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 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 our daily lives, and the kinds of attacks we deal with often 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, power imbalance, and social norms. 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.
As a system designed to exploit weak points and take down opponents regardless of size and strength, Krav Maga is an ideal tool for children and adolescents to utilize in the various scenarios they may encounter at school or in the street. The training covers conflicts between children and their peers such as schoolyard bullying and harassment as well as dangers from adults. Students learn how to avoid or prevent being in unsafe situations and, when this is not possible, how to deescalate/neutralize and escape from the situation. Children will develop not only the necessary skills to handle physical threats but also build confidence, self-control, discipline, and good judgment of when and how to become assertive in the face of a potential threat.