Progression In Krav Maga

Krav Maga Global (KMG) Syllabus & Ranks

Our syllabus and techniques have been passed down from Imi Lichtenfeld (founder of Krav Maga) to Eyal Yanilov (our head international instructor).  The syllabus has been tried, tested and refined over many years.  It is taught in all KMG schools in over 60-countries in exactly same way, to the same standards!  

Maintaining high standards is particularly important to Krav Maga Global so the organisation is very formal in recording grades to avoid people claiming false qualifications (not uncommon outside of the organisation to find people posing as qualified Krav Maga instructors for example). 

We don't have coloured belts like the traditional martial arts but upon passing a formal level grading you will receive a level patch and formal certificate (see images on this page).  Your levels and any special courses to attend will also be recorded in an official KMG "passport".

Krav Maga Global Levels:

  • Practitioner 1 to 5:  Beginner ranks (but even at these levels you are learning practical and effective techniques that are relevant to the most common types of situation you may encounter should you need Krav Maga.
  • Graduate 1 -5: More advanced - minimum level to be a Krav Maga Global Instructor - could be considered to be equivalent to black belt compared to other martial arts.  Defences vs Pistol and Rifle threats are covered in these levels.
  • Expert 1-5:  Even more advanced techniques.  Senior instructor level.
  • Master 1 to ?: Currently only Eyal Yanilov (Master L2) and Zev Cohen (Master L1).

Grading Process

The grading process involves demonstrating that you know and can perform the techniques in your next level.  It is a formal session which takes about 2hrs to assess all the grading students across all the Practitioner 1 techniques.

We recommend you do take the opportunity to grade each time you are ready as this is the best environment we can create to see if you really can apply the techniques and to give you detailed feedback.  Also it is a good way to motivate your training and is very satisfying to pass.

The passing standards are high but you don't need to get 100%.  If you are below the pass mark you get to spend more time on the areas you missed and then retest on those at a later date. 

We aim to have a grading at least every 6-months and to have practice sessions before to check areas you need to work on so you are a ready as possible.  THE KNOWLEDGE has all the technical information to supplement your in class training..

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Aaron Moore is the Head Instructor of Krav Maga Global in NZ.

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