Krav Maga Grading System

Although Krav Maga is not really like many martial arts as it is fundamentally a self defence system, there are many aspects to it, and as such they are divided into groups of increasingly complex manoeuvres.

Each group requires the student to master the specific defences for different types of attacks, as well as training themselves in various punches, kicks and combination defence/attack moves. Some of the higher belts also require the student to demonstrate their sparring ability and aggression – this is not to develop an aggressive personality in the student, but more to ensure that the spirit inherent in the close quarter combat ethos of Krav Maga can be demonstrated in a safe environment.

It takes time to develop the specific skills required for each belt and as such students are restricted from taking more than one belt a year (apart from the yellow, which can be completed in 9 months). Lessons are structured in blocks of 16 weeks covering all of the techniques of each syllabus so that within one year you will have worked through the whole training plan at least twice, and with additional thematic sessions and revision will be capable of achieving each level. Do not be put off by the fact that it takes 6 years to get to the black belt – just take it one session at a time and enjoy it !

The syllabi for all belts up to 1st Darga black belt can be downloaded from here: