Krav Maga Curriculum

The Krav Maga curriculum is logically organized by way of a progressive testing system, however the promulgation and distribution of belts/levels is certainly not the goal of the system. The Krav Maga belt testing system has not only been carefully conceived, but has been designed to motivate student participants, and foster and encourage a positive learning atmosphere. Most importantly, the belt system aids in the overall organization of subject matter and curriculum within existing class levels. The most important goal is to help you develop the ability to quickly and efficiently defend against any conceivable threat to you, a friend, or a family member. The important thing is to attain the actual ability to perform realistic defenses against a variety of attacks. Thus while achieving an advanced belt level is important, it should be secondary to your pursuit of knowledge.

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 Class Descriptions
Krav Maga       Beginner

Level 1

Krav Maga Level 1 self-defense class is an entry level class designed for all new Krav Maga students as well as students who want to continue to hone their basic skills. The goal of this class is to teach the basics of self-defense and striking. Students will learn Krav Maga’s fighting stance and movement, various punches, kicks from standing position as well as from the ground, elbows and knees, and how to defend against punches, chokes, headlocks and wrist grabs. Training is done ins a safe, hands-on, and very physical way providing a great workout every time. Whether your Goal is Personal Safety OR Fitness—Get Both Here!


Krav Maga    Intermediate

Levels 2 and 3 

The next levels of Krav Maga self-defense training include Level 2 and 3. Students must pass the Level 1 test before training at the intermediate levels. Level 2 students will develop additional strikes including hooks and upper cuts, defensive kicks, counter strikes while    defending punches, kick defenses, additional choke and bearhug defenses, fall breaks, and mounted on the ground defenses and more.  Level 3 students will develop additional skills including headbutts, more kicks, and inside defenses w/counters, defenses against round kicks, rolls, more headlock & bearhug defenses, and extensive ground defenses and more.


Krav Maga     Advanced

Levels 4 and 5

The advanced levels of Krav Maga include Level 4 and 5.  Students must pass the level 3 test to train in advanced classes.  Level 4 students will focus on advanced striking, kicks and combinations, sweeps, and additional defenses including advance ground and takedowns. Students begin weapon defenses including basic stick, knife, and gun defenses.  Level 5 students will train in advanced kicks, throws, and advanced headlock defenses.  Advanced weapon defenses will also be the focus including knife, gun and long gun defenses. Advanced levels of training include multiple attackers and more complex threats. See our website for additional details on specific curriculum offered at each level.


Fitness KickboxingHeavy Bag Workout High Energy, High Intensity Heavy Bag workout class incorporating punches, kicks, and  combinations. This is a cardiovascular, interval training, aerobic and strength-training class. Improve technique, build endurance and develop true core strength. These all around full body workouts include dumb bells, kettle bell, body weight training, plyometrics and other training methods. These intense all-round fitness workouts burn off fat, forge a fighters    physique, develop strength with flexibility, build staying power, and boost physical resilience. BURN up to a 1000 calories in every workout!  Beginners welcome! These classes are open to all members and are led by our experienced Krav Maga Instructors.Boxing gloves, bag gloves or wraps are strongly suggested.


Krav Fitness Our Krav Fitness and Conditioning Classes offer a specialized and unique workout that you can’t get anywhere else. Muscle confusion and metabolic conditioning are key components in the makeup of these sessions. With a very unique mix of multiple training  modules, each   session provides a complete workout, efficiently, with simple tools, and led by a professional instructor. Some tools used in these sessions include plyometric boxes, resistance and body weight exercises, kettle bell and pull up bars. With our Non Striking Format— These No-Nonsense classes are dynamic and scaled to your ability. Whether you are new to fitness OR an elite athlete—This class will take you to the next level. If your objective is for fitness only or to enhance your Krav Maga self defense and fighting training, these classes bring a fresh experience to the total body workout. This class will make you stronger and improve your cardiovascular conditioning.


FightIntro to Fight

Advanced Fight

Ground Fighting

The Fight program allows you to take your Krav Maga self-defense knowledge to new levels by  combining Krav Maga striking and defensive principles from all Krav Maga levels into an applied, practical, controlled and safe environment. Develop your street fighting skills. While light contact is expected in these classes, proper training equipment is required.  Intro to Fight and Ground Fighting are open to all Krav Members who have had at least 12 Level 1 Classes. Advanced Fight is open to all who have completed Intro to Fight. Both basic and advanced fight concepts are trained in these classes depending on participant’s ability and experience. Fun and Challenging, these 3 fight classes run in 12 week rotating cycles.


Level 1
White belt testing to Yellow belt
In level 1, you’ll learn basic strikes and defenses against the most common attacks.

Level 1 curriculum includes:

  • Straight punches and palm strikes
  • Knee strikes
  • Elbow strikes
  • Basic kicks
  • Basic punch and kick combinations
  • Basic punch defenses
  • Defenses against chokes from the front, back and side
  • Defense against headlock
  • “Soft techniques” including wrist releases and verbal de-escalation of threats
  • Basic ground work
    (movement, getting up, kicking from the ground)

Level 2
Yellow belt testing to Orange belt
Level 2 builds on level 1 by addressing more complex defensive situations and by teaching more technically difficult, but still very effective, strikes and counters. You’ll also start learning how to operate in a ground fight using techniques taken from wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Level 2 curriculum includes:

  • Hook and uppercut punches
  • Punch combinations and kick combinations
  • Side and back kicks, advancing kicks
  • Punch and kick defenses with counters
  • Defenses against carotid and tracheal (“armbar”) chokes
  • Defenses against chokes against a wall
  • Defenses against bearhugs
  • Basic fall breaks (side and back)
  • Basic ground work (working from the guard, escaping the mount or guard)

Level 3
Orange belt testing to Green belt
In level 3, students learn advanced material such as advanced ground fighting and defenses against multiple attackers.

Level 3 curriculum includes:

  • Advanced combatives (headbutts, overhand punch, heel kick, spinning back kicks, slap kick and others)
  • Reflexive punch and kick defenses
  • Defenses against hairgrabs and reverse headlock
  • Advanced bearhug defenses, including being lifted from the ground


  • More advanced ground work (locks and work from choke, headlock, side mount, and guard)
  • More advanced fall breaks and rolls
  • Introduction to weapon defenses (gun and stick defenses)

Level 4
Green belt testing to Blue belt
In Level 4, students learn advanced material such as weapons defenses, grappling, and joint locks.

Level 4 curriculum includes:

  • More advanced combatives (Spinning heel and slap kicks, axe kick, ridgehand strikes, chops, and inward angle knee)
  • Sweeps and multiple rolls
  • Advanced kick defenses (to side and spinning kicks)


  • Stick, knife, and gun defenses
  • Wrist locks
  • Ground work including grappling, defense vs. headlock and defense against mount with wrists pinned

Level 5
Blue belt testing to Brown belt
In Level 5, students learn more advanced material including more weapon defenses, specific ground techniques, as well as throws and holds.

Level 5 curriculum includes:

  • More advanced combatives (Punch combinations, switch kicks, jumping kicks and multiple punch/kick combinations)
  • Defense against back kicks
  • Advanced stick, knife, and gun defenses


  • Throws / Holds
  • Advanced scenario headlock defenses including full nelson defense
  • Advanced fighting drills
  • Elbows against multiple assailants

Advanced Training
At more advanced levels, students learn improvisation and dynamic technique combinations in preparation for black belt testing, through dynamic drills and multiple attacker scenarios.