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KRAV MAGA OVERVIEW

In Krav Maga, there are no hard-and-fast rules, and no distinction in training for men and women. It is not a sport, and there are no specific uniforms, attire or competions. All the techniques focus on maximum efficiency in real-life conditions. Krav Maga generally assumes that the individual attacking will give no quarter, therefore, as a response the attacks and defenses are intended only for use in potentially lethal threat situations with the aim to neutralize and escape as rapidly and safely as possible. Crippling attacks to vulnerable body parts, and maximizing personal safety in a fight, are emphasized. However, it must be stressed that we demonstrate how to moderate the techniques to fit the circumstances. While no limits are placed on techniques to be used in life-threatening situations, the legal need to inflict the appropriate minimal damage in other circumstances is recognized and stressed.

MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

Gareth Noble
Gareth NobleChief Instructor

A registered self protection instructor and black belt with the British Combat Association, attending seminars conducted by Peter Consterdine and Geoff Thompson.
Instructors have years of training in the military combat system of Krav Maga. In that time they have had the privilege of attending many training seminars with Eyal Yanilov the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) head instructor.
Have spent time in Poland, training with the Institute of Krav Maga Poland under the expert supervision and leadership of Tomasz Adamczyk. This involved reality based situations such as – night training, training on moving trams and buses, on sport ground terraces, in close quarter battle (CQB) arenas, such as houses, restaurants, etc.
Trained in Belgium with IMADS Krav Maga, Stéphane Denis founder and technical director, one of the best instructors of krav maga in europe.
Experiences have been gained through many real life situations as riot squad members of the British Army and Her Majesties Prison Service.
As Prison Service training officer, a large catalogue of experience has been built in training new recruits and members of staff .
Duties in the British Army, active service has been gained through fighting terrorism, both in overt and covert operations.
Columnist for a local newspaper since October 2005, writing regular articles on public safety, security, awareness and self defence.

Qualifications and Awards:-

  • Gold, Silver & Bronze medallist with the International Street-fighting Union
  • IKMA Director & Chief Instructor for Wales-UK
  • British Combat Association registered Self Protection Instructor
  • Self Protection Tutor for local council group
  • Trainers certificate
  • Fully CRB checked
  • Instructor in Emergency First Aid
  • First Aid at Work certificate
  • Health & Safety and Assessor certificates
  • Commendation for bravery
Jason Hooper
Jason HooperInstructor

A registered self protection instructor and black belt with the British Combat Association with over ten years experience in Krav Maga.
In this time I have participated in transport and pub/bar seminars and entered the International Street-fighting union championships in Greece under the tuition of Gareth Noble.
I have participated in a seminar with Core Combatives founder Mick Coup. I have also had the opportunity to train with Urban Combatives instructor Lee Morrison.
I have also tried Muay Thai, Aikido and Shotokan Karate but I have found during my nine years working as a door supervisor that Krav Maga focuses more on reality based situations.

Keiron Gibbon
Keiron GibbonInstructor

I started training in martial arts at the age of five, learning Tae Kwon Do and achieved a first degree black belt. From the age of eleven I went on to study boxing and kickboxing. I have also studied a number of different styles of Kung Fu.I have attended a seminar hosted by Chris Crudelli (Mind, Body and Kick Ass Moves).
At the age of eighteen I found Krav Maga which I have studied for the last eight years, becoming a black belt within three years and I have been a qualified instructor in Krav Maga for the last four years.
I continue to train in and teach Krav Maga to the present day under the guidance of Gareth Noble.

OUR CLASSES

TUESDAY – 20:15 to 21:15

Whitchurch Community Centre
Old Church Road
Cardiff
CF14 1AB

TUESDAY – 19:30 to 20:30

Portskewett Recreation Hall
Manor Way
Caldicot
NP26 5SN

THURSDAY – 19:30 to 20:30

Church Hall
Foundry Road
Pontypridd
CF37 2RA

SUNDAY – 17:00 to 18:00

YMCA Plasnewydd
2 Shakespeare Street
Cardiff
CF24 3ES

A few simple rules:-

  • Please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to class start time
  • No Uniform is necessary (this is real self defence, wear what is comfortable)
  • No Jewellery is to be worn during the lesson
  • Inform us of any injuries or medication prior to the lesson starting

Personal 1 to 1 instructor training is also available on request

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Standard price £5 per lesson. No contract and no direct debit – pay as you train. First lesson FREE!

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Instructor: Gareth Noble
Telephone: 07968 044842
Email: kravmaga@mail.com

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“ People respect power, and it comes in many forms, Krav Maga is power, and people will respect you for knowing it ”

IMI LICHENFELD - KRAV MAGA FOUNDER

KRAV MAGA HISTORY

Krav Maga

Krav Maga (Hebrew קרב מגע: “contact combat”) is a self-defense and military hand to hand combat system developed in Israel. It came to prominence following its adoption by various Israeli Security Forces and is now used by military and law enforcement personnel, as well as civilians, around the world. The version of Krav Maga taught in civilian martial arts classes is more often a simplified version that emphasizes personal self-defense, and is likely to exclude the killing techniques taught to the military, or the holds and come-alongs taught to police forces; there are legal proscriptions in some countries which govern and constrain the teaching of hazardous or life-threatening techniques to civilians.

Etymology

The generic name in Hebrew means “close combat”. The word maga (מגע) means “contact” and the word krav (קרב) means “combat”, but the literal translation “contact combat,” can be misconstrued as something like “kickboxing” or “full contact karate.” English-speakers often shorten the term to Krav. As a historical note, the original name of Krav Maga was KAPAP which was an acronym for Krav Panim el Panim, face-to-face combat.

Imi Lichtenfeld

The beginning of the system that would become Krav Maga in Israel was developed in Hungary and Czechoslovakia in the 1930s by Imi Lichtenfeld, also known as Imi Sde-Or. (Sde-Or – “Light Field” – is a calque of his surname into Hebrew.) He first taught his fighting system in Bratislava in order to help protect the Jewish community from Nazi militias. Upon arriving in the British Mandate of Palestine prior to the establishment of the Jewish state, Imi began teaching hand-to-hand combat to the Haganah, the Jewish underground army. With the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Imi became the Chief Instructor of Physical Fitness and Krav Maga at the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) School of Combat Fitness. He served in the IDF for about 20 years, during which time he continued to develop and refine his hand-to-hand combat method. He died in January 1998 in Netanya, Israel

Expansion outside Israel

Prior to 1980, all experts in Krav Maga lived in Israel. That year marks the beginning of contact between Israeli Krav Maga experts and interested students in the United States. In 1981, a group of six Krav Maga instructors traveled to the US to offer demonstrations of the system, primarily at local Jewish Community Centers. This, in turn, led to demonstrations at the New York Field Office of the FBI and the FBI’s Main Training Center. The result was a visit by 22 people from the US to Israel in the summer of 1981 to attend a basic Krav Maga instructor course. The graduates from this course returned to the US and began to establish training facilities in their local areas. Additional students traveled to Israel in 1984 and again in 1986 to become instructors. At the same time, instructors from Israel continued to visit the US. Law Enforcement training in the US began in 1985.

After the death of the founder

After Imi’s death, a number of different schools and associations developed around the world. Although there is an ongoing debate as to who may claim to be Imi’s legitimate successor(s) and whether the term “Krav Maga” refers to a specific martial art or is simply a generic term (much like Boxing).

Training – Basic Principles

In Krav Maga, there are no hard-and-fast rules. It is not a sport, and there are no competitions. All the techniques focus on maximum efficiency in real-life conditions. Krav Maga generally assumes a no quarter situation; the attacks and defenses are intended to inflict the most pain possible on the opponent in the least amount of time. Groin strikes, headbutts, and other efficient and potentially brutal attacks are emphasized.

The basic idea is to first deal with the immediate threat (being choked, for example), prevent the attacker from re-attacking, and then neutralize the attacker, proceeding through all steps in a straightforward manner, despite the rush of adrenaline that occurs in such an attack. The emphasis is put on taking the initiative from the attacker as soon as possible.

Techniques

Although Krav Maga shares many techniques with other martial arts, such as Boxing, Savate and Muay Thai (for the punches, kicks, elbows and knees) or Ju-Jitsu, Judo and Wrestling (for the grappling and disarming techniques), the training is often quite different. It stresses fighting under worst-case conditions (for example, against several opponents, when protecting someone else, with one arm unusable, when dizzy, or against armed opponents).

Training in Krav Maga is an aerobic workout, and relies heavily on pads. Students take turns holding pads and doing combatives against the pads. This is important because it allows the student to practice the technique at full strength, and the student holding the pad learns a little of what it feels like to get hit. It can be almost as taxing to hold a pad as to practice against one. Some schools incorporate “Strike and Fight,” which consists of full-contact sparring intended to familiarize the student with the stresses of a violent situation.

Training may employ a speaker system blasting loud music, stroboscope and/or fog machine meant to train the student to ignore peripheral distractions and focus on causing as much damage as possible. Training might also contain ways to deal with situations which could end in fights. Physical and verbal methods to avoid violence whenever possible are taught.

A typical Krav Maga session in a civilian school is about an hour long and mixes aerobic training with self-defense teaching. As levels increase, the instructors focus a little less on aerobic training and slightly more on combatives. First, the instructor will run a very intense drill to get the class’s heart rates up. Then, after stretching, the instructor will teach two or three self-defense techniques. In the beginning the techniques will either be combatives (punches, hammer-fists, elbows, knees and roundhouse kicks, for example) or grappling (breaking out of chokes or wrist-grabs, getting out from under an opponent while on one’s back). After that, the class usually moves to a drill that combines the techniques just taught with an aerobic technique. Finally, there is the final drill intended to burn out the students. Depending on the class – and on the instructor’s mood – this drill may be at the very beginning or at the end of the class.

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