What Is Krav Maga for Self-Defense?

Krav Maga for self-defense is the most effective real-world system taught today. Originally developed for protection in the Bratislava ghetto, it was later refined and embraced by Israel Defense Forces. Today, it is the preferred system for law enforcement agencies and U.S. military units. 

Krav Maga Worldwide teaches street self-defense using:

  • Punches, knees, elbows, and kicks
  • Defenses against various strikes, weapons, and chokes
  • Realistic training drills

The Basics

Defined by instinctive movements and no-holds-barred striking techniques, Krav Maga is the ideal self-defense fighting style for unexpected and dangerous situations. A focus on results without rules of fair fighting means Krav Maga is not a martial art but a revolutionary self-defense course—no katas, no rituals.

Based on easy to learn principles, our Krav Maga self-defense classes are intended to teach methods exceptionally effective for personal protection in the shortest possible time. Attend our worldwide courses to learn how to defend against violent chokes, grabs, and strikes, as well as serious threats armed with weapons.

Battle Tested

Tested in the streets and proven on the battlefield, Krav Maga’s practical approach to self-defense will help you to be safer with the tools and training of the world’s most effective warriors.

The world-class instructors at Krav Maga Worldwide can teach you how to function during the shock and stress of a violent sudden encounter. Enroll in a Krav Maga self-defense training session near you and witness the changes in your mind and body. Our mission is to prepare our students for real-world dangerous situations where the bad guys aren’t playing for points.

Krav Maga L.A. | Services
Krav Maga L.A. | Services

Krav Maga Levels

Level 1

Level one is designed for new Krav Maga students. The goal of this entry-level classes is to teach the basics of fighting and self-defense. Students will learn various fighting stances and movements, including punches and kicks from standing position, as well as from the ground. Trainees will be introduced to effective elbow and knee strikes, and shown how to defend against punches, chokes, headlocks, and wrist grabs. Students training an average of two or three times per week should expect to complete the level one Krav Maga self-defense curriculum in four months, and be ready to test for KM Level 2.

Level 2 (Yellow Belt Students)

At level 2, intermediate self-defense course, students will continue to review and hone skills learned in KM level 1. This training will introduce additional punches and kicks, punch defenses with counterattacks, defenses against various chokes and kicks, bearhugs, and headlocks. Precision elements such as timing, distance, and alternative targeting are introduced. Students training an average of two to three times per week can expect to complete the level 2 curriculum in six months before testing for KM Level 3. 

Level 3 (Orange Belt Students)

Third level Krav Maga self-defense classes sharpen basic techniques and allow students to further expand their foundation of Krav Maga attacks and defenses. Students will continue to refine strikes, defenses against strikes, and more advanced self-defense techniques involving defense against weapons such as guns and sticks. Students training two to three times per week can expect to be eligible to test for the fourth level in nine months.

Level 4 (Green Belt Students)

These advanced Krav Maga self-defense classes are designed for students to broaden their skill sets. In addition to refining tactics and techniques learned in previous levels, students encounter high-threat weapon defenses, learn to deal with attacks from multiple opponents, and learn more advanced ground fighting techniques. Students training two to three times per week can expect to be eligible to test for the fifth level in twelve months.

Level 5 (Blue And Brown Belt Students)

This advanced Krav Maga self-defense course is home to our most skilled fighters. Students will encounter the entire curriculum of fighting, ground fighting, third-party protection, and defense against all kinds of weapons.

Law Enforcement (Sworn Officers Only)

Our Law Enforcement Krav Maga self-defense course is designed to quickly and effectively teach law enforcement and military personnel the principles of Krav Maga that can protect them in the line of duty. Lessons include defense against a variety of armed and unarmed attacks, and use of force issues will be incorporated.

Krav Maga Kids Self-Defense (Krav Maga Worldwide™ Youth Program)

Our krav maga classes for kids focus on teaching practical and effective self-defense principles in a fun, dynamic, and encouraging way. Based on the Krav Maga self-defense system, it differs from traditional martial arts. Krav Maga Worldwide Kids promotes function over form and is designed to bring kids to a high level of proficiency in a relatively short amount of time. Krav Maga Worldwide Kids is offered to kids between the ages of 5 and 13 at a variety of levels.

Train with Krav Maga Worldwide to challenge your mind and body with the most intense and effective self-defense classes available. Find a gym near you at one of our worldwide locations today.