ourselves (or our friends/loved ones) we could suffer a life changing trauma, injury or even death. Therefore we need to be able to manage this stress and respond appropriately and effectively.  

​Our Krav Maga training includes drills and exercises that also mentally prepare us for confrontation.  These drills can take many forms:

  • ​Stress Drills:   ​Responding to unknown or unexpected attacks; Starting from a Position of Disadvantage;
  • ​Determination Drills:  ​Competitions and challenges; ​​Drills under fatigue;"
  • Aggression Drills:  Responding to aggressive verbal escalations;
  • Visualization Exercises: ​Internal simulations ​visualizing successful responses under stress.    

​Generally we will practice our drill with ​role playing and simulation(groups of 2-5 people) ​in order to "practice' realistic confron​tations.  We favour this over "sparing", wh​ich is ​designed for a 1-on-1 rules based fight, but does not usually resemble actual situations.


​Aaron Moore is the ​New Zealand Director for Krav Maga Global and Head Instructor for Krav Maga Global - Auckland.  ​

He was awarded his Instructor Diploma ​by Master Eyal Yanilov and has 10-years experience teaching Krav Maga in UK & NZ    

What is Reality Self Defence?

​​Krav Maga specialises in "reality self defence". ​Find out more in this article why you should learn reality self defence and what our training covers.

Why Learn Self Defence?

Self defence has a practical purpose...

  • Stop you getting hurt, injured or even to die from a violent attack.
  • Avoid or deescalate trouble before it becomes physical;
  • Protect others;
  • Act within the law.
  • Avoid the mental trauma of aggression or violence.

This is the core of Krav Maga... not a competition, no traditional elements, no rules (except for the law).  

​When will You need ​Self Defence in Auckland?

​While Auckland is a relatively safe place compared to some parts of the world, we still have our fair share of trouble and Kiwis are great travelers so chances are you will visit dangerous places from time-to-time.

Moreover self defence not only addresses physical situations but also bullying and verbal assault.  Therefore it is entirely relevant to learn elf defence if you live in Auckland.  Here are the types of self defence problems:

  • ​Verbal assault
  • ​Robbery
  • Physical assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Abduction
  • Murder

​Realist​ic Self Defence Training

In Krav Maga self defence training we are learning self defence techniques to protect ourselves in the above situations.  Within these situations there are many ​scenarios with different variables so Krav Maga training not only includes learning techniques but practicing these these techniques by role playing different scenarios.  For example ​variables we can change in scenarios ​include:
​  - Size of attacker;
​  - Number of attackers;
​  - Location / situation;
​  - Use of weapons;
​  - Type of threat
  - Reason / purpose of the attack
  - Build up to the attack.
​We can't (and don't want to) practice in live situations but we need to try and replicate ​as many real situations ​closely and safely ​practice ​effective responses.  

The Krav Maga Global techniques have been designed to be quick, practical and effective to perform and paired with tactics they give effective responses to a comprehensive set of problems..  The techniques and syllabus have been refined and updated over many decades to reflect practical responses to real attacks.  

To practice effective responses ​and build our skills and responses, ​Krav Maga Global training is based on:
  - Dynamic drills, games and scenarios with partners and groups;
 - Inclusion of attacks / defences using both conventional weapons and and common objects;
  - Use of specialised safety equipment allowing attacks at speed and force while maintaining safety;

  - Situational training in real locations to simulate actual environments (layout, lighting, confinement, 3rd parties, common objects, etc) where attacks my happen.

​Self Defence in Auckland

​​We can never be 100% prepared for a situation as there are so many variables, nor can we practice at 100% intensity.  ​

However, this type of training as least gives us a "fighting chance" of defending ourselves effectively.  Moreover, while this is a pretty serious goal, the dynamic group based nature of our training makes it a great challenge and a lot of fun! 


​Aaron Moore is the ​New Zealand Director for Krav Maga Global and Head Instructor for Krav Maga Global - Auckland.  ​

He was awarded his Instructor Diploma ​by Master Eyal Yanilov and has 10-years experience teaching Krav Maga in UK & NZ    

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Krav Maga and Karate Compared

​A you considering learning a "martial art"?  Are you worried about your safety and would like to learn some self defence? 

The purpose of this article is to compare Karate and Krav Maga and give you an insight into what might suit your objectives.  I have considerable experience in both so I hope you find this article useful.  



K​rav ​Maga


Traditional Japanese martial art

​20th century European & Israeli self defence system

Purpose & Objectives

Competition, tradition, spiritual, discipline

​Develop self defence skills to stay safe in real situations


Gi / kimono

​Modern workout clothes

Training Methods

Drills, Kata, Sparing

​Partner and group drills and simulations

Training ​Environment


​Gym or any location to simulate real situations

​Syllabus & Ranks

by school/ style


Krav Maga Global...

International syllabus

Diplomas & patches


​Karate is a traditional martial art originating in feudal (war time Japan).   There is no one founder but there are there are different "styles" that trace themselves back to "grand masters".

Krav Maga originated in street fighting in 1930s Europe... the founder​ Imi Lechtenfeld ​was a champion wrestler/boxer and gymnast.  As a Jew in 1930s Europe he faced daily violence from anti-Semitic groups and was involved in frequent street fights to protect himself and other Jews.  He later went on to  become the head combat instructor for the Israeli Defence Forces and subsequently when he left the army he developed and spread Krav Maga as a civilian self defence system.​

Purpose & Objectives

​Karate was originally developed to protect warriors on the battlefield and preserve the ranks and command system inherent in Japanese society and military.  Today it is for ordinary people and the emphasis will depend on the school (see training methods  below).

Krav Maga was developed first and foremost, as a self defence system to protect ordinary people in real/ everyday situations (initially to protect Imi himself).  It has "add-ons/adaptations" for special needs such as VIP Protection, Police and Security, Military
(but you will not learn these aspects in regular classes).​


Karate practitioners wear traditional kimonos/gis and belts and bare feet.

Krav Maga practitioners wear tee-shirts, shorts or cotton trousers & shoes.

Training Methods

​The training methods in Karate will depend on the school. Some focus on sparing and competition, some on spirit and traditions, some on self defence.  However, some common elements include... practicing kata which are predefined sequences of moves or techniques, emphasis on recognising ranks and hierarchy with bowing and titles, precise repetition of techniques.  Practice is generally solo or in pairs, grnerally as preparation for a 1-on-1 rules based competition fight where participants are striking (punching/kicking) each other. Training may also include training with and against traditional Japanese weapons.

Krav Maga classes are very dynamic and do not include kata, ranks, or bowing.  Drills are conducted in pairs or groups.  There is no set repetition of techniques other than partner exercises.  Drills ofter include defences against weapons which consist of actual weapons like knives, sticks or guns, or common objects that can be used as weapons.  Krav Maga defences are not only against strikes but also against aggression and threats, grabs, chokes, headlocks, standing and on the ground... any kind of potential attack.

Krav Maga does not have rules, other than train safely with partners and act within the law of the land.  The counter attacks are based on striking "vulnerable points" on the attacker(s) so that a smaller person can beat a large person.  

Training Environment

Karate is practiced in a "dojo" or training hall.  The environment and equipment will depend on the school.

Krav Maga is practiced both in a training hall and "in-situ"...because Krav Maga is "reality self defence" practice may be conducted in places like a park, public transport, car, home, etc to simulate the a
ctual environment you might be attacked

​Syllabus and Ranks

Each Karate ​s​tyle ​has its own syllabus.  However, ranks are recognised with coloured belts.

Krav Maga Global has a syllabus taught in over 60-countries.  ​Practitioners receive official diplomas to regognise passing a syllabus level along with a patch that is sewn on the trousers or shorts to recognise the level.  

​​Which Should You Learn?

Karate will suit you if you want something traditional or want to compete in competitions.

Krav Maga is for you if you are more focused on learning practical self defence.  Men and women of all ages can learn Krav Maga together as it is non-competitive and does not rely on strength or size. ​

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​Article written by Aaron Moore Head Instructor of Krav Maga Global in Auckland.  

Aaron is an Expert Level 2 instructor in Krav Maga as awared by Eyal Yanilov.  ​He previously received a Black Belt in Karate.

Krav Maga Body Conditioning

The second pillar of Krav Maga is body conditioning.

​A physical confrontation is fast and explosive.  We need to be able to quickly delivery strong counter strikes and escape the area.  This requires anaerobic fitness - this is like a sprinter... the energy is already stored in the muscles ​depletes fast (10-20s).

However, a typical Krav Maga class lasts over an hour so we also need endurance... cardio-vascular fitness.  ​Naturally a class has peaks and troughs of activity over its duration so you will be hitting and enhancing the different energy systems:

  • Warm-up... get the heart-rate up, strengthen the muscles and prepare the body;
  • Pa​d drills... ​steadily working on exercises like strike pads to ​develop strength, endurance and cardio capacity;
  • Group drills...  high intensity scenarios and simulations of realistic self defence situations   


​Aaron Moore is the ​New Zealand Director for Krav Maga Global and Head Instructor for Krav Maga Global - Auckland.  ​

He was awarded his Instructor Diploma ​by Master Eyal Yanilov and has 10-years experience teaching Krav Maga in UK & NZ