Our classes are suitable for complete beginners. Everything we train is taught from scratch and our experienced instructor will guide you every step of the way.
Many of our students have never done any kind of martial arts or self-defence before. Even basic things like punching and kicking are completely new to a lot of our members when they first start training. Our instructor will teach you exactly what to do so you will pick things up very quickly and develop at your own pace.
Krav Maga was designed to be suitable for everybody, not just elite athletes or professional fighters. Whatever your current fitness level you can train entirely at your own pace. Even if it’s been years since you last did any physical exercise our training sessions are perfectly adaptable to you. Having said that, after a few months of training with us you will notice a huge improvement in your fitness.
All our training sessions start with a warm-up. This is important to prepare the body and the mind for the training. After the warm up you will begin working on the specific subject of the lesson. Obviously this varies from week to week. Sometimes it will be a particular self-defence situation, like how to escape from various holds or chokes. Other times we may work on more general fighting skills like punching and kicking. Often we will combine elements of different topics into a single session.
Throughout the session you will be working with a partner (or sometimes a small group), taking it in turns to practice the various techniques. The session will end with some kind of ‘summary drill’ where we will put what we’ve learnt into a more realistic setting and add a level of stress to make it more realistic.
Students find the sessions very enjoyable and also a great workout.
At Direct Defence Krav Maga safety in training is our number one priority. It’s the nature of an activity like Krav Maga that accidents can happen but as long as you follow the instructor’s guidance and respect your training partner you will be fine. Injuries more than the occasional bruise are rare.
The main goal of training with us is to prepare yourself for the reality of a violent conflict. To this end it is inevitable that there is physical contact between you and your training partner. However it is not the idea to get hurt in training and so the level of physicality should be suitable to you and your partner. Safety is the number one concern in training and we do all we can to ensure that training is done in a safe and responsible manner.
Krav Maga is a self-defence system that anybody can use. It does not rely on size or strength to overcome your attacker, but simple instinctive techniques that anybody can learn. It is a perfect system for women to learn in order to become safer and be able to defence themselves.
Krav Maga is suitable for anybody. There are plenty of students who have some form of disability or limitation and still train and progress very well in the system. Krav Maga can be adapted to suit your individual limitations.
Like anything, the more you train the better you will become. Of course everybody has different amounts of time that they can invest in training, but to really get the benefit and make progress you should train at least once a week as a minimum, although we recommend at least 8 sessions per month.
Yes. Sparring regularly is an important part of any self-defence training. However, in keeping with our emphasis on safety in training, sparring is introduced gradually and is done at an appropriate level for each student.
The most important things to consider here are comfort and safety. Groin protection is a must for both men and women. Mouth guards can sometimes be useful (essential when sparring). As for clothing, long trousers are preferably to shorts although shorts are also fine. KMG (Krav Maga Global) make an excellent pair of training trousers and most students eventually train in these. Any comfortable t-shirt is fine and you will be provided a Direct Defence Krav Maga club t-shirt to wear when you join. Comfortable training shoes should be worn on your feet. Watches and jewellery must be removed or if unable to be removed must be taped up.
For your first session try and arrive at least 15 minutes before the training starts as there is some paperwork to fill out and also this will give you a chance to ask any questions you may have. Once you are a regular member it’s best to be there at least 10 minutes before it starts, to give you time to change your shoes, put on protective equipment etc. Please try your best not to be late as this can disrupt the class which is unfair on the other students.
For your first session all you need to bring is yourself and plenty of water to drink as you'll be working up a sweat and it's important to stay hydrated.
Once you start training regularly you’ll need to bring your protective gear (groin protection, mouth guard, etc.), and if you have boxing gloves bring these as well. All other equipment will be provided by Direct Defence Krav Maga.
Yes, all of our current venues have parking. Please see the individual locations pages for more information about parking.
Some of our venues do have changing rooms and showers, and some don’t. Even where there are showers in the venue you probably won’t have time to use them as our sessions often finish at the same time the venues close. Please take a look at the individual locations pages for more information.
Krav Maga Global does not use a belt system. Instead we use a patch system of levels to keep track of students’ progress. There are 5 practitioner levels, P1-P5, 5 graduate levels (mostly instructors) G1-G5, and 5 expert levels (high level instructors) E1-E5. Please see the KMG Grading page for more information.
For practitioners level testing may be done every 6 months with the agreement of the instructor.
Direct Defence Krav Maga offers two levels of membership to suit your training goals and your budget. Please see the Membership page for more information.
Due to the nature of our training it is important that we know who is training when and where, and that we can keep track of everybody for safety and insurance purposes. We also believe that to get any real benefit from training you need to be training regularly, at least once a week and preferably more. For these reasons we only operate on a membership basis and do not offer pay-as-you-go-training.
It's important that we know who we have training with us at all times to ensure that we are covered for insurance. For this reason we do not accept drop in clients. If you want to give it a try click here to find out how to get started.
The minimum age for training with DDKM is 16 years old. However under 18s must have written consent of a parent in order to train.
At the moment we do not offer a kids program. KMG have an excellent curriculum for kids and teens and this may be something that Direct Defence Krav Maga offers in the future.