Kids Krav Maga St. Louis Parent FAQ
Q: What Is Krav Maga?
A: Krav Maga Hebrew for “Contact Combat is the official self defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces, and has been taught to hundreds of law enforcement agencies and thousands of civilians in the United States. Krav Maga is a simple, effective self defense system that emphasizes instinctive movements, practical techniques, and realistic training scenarios.
Q: What is Kids Krav Maga St. Louis?
A: It’s Self Defense and Fitness. Kids Krav Maga for youth focuses on three important aspects of developing safe, healthy and confident kids: self-defense, fitness, and life skills.
Q: What makes Kids Krav Maga different from other martial arts?
A: Krav Maga is a reality-based system. There are no katas, fancy kicks, choreographed movement, or techniques that aren’t practical for real life situations. We teach defenses against common attacks such as chokes, hair pulls, bear hugs, and headlocks. Krav Maga is used by over 400 different Law Enforcement Agencies and Military Units worldwide. In addition, due to the physical nature of the system, the kids tend to get a better workout than with traditional martial arts.
Q: What will my kids get out of Kids Krav Maga St. Louis training?
A: In addition to the short-term benefits of kids martial arts, the broader goal of our program is to supplement and support what our students are learning at home and at school. Our training program strives to instill values that will make them successful teenagers, young adults, and adults. We cover values such as:
- the importance of being physically fit
- how to make healthy nutritional choices
- motivational strategies
- successful goal setting
- seeking and using mentors
- doing well in school
- social skills
- how to achieve and then project confidence and self-esteem
- how to be respectful and responsible
- sticking up for their values
- mastering peer pressure
- being aware and using common sense
- how to physically defend themselves in a time of need
Q: How will kids Krav Maga martial arts increase my child’s confidence?
A: We don’t just tell students the importance of being confident we make sure they practice being confident in every class. Some ways we work to build our students’ confidence are by:
- role playing and working through situations where kids feel insecure
- providing consistent positive reinforcement and active encouragement by our instructors
- creating a non-intimidating, safe and fun training atmosphere
- providing physical and verbal challenges that students can successfully achieve
- being surrounded by other confident and supportive classmates
Q: Are you teaching children real Krav Maga Israeli Self Defense?
A: Yes, your child will be learning real Krav Maga. We teach Krav Maga techniques and principles in kid appropriate contexts such as bullying, peer pressure, and abduction prevention. Just like in adult classes, the emphasis in kids class is always on confrontation avoidance first and foremost. We teach children how to verbalize, set boundaries, and how to “use common sense before self-defense.”
Q: Will my child start fighting now? Will he/she become more violent?
A: Kids Krav Maga is a self-defense system not a fighting system. We consistently stress the differences between being offensive and being defensive.
Our students understand that
(a) fighting is not allowed under any circumstances and students who fight in school or otherwise will not be permitted to participate in our program
(b) the techniques we teach have the potential to hurt other kids their age and size and that
(c) confrontation avoidance is always the desirable outcome.
Fighting often stems from insecurities and a desire to “prove” their toughness, as well as being an outlet for aggression. With the confidence we instill in our students, the physical challenges we provide, and a controlled and healthy means of stress reduction our students do not feel the need to engage in physical confrontations. In fact, parents tell us that students who have had problems with fighting in the past, within a short time of joining Kids Krav Maga, no longer participate in confrontations.
Q: How do the levels work? How is the curriculum broken down?
A: The kids Krav Maga classes are organized into 6 levels:
Level 1-White Belt (6 months),
Level 2-Yellow Belt (6 months),
Level 3-Orange Belt (6 months)
Level 4-Green Belt (6 months),
Level 5-Blue Belt (6 months)
Level 6-Brown Belt (6 months).
Q: How often do they test? How does the process work?
A: Belt Testing will be offered outside of regular class time every 6 months. In order for students to be eligible to participate in a belt test they must have their attendance cards completed. For all students wishing to test they must have attended 40 classes in order to test for their next belt. Students who attend 2 classes per week on a regular basis will be on track to test every 6 months.
km-X students who hold a Yellow Belt and higher will also be eligible for Progress Checks. Once these students have attended 24 classes, half of their required classes, they will be invited to participate in our next belt test, however they will NOT be eligible for promotion to the next belt level. The purpose of these Progress Tests is for students to receive feedback and an evaluation from their instructors. This will allow students in higher levels to remain focused on the areas that need work, while rewarding them for their accomplishments, as they continue on their path towards the next belt.
Q: What Do They Wear to Class?
A: Krav Maga shirt, athletic shorts and Krav Maga Belt.
We have additional Krav Maga clothing available in our Pro Shop.