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FAQ – Krav Maga

What is Krav Maga?

Krav Maga is the official defensive tactics/self defense system for the Israeli Defense Forces and hundreds of Elite US military and Law enforcement agencies.


How is Krav Maga different from traditional martial arts?

Krav Maga is not another self-defense system based on traditional martial arts approaches.  It is a modern, reality-based method of training characterized by coherent and logical techniques that build up easily and naturally, featuring simple movements of the human body.  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 instruction. The techniques are easy to retain and can be performed under stress.


How much does a Krav Maga membership cost? 

We have Krav Maga memberships that range from $79 all the way to $179 per month. The type of membership that you get will depend on your needs and interests.  We do our best to be flexible and work with people on an individual case-by-case basis.  Making our community safer is our goal, and we believe that providing Krav Maga training is the best way to achieve it.  We will go out of our way to find a membership that works for you in order to meet that goal. When you come in for your free trial class, someone will be available to meet with you to tailor a membership to your individual needs.


Krav Maga intimidates me, but I’m still interested. What should I do? 

Krav Maga is designed to take adults with little or no previous experience and bring them to a high level, very quickly.  Each and every technique is demonstrated, practiced, and then performed live with constant observation and correction by our Certified Krav Maga instructors. To see if Krav Maga is right for you, try a free class.  We believe that it will become obvious, after just 1 class, that training in Krav Maga will quickly train you to effectively defend yourself and/or your loved ones.  You will also see how Krav Maga training will put you into the best shape of you life, while learning practical, applicable self-defense techniques.


Does Krav Maga have a ranking system? 

Yes, Krav Maga has six levels with corresponding belts. Students start in Level 1 classes as a White Belt student; higher ranked belts are earned in the following order: Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Brown, Black. To earn the next belt, students must take a test to prove competency in each level’s techniques.


With what school of Krav Maga is Fit and Fearless affiliated?

Fit and Fearless is an affiliate of both Krav Maga Worldwide and Krav Maga Alliance.  Krav Maga Worldwide, Inc. (KMW) is the largest reality-based self-defense organization in the world and an industry leader in Krav Maga-based self-defense, fitness, and fighting. Darren Levine is the Chief Instructor of Krav Maga Worldwide. A 6th degree black belt, he is one of the highest-ranked Krav Maga instructors in the world and received extensive training directly from Imi Lichtenfeld, the creator of Krav Maga. To learn more about Krav Maga Worldwide, click here.  Krav Maga Alliance is composed of Krav Maga schools, instructors, and students dedicated to improving themselves and each other through realistic training and the continuous exchange of ideas. They have affiliates all over the world, from Australia to Italy. The Krav Maga Alliance was created by John Whitman, a fifth degree black belt in Krav Maga. John has earned instructor degrees from the Krav Maga Association of America, Krav Maga Worldwide, and the prestigious Wingate University in Israel. To learn more about Krav Maga Alliance, click here.


If I’m a beginner, is it okay for me to go to Level 1-2 or All Levels Krav Maga classes? 

Absolutely!  Those classes provide an opportunity for beginners to learn more advanced techniques at a slower pace than they would ordinarily be taught in an advanced class.  The class will still start with the basics and build up from there.  Give it a try!


Do I need to be in shape to do Krav Maga?

Krav Maga gets you into fighting shape!

Designed by a team of top fitness experts and defensive tactics instructors known for building fighters, Krav Maga programs use cardio classes, heavy bag work, and sports conditioning techniques to burn fat and tone muscle, typically burning 600-800 calories in a 1 hour class.

Our class format is created to allow trainees of different fitness levels to fully participate to the best of each individual’s ability.  We have collegiate athletes working out alongside grandparents, each leaving equally exhausted, having been pushed to their respective limits a few times each training session.  Because we use natural movements and a combination of aerobic and anaerobic training the human body responds to consistent training by creating strong lean muscle and eliminating excess weight.


What if I have an injury?

As an adult program, we are able to accommodate de-conditioned men and women.  Many of our trainees come in with bad knees, backs, necks, etc., or other previous injuries.  The need for self-defense is equally, if not more, important for those with people.  We welcome the opportunity to show you how much you can still accomplish in terms of physical fitness and self-defense.


What if I have a disability? 

Our goal is to make every individual safer, regardless of their circumstances or abilities.  We have trained people of all ranges of cognitive or physical abilities.  Our instructors are all trained to modify the techniques and drills to every person’s ability level.


How often do I need to train? 

Training twice weekly is frequent enough to improve conditioning and retain techniques.  The more you train, the faster you will learn.  Remember that Krav Maga is a perishable skill.  Consistency over time is much more useful than packing in a bunch of classes in your first month.


What is the typical class like? 

We will start with a 10-15 minute warm up to elevate your heart rate, pump blood into your muscles, and prepare your body for the work to come.  Most new trainees will find themselves looking at the clock about 5 minutes in, and wondering what they’ve gotten themselves into.  Then we will let you catch your breath while we lead you through some active stretching.

Next, we will do about 30 minutes of combatives training on upper and lower body strikes (punches, kicks, knees, and elbows). Throughout this portion of class we will demonstrate and teach the techniques, lead you through some practice work, and then let you practice live to pads, heavy bags, etc.  We will do different drills to train speed and accuracy, improve endurance,

The last part of class is devoted to self-defense techniques.  Again, we will demonstrate the techniques, take you through a series of practice stages, and let you practice with live partners.  The class usually culminates in a stress drill where you will practice your newly learned techniques while under stress in order to develop your aggression and fighting spirit.


Do I need any martial arts experience?

Krav Maga is designed to take adults with little or no previous experience and bring them to a high level very quickly.  Each and every technique is demonstrated, practiced, and then performed live with constant observation and correction by our Certified Krav Maga instructors.


What qualifications do the instructors have? 

Fit and Fearless has trained 30+ certified Instructors, including 3 Krav Maga Black Belts, including Krav Maga Black Belt, Kersten Levine (1 of 10 female Krav Maga Black Belts in the Unites States).

Fit and Fearless is recognized by both Krav Maga Worldwide and Krav Maga Alliance as Official Training centers.  We have been honored with Worldwide Instructor of the year, and numerous accolades from the US Army, Travis County SWAT, and the FBI.   Lead Instructor Jeff Levine served as the Chief Combatives Instructor for the US Army 75th Training Battalion at Fort Hood, and Jeff is the author of “The Everything Krav Maga for Fitness” book.

The Fit and Fearless instructors have trained thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen, in Krav Maga Combatives, preparing them for deployment.  Fit and Fearless is also the training ground for Defensive Tactics Instructors from local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.

You are in very good hands when training at Fit and Fearless.  For more information about each of our Trainers, visit the Trainers Page on our website.


What’s the difference between the Krav Maga classes and the military training? 

There is very little difference, and actually no difference in the combatives and self-defense techniques you will learn.

The difference comes in the finish.  While civilians should run from danger and can disengage as soon as a safe opportunity to do so presents itself; Police and Military personnel must run toward the danger.  Police and Military personnel have the objective of gaining safe control of the situation, and the option of going to higher force options when necessary.

Therefore, the endings are different, with police and military learning to safely search, and take custody.  These specialists also trained to retain their weapons while fighting and to consider use of force issues when engaging.


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