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Krav Maga Q & A

1. Q. What about our instructors, where did they get their training and how do they keep their skills current?
Our instructors have received their Krav Maga instructor training under the personal direction of Eyal Yanilov, head of Krav Maga Global (KMG). For those who have done their homework on the history and development of Krav Maga, you will know that Eyal Yanilov was Imi’s top student and the person Imi trusted with the continued development of Krav Maga.

2. Do I have to buy special equipment or clothes?
Unlike other martial art forms, there is no imposed uniform for Krav Maga. Sweats and our Krav Maga club t-shirt are sufficient.  We do require that you bring groin protection to each class and a mouth guard. We offer special discounts on all the above-mentioned equipment, and packages are available at our facility

3. I have no experience in any fighting system and am out of shape, does that matter?
No experience is required to attend your first Krav Maga class. Also, you will get in shape progressively in the class.You are free to push yourself as much as you want, everyone works according to their own limits.

4. How long will it take for me to become proficient at Krav Maga?
Krav Maga, unlike many other martial arts, is a very fast-progressing system. Part of its design was driven by the need to train people very quickly and very efficiently. Consequently, it typically takes a person of average physical ability perhaps only several months before significant progress is achieved and noticeable.

5. How safe is Krav Maga? Do I risk getting hurt?
Krav Maga is as safe as any other martial arts form. The chances of being injured during a class are as remote and even less than for any other sport. The chances of someone attacking you being injured, however, are extremely high.

6. I want to spar, is that available?.
You bet! Krav Maga offers classes that include sparring and boxing (with all equipment- gloves, shin guards, mouthpiece, and head protection). In these classes, we focus on movement, combinations, technique, and mindset.

7. I’m a small person with little strength, what good is Krav Maga to me?
Krav Maga was designed to benefit the average person. The system is not about sheer strength or power. As a matter of fact one of the basic tenets of Krav Maga is that one should not oppose power with power. Rather, Krav Maga blends a combination of physical skill with mental self-defense determination. Consequently Krav Maga, is more accessible to more people of either sex, shape or size than many other martial art forms.

8.Are there belts in Krav Maga like in other martial arts?
There are no belts but there is a ranking system with grades so that students can progress within the federation. Testing for grades is NOT mandatory. The ranks are as follows:

Practitioner 1 to 5 (P1 to P5): These are student levels. You can get from one level to the next in 6 months to a year if you practice twice a week. There is a specific curriculum for each level. Starting at P2 you will also be tested on your combat abilities.

Graduate 1 to 5 (G1 to G5): These are normally instructor levels, although some students can get to these levels without taking the instructor course. You need to train/teach one year between each level.

Expert 1 to 5 (E1 to E5): These are highly advanced levels, usually for senior instructors who also specialize in teaching law enforcement, the military and VIP protection staff. Experts also teach other instructors when they join the Global Instructor Team. Instructors usually train several years between levels.

Master 1 to 3 (M1 to M3): These levels are not technical ones: they are reserved for people who have contributed to the advancement of Krav Maga, namely the founders. They are only 4 Master levels worldwide: Eyal Yanilov, Avi Moyal, Eli-Ben-Ami and Gabi Noah.

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