Krav-Maga is not simply another martial art even though there are the same kicks, punches, grips and holds that can be found in other combat sports. Neither is it a mixture of various martial arts or sports where certain techniques considered adaptable to self-defence have been combined.
Its main characteristic consists of simple principles that must be mastered absolutely. In this way, someone who practices Krav-Maga can see the difference between a true Krav-Maga adept and someone else who is trying to build a system of self-defence combining various disciplines.
The person who intends to teach Krav-Maga must understand and master these principles in order to be capable of transmitting them, which requires regular and serious training. Krav-Maga, known world wide as the Israeli self-defence system, is becoming more and more popular and many clubs are opening – however, the reputation of a club depends on the technical and teaching qualities of its instructor.
In order to understand and transmit this discipline correctly, from the very beginning the FEKM put in place an instructor course aimed at people motivated by teaching. To take part in Krav Maga Instructor training means that you will have to work to achieve a certain standard that has been put in place to ensure that FEKM qualified instructors are of a consistent high quality.
The different levels are as follows:
As indicated by its name, the instructor has begun his training and while continuing it, he has started to teach Krav-Maga. In order to attain this grade he must participate in 3 long training sessions (4 to 5 days each) spread over at least one season.
- Initiation training session
During this training session he has covered the technical programme for the yellow and green belts. The director of the training session submits a report to Richard Douieb on the physical, technical and moral capacities of the candidate. Krav-Maga must convey the moral values handed down by Imi Lichtenfeld and as such the FEKM aims to perpetuate the spirit of its founder.
- Second long training session
This must take place either with Richard Douieb or one of the instructors approved by the FEKM for this training session, during which the candidate perfects his knowledge of the technical programme. He will attend the teaching classes to understand the structure of a class, the attitude a Krav-Maga instructor must adopt and the subtleties of Krav-Maga instruction.
- Long training session by Richard Douieb
Once the candidate finishes his training he must give a class in front of Richard Douieb. If he succeeds, and after providing a copy of his First Aid diploma (AFPS or equivalent), he will receive the Trainers Certificate from the FEKM. In the other member countries of the FEKM, the candidate has to do the same except that the 2nd long training course can be done with one Monitor of the country.
To validate this grade, the candidate must continue to revise between these training sessions, for example with a friend in his home, in order to completely assimilate the techniques. This means that the initiator has been practising Krav-Maga for at least one whole season but does not have a belt.
The FEKM Trainer attains the grade of black belt 1st Darga. He then becomes an FEKM Instructor of Krav-Maga. In other countries except France, if the candidate already holds an FEKM Trainer qualification, they must participate in one long training session with Richard Douieb.
The FEKM only recognizes Instructors who have followed this course. All the clubs that appear on the federation’s website have a technical instructor who has this certificate. This is why the Federation guarantees the technical and moral qualities of its members.