Questions & Answers
What is Krav Maga? (Pronounced “krahv ma-gah”)
Krav Maga is a fighting system that is used for defending yourself when you are in close contact with an attacker. Its goal is to teach individuals defense techniques against various types of attacks, including armed and multiple attackers, using simple and instinctive movements. It is the self-defense system that was originally developed for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and is still used with the IDF today.
Krav Maga teaches easy-to-learn moves that have been tested in real-life dangerous situations. Unlike other martial arts, Krav Maga is not about fancy moves or competitions. It's about staying safe and defending yourself in the real world. Anyone can learn Krav Maga, no matter how old they are or how much experience they have. Whether you're a soldier, police officer, or just a person with no combat or defense experience, Krav Maga can help you stay safe and protect yourself from harm.
What does Krav Maga mean?
Krav Maga is a Hebrew term that translates to "contact combat" or "close combat.”
Where did Krav Maga come from?
Krav Maga was created in the late1930s by a man named Imi Lichtenfeld from Bratlisava, Czechosolvakia. Imi was an olympic boxer, wrestler, and gymnast. He learned street fighting skills from his father, who was a police detective and trainer. Imi used these skills to protect himself and his neighbors on the tough streets of Eastern Europe. During World War II, Imi escaped to the Middle East and fought for Israel's independence. After Israel became a country, Imi was asked to create a self-defense system for the military that would be practical and effective. He created the Krav Maga System, which was only taught to the Israeli Defense Forces, National Police, and Secret Service at first. However, because it was so effective, it eventually spread to Europe, Scandinavia, and the United States.
What are the benefits of practicing Krav Maga?
Practicing Krav Maga offers the following benefits for your body and mind:
1. Self-Defense: One of the main benefits of learning Krav Maga is that it teaches you how to protect yourself in different situations. You'll learn techniques to defend against common attacks, which can give you more confidence and help you feel safer.
2. Fitness and Strength: Krav Maga is a physical activity that can improve your fitness level and overall strength. It involves exercises that enhance your endurance, flexibility, and coordination. Through training, you can become stronger and more capable.
3. Self-Confidence: As you become proficient in Krav Maga and learn to defend yourself, your self-confidence will grow. You'll feel more secure knowing that you have the skills to handle challenging situations, which can positively impact other areas of your life too.
4. Discipline and Focus: Krav Maga training requires discipline and focus. By practicing regularly, you'll develop better concentration and the ability to stay focused on your goals. These qualities can be helpful in school, sports, and other activities.
5. Stress Relief: Engaging in physical activity like Krav Maga can help reduce stress and promote a healthier mindset. It allows you to release built-up energy and tension, leaving you feeling more relaxed and refreshed.
6. Teamwork and Respect: Krav Maga classes often involve working with partners and training together. This promotes teamwork and teaches you to respect others' boundaries and abilities. It's an opportunity to make new friends and develop social skills.
Can Krav Maga help with self-defense?
Yes, Krav Maga can definitely help with self-defense. It is a special system that teaches you how to protect yourself in dangerous situations. Krav Maga focuses on practical techniques that are designed to work in real-life encounters. In Krav Maga, you will learn how to defend yourself against different types of attacks, such as chokes, punches, kicks, grabs, sticks, knives, and firearms. The techniques taught in Krav Maga are based on simple and effective moves that anyone can learn, and don't require a lot of strength or fancy martial arts skills.
By practicing Krav Maga, you will develop important skills like how to block and avoid attacks, how to escape from dangerous situations, and how to use your body to defend yourself. You will also learn about situational awareness, which means being alert and paying attention to your surroundings to stay safe. We teach you to avoid situations before they even begin.
Krav Maga can be very empowering because it gives you the tools to protect yourself and feel more confident in your abilities. It's important to remember that self-defense is about protecting yourself and avoiding dangerous situations whenever possible.
Krav Maga is a great way to learn self-defense and gain the skills you need to stay safe in the real world.
Is Krav Maga suitable for women?
Yes, Krav Maga is suitable for women. Women can benefit from Krav Maga because it focuses on using instinctual reactions and technique rather than relying on size or power. If it works for women in the most dangerous place in the world it will work anywhere. It teaches you how to defend yourself against different types of attacks and helps build confidence and awareness. Krav Maga classes are designed to be inclusive and welcoming to everyone, so women can feel comfortable and empowered while learning self-defense skills.
What if I have no martial arts experience?
No martial arts experience is necessary to learn Krav Maga!
What is the difference between Krav Maga and other martial arts?
Many martial arts focus on techniques and forms for sport or competition, while Krav Maga is more about self-defense in real-life situations. Unlike some martial arts that have rules and specific techniques, Krav Maga emphasizes using simple and instinctive movements. It teaches you how to defend yourself by targeting an attacker's vulnerable spots and using techniques that work in real-life scenarios.
Another difference is that Krav Maga doesn't have traditional rituals or uniforms like other martial arts. It is a practical and efficient system that can be learned by people of different ages and fitness levels. It focuses on building confidence, awareness, and quick thinking to keep yourself safe.
What classes do you offer?
The Krav Maga classes that we offer include:
Krav Fit: A fitness class where you learn proper striking techniques and combinations along with functional exercises while using full speed and power on a heavy bag. This class can get you into the best shape of your life and is for everyone regardless of their condition.
Weapons Defense: A defense class where we use Krav Maga defense techniques and apply them against weapon attacks of all types including - blunt objects, edged weapons, and firearms.
All Level Krav Maga: Our Krav Maga class dedicated to learning Krav Maga Self Defense in a structured and safe environment. All classes are Instructor lead and are broken down into bite size pieces.
Krav 4 Kids: Our special kids class where we teach Krav Maga Self Defense Skills, leadership, and respect.
Fight Class: We teach you how to fight for self defense. Apply your Krav maga skills against an unwilling attacker. All classes are run at a speed and strength that you agree to so that you can learn. The idea is to develop your fighting ability for stand up, ground fighting, and grappling.
Is there a belt system for Krav Maga?
Below is the complete belt system in Krav Maga from beginner to expert:
Krav Maga Level 1 – Yellow Belt
Krav Maga Level 2 - Orange Belt
Krav Maga Level 3 - Green Belt
Krav Maga Level 4 - Blue Belt
Krav Maga Level 5 - Brown Belt
Please note that Black Belt and above is by invitation only. We require a minimum of 24 months training as a Brown Belt in order to qualify to earn a Black Belt.
How do I advance to the next level in Krav Maga?
These timelines below are approximate. Assume the member is training on average two to three times per week. (Please be aware that members progress through the system at different paces.)
· Yellow Belt Test: 4 - 6 months
· Orange Belt Test: 6 - 9 months
· Green Belt Test: 9-12 year
· Blue Belt Test: 1 year
· Brown Belt Test: 1 year
· Black Belt Test: At least 2 years at brown and by invitation only
After training in each level for the required amount of time, members participate in a Belt Workshop to determine their eligibility to Belt Test. All tests must be passed with a minimum of 75% proficiency.
Can kids and adults take the same class?
No, kids have their own class. Our kids classes are open to anyone 5 -12 years of age. Adult classes are available for ages 13 and up.
How many days a week can I train?
There are up to 6 days a week available to train. To accommodate our Members we have classes in the morning and evening. We recommend at least 2-3 times a week for proficiency and belt progression.
Can I take classes if I’m not in great shape?
Yes! It works regardless of age, size, strength or physical fitness level.
How much does it cost?
We have a wide range of plans for our members to choose from.
We also offer family plans, military, law enforcement, and first responder discounts. Call us at 248-953-4180 to schedule an appointment for a tour or trial class and for the current price schedule and see if you qualify for a discount.
When can I start?
Once you enroll, you can start attending classes immediately.
Is any prior experience required?
No. We do not require any previous experience or physical conditioning to start.
Do you provide private lessons?
Yes. Our Instructors can be retained for Private Lessons for an individual or group (adults and kids). Prices and times vary depending on the instructor.
We can also conduct Private Seminars for businesses, youth groups, security services, undercover law enforcement, executive protection agents, military, and more– at your location or ours.
Call us at 248-953-4180 or use our Contact Us form to request more information.