I have no experience in any fighting system and am out of shape. Is this okay?
No experience is required. Also, you will get in shape progressively in the class. You are free to push yourself as much as you want; everyone works according to his/her own limits.
How does Krav Maga differ from Martial Arts?
This is difficult to answer considering the diverse range of martial arts. In brief, we keep the "martial" and take out the "art." Krav Maga has only one concern: to teach you how to survive violence in any way possible. Some martial arts do not address random attacks, modern weapons, and multiple opponents. We strive to prepare you for real life situations.
How does Krav Maga differ from MMA (Mixed Martial Arts)?
Mixed Martial Artists are among the most skilled fighters in the world. The main distinction is that these fighters are in a relatively controlled environment where they fight:
- against one opponent
- according to specific rules
- with a referee
- until the referee decides one fighter is seriously hurt
- controlled spaces (cage or ring)
How long before I become proficient in Krav Maga?
Our techniques are simple and based on natural reactions so students learn how to defend themselves in a relatively short period of time. Of course your progress mainly depends on you. (i.e. how many classes you attend)
Is Krav Maga suitable for women?
Yes. Krav Maga train women how to survive assaults by bigger and stronger opponents. We also teach rape prevention and anti-abduction techniques.
What do I wear to class?
At first, you only need comfortable pants, a t-shirt and indoor shoes (runners). During your second month, you will need black pants (any kind) and an IKMF t-shirt that you will purchase from your instructor.
Will I need equipment?
Yes, groin protection (i.e. athletic support/ cup) and indoor running shoes are required. Later, you will need shin guards.
What is an IKMF passport?
Upon registration, you will need to purchase the IKMF passport ($30). This passport officially enters you into our federation. The passport gives you discounts on merchandise and seminars, and is required to test for various levels. For those of you who like to travel the passport allow you to train for up to one month free at any IKMF school in the world.