Krav Maga FAQs
Natural, practical and intuitive, Krav Maga is an easy-to-learn and highly effective self-defense, fighting skills and third party protection system for preventing or overcoming violent attacks. Krav Maga was created by the Israeli military's first Close Combat Instructor, Imi Lichtenfeld (Sde-Or), to meet the most rigorous real-world demands. Adapted for both the civilian and professional sectors, Krav Maga continues to evolve under the personal guidance of Imi's successor Eyal Yanilov, along with top instructors at KMG - Krav Maga Global.
KMG–Krav Maga Global is a company founded by Eyal Yanilov who also serves as its President and Head Instructor. Eyal is the only person who holds both the highest Krav Maga rank ever awarded by Grandmaster Imi and the Founder's Diploma of Excellence. Eyal served as Imi's closest assistance since the early 1980's and head of the professional committee since 1987. KMG has branches in over 50 countries around the world headed by local directors. Krav Maga Global's goal is to spread Krav Maga all around the World, fulfilling the Founder's dream and maintain high quality teaching through its instructors.
Up until the mid 80's all Krav Maga organizations were rather similar. Later on, Imi and Eyal Yanilov worked together in changing the system. Other instructors who were not close to them or had their own organization were not updated. Since the mid 90's the knowledge and ways grew apart even more. Those who practice original Krav Maga should be more or less in the same direction; unfortunately this is not always the case. KMG focuses on the real needs that are essential to prevent/de-escalate/survive conflicts.
Every Krav Maga practitioner may apply for KMG membership. After being approved you will get a KMG passport and start to pay the annual membership fees.
The Krav Maga Global name and logo are a registered trademark, and using them without written permission from KMG HQ is strictly forbidden..
2. COURSES & SEMINARS
KMG seminars are open for all, unless otherwise specified.
Experiential Workshops for Managers at Different Levels within a Organization - using self-defense, fighting skills and 3rd party protection as a vehicle to better understand and improve the management proficiencies, manager's empowerment, management roles and functions under regular as well as turbulent corporate conditions and changing times.
The proposed programs for groups of managers incorporates and presents tactics, correlations, links, associations, and capabilities from the Krav Maga Global disciplines on management skills. The learning method is experiential, empirical and hands-on. Activities can be performed at the company, a conference center or any relevant resort.
We offer from one to three days workshops, as well as longer courses, where we instruct, transform, use and apply mental skills; conflict management tools; ways of coping and handling of pressure and stress; team building and managing expertise; preparation methods; tactical and strategy thinking.
Yes. To learn more about KMG's program for women click http://krav-maga.com/exclusive-krav-maga-training/training-for-women
3. WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR ATTENDING...
The GIC is the most fundamental and important course of all. Our GIC is consists 2-3 separate parts (depending on the location) and contains about 180 intensive training hours. Candidates who have Practitioner Level 3 in KMG or a good background in punching and kicking (4 years training in other martial arts are considered reasonable), may join one of our GIC's after an interview with our local director. For more information please enter http://krav-maga.com/exclusive-krav-maga-training/civilian
Candidates for this course must be certified instructors with at least one year of teaching experience and a strong tendency for the field. Experience working with children or teenagers is an advantage. The Kids and Youth Instructor Course includes specific education, training and tools to teach Krav Maga and self-defense techniques to children and teenagers.
KMG offers two kinds of VIP Protection courses, VIP Protection course for Fighter 1 and 2 levels and for VIP Protection instructors. VIP Protection course for Fighter levels: 10 day course (2 parts of 5 days each) is open for everyone with a suitable background (VIP protectors, unit's personnel, KMG instructors, KM practitioners P-3 level and up, any other candidate recommended by a KMG instructor). VIP instructors course: 10 day course (2 parts of 5 days each) is open for KMG instructors and for those serving in different units (officers who are not yet certified instructors will need an additional 5 days for preparation). All participants must present the local director's approval, a clean record, medical certificate and insurance. Both courses are conducted by Eyal and KMG's Global Team.
In general, we have 2 kinds of LE courses: 10 days for KMG instructors and 15 days for non-instructor participants who serve in relevant units. Please contact us for more details.
This course is designed for KMG instructors (G-2 and up) and for military personnel. In general, we have 2 kinds of Military courses: 10 days for KMG instructors and 15 days for non-instructor participants who serve in relevant units. Two additional advance Military Instructor Courses are available for members of military units.
This course is intended for instructors after LE/VIP/MILITARY instructors course, level G-3 min.
This course is designed for KMG instructors (G-1 and up) and for military/law enforcement personnel.
Participants must be graduates of KMG LE or a Military course, at least G-3 level and have the consent of KMG's local director. The first part of the course is open for anyone who is in service and mainly for instructors who wish to be certified as military or LE instructors. The second part is only for KM instructors who are military or LE certified. An instructor who wants to be certified has to take the two parts.
KMG's Annual G Camp in Israel is open to KMG participants of P-5 level and up.
KMG's Annual E Camp in Israel is open to KMG participants of G-5 level and up.
KMG's DVDs can be purchased at: in our virtual store www.kravdepot.com or with your local director or instructor.
This is a series of self-defense training DVDs, featuring the world's top Krav Maga instructor, Master Eyal Yanilov. Eyal and his team of instructors took advantage of their vast years of international real-world experience to create the single most comprehensive set of Krav Maga training DVDs ever offered. Now, you can benefit from the highest level of training, cutting-edge developments in Krav Maga instruction and in-depth understanding of the system. Structured according to the KMG syllabus, each DVD presents real Krav Maga straight from the source, including:
In-depth explanations of techniques and the principles behind them.
Unique Krav Maga training methods.
Concepts, tactics and practical guidance for realistic self-defense simulations.
The theory behind the Krav Maga system, filmed on location in Israel– Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv, the Carmel Hills, and more.
A short documentary on the rich history of Krav Maga - from the streets of pre-war Europe, where Imi had to defend himself and others against violent fascist thugs, to the modern system used in training facilities of elite combat units across the world.
And much more… Each DVD in the set covers the requirements of a single Krav Maga training level - from Practitioner Level 1 through our Graduate levels. Obviously this is an asset to any trainee, especially when preparing for level testing. These instructional DVDs are also the perfect complement to your regular training with a local Krav Maga instructor.
Each DVD contains the curriculum of a specific level, from the fundamental techniques to the simulations and the fighting drills
Practitioner Level 1
Krav Maga basics
Preventing, de-escalating and avoiding violence
Handling frontal attacks
Striking in multiple directions
The human body as a weapon
Practitioner Level 2
Progressing in Krav Maga
Handling attacks from behind and the from side
Defense against a variety of attacks
Handling various confrontational situations
Practitioner Level 3
Developing the Krav Maga spirit
Handling armed and unarmed attacks
More advanced techniques
Training methods and simulations to increase confidence and experience
Practitioner Level 4
Enhancing your Krav Maga.
Escaping common grabs and holds.
Improving your fighting skills.
Practitioner Level 5
Becoming a better fighter.
Advanced kick defenses.
Improving ground self defense and fighting.
Protecting a third party
▶ Where can I purchase the book How to Defend Yourself Against Armed Assault by Imi SdeOr (Lichtenfeld) and Eyal Yanilov?
The book can be purchased through Amazon Or through Dekel Publishing House.
These volumes are planned to be released during 2012.
5. CERTIICATES & RANKING
Student ranks are represented by patches that indicate their current level. Our ranks are structured into five Practitioner levels, five Graduate levels and five Expert levels. Each level has a specific curriculum and requirements. In addition, there are three Master levels (Imi granted up to Master 3 / Expert 8). Specific requirements, but no curriculum, were associated with these levels. Climbing from one level to the next in the Practitioner and Graduate levels takes about half a year to a year of consistent training. It takes between one to four years to pass from one Expert level to the next. KMG grants its students relevant certification diplomas for Practitioner, Graduate, Expert and Master levels. In addition we grant three kinds of instructor diplomas: Civilian Instructor; Military Instructor; and Law Enforcement Instructor. For each sector, we offer several different sector-specific courses. For example, in the civilian sector we offer: the General Instructors Course (GIC); the Combat and Fighting Instructors Course (CFIC); the Kids and Teens Instructors Course; and more. We also award Fighter and Warrior diplomas upon the successful completion of our Fighter and Warrior courses. These training programs are geared toward the law enforcement, military,security and VIP protection sectors.
It depends which organization issued the diploma and according to which curriculum you were tested. In most cases the best solution is to take a test in order to evaluate your level.
▶ I was certified as a Krav Maga instructor with another organization, will I have to take a GIC again in order to be a KMG Krav Maga Global instructor?
Unfortunately, there are some organizations who certify instructors after only 3-4 days most of them are fake and have neither real Krav Maga knowledge nor background. KMG's GIC is a 180 hour course, so the answer to this question will mainly depend on the organization which certified you, as well as on when you were certified. In some cases one will have to take a full instructors course, and in other cases a transition course, which length will be determined by the circumstances and after evaluation by a GIT member or a regional representative.
No. Only Global Team members are allowed to teach and to test new instructors during specific instructors' courses. Only a KMG HQ representative is entitled to certify instructors and to issue diplomas.
The Global and International Teams of Instructors (GT and IT) were set up by Eyal Yanilov to answer the need for continuous education of new instructors, governmental agencies, special operation teams all over the world and in all aspects of the field (Civilian, Military, Law Enforcement, VIP- protection, Air Marshals etc). The teams are composed of selected, top level instructors with vast experience in teaching Krav Maga. The members of the teams operate all over the world. The teams are responsible for teaching civilian instructors, testing students and high level grades and Experts, as well as teaching Defensive Tactics, Hand-to-Hand Combat, Self-Defense, CPP and Fighting Skills - for all sectors of the Military and Law-Enforcement, VIP protection, SWATs and Intervention Teams, Anti-Terrorist Units, and Security Personnel. We conduct ongoing and in-service programs, Establishment and control of training systems for the above units and qualification of in-house instructors.
Please contact our local director or search his website. For the full list of our branches click http://krav-maga.com/locations When you select the country you are interested in you'll find all the necessary details.
7. TOURING & TRAINING
The next events are set for: December 30th, 2011- January 8th, 2012 June 22nd – July 1st, 2012 December 28th, 2012 - January 6th, 2013
The price for our Touring and Training is €1350, equivalent to about US $1950 or GBP 1185 The price includes: Hotel accommodations (3-star hotel, B&B, double occupancy); sightseeing in Israel and the KM and other training.
An initial payment of € 300 or US$ 450 or GBP 285 is due upon registration. Please note that the earlier you register the better. To guarantee your place, please send this payment no later than 3 weeks prior to the starting day. Any outstanding balance is to be paid in Israel. In case of cancellation, a sum of €50 will be deducted from your refund. If you cancel later than three weeks before the event – you will be entitled to use the full amount of your down payment for tuition of one of our future events, or to get a refund from which a sum of €150 will be deducted.
A group of 5 people or more will get a discount of 5% per person.
The cost for additional stay in the hotel is approximately US$70 per night. Should a single-room upgrade be desired, this will entail an additional fee of approximately US$300(total for all 10 nights). If desired, a companion (relative, friend) may join the event without participating in the training. In such cases, the price is €750 only.
On most days the Krav-Maga training starts at 9:00 AM which means around 5 hours of Krav Maga training daily. During the 3 days of touring, we train about 2 hours per day.
We usually schedule 1 or 2 sessions of special Krav-Maga Night Training. On most “training days” we return to the hotel in the afternoon. During touring days – in the evening - we spend one night in Jerusalem (which also includes training in front of the walls of the Old City). The Tel Aviv-Jaffa tour may be a daytime or a nighttime tour. In one of the free evenings we have a group dinner. Most other nights are free. It is perfectly safe to walk in the streets of Israel, even alone late at night. Street crime is less common than in large cities around the world.
Beach training takes place on the sand and in the sea (if we do this in the winter, we use a heated pool). It is best if participants know how to swim, but not essential. The temperature of Israel’s waters in December-January is around 17-20º C (about 63?68º F). During the summer it is 5-10 degrees warmer.
There will be 1 Live-Ammunition Shooting Session as part of the curriculum, and perhaps more, depending on the interest of the group. In some of the T&T events that we have had in the past, participants opted to include another Live-Fire Shooting Session, experimenting with different types of firearms.
Hard groin protection (definitely for men; optional for women), mouth guard, shin guards, wrestling/mat shoes (recommended), and tennis/running shoes. If you don’t bring wrestling/mat shoes, you may need to train barefoot on the mats. The tennis/running shoes will be utilized outdoors. Boxing gloves (14 oz.) and hand wraps are optional. Jeans/military pants with a good belt will be fine for the shooting range. Most of the gear can be purchased in Israel, and participants can buy KMG T-shirts and other equipment in Israel. Please bring a swimsuit.
The sneakers that you wear for the outdoor training will suffice, although sandals/hiking boots are also appropriate, especially in the summer; shorts; long pants (for religious sites and for the nighttime); short-sleeved T-shirts (including some “nice” ones); a long-sleeved shirt; sun hat; sunglasses; windbreaker or light raincoat (on winter events). Clothing also depends on the season.
In December/January it ranges from 10-20º C (about 50-68º F). In June the average temperatures are 20-30º C (68-86º F).
Visitors find the wide variety of food in Israel very tasty, healthy, and inexpensive. Vegetarians will have no problem, and fresh fruits/vegetables/juices are everywhere. The tap water is safe to drink, although bottled water is inexpensive, readily available, and is often bought by tourists.
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