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Frequently asked questions

Who can practice krav maga?

Everyone! Regardless of gender, age or physical fitness.

How do I know if the instructor is licensed?

Check the “Licensed Instructors” section on this site. There, we can find  all the trained and licensed instructors to teach Krav Maga classes.

From what age can Krav Maga be practiced?

From the age of 10, the child already participates in regular classes, but we always recommend that you come to an experimental class before, to see how the child adapts to the class. Some gyms offer children’s classes from 5 years of age, but work with different goals and use appropriate didactics for the age group.

How soon will the student become able to defend himself?

After 3 months of training, the student already perceives changes, both in his physical and technical ability, and in the way he walks on the street. After 6 months, the student already has extensive knowledge in self-defense and is able to defend himself against the most common attacks. After 2 years of training, he is already able to defend himself against a wide variety of attacks. More complex defenses, such as defenses against threats of firearms, are seen a little further on.

Are there Krav Maga competitions?

No, Krav Maga is not a sport and it is not a martial art, and the goal is not a medal or trophy, but rather to return home safe. Our work is very objective, seeking to reach sensitive points in the human body, such as a kick in the genital region or a finger in the eye; that is the way  to eliminate the need for brute force and match opponents of different proportions. So there are no rules, no judges. For all this, there are no championships. However, we often say that our competition is internal, always seeking to improve ourselves.

Does the class stimulate violence?

On the contrary, the student develops self-confidence and this internal growth is visible in his posture and behavior. In the vast majority of cases, this change of position alone is enough to avoid situations of violence. In addition, FSAKM works with rigid principles of discipline, with rules ranging from the simplest, such as the obligation to wear clean clothes,  to cut nails and show respect to others and to society. “Krav Maga is more than a self-defense art, it’s a way of life,” said Imi Lichtenfeld, the creator of Krav Maga.

What is the difference between the Krav Maga for civilians and for security forces?

The Krav Maga is one, but it has different training goals and didactics , because the situations that a civilian faces are different from those of a security professional. Therefore, while civilians regularly train in gyms, courses for security units are more intensive. In addition, within the security industry, there are 23 different agent training modules, considering the risk, aggressiveness, equipment and other variants of each unit. An estate security agent does not have the same variants as an elite troop soldier or VIP security guard, and this should all be taken into account in the program and training method.

Does krav maga have any religious and / or political connections?

No. The Krav Maga or FSAKM has no political or religious affiliation or connection whatsoever.

Is there distance or any kind of online learning?

It is not possible to learn Krav Maga in self-taught mode. Krav Maga is learned by practicing, under professional guidance. Books and DVDs are reference for consultation, but never a source of learning. The theory does not qualify for practice, especially considering that Krav Maga is not a sport, and the goal is not a medal or title but return home safely. An activity that involves risk, and which has the goal of saving lives in cases of real aggression, it is not enough to read about it,  so it takes the perfect practice and the experience that overcomes the adrenaline of a real situation.

Why is krav maga a trademark?

Everyone knows that Krav Maga is a registered trademark and that only FSAKM is licensed to teach and publicize Krav Maga. Branding is a way of quality control. When we want a quality product or service, we look for a well-known brand, which means that there is a quality control that guarantees the product or service. Therefore, this is the way to guarantee the quality of the lessons, the instructor and the techniques taught. When we teach self-defense, we are dealing with life-and-death risks, and it is essential to have a regulatory institution, which supervises teaching, control and trains instructors and students seriously and professionally. That’s why Krav Maga is a registered trademark. For this, there is the FSAKM. Make sure your instructor is a licensed instructor.

The Evolution of the Krav Maga Student

After 3 months of training, the student already perceives changes both in his physical and technical capacity and in the way he walks on the street. After 6 months, the student already has extensive knowledge in self-defense and is able to defend himself against the most common attacks.

Quality

Make sure the instructor is overseen by Grand Master Kobi and licensed by the South American Krav Maga Federation. This is the student’s assurance that he is receiving a quality service, with trained and recycled instructors, adequate training material, correct teaching technique and teaching, no matter where he or she trains.

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