FAQS KRAV MAGA
WHAT IS KRAV MAGA?
In 1948, Imrich Lichtenfeld was asked to develop an effective system of self-defense and fighting by the then newly develop Israeli Government. A special military group was eventually incorporated into the Israeli Defense Forces, and Lichtenfeld became the Chief Instructor for the Israeli military’s school for physical training and Krav Maga. In the 1950s Krav Maga was refined on the battle field. In the 20 years that Lichtenfeld served in the army, he developed and refined this unique system of self-defense and hand-to-hand combat, training the instructors and soldiers of the Israeli Defense Force’s elite units. Since Israel was in a constant state of war with its neighbors, the techniques and tactics he developed were constantly being tested and modified – not in theory, but on the battlefield.
Since its inception it has been developed not only for military use, but also for law enforcement, executive protection and civilian use.
It has fast become the self-defence system of choice for many people around the world.
WHAT TRAINING DOES SELF-DEFENCE 101 OFFER?
Self-Defence 101 offers comprehensive training in Krav Maga self-defence where you will learn to defend yourself and your loved ones against all manner of attacks including; chokes, grabs, bear hugs, throws. You will also learn how to handle and defend yourself against weapons such as knives, impact weapons (sticks/baseball bats, crow bars) and firearms. Students are primarily taught situational awareness, avoidance, de-escalation, prevention techniques in addition to the physical self-defence techniques.
In addition to Krav Maga classes for both adults and children, Self-Defence 101 will also be offering group fitness classes, personal training and other services.
WHAT TYPES OF MEMBERSHIPS ARE OFFERED?
For adult classes we offer term payments whereby you can pay upfront for the whole term or in weekly/fortnightly/monthy instalments of $15 for two classes a week. Each term is 12 weeks long so that works out to be $180 for one term.
For kid’s classes you can pay for a full term upfront or weekly/fortnightly/monthly instalments of $10 for one class a week. A full term is 10 to 12 weeks long so that works out to be $100 to $120 for one term.
If you would like to try out an adult class during the term to see what it is like you are most welcome to join in for $15 a session. Please contact Self-Defence 101 well in advance prior to a preferred session of your choice.
WHO IS KRAV FOR?
Krav Maga excludes nobody. We teach anyone of any age, size, ability, training background (provided of course you have no criminal convictions).
The system is designed to be able to be learned quickly by anyone.
It was originally devised so that any member of the Israeli armed forces, whether they were a chef or a special forces soldier, could gain maximum proficiency in a short amount of time.
DO I HAVE TO BE FIT TO DO KRAV MAGA?
Everyone in the class learns at their own pace, so if you are not in shape this will not matter. What matters is the life-saving skills that you will learn! You will be in a supportive environment where EVERYONE is encouraged to succeed.
WILL KRAV MAGA GET ME INTO SHAPE?
Yes. Each class is carefully prepared to provide a diverse and comprehensive conditioning workout testing both your anaerobic and aerobic capacities. You will train not only indoors in a ‘sterile’ environment but where possible in real-life environments such as carparks, fields, in confined spaces to give students an appreciation of the many different variables associated with self-defence situations such as differences in lighting, different terrains, temperature, etc and being able to use the trained skills in these sorts of realistic environments.
WILL I GET HURT?
Your safety is our first priority. The nature of the training naturally implies some risk of injury, but if you listen carefully and follow all instructions, this risk is minimal. Injuries are very rare. Our instructor is a fully qualified first aider. In saying this though, insurance is a good thing to have in the event of these rare situations.
HOW MANY LEVELS/GRADES ARE THERE IN KRAV MAGA?
In our Krav Maga system the different levels/grades are based on a series of patches.
The grades are divided into three main categories Practitioner, Graduate and Expert. Each of these categories, which are often abbreviated, has 5 ranks. The Practitioner grades, P1 through P5, are student beginner grades. The Graduate grades, G1 through to G5, indicate that the student has demonstrated a proficiency in all the practitioner grades. The Expert grades, E1 through to E5, indicate a deeper understanding and proficiency of the techniques at the highest level.
WHAT TRAINING EQUIPMENT DO I NEED FOR KRAV MAGA?
When you start off the minimum training gear requirements are:
- Mouth guard
- Groin protection
- Lightweight MMA style boxing gloves
As you advance up the grades further equipment will need to be purchased including:
- Boxing gloves (both MMA style and boxing style)
- Shin guards
Cross training shoes are recommended to be worn but any sports shoes are accepted. A towel is also expected as you will definitely be sweating during your training sessions.
All equipment is able to be purchased through Self-Defence 101 who are proud suppliers of 2GUNS training gear and apparel which is proudly NZ owned.
I HAVE NO MARTIAL ARTS OR FIGHTING BACKGROUND. CAN I STILL DO KRAV MAGA?
Absolutely. In many cases this is actually an advantage, as you don’t have to spend time ‘unlearning’ aspects of other systems that, while excellent for sport fighting purposes, are not really effective for self-defence in realistic situations.
That said, well-developed striking skills will stand you in good stead.
HOW IS KRAV MAGA DIFFERENT FROM TRADITIONAL MARTIAL ARTS?
Krav Maga has no katas, no rituals. It is based on simple principles and instinctive movements. It is a practical reality-based system designed to teach real self-defence in the shortest possible time. You do not wear Gi (karate uniform), nor do we go barefeet.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL KRAV MAGA CLASS LIKE?
The format of the class may vary depending on the material covered, but typically the format will be as follows:
What to expect in a typical class:
The instructor will ask you to form a line in front of him, will welcome you to training and ask you to bow with him saying the word ‘kida’ (Hebrew for ‘bow’). This is a standard formality in Krav Maga.
This will include some light cardiovascular exercise, joint mobility exercises, dynamic stretching, power exercises and a game to prepare for the upcoming lesson.
The instructor will explain the theme of the class and introduce techniques to be covered. They will be demonstrated several times at full speed, slow motion, and broken down to their key components. Students will then get the opportunity to practice the technique on their own before practicing with a partner. The students will then get an opportunity to practice the technique in as realistic a setting as possible in a safe but challenging environment.
A light warm down will be conducted to prevent/reduce muscle soreness as much as possible.
As in the beginning, everyone lines up, faces the instructor who will ask you to bow saying ‘kida’ as a sign of respect for all involved, instructor and students alike.