Frequently Asked Questions.
What is Krav Maga?
Krav Maga is pure self defence for the average person on the street. It is designed to work off of natural human instincts. The teniques are simple and to the point. Students are able to use what is taught in class to defend themselves in real life situations very quickly. If your attacked in the street there are no rules and Krav Maga teaches you how to use this to your advantage.
What do the letters IKMF mean?
IKMF stands for the International Krav Maga Federation. It is the premier organization offering Krav Maga. IKMF is headed by Avi Moyal, its chairman and head instructor as well as Imi’s direct student. IKMF headquarters are located in Tel Aviv, Israel. It is IKMF’s ongoing desire to reach out to as many individuals around the world to provide them with self defence tools so that everyone may walk in peace.
I have no experience in any fighting system and am out of shape. is this ok?
No experience is required to start Krav Maga training and your fitness levels will rise as you train. As an instructor its my job to push you to do better every class. At the same time I encourage my students to pay attention to their bodies and don't do anything that may injure themselves.
What is the difference between Krav Maga and MMA / Martial Arts
There are a few differences but I would have to say the main one is focus. Krav Maga is a straight self-defence style. The focus in self-defence is not to win a fight but to avoid a fight and failing that to escape it by any means necessary regardless of the number of attackers.
The focus in MMA/ Martial Arts is to voluntary partake in a one on one fight with agreed upon rules where the winner is usually determined by number of points scored or by knockout.
What do I wear to class?
Wear comfortable pants and a T-shirt and it is advisable to bring indoor shoes. No outdoor shoes are permited on the training areas. You may go in bare or stocking feet if you wish but be advised that the floors can be slipery when wearing socks and some of the kicks can be uncomfortable with unprotected feet.
Will I need equipment?
Yes. For your first class all that is really needed is indoor shoes. By the second class it is advisable to bring a Jock or a Gill. Eventually as you progress you will need shin guards for practicing kick defences. Boxing mits, and a mouth guard will be required when you progress to sparing practice.