Becoming a Krav Maga Instructor: The Ultimate Guide

Krav Maga is a highly effective self-defense system that has gained popularity worldwide in recent decades. With its focus on real-world scenarios and practical techniques, Krav Maga is an ideal choice for individuals looking to improve their self-defense skills and protect themselves from potential danger. For those who are interested in teaching Krav Maga to others, becoming an instructor is a great way to share their knowledge and skills with others.

“When people accept your role as a teacher, they grant you access to influence them. They trust you to better them.”

In the pasts 15 years, I had the honor of certifying hundreds of instructors around the globe. I was amazed to learn about the different kinds of motivations for individuals to become Krav Maga instructors, some of the common ones include:

What motivates people to become Krav Maga instructors?
  1. Passion for self-defense: Many people are motivated by their passion for self-defense and helping others develop the skills to protect themselves. They want to share their knowledge and experience with others so they can feel empowered and confident in any situation.

  2.  Personal growth: Becoming a Krav Maga instructor can be a rewarding experience that allows individuals to grow both personally and professionally. They gain a deeper understanding of the techniques and principles of Krav Maga, and they get to improve their teaching skills and abilities.

  3. Sense of community: Instructing Krav Maga can provide a sense of community and fulfillment as individuals are able to help others achieve their goals and improve their overall well-being. They get to be a part of a supportive and empowering community that values the benefits of self-defense and physical fitness.

  4. Career development: For some, becoming a Krav Maga instructor can be a stepping stone toward a career in the self-defense and fitness industry. They can use their skills and experience to build a successful career, and they get to help others along the way.
What makes you qualify to teach?

To become a Krav Maga instructor, you need to have a solid understanding of the techniques and principles of Krav Maga, as well as the ability to communicate this knowledge to others effectively. The certification to teach is just a recognition of your efforts and a proven track record of teaching Krav Maga to others.

How to become a Krav Maga instructor:
  1. You must train with a legitimate instructor
    Be sure to train for a couple of years before applying to teach. Your experience on the mat is essential. If you wish to teach such an important life skill to others, make sure you experience the benefits of it as a student first!


  2. Find an organization that will help you grow!
    Learning how to become an instructor is the first step. You will need support even after completing the course. Look for an environment that will support you and be available for you to ask questions, get updates and keep on training.


  3. Complete the instructor course

    After finding a reputable organization, enroll in their instructor course and complete it to the required standard. The course will cover teaching methods, safety, and other important aspects of instructing Krav Maga.

    Obtain a certification: To become a Krav Maga instructor, it is necessary to obtain a certificate from a recognized Krav Maga organization. 

    Completing the course involves completing an intensive training program. You will need to pass an evaluation a physical exam, and theoretical and teaching exams while meeting the standards set by the organization. You must demonstrate your knowledge and skills as a Krav Maga instructor.


  4. Gain experience as an instructor.

    It is a different kind of experience. Teaching techniques and leading a group have nothing to do with being a good practitioner. It’s a different skill set, and one must train to become good at it.
    This will help you develop your skills as an instructor and improve your ability to teach a different types of students more effectively.


  5. Maintain your certification and stay relevant.

    To keep your certification and knowledge current. It is necessary to keep in shape, train even harder than ever before. it is essential to attend continuing education and training programs regularly to stay updated with the latest techniques and teaching methods.

By following these steps, you can become a qualified and certified Krav Maga instructor, capable of teaching others the skills and techniques of this highly effective self-defense system.

What responsibility do you have when you start teaching?

As a Krav Maga instructor, you have a responsibility to provide your students with a safe and effective learning environment. This includes ensuring that students are properly trained and equipped and that they understand the techniques and principles of Krav Maga. You must also be a good role model for your students, embodying the values and principles of Krav Maga both inside and outside the training environment. Additionally, you have a responsibility to stay current with the latest advancements in Krav Maga, and to continuously improve your teaching skills and abilities.

Becoming a Krav Maga instructor is a challenging and rewarding experience. It requires a commitment to self-improvement and a passion for helping others. With the right training, experience, and qualifications, individuals can turn their love of Krav Maga into a successful and fulfilling career. As a Krav Maga instructor, you have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of others while also growing and developing as an individual. So if you’re ready to take your Krav Maga skills to the next level, consider becoming an instructor and join the community of dedicated professionals who are helping others to become more confident, skilled, and empowered.

If you’re considering becoming a Krav Maga instructor, I highly recommend it. Not only will you have the opportunity to share your knowledge and skills with others, but you’ll also have the chance to continue growing and developing as a Krav Maga practitioner. Teaching Krav Maga requires dedication, commitment, and hard work, but the rewards are worth it. You’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re making a positive impact on the lives of others, and you’ll be part of a supportive and empowering community that values the benefits of self-defense and physical fitness. If you’re passionate about Krav Maga and want to take your skills to the next level, becoming an instructor is a fantastic choice.

Remember – it is not a job. It’s a calling. You get rich, but not with money. You are rich with community, satisfaction, and fulfillment.  You will be making a difference. But first, be the change you wish to see in the world.

Do something amazing

Tsahi Shemesh,
Founder & CEO
Krav Maga Experts