Practical and Effective Self Defence
Krav Maga has been specifically designed as a self defence "system". Its not a sport so the only rules are that we must act within the bounds of the law. This gives us the freedom to leverage "vulnerable points" on the attacker(s) and to use common objects to protect ourself. This means a smaller person can defend against a bigger person or we can defend against multiple attackers.
Some of the key principles of Krav Maga include
- The self defence techniques are applicable to real situations
- Anybody can practically apply the self defence techniques to protect themselves
- The self defence techniques are quick to learn and remember
- We must also use tactics to avoid fighting and to deescalate situations
- The components for one self defence technique are related to the components of another
Based on Real Situations
Krav Maga is not a sport so the techniques and tactics have been developed and refined based on studying real situations and the real experience of the founder and practitioners. Imi Lechtenfeld the founder was a top European competitor in boxing and wrestling but was involved in daily street fights pre-WWII due to violence against himself and the Jewish community. He had to quickly adapt his classical training to what worked in practice.
Refined over Many Decades
Over many decades Krav Maga has continued to evolved and been refined over decades to ensure it is relevant to modern problems. At Krav Maga Global (KMG) we teach authentic Krav Maga passed down from the founder/inventor of Krav Maga Imi Lechtenfeld, to our global head instructor Eyal Yanilov. Krav Maga Global has practitioners in over 60-countries who feedback their experiences and there is extensive footage on Youtube and social media of real situation used to research violent confrontations and to guide scenario training.
Based on Natual Body Movements
Our self defence techniques are based on natural and simple body reactions, so the core movements and principles you learn as a beginner will be replicated in the more advanced techniques. Therefore with our syllabus and teaching methods you will learn relatively quickly and retain the information more readily, compared to say traditional martial arts.
Krav Maga Self Defence Technique Categories
Our Krav Maga syllabus is comprehensive. However, to generalise the techniques cover the following:
- Defending Strikes: Punches, kicks, headbutts, elbow strikes, ...
- Defending Grabs & Holds: Bearhugs, headlocks, wrist grabs, shirt grabs...
- Defending Armed Threats and Attacks: Knives, pistols, rifles, sticks, stones...
- Defending Ground Attacks: Takedowns, strikes, chokes and headlocks...
Krav Maga Self Defence Tactics
The syllabus also includes tactics, which essentially are additional tools and way of actin to maximise your chances of not getting hurt...
- Avoidance: Tactics to avoid or deescalate trouble without fighting
- Common Objects: Using common objects and the environment to defend yourself
- Multiple Attackers: How to position yourself to fight more than 1 attacker at a time
- 3rd Party Protection: How to also defending family, friends or innocent parties
Krav Maga Levels
Each class will be different with techniques from different levels of the syllabus, however your initial training will focus on defences to the most common types of attacks you are likely to encounter, along with building your fitness. These techniques will usually be from the Practitioner Levels. Once a strong base has been established we will continue to build with more techniques.
The Krav Maga Global syllabus is broken into 4 levels.
- Practitioner: Beginner to Intermediate Levels
- Graduate: Intermediate to Advanced Levels. Minimum grade to be a KMG Instructor
- Expert: Senior Levels which can only be awarded by Eyal Yanilov in Israel.
- Master: Only Eyal Yanilov (Master Level 2) and Zev Cohen (Master Level 1)
Krav Maga Gradings
We run gradings around every 6-months where students have the opportunity to "test" against the syllabus and move up a level. We encourage students to test because it is a great way to motivate your training and evaluate your progress.
The grading process is a physical test. Participants will be paired up and at the instructors command demonstrate their competence in each of the techniques up to their level of the syllabus.