What is Krav Maga?
Krav Maga is real self-defense and training created and perfected for real life combat! Krav Maga originated in Israel to make upf for the weaknesses in boxing and wrestling that presented themselves in street fights that were cause from racism towards Jews in the 1940's. Tried and tested under battle field conditions, Krav Maga adapted very efficiently to real life fights on the streets and in close quarters combat zones! It is based on natural reactions to events so it is easy to learn AND easy to remember! IKMF is the leading Krav Maga institution in the world and the only one indorsed by Imi Lichtenfeld (the founder himself). IKMF has trained people in Krav Maga all over the world and is rapidly expanding and continuing its founder’s (Imi Lichtenfield) philosophy that nobody should have to live in fear. Instead, one should train and learn Krav Maga so that “one may walk in peace!”
Can I come watch a class?
YES! We recommend you visit and check out our schools in person. There are classes available all over the United States and you can find the closest Krav Maga location to you.
How long will it take to become proficient? (How long will it take me to get to the next level?)
As with any discipline, it feels like great strides are made in the beginning towards proficiency, but over time it takes lot's of diligence and practice to become an expert. For Krav Maga specifically, you learn the basics which will set the foundation for everything to come. The first level generally takes 3-6 months to achieve. Each level after that is about 5-6 months, depending on your level of mastery. The goal of Krav-Maga is not becoming a Master; the goal is learning to save your life. Focus your efforts on improving your mastery of the skills not the titles. You will most likely leave the first class with something that could save your life!
I have years of martial arts experience. Can I join the advanced class?
Not in Krav Maga. Everyone starts at the beginning. Since Krav Maga is such a unique discipline for self defense the techniques and forms that you are familiar with may vary from simply slightly different to that of Krav Maga to completely foreign in nature. Even a Krav Maga punch is completed differently than to other forms of combat. It's best to commence from the beginning in order to build a strong foundation that allow you to advance through the system knowing that you are learning and absorbing everything in the curriculum.
Do you use a belt system?
No, we use a patch system. At every test, upon passing, you will receive a patch for the level that you test and a diploma. Patches are worn on your training pants to signify where you are in your training. There are 18 levels in KM: Practitioner 1-5, Graduate 1-5, Expert 1-5, and Master 1-3.
Do we wear a Gi?
No, but we do prefer that you wear the official IKMF student pants (or shorts) and your local clubs shirt.
Am I too old?
Absolutely not! Krav Maga was created for people of all ages. I suppose we can say Krav Maga is for people ages 4-99! You are never too old to learn to defend yourself.
I'm out of shape. Can I do it?
While Krav Maga is definitely a good work-out, don't let that intimidate you! All of the exercises that we do in class are modifiable. If push-ups are too much, drop to your knees. If running hurts your knees, walk quickly. Let your instructor know of your perceived limitations, and they will offer you modifications. Krav Maga WILL help ou improve your physical fitness, including cardio, strength, and agility to get in great physical and cardio shape!
I have old injuries. Is it safe?
Modify what you do. Listen to your body. If it hurts to do something (and not just a 'hey my muscles haven't done that in a while' kind of hurt) then alter what you're doing. We want to teach you how to defend yourself, but not at the expense of injury. Imi Lechtenfeld learned from experience that getting hurt or injured during training was best to be avoided. And of course, as with all vigorous activity, you should check with your medical provider before beginning.
I have a gun. Why do I need KM?
Krav Maga is not a replacement for a firearm; it is a supplement. What if you can't draw? You're attacked up close before you have time to draw? There's a reason police forces apply the 20 ft. rule for knives. What happens if your gun gets jammed? Or if someone takes it away? With Krav Maga, you are the weapon. The only rules are that there are no rules. Really. It's not just a saying. Don't limit yourself and your chances of survival by relying solely on a gun.
What a great reason to learn Krav Maga! We've all seen those Kung Fu masters who are blind and yet still amazingly impressive and handling themselves and others. With impairments such as these, it is very important that you learn how to protect yourself. A lot of the techniques come from feeling the attack. Most ground work is done by feel alone. When someone is right in your face or on top of you, you need to know how their body feels and works in order to gain the advantage quickly. Relying on your eyes and ears is too slow. Chokes, bear hugs, some knife/gun threats...all of these and more are eventually trained with your eyes closed so that you have to feel the attack. Your body becomes increasingly aware of what is touching it and what's happening to it.
I feel like I am to weak. Can I practice Krav Maga?
All the more reason to learn how to defend yourself! If you are a little person, you are a BIG target. Attackers are more likely to choose someone they are certain they can overpower. Men, women, teens, and children can all greatly benefit from learning Krav Maga. Don't fit the stereotype just because you feel you are small or weak. Always be a powerful opponent to your enemies.