Because not all Krav Maga is the same®, our foremost objective is to present and disseminate the self-defense teaching material properly.  The Mastering Krav Maga Online program is designed to teach and demonstrate both what Krav Maga is, and, equally important, what it is not – including the most common mistakes people are both taught and make.  Many people equate Krav Maga as simply another type of exercise routine with a few self-defense mechanics thrown in. No. True Krav Maga is an instinctive, no-nonsense, and, when necessary, brutally effective self-defense system.  We whole-heartedly invite the comparison of our teaching to other Krav Maga versions.


Indeed, the maxim “less is more” is absolutely true in a self-defense situation, especially, when caught in an unprepared (“-5”) position. In reality, one needs to know just a few core tactics along with the capability to execute these defensive movements instinctively and seamlessly under pressure while adapting to a threat. Notwithstanding our extensive curriculum, as noted, we are proponents of doing a few things very well. Israeli Krav Maga is meant to be simple. Instinctive gross motor movements will carry the day.  

Most important, at the highest levels of Krav Maga one must possess hand-to-hand combat ability; not just self-defense reactions. Controlled aggression is a prerequisite, but, one needs to be skilled in every aspect of a fight including opening recognition and timing. In short, an advanced Krav Maga belt, particularly at the blackbelt level, must be able to defend against any kind of attack, especially, against a professionally trained person from another fighting system. From the IKMA perspective, a blackbelt represents the beginning of true mastery of the system starting with a flawless knowledge of the basic combatives/defensive tactics through the expert level. 

We offer up 400+ stand-alone yet complimentary lessons (a staggering 45+ training hours) for anyone with an interest in practical, realistic self-defense and safety measures training. The curriculum will take you through both unarmed and armed threats/attacks broken down into the following 24 broad categories:

  • Clinch & Clinch Defenses
  • Standing Headlock & Guillotine Defenses
  • Bear Hug Defenses
  • Nelson Hold Defenses
  • Takedown Defenses
  • Ground Survival
  • Takedowns & Throws
  • Multiple Unarmed Opponents
  • Impact Weapon Defenses
  • Control/Restraint Holds
  • Firearm Defenses
  • Krav Maga Principles of Simultaneous Defense & Attack
  • Stance & Footwork
  • Fallbreaks & Rolls
  • Upper-body Combatives
  • Lower-body Combatives
  • Upper- & Lower-Body Combinations
  • Retzev (Continuous Combat Motion)
  • Upper-body Defenses
  • Lower-body Defenses
  • Arm Grab Defenses & Releases
  • Shirt Grab Defenses
  • Choke Defenses

Within these broad topics, each tactic is subdivided by a sub-category and then by broken down one final sub-category per each granular topic. For example for above category #4, “Upper-body Defenses” contains:

  1. Handshake Equalizer
  2. Push Defenses
  3. Straight Punch Defenses
  4. Hook Punch Defenses
  5. Sucker Punch Defenses
  6. The Two Most Important Krav Maga Deflection Movements
  7. Rule of Thumb Defenses
  8. Upper-cut & Shovel Punch Defenses
  9. Getting Hit
  10. Elbow Attack Defenses
  11. Headbutt Defenses
  12. Using a Rifle as Cold Weapon to Defend against Punches

For the category 4 example above, “Hook Punch Defenses”, each specific final sub-category is labeled by the belt level it is taught in the IKMA curriculum. Therefore “4. Hook Punch Defenses” includes the following final sub-categories:

  • Hook Punch Outside 360 Deflections & Simultaneous Counterattack (Yellow Belt)
  • Hook Punch Body Retreat & Ducking (Yellow Belt)
  • Hook Punch Gun Defense with Simultaneous Counter-attack (Orange Belt)
  • Hook Punch Double Block with Roundhouse Kick (Orange Belt)
  • Hook Punch Defense Double Block with Chop Counterattacks (Green Belt)
  • Hook Punch Defense into Spin-Choke-Eye Rake and Stabbing Modification (Green Belt)
  • Hook Punch Defenses Using Preemptive Linear Timing Attacks (Green Belt)
  • Hook Punch Defense While Texting (Green Belt)
  • Hook Punch Defensive Tactics Review (Yellow, Orange, Green Belts)

and so on ...

Award-winning author and video producer David Kahn, with the expert help of instructors Rinaldo Rossi, Don Melnick, and Chris Eckel and other Krav Maga students, has created a comprehensive online training program for law-abiding citizens to master Krav Maga. David serves as the Israeli Krav Maga Association’s U.S. Chief Instructor. This Mastering Krav Maga Online program is provides roughly 95% of the entire Israeli Krav Maga curriculum. This training will benefit both beginners and seasoned self-defense practitioners alike. In short, this is Krav Maga as you have never seen it, guaranteed.