self defense

Review: Learn Krav Maga Online


Can You Learn Krav Maga Online?

The folks at Krav Maga Online Worldwide Academy think so. I took a look.

Krav Maga, developed by Imi Lichtenfeld, is the official martial art of the Israeli Defense Force. Krav Maga emphasizes instinctive movements, practical techniques, and realistic training scenarios. The system is utilized globally by law enforcement agencies, military personnel, and average people looking to learn practical self-defense and get in shape.

Krav Maga Worldwide

Krav Maga Worldwide is the largest reality-based self-defense organization in the world, with over 150 certified and licensed training centers worldwide. Even with such a large spread, they recognized that there are still many communities and individuals that don’t have convenient access to Krav Maga training.

Learning Online

So they decided to enter the online space with effective Krav Maga online training available to anyone with an internet connection. Through an immersive virtual training center experience using in-depth HD videos, a moderated forum, instructor feedback, and a comprehensive curriculum, anyone can learn life-saving self-defense techniques from a desktop or mobile device.

Currently there are four courses available - an introduction to Krav Maga (free), Core Krav Maga white-yellow belt ($139.99), an Anti-Bully kids program ($31.50), and a law enforcement Defense Against Handgun Threats ($31.50).

Each course has several modules with accompanying videos, handouts, and access to a forum where you can get answers to any questions.

Does It Work?

The videos are well-produced and clear, but note that you will need at least one partner and some padding to complete the course. While there are stances, punches, and other moves that you can practice on your own, the real usefulness of this work is being able to utilize your skills against an opponent.

The upper-level courses are not up as yet, so I can't speak to how the work is structured at higher levels.

Is Krav Maga a Great Home Workout?

Any martial art will be a great workout, but I still maintain that it is better and more effective when learned in a group for practice. It's hard to maintain form and speed by yourself, even with coaching from the video.

The upshot? If you have no access to a trained Krav Maga teacher and want to learn basic techniques, the Krav Maga Online Academy is a great resource. Just know that you will be limited unless you have a partner and some pads or guards.