Although Krav Maga promotes avoiding conflict and confrontation whenever possible, anyone can wind up in a situation where this is unsafe or impossible. Street Krav Maga is the self-defense system designed to be used in any number of spaces (the street, a nightclub, a crowded subway car), for various body types (of both the practitioner and the attacker), and can be learned by anyone regardless of age, gender, size, or background. KMF Korea trains how to finish a fight as quickly and safely as possible with a focus on effective counter-attacks (“attacking the attack”) and maintaining awareness of potential additional threats and escape routes. The basic techniques utilize strikes to vulnerable areas including groin, eyes, ears, throat, and joints to weaken and neutralize the assailant. These techniques are designed complement natural, instinctual reactions and many variations can be applied as dictated by the practitioner’s height and physical strength relative to the attacker. As the student advances, the curriculum incorporates more difficult locks, throws, and securing techniques as well as third party protection.
Our Krav Maga classes usually begin with a light warm-up and quickly move into techniques and drills. New students will learn basic stance, movements, and defenses before moving on to more complicated attacks and combatives. Students will also learn to defend themselves using knives, karambits, and improvised weapons, either carried in self-defense or taken from an attacker. Any person can be attacked at any time and in any situation; KMF Korea believes each student should leave class better able to defend themselves than when they arrived. Therefore, we don’t shy away from teaching even beginning students how to deal with common attacks such as punches, grabs, chokes, headlocks, gun and knife threats, and knife attacks, both standing and on the ground. Our students learn to protect themselves efficiently in a short period of time. Despite the seriousness of material covered, classes are held in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere where students of all levels work together to develop their skills.
There are no physical uniforms or belts for Krav Maga; instead, KMF-AC follows a colored belt system in the form of certifications directly from Israel. Beginners start as white belts and work their way up through yellow, orange, green, blue, brown, and eventually black. The time frame for how quickly a student can advance varies and each student progresses at their own pace based on their dedication and commitment. Serious students are also able to pursue teaching certifications through both KMF and Wingate Institute.
Women are apt to experience high levels of stress, violence, and threats in daily life, and the kinds of attacks women deal with generally differ from those directed at men. From microaggressions to workplace and street harassment to domestic violence and sexual assault, women are often targeted due to cultural bias and power imbalance. Women’s self-defense adapts Krav Maga techniques to meet the needs of women in terms of dealing with bigger and stronger opponents, women-specific attacks, and building the mental strength necessary to confront abusers verbally, physically, and culturally.
Our curriculum covers different levels and escalations of confrontation, maintaining awareness of potential threats and situational obstacles, and both preventing and combating physical attacks. These include wrist and hair grabs, chokes, bear hugs, and knife threats, and move up to rape prevention and dealing with multiple attackers in scenario-based situations. Our instructors are also open to addressing any student’s specific concerns or needs.
Committed students are also able to eventually obtain a women’s self-defense teaching certification through a three-day seminar.
Pangamot, Panantukan, or Suntukan is the empty hands component of Filipino Martial Arts. While Krav Maga is a reactive defensive system, Pangamot is the more aggressive "dirty boxing" style of fighting that should be used to gain the upper hand when a fight is unavoidable, or when confronting an aggressor trained in martial arts. Pangamot consists of "entries" into the confrontation and utilizes rapid, destructive striking to vital areas to disable or control the opponent and end the fight quickly. Although primarily empty hands, Pangamot is also practiced with knives.
Filipino Martial Arts (comprised of Kali, Escrima, or Arnis) is a weapons-based fighting system that focuses heavily on stick and knife fighting, though it incorporates other bladed weapons and empty hand techniques as well. Using single stick, doubles sticks, knife, or karambit, this class teaches striking, locking, grappling, controlling, and disarming.
Aikido is a philosophical martial art from Japan that employs joint locks and throws to defend oneself while also avoiding serious injury to your assailant. It does not focus on strength and power, but rather on gentle manipulation of an opponent’s size and weak points. It also helps the students to learn flexibility and endurance.
Dr. Steve’s rehab fitness, or group workout, is designed to strengthen less frequently used muscles and correct muscle imbalances that contribute to poor posture, joint or muscle pain, and bad habits out bodies become accustomed to due to our daily activities but that may cause us pain now or in the future. These workouts differ from typical strengthening routines by focusing on health rather than appearance, and are also great for beginners who are new to fitness conditioning and want to gain strength without risking injury.
Due to time constraints, work schedules, family commitments, and various other reasons, many people are unable to make it to regular class times. Private Krav Maga lessons are a time-efficient way to learn self-defense and are ideal for students with busy schedules or those with a limited time during which to train. Students who choose to take private lessons have the undivided attention of one instructor, and are therefore able to progress more quickly. Private lessons are also an excellent supplement to regular class as they can be hand-tailored to suit the needs of each student, and allow dedicated students to advance more rapidly with precise training.
Private Krav Maga self-defense training offers a number of advantages: