Krav Maga Experts' Blog
Does Krav Maga Involve Sparring?
Sparring is a form of training practiced in many combat sports. It is essentially ‘free-form’ fighting with enough rules, protective gear, consent, and respect to minimize injuries as much as possible. Krav Maga is a non-competitive fighting style. There is no way to apply the techniques we teach in class in a “fair” or competitive… Continue reading Does Krav Maga Involve Sparring?
Why Are We Holding Level / Belt Testing In Krav Maga
Skills Assessment & Grading – Is It Necessary For My Progress? Skills assessment is a critical component of any successful structured training program. This holds true for every form of education and training – Krav Maga is no different. Throughout the year, Krav Maga practitioners train according to material fitting for their level. Levels ensure… Continue reading Why Are We Holding Level / Belt Testing In Krav Maga
Goodbye Letter From Raz Chen
Seven years ago, Tsahi invited me to come to New York and spread Krav Maga. I knew it would be an amazing adventure, but I could never have imagined the journey I would take. I had the pleasure of working with so many incredible students. Whether it was only a single lesson, or every day… Continue reading Goodbye Letter From Raz Chen
What Makes You A Black Belt?
When I started training in Krav Maga, back in the late ’80s of the last century, I didn’t know quitting was even an option. I had the honor of being trained by great people who learned directly under the founder of the system,
WHATEVER TRIGGERS YOU, REVEALS WHAT YOU NEED TO HEAL
How much attention our students give to the instructors may vary from time to time. I’ve noticed they will pay closer attention when we teach something they feel is relevant to them.
Limits, Like Fear, Are Often An Illusion
We all know the old story of the baby elephant and the rope. Baby elephants were traditionally trained by tying one of their front legs to a peg that limits them from moving around.
How Krav Maga Changed My Academic Performance
How Krav Maga Changed My Academic Performance Recently, one of our teen students had to write an essay and decided to write about his journey with Krav Maga Experts. This essay, written from the “student’s perspective” puts into words what academic research had proven; Learning self-defense improves academic performance¹ ², increases self-esteem², and a sense… Continue reading How Krav Maga Changed My Academic Performance
Personal Story – Self-defense trains us for many kinds of violence
There are different kinds of violence, not all of them are physical and not all motives to use violence are the same. In the gym, we train to respond to Physical Violence & Sexual Violence mostly. In fact, most of the time it’s the Emotional Violence happens, even when the ‘aggressor’ isn’t a violent person,… Continue reading Personal Story – Self-defense trains us for many kinds of violence
What Yom Kippur Is All About?
On Thursday we are observing Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur marks the end of the Days of Awe or Days of Repentance. Yom Kippur is a time of self-reflection. According to the Jewish tradition, on this day we are being judged for all we have done in the past year. We repent to God asking forgiveness for… Continue reading What Yom Kippur Is All About?
How many hours do I need to train until I can feel safe?
How many hours do I need to train until I can feel safe? The short answer is there’s a big difference between feeling safe and being safe. So perhaps it’s the wrong question to ask. The self-defense journey starts even before you step on the mat. It takes courage to start, especially when you don’t… Continue reading How many hours do I need to train until I can feel safe?
Warning Signs and Red Flags for Sexual Violence – Rape Prevention Training
The truth of life is that we don’t get to pick when bad things happen. We don’t normally wake up and know that the events of the day will change our lives forever. All we can do is train our minds and body so that, if that day comes, we can be ready: We can be… Continue reading Warning Signs and Red Flags for Sexual Violence – Rape Prevention Training
Love Isn’t About Protection, It’s About Empowerment
Love Isn’t About Protection, It’s About Empowerment
From The Beginning To a Post-COVID Beginning
Ten years ago I came to the US with so few resources that I sometimes chose between spending money on food or a subway ride. My lack of funds was balanced by an enormous passion to build a safe place for all to learn Krav Maga—a place where everyone is equally important regardless of race,… Continue reading From The Beginning To a Post-COVID Beginning
Best Way To Handle Violence? Cut It Off From The Start
I hope everyone is getting some socially distant outside time. The weather is beautiful, and the sunshine is great for getting some Vitamin D. Also, the 21 class challenge is still going, and I’m excited to add more names to the list of winners. Unfortunately, the topic of the week is a lot sadder. We… Continue reading Best Way To Handle Violence? Cut It Off From The Start
Covid-19 & Domestic Violence
I’m proud of everyone who completed the 21-day challenge; your most significant reward is already granted! Those who were able to accomplish 21 classes in 21 days have reported a difference in muscle tone and fitness level. Well done! I hope you all saw you were capable of a lot more training than you thought.… Continue reading Covid-19 & Domestic Violence
Let’s Talk About Your RoundHouse Kicks
Congratulations to those who won the 21 Krav Challenge. Expect an email for your reward. For everyone else, try again for next month! As a part of our constant effort to provide our students with a broad approach to training, we created a mobility program that will assist with your practice. Here’s a link to… Continue reading Let’s Talk About Your RoundHouse Kicks
2020 Feels Like A Kick To The Groin
First, I hope everyone is almost done with the 21 Krav Day Challenge. I know a few people who have already finished, and I can’t wait to announce the award. We are starting to begin the process of slowly returning to lives to normal. It’s a very stressful time for many of us, who… Continue reading 2020 Feels Like A Kick To The Groin
Escaping Arm Grabs. Before It’s Too Late
We are almost done with our 21 class challenge and I hope you all are on the way. I am preparing the surprise for you all and I know you will enjoy it. For those who missed out, we’ll be doing it again next month, with an additional challenge for those who won this month. … Continue reading Escaping Arm Grabs. Before It’s Too Late
21 Challenge Progress – Week 2
Since we announced the 21 challenage, many of you got on board! I am really excited to have the prize for those who complete it, but I’m also excited to see the changes in you for pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. I hope you have gotten the chance to try new teachers and… Continue reading 21 Challenge Progress – Week 2
21 Classes Challange
I’m excited to announce the June KravMaga 21 challenge, for Krav Maga Experts’ students to make a commitment to take at least 21 online Krav Maga classes overall. We started the count from June 1st. 21 classes (all classes count, including power and mobility and stretch) Those who complete the challenge will get a… Continue reading 21 Classes Challange
What Did You Learn in 70 Days of Quarantine?
Dear Krav students We are in the tenth week (70 days as of my writing today) of quarantine since the last class at Krav Maga Experts happened and we were ordered to shut down by order of the government in order to maintain the safety of the students and staff. Since then, we’ve been… Continue reading What Did You Learn in 70 Days of Quarantine?
Five Steps To Achieve Your Goal
People like to lie to themselves. We all do it in different ways, but the result is usually the same. It takes us off the course of our goals and distracting our attention. We lie to ourselves that we’re too tired to go to the gym. If there was a thousand dollar check waiting at… Continue reading Five Steps To Achieve Your Goal
7 Ways To Improve Your Training
My parents raised me to always think for myself and question the world around me. They never wanted me to follow orders blindly but to constantly learn for myself what’s the right thing to do was. I know it’s much easier to just command obedience but my parents wanted me to have as much freedom… Continue reading 7 Ways To Improve Your Training
IDF Spirit (Part II)
Last week, I began with a discussion of the 10 Principles of the IDF. I did it on one of the most emotional days of the year for me, in honor of my uncle who I never even got to meet. This week, I want to continue. (6) Professionalism Being professional means doing your work… Continue reading IDF Spirit (Part II)
The Spirit of Israel
On November 24, 2009, my life changed forever. The day before, I was a civilian, a teenager who just finished high school. On that day, I became a soldier for the state of Israel. When I entered the army, I received a document called “Ruach Tzahal” (Spirit of the Israeli Army) which would be the… Continue reading The Spirit of Israel
Never Again Since 1948
Today is Yom Hashoah, the memorial for the 6 million Jewish people murdered, and for the survivors who endured unspeakable suffering and terrible loss. The Holocaust was systemized state-terror bent on destroying everything Jewish. To put it in perspective, half of the Jews in Europe and one-third of Jews overall in the entire… Continue reading Never Again Since 1948
My Real-Life Experience, Using Krav Maga
I arrived at Krav Maga Experts at the age of 15, a scared, overweight, and constantly nervous kid. Over the years, my instructors not only became father figures who helped me overcome many of my great obstacles, (Including all three prior mentioned obstacles,) but just as importantly taught me how to be situationally aware, and… Continue reading My Real-Life Experience, Using Krav Maga
Active Shooter Training – Life-Saving Information
Active Shooter Training – Life-Saving Information What does it take to see a weapon pointed at you and react? Most people’s default response is to freeze. Would you know what to do? According to the Gun Violence Archive, 272 mass shooting incidents have already occurred in 2018, as of October. Active shooter situations… Continue reading Active Shooter Training – Life-Saving Information
The First Time I Participated In An Active Shooter Training
Active Shooter Workshop at Krav Maga Experts: Student’s Review It’s becoming an all too familiar scene with the major media outlets reporting an active shooter incident that it’s either taking place as “Breaking News” or has already happened. In any case, there are multiple injuries, fatalities and another family mourning the senseless death of a… Continue reading The First Time I Participated In An Active Shooter Training
How Training in Krav Maga can Help Improve your Professional and Personal Life
By now, most people have heard of Krav Maga in New York. If you are new to the world of self-defense training, Krav Maga is a self-defense and fighting system developed by the Israeli Defense Forces. Krav Maga courses in New York City have become extremely popular over the last few years because they serve… Continue reading How Training in Krav Maga can Help Improve your Professional and Personal Life
My Old ME – VS – My New Me
Hello everyone and welcome back to the KME blog! Today, I’m going to talk a little bit about myself and how the study of Krav Maga has affected me and helped me become a stronger person, both physically and mentally. Women don’t generally have it easy in society–never have. We are often harassed, dictated to… Continue reading My Old ME – VS – My New Me
Interview With An Expert – Markus Anderson
We are blessed with a great team of instructors. Markus Anderson, who came all the way from Denmark to join our international team. Markus dedicated a significant part of his life to practicing and teaching martial arts. After running his own club in Copenhagen, training the Danish army, and special police units he decided to dedicate his… Continue reading Interview With An Expert – Markus Anderson
7 Things I Didn’t Know About Krav Maga
Hello Everyone! Welcome back to the KME blog! Today, after doing two back-to-back Krav classes, Strike and Krav Maga, I went over the exercises I improved on since coming here, and the ones that needed some more work. My punches have become stronger and more focused, though the pivoting on my feet could probably use… Continue reading 7 Things I Didn’t Know About Krav Maga
My First Experience With Krav Maga in NYC
We approached the familiar old building on 12th street and University Place–usually, my younger sister and I went there for doctor visits. Today, I would be sitting in a class that my sister had started taking earlier that summer. No, it wasn’t her typical ballet classes that she used to dominate in. It was something… Continue reading My First Experience With Krav Maga in NYC
70 Years Of Krav Maga
As Israel celebrates 70 years of existence, we can stop to reflect on the fact that in so short a time a nation under constant siege from hostile states has contributed so many positive inventions for the rest of humanity. Most of the technology used today whether it’s a mobile phone, computer chip, Facebook, anti-virus… Continue reading 70 Years Of Krav Maga
Bruises Aren’t a Sign Of Weakness!
We don’t need to protect women, we need to teach them how to protect themselves. We don’t need to empower, we need to let them be strong. This is a wonderful repost from @luminousarchitecture – I took a bit of a beating training P3 fight tactics last night at Krav Maga Experts – Park Slope… Continue reading Bruises Aren’t a Sign Of Weakness!
How Self-Defense Helps You Lose Weight
How Self-Defense Helps You Lose Weight It’s that time of the year! In a few minutes, the ball will drop in Times Square to usher in the New Year. The countdown begins, the crowd gets more excited, you are happy the old year is out and hope for a better year ahead. As the New… Continue reading How Self-Defense Helps You Lose Weight
The Element Of Surprise (History Lesson)
How Israel Won Four Bigger Armies In Six Day? The Krav Maga system is known to the element of surprise as the most important element in winning a fight. Best to hit your enemies and catch them off guard when they least expect it. This was the case of the Six Day War of 1967.… Continue reading The Element Of Surprise (History Lesson)
The First Time I Had To Use My Krav Training
2/21/18 Over the years, we received dozens of thank you letters from our students. We decided to share some of them on our blog. Maybe, tomorrow it’s going to be you. “Dear KME instructors, I want to say thank you for the last 1.5+ years of your excellent instruction and investment in my growth as… Continue reading The First Time I Had To Use My Krav Training
How To Find Your NewYear’s Resolution
Once again the New Year’s Eve ball has dropped in Times Square under freezing, cold conditions and it is one more year filled with resolutions you probably won’t keep. But why is it that most resolutions are never fulfilled? Most of the times we are merely unrealistic in our expectations. The key to success… Continue reading How To Find Your NewYear’s Resolution
The Gift of Self Defense
The Gift of Self Defense The holidays are here, and for those of us who celebrate Christmas, the anticipation builds as we go online or store shopping for gifts. We try finding that special gift for those close to us and hoping they will like it and not having to join the many in the… Continue reading The Gift of Self Defense
Training during hard times
The Importance of Continuing Training during Rough Times Many times we hear the phrase, “What goes around comes around,” or, “If you work hard enough, you’ll see the fruits of your labor.” Unfortunately, sometimes life doesn’t turn out to be what we expect despite working hard trying, to move up the ladder of success. Instead,… Continue reading Training during hard times
Is Fear Good Or Bad For You
Does Fear Help or Hurt you? Fear is a natural reaction to a real threat or how we perceive danger. It is triggered by adrenaline followed by more blood pumping into our arms and legs to run faster and away from danger. Less blood circulates in the stomach area which is why we feel light… Continue reading Is Fear Good Or Bad For You
Self-Defense and the Law, what are my rights?
Self-Defense and the Law, what are my rights? When we are learning a self-defense technique like Krav Maga taught professionally by certified instructors, we’re told to go all the way in making sure our aggressor is completely neutralized and will no longer be a threat to us or our loved ones. We go through different… Continue reading Self-Defense and the Law, what are my rights?
Why You SHOULD NOT Trust Pepper Spray For Self-Protection
Why you should NOT trust pepper spray for self-protection Pepper spray is a popular self-protection weapon used around the world for those feeling vulnerable when they venture out into the streets. It is also used by police as a crowd control method when protests get out of hand. Pepper spray comes in different forms like… Continue reading Why You SHOULD NOT Trust Pepper Spray For Self-Protection
What To Expect – My First Krav Maga Test?
Krav Maga has a reputation of a Hard-Core fighting system. Many people are afraid to put themselves to test. We asked a student to write about his experience. Enjoy the reading! I remember being nervous about my first Krav Maga test for Practitioner Level 1. All of us who tested were. You simply don’t know… Continue reading What To Expect – My First Krav Maga Test?
What Makes KME Instructors Different
These days we hear about Krav Maga in popular Netflix series like “Jessica Jones,” where the lead character’s sister, a controversial radio talk show host, takes private Krav Maga lessons to defend herself from danger and threats. As the world becomes more volatile and unstable for different reasons, we see in social media iPhone videos… Continue reading What Makes KME Instructors Different
My Frist Krav Maga Class
My First Time Doing Krav Maga I was registered for a Krav Maga class at noon on a Sunday. The entire morning I anxiously awaited my first go at Israeli self defense. The only self defense classes I had previously taken were in high school gym class. We would attack a male volunteer in my… Continue reading My Frist Krav Maga Class
7 Things You Need to Know Before Starting Krav Maga
Krav Maga is for Everyone Despite the fact that law enforcement, military, and para-military groups train in some aspects of Krav or another, this self-defense discipline is designed for everyone regardless of fighting experience. When you go to your first-time class expect to see all types of persons from all walks of life including the… Continue reading 7 Things You Need to Know Before Starting Krav Maga
Krav Maga Techniques
Self Defense Technique – Bear hug from behind In this tutorial, Krav Maga Expert Instructors, Tsahi and Raz teach a defense against a rear bear hug while your arms are free. If someone grabs you from behind, this usually comes by surprise. The attacker will try to control you while picking you up, hold you while… Continue reading Krav Maga Techniques
How To Find a Krav Maga Trainer
Find your Krav Maga Trainer / Krav Maga School We live in a digital world. We rely on Siri for recommendations and trust her answers. We swipe right for the next date and ask our phones to order us food. No one has time to spare anymore, especially in a great city like NYC. But,… Continue reading How To Find a Krav Maga Trainer
Do Women Stand a Chance Against Men in a Real Fight?
Both men and women are capable of being aggressive and violent when the need arises. While is true that men are generally stronger than women it doesn’t mean a woman can’t fight a man. A lot depends on social conditioning from childhood. In many parts of the world, parents begin this conditioning in the way… Continue reading Do Women Stand a Chance Against Men in a Real Fight?
10 Core Principles Of Krav Maga
Core Principles of Krav Maga (Non-Competitive Self Defense) The goal in Krav Maga is to keep one safe. In a violent situation; there are no rules. You need to do anything in your power not to get hurt. What does “everything in your power” mean? Taking preventative measures comes first. Be aware and avoid violence.… Continue reading 10 Core Principles Of Krav Maga
How Krav Maga Principles Can Be Applied To Everyday Life
We know Krav Maga is a very efficient, precise and expert method of self-defense, however there are other benefits of Krav Maga that spin off from this discipline and that you can apply to your everyday life when confronted by any problem. We can summarize this with Awareness, Assessment and Action. As you begin your… Continue reading How Krav Maga Principles Can Be Applied To Everyday Life
Bruises in Krav Maga
As a general rule, we all avoid getting hurt in any way. No reasonably normal person enjoys getting hurt and much less having visible bruises on the body. However, if you are committed and consistent with your Krav Maga training, attending many classes during the week and possibly even sparring, then at some point or… Continue reading Bruises in Krav Maga
Why Krav Maga for Self-Defense?
Why Krav Maga for Self-Defense? Krav Maga is an effective Israeli self-defense system that has been tested and proven over the years. In Hebrew, Krav Maga translates to contact combat, and it conditions your mind to always be aware of your surroundings for impending danger. Once you’re able to recognize a dangerous situation beforehand it’s… Continue reading Why Krav Maga for Self-Defense?
The Body Language of a Badass
The Body Language of a Badass You hear the word “badass” used a lot lately. If you Google the definition of “badass” you get “a tough, uncompromising person.” The word is not recent, it comes from the 1950s gang underground culture, and like many trends from the underground eventually become mainstream. So why does everyone… Continue reading The Body Language of a Badass
Grant Your Child a Better Future With Self Defense For Kids
Grant Your Child a Better Future You hear about it frequently, from friends, family and the media: Bullying. It has become a persistent problem affecting all children of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds everywhere including here in New York City. In worse cases, the outcome has been fatal with the victim committing suicide because either… Continue reading Grant Your Child a Better Future With Self Defense For Kids