Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of our most frequently asked questions:
HOW EFFECTIVE IS ONLINE TRAINING COMPARED TO CLASS TRAINING?
We've found that online training can be incredibly effective, and in some ways, even more so than class training. The benefit of class training is of course that you can physically "feel" what an instructor is doing - but on the other hand, you're forced to learn at the average speed of the class, and the instructor has to divide attention between many students in a session.
In contrast, online training offers these advantages:
- You can progress as fast (or as slowly) as you like.
- You get absolutely detailed, step-by-step personal instruction.
- You can rewind and re-watch a movement as often as you need to - a luxury you don't get in a class.
- You can get personalized feedback via video, if you need it.
- You get to see tiny details and pointers that are often overlooked or missed in a busy class setting.
HOW MANY HOURS A WEEK SHOULD I PRACTICE?
We recommend trying to spend at least 2 hours per week training, if you can manage it. As with all skills, the more quality time to invest, the faster you progress and the greater your mastery.
Notice that we said "quality time" as opposed to just "time" - mastery of a skill requires thoughtful, serious analysis and focus. Distracted or dumb repetition will not help you learn, and in fact will hinder your progress. Visualize, make it real, and remember that the little things ARE the big things in Krav Maga.
If you do that, then 2 hours a week will be a great investment - and of course, if you can do more, you should!
And, remember that consistency is key - it's better to train for 10 or 15 minutes every day, than to do a 5-hour session once a month. If you can, then reserve your training time and stick to it. The results will be worth it!
DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT?
You'll need a few basic items to get started - to find out more, click here.
CAN I QUALIFY FOR BELT RANKING?
Yes, you can! Once you've completed the first 8 modules, you can apply for Yellow Belt Testing. This done via video clips and evaluation.
To apply for Orange Belt Testing, you need to be able to demonstrate all 24 modules in the Beginner Program.
Once you have been evaluated, and if your performance is up to par, you are then sent a certificate of ranking with your belt level, and this ranking is recognized throughout all of EDA International at all clubs and in all countries where we are represented.
The cost of doing a Belt Ranking Test is US$39 per belt for Yellow Belt and Orange Belt levels. If you do not pass a Ranking Test, you do not have to pay to redo your test - you are allowed another 2 attempts before you have to reapply or pay.
Before you undergo your test, you will be sent a document detailing exactly what points and qualities the examiners focus on in order to evaluate you, with adequate time to prepare.
HOW IS BELT RANKING CONDUCTED?
For the Belt Ranking Test, you will have to submit video clips of yourself demonstrating each technique, first at a slow step-by-step pace, and then fluidly and powerfully as a single complete technique.
This process is explained fully in the preparatory document we send you when you apply for the test, and there is also a short written test which you have to complete.
HOW MANY PROGRAM/S PHASES ARE THERE?
At the moment, we have 4 programs, each at a different level.
- The Krav Maga Beginner Program (Yellow and Orange Belt level)
- The Krav Maga Intermediate Program 1 (Green Belt level)
- The Krav Maga Intermediate Program 2 (Blue Belt level)
- The Krav Maga Advanced Program 1 (Brown Belt 1 level)
There are higher levels and programs, and we're still filming and editing these.
At the moment, we only have our Beginner Program available on this website, and we'll be making the next 2 programs available within the next 90 days.
HOW LONG IS EACH PHASE?
Beginner Program: 28 weeks (4 Foundation Weeks + 24 Modules)
Intermediate Program 1: 16 weeks
Intermediate Program 2: 16 weeks
Advanced Program 1: 20 weeks
HOW DO I GET FEEDBACK ON MY TECHNIQUES?
If you'd like to check on anything - for example, if you feel like a technique is completely awkward, or you're struggling with the nuances of a movement - you're welcome to just send us a quick video clip (less than 20 seconds is best), and we'll review it and give you precise feedback and assistance, anytime.
IS THERE A FEMALE TRAINER WITH WHOM I CAN INTERACT?
Some students, due to religious or cultural requirements, may only interact with a female instructor. This applies particularly to interaction like sending a video clip for appraisal, where you might wish only a female instructor to view it and give you feedback.
If this is the case, simply let us know, and we have a dedicated female instructor (Jennifer Brown) who will assist you, communicate with you, and who will be the only person to view any material you may send for feedback.