Frequently Asked Questions
What is Krav Maga?
The literal translation from Hebrew to English is “contact combat” or “close combat”. Krav Maga is the official self-defense and fighting system of the Israeli Defense Forces, as well as, the system of choice for hundreds of U.S. military and law enforcement agencies. It has been internationally recognized as the most efficient self-defense system. Krav Maga emphasizes instinctive movements, practical techniques and realistic training scenarios to teach defenses against real attacks.
This wholly unique and original method incorporates fitness, self-defense, and fighting like no other system. Students can become proficient in months rather than years and provides a total body workout that combines punching, kicking, street fighting, ground survival, and defense against weapons. There is nothing flashy about the system: No Forms. No Katas. Simply effective techniques that work in the real world.
Who uses Krav Maga?
The origins of Krav Maga date back to the late 1930s in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia and a young man named Imi Lichtenfeld. Originally developed for military use and honed on the battlefield, Krav Maga has been taught to every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, Coast Guard Drug Interdiction, FBI, DEA, Secret Service, the CIA, and more than 1,000 other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. Since its introduction into the United States in the 1980’s, Krav Maga has been adapted for civilian application and is now taught to men, women, and children throughout the world who seek the best in self-defense training.
How is Krav Maga different than traditional martial arts?
Traditional martial arts may offer a host of benefits but are not optimal for fighting or self-defense. Fighting, like mixed martial arts is a useful skill but is often better utilized in a rules based environment.
Krav Maga is a self-defense system. It is a modern, reality based method of training utilizing coherent and logical techniques that build up one another and utilizes the body’s natural and instinctive movements. Because the Krav Maga system is well integrated, common defensive principles apply to a variety of attack scenarios. Thus, the system can be learned in a relatively short period of time and can be performed under stress. This often includes being taken by surprise and learning to defend from an initial position of disadvantage and moving to a position of advantage to neutralize the threat. Krav Maga incorporates techniques from many styles including boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and others but it does not adhere to any classic or traditional school of thought. It has no sporting or tournament aspect.
What if I have no martial arts experience?
You don’t need any previous martial arts experience to begin training. The system is designed to take adults with no previous experience and bring them to a level of proficiency fairly quickly.
Do I have to be in shape to begin Krav Maga?
No. Krav Maga is designed for everyone, regardless of fitness level. In fact, taking classes is the best way to get into shape. Our class format is created to push students but allow them to progress and reach their goals at a pace that they feel comfortable.
What if I have an injury or disability?
Ultimately, your doctor should be the final authority on the matter. However, we have many students that train with chronic injuries including bad knees, back, and neck. Self-defense is equally, if not more, important for you. We welcome the opportunity to help you reach your full potential in learning how to protect yourself and those you love.
Instructors may able to accommodate students’ limitations by making suggestions or specific modifications to a technique. Students may also elect to exclude a specific exercise that may aggravate their injury.
With what Krav Maga organization are you associated?
Krav Maga Plano is the only fully licensed Krav Maga Worldwide training facility in North Texas. Krav Maga Worldwide is led by Darren Levine, a 6th degree black belt who received his training directly from Imi Lichtenfeld, the creator of Krav Maga.
Is there a ranking system for Krav Maga?
Yes, although belts are not worn in class, there are 6 levels in the Krav Maga system. Students start in level 1 as a beginner and progress to higher levels as they demonstrate their proficiency. Students must test to prove their competency and advance to the next level.
How often can I attend classes?
You can train as many times per week as you like. All memberships offer unlimited access to classes, provided you are training in your level appropriate class.
What do I wear to a class?
Typical gym attire – shorts or sweatpants, T-shirt, and athletic shoes is all that you need. No GI or traditional uniform is required.
Learning self-defense requires close contact with other people. With that in mind, please be aware of your own personal hygiene. Deodorant and clean clothes are necessary and are very much appreciated by your classmates and instructors. If you are taking classes back-to-back, having a fresh change of clothes, especially a clean, dry t-shirt is strongly encouraged.
How much does Krav Maga training cost?
We offer several programs, terms, and pricing options. Krav Maga training can be had for less than $100/month. We offer family, educator, and military/LE discounts. We do our best to help students select the best membership for them based on their goals and commitment level.
Making our community safer and more fit is our ultimate goal and will work with potential students on an individual basis to ensure those committed to their personal safety are not held back due to finances.
How do I get started?
We are delighted you have taken the first steps towards leaning Krav Maga and getting into the best shape of your life. Contact directly at 469-826-5444 or simply fill out the request form on our website to schedule your free trial today.