The translation from Hebrew to English is “contact combat” or “close combat”.
It sure does! It’s a battle tested system using real fighting techniques. But not all Krav Maga is the same. Just like any other martial art or fighting system, there are unreputable organizations/instructors teaching sub-par Krav Maga. They generally train against “compliant” training partners and don’t focus enough on full contact fighting. A good Krav school will most likely pressure test it’s material using active resistance.
Usually comfortable athletic clothing is fine. Shorts/workout pants and a t-shirt are the norm. Some Krav schools wear sneakers while training but at Apex we currently train barefoot. There is no uniform, but we do have Apex Krav t-shirts if you wanna represent 😉
Equipment needs vary depending on what level the students is at. For beginners, we usually recommend MMA gloves and a mouthpiece. Groin protection is always mandatory for males. Boxing gloves are optional for beginners but we encourage students to get them if they can. Water and a towel are also highly recommended. More advanced students require more advanced training gear. Boxing gloves, shin guards, and headgear are pretty standard.
Yes and yes! Fitness is a much valued component of Krav Maga training and the intense workout often results in weight loss. A fight for your life will be intense and exhausting, and being in better shape greatly increases our chances of survival.
Nope. Krav Maga IS how you get in shape. Our training is specifically for people of ALL fitness levels. It’s designed for YOU!
Not at all. Actually, we’d prefer if you have zero martial arts experience. It just means that there will be fewer bad habits for us to correct 😉 But even if you do have previous experience, Krav Maga can be a great addition to your current skill sets.
Krav Maga does follow a belt system to track student advancement but students usually do not wear a physical belt. Each belt level has it’s own techniques, and a student must demonstrate their proficiency with those techniques during an intense day of testing in order to advance to the next level. Upon completion of the test, assuming the student passes, they are awarded with a certificate of achievement.
The ranking system is as follows:
Some Krav Maga schools do require students to wear an actual belt and/or uniform, but that is a decision usually made by that particular instructor based on what they feel is best for their training center.
It’s true that anyone can do Krav Maga but that doesn’t mean it’s for everyone. You’ll have to try a class or two and make a decision based on what best fits your individual needs.
It depends. Although Krav Maga was designed to be learned in a short period of time, that doesn’t mean that everyone will learn at the same pace. There are a number of factors that can determine how proficient you become. How often you train, how dedicated you are to your training, how well you retain the information, your athletic abilities, all of these things, and more, can play a part in your success as a Kravist. Unfortunately there is no magic pill. At the end of the day you still have to be in class putting in the hard work.