Direct Defence Krav Maga is a Krav Maga Global (KMG) affiliated self-defence school operating in West Sussex and Brighton. Our objective is simple: to provide the highest quality training in authentic Krav Maga, to give our students the ability to protect themselves and develop the confidence to feel safe in an increasingly dangerous world.

We have classes at various locations across West Sussex and in Brighton, and we welcome people of all backgrounds to come and train with us. We do our very best to ensure that all our students train in a fun, friendly, and safe environment, where everyone feels comfortable and welcome. It doesn’t matter about your age, sex, fitness, previous experience, all that matters is that you are willing to push yourself to learn a new skill and develop the ability to protect yourself from danger. As long as you are willing to learn, we can’t wait to teach you.

In joining us not only will you gain the knowledge and skills needed to defend yourself from all manner of violent situations, you will also become part of a club of like-minded people who will help and support you through your training.

You will learn a valuable new life-skill, improve your fitness, increase your confidence, make new friends, and have a lot of fun, all under the watchful eye of highly qualified and experienced instructors who are dedicated to passing on the knowledge and providing a fun and safe way to learn Krav Maga.

Krav Maga is a simple system which, with the right instruction, is easy to learn. The essence of Krav Maga is efficiency and simplicity. No-nonsense self-defence that works under stress. This is what Direct Defence Krav Maga is all about.


DDKM Instructor Team


Adam Holmes - Head Instructor

Expert Level 1

Adam Holmes DDKM

Adam has been training with KMG since 2012 and in that time has trained extensively in Israel with the very best instructors KMG has to offer including Eyal Yanilov.

He completed the KMG General Instructor’s Course (180 hours of intensive training) in 2014, under the guidance of KMG Global Team instructors, Ilya Dunsky, Moran Laskov, and Franklyn Hartkamp.

Adam currently teaches our 'Krav Maga Foundations' classes in Westergate, Worthing, and Brighton, as well as our 'Krav Maga Progression' class in Littlehampton.

He is committed to continually developing his own abilities in order that he can pass on this knowledge to his students. As well as the General Instructor's Course he has also completed the KMG Women’s Instructor's Course dealing with situations and requirements specific to women and girls, and the KMG VIP Protection Instructor's course dealing with teaching Krav Maga for 3rd party protection, and the KMG SWAT Instructor's course, dealing with Krav Maga for SWAT and Special Forces applications.

On top of this he also has a BTEC level 3 in self-defence instruction and holds relevant first aid certificates for martial arts.

Adam continues to train and progress through the KMG system and currently holds a rank of Expert Level 1 (E1).



Nick Hawke - Instructor

Graduate Level 2

Nick Hawke DDKM

Nick has been training Krav Maga for 11 years, 5 of those years with KMG. In that time he's had the opportunity to train with and be graded by some of the leading KMG instructors.

After training with DDKM since our very first class, Nick was asked to do the KMG General Instructor’s Course (180 hours of intensive training) and become part of the DDKM instructor team.

In 2018, under the guidance of KMG Global Team instructors Jan Tevini and Dragan Franjković he completed the course and became a fully qualified instructor

Nick is now teaching our 'Krav Maga Foundations' class in Littlehampton.

He currently holds the rank of Graduate Level 2 (G2) and continues to advance and develop both his skills in Krav Maga and his teaching ability.  

As well as being a qualified KMG instructor, Nick also has a BTEC level 3 in self-defence instruction and a Martial Arts first aid certification.