krav maga self-defense

A system of principles based on your natural instincts. Krav Maga is a non-competitive self-defense system developed in Israel, known for its focus on real-world situations and extremely efficient and aggressive counter-attacks.

Krav Maga is widely popular. To date, it has been taught to thousands of civilians, law enforcement and military personnel. It is considered to be the best defensive tactics system in the world because the techniques are simple, easy to perform, and extremely effective.

Krav Maga has a philosophy that can be broken down into three principles:
1. Address the immediate danger
2. Simultaneous counter attack
3. Continued aggression until escape is possible

Our Krav Maga classes focus on these princples of self defense, with an emphasis on situational awareness. No prior experience is required to begin training in our Krav Maga program.

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history of krav maga

Krav Maga was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld, who made use of his training as a boxer and wrestler, as a means of defending the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in Bratislava in the mid-to-late 1930s. In the late 1940s, following his immigration to Israel, he began to provide lessons on combat training to what was to become the IDF, who went on to develop the system that became known as Krav Maga. It has since been refined for civilian, police and military applications.

Some of the above information was sourced from Wikipedia

curriculum

Advance your training with the highest-ranking Krav Maga staff in Columbus

Our staff has decades of Krav Maga and martial arts experience from a variety of sources. All of us are certified Krav Maga instructors. Whether you seek Krav Maga training for basic self defense and fitness, or you have a goal of becoming a black belt, our knowledgeable, friendly instructors can help you achieve your goals.

Ohio Krav Maga & Fitness is the founding location of Foundation Krav Maga. Our staff includes instructors who are licensed to teach and administer tests over levels 1 though 5, black belt, and 2nd degree black belt.

Click each of the levels to view the Krav Maga curriculum:

Level 1

Average time to test out of level 1: 3-6 months

Stances/Movement

      • Neutral
      • Ready
      • Fighting
      • Footwork
      • Shadowfighting

Arm Strikes

      • Straight punches: left, right, low
      • Palm strikes
      • Hammerfist: front, side, down
      • Elbows: front, side, behind high, straight back low, straight back high (#1-5)

Leg Strikes

      • Front kick
      • Roundhouse kick
      • Stomp kick
      • Foot stomp
      • Knees: from fight, from clinch, displacement

Strike Defenses

      • Outside
      • Inside
      • Low

Self Defense

      • Choke from front: two-handed pluck and one-handed pluck
      • Choke from behind
      • Choke from side
      • Choke with push: from front and from back
      • Side headlock

Ground

      • Backfall
      • Movement on back
      • Getting up
      • Escape from guard
      • Trap, buck & roll
      • Stomp kick from back
      • Upkick from back
      • Choke from mount
      • Hands pinned from mount

Concepts/Principles

      • 3 principles of striking: hit as hard as you can, protect yourself while hitting, don’t stop hitting till escape is possible
      • 3 principles of self defense: address the immediate danger, counterattack simultaneously, don’t stop hitting till escape is possible
      • Be familiar with the history of Krav Maga
      • Situational awareness
      • Difference between self protection and self defense
      • Weapons of convenience
      • Soft techniques: wrist releases
Level 2

Average time to test out of level 2: 9 months

Stances/Movement

      • Fighting stance (sparring-style)

Arm Strikes

      • Hook
      • Uppercut
      • Elbows: 45º, upward, downward spike

Headbutts

      • Front
      • Side
      • Back

Leg Strikes

      • Offensive stomp kick
      • Advancing front kick (from neutral and fighting stances)
      • Side kick: offensive and defensive
      • Back kick: offensive and defensive
      • Uppercut back kick
      • Diagonal knee
      • Inward angle knee
      • Teep

Strike Defenses

      • Bob and weave
      • Slipping straight punches
      • Catching straight punches
      • Outside defenses with counters
      • Inside defenses with counters
      • Inside defense with wrong hand
      • Hook defenses: extended and cover
      • Uppercut defense

Kick Defenses

      • Roundhouse defense with shin, plus counter
      • Front kick defense with shin
      • Front kick defense with foot
      • Front kick defense with weight forward: stabbing and reflexive
      • Roundhouse absorption
      • High straight kick defense
      • Middle straight kick defense

Self Defense

      • Chokes against wall: front and back
      • Carotid choke
      • Choke pulling backwards
      • Bear hugs:
        • From front, arms trapped (from a distance and as a surprise)
        • From front, arms free, attacker’s head up
        • From front, arms free, attacker’s head down
        • From behind, arms trapped
        • From behind, arms free
        • Lifting, from front and behind

Ground

      • Forward roll
      • Side fall
      • Side movement
      • Side kick
      • Roundhouse kick from back
      • Choke, attacker kneeling at side
      • Headlock, mounted
      • Shrimping
      • Ground combatives

Concepts/Principles

      • Introduction to light contact
      • Understand the difference between sparring and fighting, and why we spar in self defense training
      • Understanding your reach and how to use it
      • How does contact change your reaction in defending and attacking
      • Soft techniques: stripping a caught foot

updated 8/4/14

Level 3

Average time to test out of level 3: 12 months

Arm Strikes

      • Screw jab
      • Overhand right
      • Disorientation slap
      • Spinning backfist (jab setup)
      • Spinning elbow (falling)

Leg Strikes

      • Defensive back kick with a turn (jab setup)
      • Axe kick to downed opponent
      • Flying knee
      • Roundhouse with the ball of the foot

Strike Defenses

      • One hand defense against off-angle punch combo
      • Haymaker defenses: stick-style and bursting cover

Kick Defenses

      • High roundhouse defense: reflexive, 2-pt, 3-pt

Sweeps

      • Forward kick
      • Heel kick

Self Defense

      • Reverse headlock
      • Hair grabs: front, side pulling in, side pulling down, behind

Ground

      • Forward roll with distance
      • High fall breaks
      • Headlock from side
      • Guillotine defense
      • Application of arm bar from guard
      • Application of kimura from guard
      • Guard escape stacking
      • Guard reversal sweep

Knife Defenses

      • Bailing: side step kick, switch kick, bailing roundhouse
      • Sudden straight stab: hands up, hands down

Stick Defenses

      • Overhead swing
      • Baseball bat swing

Handgun Defenses

      • From front (with punch)
      • From front, shoulder held or punched
      • Left side of head
      • Behind, static and walking
      • Side of head toward the back
      • Side of body, behind arm

Concepts/Principles

      • Understand the difference between grappling and groundfighting for self defense
      • Ability to see movement in an opponent, recognizing their tells and optimizing openings
      • Four principles of weapons defense: redirect, control, attack, takeaway (which one of these is “optional” and what does that mean?)

updated 8/4/14

Level 4

Average time to test out of level 4: 12+ months

Arm Strikes

      • Superman punch

Leg Strikes

      • Jump kicks: front, back, roundhouse

Kick Defenses

      • Sliding defense against high roundhouse
      • Kick defense against spinning back kick
      • Kick defenses from the ground (attacker stomping or punting)

Self Defense

      • Headlock, spinning to ground
      • Headlock, breaking back
      • Headlock, attacker jumping on back

Knife Defenses

      • Overhand
      • Underhand
      • Straight stab
      • Shank (front and behind)
      • Hockey punch

Stick Defense

      • Off-angle (multiple swings)

Handgun Defenses

      • From front (cupping)
      • From front, defender on knees
      • Right side of head
      • Side of body, in front of arm
      • Pushing into stomach
      • Attacker in mount
      • Attacker in guard
      • Defender on back, attacker standing over

Takedowns

      • Simple
      • Double leg
      • Toe pick
      • Sprawl defense to a takedown

Ground

      • Rear naked choke defense
      • Arm triangle
      • Leg triangle

Concept/Principles

      • Why do we learn a different defense against gun from the front?
      • What are risks and benefits associated with takedowns in a self defense situation?
      • OODA loop: understand what it is and how it applies to self defense

updated 8/4/14

Level 5

Average time to test out of level 5: 12+ months

Self Defense

      • Full Nelson: leverage on finger
      • Full Nelson: Throw
      • Full Nelson: Sweep

Takedowns

      • One arm shouder throw
      • Hip throw
      • Sacrifice throw

Ground

      • Choke, defender face down, attacker in mount
      • Defense against head slam, defender face down, attacker in mount
      • Back kick from ground

Knife Defenses

      • Slashing
      • Left on left straight stab
      • Knife to throat, from front
      • Knife to throat, from front, defender’s back against wall
      • Knife to throat, from behind
      • Knife threat from the front with distance
      • Knife threat from behind, defender’s shoulder held
      • Stabbing from the side

Handgun Defenses

      • From behind with distance
      • From behind, defender against a wall
      • From behind, gun to side or back of head, attacker’s arm around defender
      • From behind, gun to body, attacker’s arm around defender
      • From behind, defender on knees
      • From behind, defender face down on the ground, attacker in mount
      • From front, across a table
      • From front, shoulder pushed/held (machine gun takedown)
      • From behind, shoulder pushed/held (machine gun takedown)

Long Gun Defenses

      • Defense against machine gun from front and behind
      • Defense against rifle from front and behind

Concepts/Principles

      • Why do we learn different defenses for rifle and machine gun?
      • Consider various possibilities for the need for self defense in  your daily life. Formulate plans.
      • Explain the difference between self defense and retribution.

updated 8/4/14

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