Frequently asked Questions about Krav Maga

This page lists the frequently asked questions we receive about Krav Maga.

Please contact us with any questions that you have and we will update.

Can you learn Krav Maga on your own

There is really no substitute for learning Krav Maga than from a qualified instructor, but there is no reason why you cannot learn about Krav Maga as a beginner from your own research especially video

Is Krav Maga hard?

Acquiring any new skill or knowledge it is often the amount of hard work and dedication that you put in that will ultimately drive results.

It is also important to be consistent.

What should a beginner know about Krav Maga?

Krav Maga does require work and as much reading that you do before stepping into a class is recommended. Krav Maga Worldwide have a great page on what a beginner should know before entering a Krav Maga class on their website.

Is Krav Maga effective for self-defence?

Krav Maga was developed as a self-defence and fighting system in that respect it is unlike martial arts.

How do you pronounce Krav Maga?

Krav maga is pronounced ‘krahv mahGAH’

How long does it take to master Krav Maga?

It’s a common question to ask and one of the first for beginners.

We all want results as quickly as possible and while there is no definitive answer it is worthwhile establishing first of all what you are looking to achieve as a personal goal.

On a formal level, there is a grading system with various levels but progress can be influenced by your age, fitness level and level of commitment.

The Krav Maga Institute in New York has created a great article ‘How long it takes to learn Krav Maga’ which is an ideal starting point for finding out more.

Is Krav Maga difficult to learn?

Because of the history of Krav Maga and its use by the military, this can seem intimidating for beginners especially.

It is often compared to other forms of Martial Art though Krav Maga enthusiasts will say that – it is not a martial art.

By way of comparison with Martial Arts in terms of difficulty then arguably it is easier to learn.

An article by Reuben Smyzer compares learning Martial arts and Krav Maga

Are their core principles of Krav Maga?

The goal of Krav Maga is to keep safe.

In that respect, there are no real rules – as you are dealing with real-world situations with all that inherent unpredictability.

Effectively you are doing everything that you can to not get hurt.

Krav Maga experts of New York City have a great article on their website that outlines the core principles of Krav Maga.

Is Krav Maga effective in real life?

Krav Maga is not a martial art or a sport and it is aimed at teaching self-defence and awareness of potential risks ‘on the streets’ and in real-life situations.

In that respect, the skills acquired are arguably better suited to the real world than say a martial art.

Is it Worth Learning Krav Maga?

Krav Maga skills are adapted to real-life situations.

Learning how to deal with different self-defence scenarios can build confidence and also an increased awareness of personal safety.

Is Krav Maga a martial art?

The short answer is no.

Traditional martial arts, for example, Taekwondo or Karate are often based on belief systems and may include elements of spirituality, culture and history.

The main objective of Krav Maga is self-defence.