Category Archives for "Krav Maga"

Jun 20

GMAU Celebrates New Krav Maga Black Belts!

By Joel Williams | Krav Maga

Krav Maga is known worldwide as an effective fighting and self-defense methodology. Global Martial Arts University is proud to offer comprehensive Krav Maga student and instructor certification programs. In this blog post, we celebrate two of our newest black belts: Kurt Plotner and Steve Dearmond, and provide an overview of this fighting system. Continue reading and you will not only get the “low down” on GMAU Krav Maga but see LOTS of pictures and videos (including testing exit interviews) of Kurt and Steve during their two-day black belt test a couple of months ago.

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Feb 04

Inside the Mind of a “Bad Guy”

By Joel Williams | Food for Thought , Krav Maga

Do you really think you can spot someone who means you harm? Most of us cannot, for various reasons. By the time you do figure it out, a would-be attacker is already several steps ahead of you… Gavin de Becker and Rory Miller are widely regarded as thought leaders when it comes to understanding the emotional and psychological nature of violence; how to prevent it, and how to react to it. While there is some overlap in the highly useful information they provide, they also have very unique perspectives and guidance on how to prevent violence, what to do if you find yourself in real danger, and how to deal with the aftermath of an attack. In this article I highlight their individual contributions to this knowledge base and share some of the most important points I have taken away from their writings, lectures and publications.

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Dec 29

Giving Back to the Community – A School Owner/Instructor’s Impact

By Joel Williams | Food for Thought , Instructors , Krav Maga

Dustin Koppel and his wife, Bethany Koppel, own and operate a full-time “brick and mortar” martial arts school (National Martial Arts) in Oak Ridge, TN. Dustin is also a Krav Maga instructor for Global Martial Arts University. They are doing amazing work in their local community while also running a successful business. Are you an owner or instructor at a martial arts school? Would you like to learn more about the essential elements for “doing good” while also promoting your business? If so, then read on!

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Oct 23

The 3 Most Common Street Attacks & How to Defend Them

By Joel Williams | Krav Maga

You train hard and you practice a lot. But are you actually “ready” for a real life physical confrontation? Maybe so, maybe not… There is really only one way to know for sure, right? Just find yourself in a situation where you have to actually use your knowledge and skills. None of us truly want that – but at the end of the day, if you are serious about using your martial arts skills for self-defense, it’s all about being prepared. One way to train specifically to defend ourselves is to organize your training to ensure you are as prepared as possible to defend yourself against the most probable (or common) attacks. That is exactly what the GMAU Krav Maga program does – it teaches you how to defend yourself against the most common attacks. Want to know more? Then keep reading!

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Jun 22

How To Set Up A Krav Maga Rotating Curriculum

By Joel Williams | Krav Maga

We’ve all heard this story …

” He was a weak, sickly child but through his training in martial arts he became one of the most admired martial arts masters. ”

I am sure this [common] story was true for some and an embellishment for others. Regardless, what we can learn from such stories is an important lesson: work hard, persevere, and do your best; sooner or later you WILL get better at anything you undertake.

I have personally accumulated over a decade of martial arts training. I know for sure that I am far better at martial arts than I was when I first started. Having studied several different systems, I can also say with certainty that there was a clear, temporal increase in my ability, in each system I studied, as time passed.

Just this year I began teaching regularly and I see many similarities in my knowledge and skill development curves for leading classes. In this blog, I will share some ideas about curriculum planning and execution from my experience teaching Krav Maga after completing the Instructor Certification with Global Martial Arts University. And yes, there was indeed a learning curve and trial and error involved!

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Dec 07

What is Krav Maga Like in Israel?

By Michael Hodge | Krav Maga

Today I interview Dan Gador. Dan is a 3rd degree black belt in Krav Maga, and runs a Krav Maga school in Kiryat Gat, Israel. He is also on the Leadership Board of the Global Martial Arts Association. I attempt to decipher the main differences between the style of Krav that you see instructed in its mother country, versus in other parts of the world. And, in doing so, we learn more about how this style developed into what it is today.

Dan’s Background

Michael: We’ll get started. Dan, can you tell us your name and just a brief background in regards to your martial arts training?

Dan: My name is Dan Gador. I’m 30 years old. I started training when I was 10. I actually started training because a lot of my friends went there, and it was kind of fun. But after a few months of training, I realized that I was actually pretty good at it and after, I think, three years of training, I started helping out as an instructor. That was when I was 13, I started helping with the instructions. And when I was 16, which is the minimum allowed age to do the instructor’s course in Israel, I went and did the instructor’s course.

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Mar 24

How to Become a Certified Krav Maga Instructor

By Michael Hodge | Instructors , Krav Maga

If you’re reading this, I imagine you have the desire to spread the positive benefits of Krav Maga to your local community and help to make the world a safer place. Teaching Krav Maga is incredibly rewarding, whether you are doing so as your full-time profession or just out of passion in your spare time. People from many different backgrounds end up becoming krav maga instructors, but the uniting factor is their desire to teach and uplift.

Are you a martial arts school owner,  a current black belt in a different style, a krav maga student, a fitness/gym owner, personal trainer, law enforcement personnel, have a career in the military, or some other similar situation? If so, you are already more prepared to learn and then teach the style of Krav Maga. Below, I will line out the basic steps you will need to take to become a legitimately certified and qualified instructor of Israeli Krav Maga.

  1. Become a Krav Maga student. This is the essential, obvious first step. There are actually some associations that will claim that you can simply attend a short seminar or training to become an instructor without first being a student. Of course, if you are an experienced martial artist, and hold a high rank and proficiency in a similar combative self-defense system or other fighting style, there is the possibility of an accelerated path. Here are your options for becoming a krav maga student, on your eventual path to being an instructor:
    • Enroll in a Local Krav Maga School – Find a qualified instructor in your area. Make sure and try a free class to get a feel for the instructors, curriculum, environment, and overall culture of the academy.
    • Attend a Krav Maga Seminar – Some associations offer seminars or short training programs that will introduce you to the style, and give you the opportunity to get in-person training from time to time.
    • Enroll in an Online Krav Maga School – Find a qualified and accredited online (or hybrid) krav maga school that allows you to train and earn rank from a distance, such as the Global Martial Arts University Krav Maga course.
  2. Train and earn rank in Krav Maga. Take your time learning and training in the style. Don’t consider that your goal is to someday teach the material that you are learning, but rather, to fully engage, use, and understand the methods and philosophy. Teaching is an after-thought, a natural progression, after you yourself have experienced. Take your first exam to achieve your Level 1 or Yellow Belt certification (different schools have different names for the first level).
    • In some associations, after earning your first rank (and being an advanced belt in a different martial arts style), you are eligible to attend an instructor certification program.
    • Some associations and schools require that you first earn a brown or black belt in krav maga, before you can ever become an instructor.
    • And some do not have a student rank requirement, and just let you jump to instructor, which you should be weary of (due to your own lack of experience in training, and time spent mastering the material and embedding it into your muscle memory).
  3. Find the right Krav Maga Instructor Certification course. If you have already been training for some time as a student, or have previous experience, you can now search for the right instructor certification course for you to take part in. The purpose of attending an instructor course is not just to learn the krav maga curriculum. You should have already learned the curriculum which you plan on teaching, in your own studies as a student. A krav maga instructor course should encompass:
    • Principles of Teaching – Overarching principles that will make you an effective teacher, regardless of what subject you are instructing.
    • Martial Arts Instructor Techniques – How to effectively instruct a technique (the cycle of instruction), manage a classroom floor, execute warm ups, various types of drills, class formations, teaching different age groups, working with disabilities, motivating students, correcting students, testing, feedback, and many other aspects that are specific to martial arts.
    • Krav Maga Philosophy and Methods – Specific to the style of Krav Maga, learning how to not just teach a collection of techniques, but stringing together all movements into a fluid philosophy that students can truly understand, at a cellular level, as well as intellectual level.
    • Class Planning, Curriculum, and Testing – Learning how to plan effective, fun, and exciting classes. Teaching and following a curriculum that keeps you consistent, while allowing for dynamic evolutions. And testing and promoting students while maintaining high standards and a clear-cut path for advancement.
    • Basic Business Management and Krav Maga Class Implementation – At the least, a quick course on how to introduce a new Krav Maga program, and different formats for instructing your target student base. This can vary greatly if you plan on teaching law enforcement, youth classes, or fitness-oriented programs to young adults.
    • Instructing Specific Techniques and Concepts – Now that you already know the techniques, you will need to learn the nuances, variations, drills, and implementations for techniques within the curriculum that you plan on instructing.
  4. Choose the right Krav Maga association to align with. Think beyond the initial krav maga instructor certification event. Which association is the best fit for me and my goals as a krav instructor? There are different types of associations, that offer varying levels of products and services:
    • Franchisors/Licensors – These are large organizations that not only allow you to become an instructor, but also open up a full-scale academy with their namesake. There is a much larger monetary investment upfront, as well as a sizeable monthly fee for all benefits. This option will give you full support in managing your krav maga school, advertising guidance, marketing advice, business systems, curriculum, and much more. $500+ a month
    • Business/Marketing + Instruction Focused Associations – There are other, mid-sized associations that have an emphasis on business building ideas, marketing, sales, as well as the instruction of krav maga. These groups tend to charge a monthly fee to stay active as an instructor in their organization, along with the other benefits they provide. $150-300+ a month
    • Instruction + Curriculum Focused Associations – These associations exist to teach and support the certified instructors with a focus on the Krav Maga curriculum, high quality instruction, and instructor support. The Global Martial Arts Association Krav Maga division is a great example of this, which does not charge a monthly fee to be an active instructor, and just have a lower cost certification event to become a part of the association. This makes it ideal for schools who want to add a krav maga program to their academy, or for personal trainers or gyms wanting to add a new program, without adding a large monthly expense. $0-$100 a month
  5. Attend a Krav Maga Instructor Certification event or enroll into an Online Instructor’s Course. Now that you have been training as a student, have earned rank, researched certification options, and done some more research on the association that you want to align yourself (and your school) with, it is time to commit to an event. You will need to attend a local, in-person instructor certification, so that you can have hands-on guidance, feedback, and an intensive learning experience with the instructors. Some associations offer a 2 day event, a one week program, and some can be in-between. Study, prepare, and train hard at the event so that you can pass! Or, if you are unable to attend a local event or appreciate the option to learn in a self-paced environment, you can find an online course. Make sure the online course has real interactivity, standards, assignments, test, and challenge involved. You don’t want to pay a fee, and then print out a certificate. That will not improve your own knowledge, abilities, and confidence in launching a successful krav program.
  6. Begin teaching Krav Maga! You’ve done it! You have just joined a small (but growing) group of honorable and determined individuals who set out to become wonderful practitioners as well as teachers of this incredible self defense system and way of life. Make plans to introduce a new krav class, or being instructing in whichever format makes sense to your situation.
  7. Continue training as a student, and certify to the next instructor level. Chances are, you were certified in the first level, which means that you can now begin to legitimately train, test, and rank your own local students. But, you need to continue to learn the next levels of curriculum on your own, and never stop training as a student. You will also want to prepare for the next instructor course, so that you can become certified to teach higher levels, and stay active within your association.