Why choose Krav Maga Force?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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WHAT IS KRAV MAGA?
Krav Maga is the official self defense and fighting system of the Israeli Defense Forces and U.S. law enforcement agencies. This wholly unique and original method was developed and refined during years of conflict. Krav Maga emphasizes easy-to-learn techniques that have been battle-tested in real, life threatening confrontations. There is nothing flashy about the system.
WHAT DOES KRAV MAGA MEAN?
The literal translation from Hebrew to English is “contact combat” or “close combat.”
WHERE DID KRAV MAGA COME FROM?
The seeds of the unique Krav Maga Self Defense system were planted back in the late 1930s in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia by a young man named Imi Lichtenfeld. Imi was a natural athlete, holding European championship titles in a variety of sports, including boxing, wrestling, and gymnastics. It was from his father, however, a famous and highly respected police detective and trainer, that Imi learned street fighting skills that he wouLd use to save his own life and those of his neighbors on the rough streets of Eastern Europe.
Prior to World War II, Imi was fortunate enough to escape from Eastern Europe. He arrived in the Middle East and began fighting for the independence of Israel. Shortly after the formation of the fledgling state, Imi was handpicked by the government to create a practical, highly effective self defense and hand-to-hand combat system for the military. Keenly aware of the differences between sports competition and street survival, Imi developed the Krav Maga System, which was initially taught only to the Israeli Defense Forces, National Police, and Secret Service. Because of its incredible effectiveness, Krav Maga has since spread to the civilian population and is now taught throughout Europe, Scandinavia, and the United States.
WHAT IF I HAVE NO MARTIAL ARTS EXPERIENCE?
You don’t need any martial arts experience to start training in Krav Maga. Most students have no prior martial arts training before they begin their Krav Maga journey.
HOW FIT DO I HAVE TO BE TO PRACTICE KRAV MAGA?
Regardless of your current fitness level, you will be able to participate in Krav Maga classes. As you continue to attend classes, we will work with you to help build up your fitness, conditioning, and stamina.
If you want to make rapid improvements in this area, you should also consider taking out Force Fit and StrikeFit classes.
WHAT CLASS DO YOU OFFER?
We offer Krav Maga group classes and private training for kids, teens, and adults, as well as for law enforcement and military personnel, corporate groups, and VIP/3rd party protection. For our Krav Maga students we also offer Combat F.I.T. (Fight Intense Training) and Intro to Krav Maga Groundfighting. Krav Maga Force also has a great fitness program, Force F.I.T for strength and conditioning, StrikeFit (heavy bag workouts), and yoga for fighters.
IS THERE A BELT SYSTEM IN KRAV MAGA?
Although belts are not worn in class, there is a complete belt system in Krav Maga:
KM Level 1 (Yellow Belt Curriculum)
KM Level 2 (Orange Belt Curriculum)
KM Level 3 (Green Belt Curriculum)
KM Level 4 (Blue Belt Curriculum)
KM Level 5 (Brown and Black Belt Curriculum)
Note: Black Belt and above is by invitation only and require a minimum of 12 months training as a Brown Belt.
HOW DO I ADVANCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL IN KRAV MAGA?
These timelines are only approximations and assume that 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 – 6-9 months
Orange Belt Test –6-9 months
Green Belt Test – 9-12 months
Blue Belt Test – 9-12 months
Brown Belt Test – 12 months
Black Belt Test – at least 12 months and by invitation only
Once you have trained for the required time needed to progress to the next belt level, you must be invited to participate in the level testing.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO GET TO A REASONABLE LEVEL AT KRAV MAGA?
Krav Maga, in general, was designed to be instinctual and relatively easy to learn: meaning quick defenses and escapes etc followed by immediate disengagement. An approach that is ideally suited for training a large number of soldiers in a short amount of time.
Our program is far more comprehensive than the majority of Krav Maga programs that are taught outside of Israel. Our aim is to build an individual's fighting skills e.g. balance, stability and effective movement etc so that a student can survive those situations where disengagement is not an option. Within Israel this is how Krav Maga is taught, unfortunately outside of Israel this side of self-defense is rarely taught or developed. In fact, in some schools that teach Krav Maga, classes may be little more than a workout, with a few self-defense techniques thrown in. Although you will definitely get a workout, our program focuses on teaching you survival during violent encounters. We focus on not only providing you with the necessary physical and mental skills, but also in developing a warrior mindset.
As for how long it will take to get to a reasonable level, that question can only be answered by you. Everyone's goals are different, but as with every skill, it does take training and time. A few classes will not teach you krav maga. Regular and consistent training is the key.
HOW MANY CLASSES SHOULD I TAKE EACH WEEK?
Although, at Krav Maga Force, you are welcome to attend as many classes as you want per week with our unlimited memberships, to become proficient at Krav Maga and to progress through the levels at an average rate, we would recommend training at least 2-3 times a week.
WHAT CLOTHING/EQUIPMENT DO I HAVE TO WEAR?
We suggest wearing loose fitting, comfortable workout clothing. We are a fully matted school, so do we require that you train in dedicated mat shoes e.g. gym schools that are only worn indoors with relatively smooth bottoms (no spikes, cleats, or grips), wrestling shoes, or martial arts shoes etc. We also require that all students purchase mouth guards and that male students also purchase and wear groin protection to all classes. MMA gloves and or hand wraps are also recommended. As you progress through the levels, other equipment will also be required, such as shin guards and 16 ounce boxing gloves. If you are attending our Combat F.I.T. classes, all participants are also required to bring sparring equipment, shin guards, 16 ounce boxing gloves, and head gear, along with your mouth guard and groin protection.