What is Krav Maga?

At Krav Maga Swindon, we teach genuine, authentic Israeli Krav Maga, which is a real-world close quarter combat methodology taught as standard to the Israeli Defence Forces, as well as over 500 law enforcement and military units across the world. From beginner Krav Maga classes to expert training, you’ll learn simple, realistic skills that will equip you to protect yourself against real-world attack. You’ll also get military grade fitness training as a bonus.

What is Krav Maga?

Formed in the horrific violence of the Second World War, Krav Maga started life as a system of self protection taught to Jewish civilians in the ghettos of Eastern Europe. One man, Imi, saw a necessity to teach everyday people with no fight experience to handle extremes of violence and train to that end in the shortest time possible. He was so successful at doing this that Israel later appointed him lead instructor of the newly created Israeli Defence Forces. Krav Maga survives to this day and is taught as a fundamental part of training for professionals across the world.

Intelligent, socially responsible training

Krav Maga is about the effective and immediate application of effective violence. Self defence, in real terms, means causing harm to someone effectively to stop them before they can cause harm to you. But Krav Maga is also about the judicious application of violence. We believe strongly that the greatest thing about being effective in violence is that your effectiveness lessens the likelyhood of you needing to use the violence. Our motto is “Si vis pacem, para bellum.” This means, if you wish for peace, prepare for war. In other words, if you want a peaceful life, be good at violence. It is a proven, statistically backed fact that people trained in effective self defence are selected as a victim far less than those who are not. Krav Maga is the system of professionals. It is about training to protect yourself and others. It is not about the pursuit of violence for the sake of violence.

How is Krav Maga different to Martial Arts?

Krav Maga is about simplicity. Know this: if anything is hard or complicated to learn, it won’t work in a fight. Krav Maga teaches a series of simple movements and principals centered around big, gross-motor movements. Basic striking and immediate aggression. Everything we do is tested under pressure. And we know it works. Every day we train people who deal with violence as part of their professional lives. Soldiers, security sector, law enforcement; these people use the skills we give them and come back to talk about their experiences. What sets Krav Maga apart is the methodology, its focus on simplicity, robustness, and the psychological element of handling fear, stress and threat, an element missing from the vast majority of martial arts training.

Who learns Krav Maga?

Krav Maga is used by professionals the world over. But you don’t need to be a professional to learn it. Our civilian classes deliver effective, functional self protection training and fighting fitness to people throughout Swindon, from every walk of life.

Forged in real world conflict

Here’s the simple fact: nothing else in the history of modern combat training has the pedigree of Krav Maga. We teach the people who protect the people. Law enforcement and military units around the world have chosen and continue to choose Krav Maga as the method of self protection for their operatives. Even in our Krav Maga classes in Swindon, around 20% of people learning with us at any given time will be people whose job it is to handle violence – security staff, doormen, police, infantry. What we do is proven in real world conflict. It isn’t hypothesis or theory. It’s provable fact.

Pirated – copied – and imitated

Krav Maga’s reputation is such that numerous unscrupulous individuals attempt to cash in on the name. The range of charlatans and imitators is so extensive than it can be difficult to find real Krav Maga. If it’s prefaced XXXXX Krav Maga then it almost certainly isn’t real Krav Maga

Street-Wise training

Krav Maga is a practical and street smart system. It is about recognising a problem and avoiding it before it escalates. It is about fast, effective methods that work even under the effects of adrenaline.