The Krav-Maga is not simply another martial art even though there are the same techniques : 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 adaptables to self-defence have been included.
Its main characteristic consists of simple principles that must absolutely be mastered. 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. This requires regular and serious training. Krav-Maga, the Israëli self-defence system, known world-wide, 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, the FEKM put in place, from the very beginning, a cursus for instructors aimed at people motivated by teaching. There are different levels according to the grades attained by the future instructor :
Grade Initiator FEKM : as indicated by its name, the instructor has begun his training and while continuing it, he has started to initiate Krav-Maga. In order to have this grade he has participated in 3 long training sessions (4 to 5 days each) spread over at least one season :
- 1 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. The Krav-Maga conveys the moral values handed down by Imrich LICHTENFELD and the FEKM aims to perpetuate the spirit of its founder. ;
- 1 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 this 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 teaching;
- 1 last 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 Initiator's Certificate from the FEKM. In the other countries members 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.
Grade Monitor FEKM : the instructor has the grade of black belt 1st darga. He then becomes FEKM Monitor of Krav-Maga. In other countries execept France, the candidate already holder of an Initiator diploma has to particpate in one long training session with Richard DOUIEB.
The FEKM only recognizes Instructors who have followed this cursus. All the clubs that appear on the federation's website have a technical instructor who has this certificate. This is why the Federation garantees the technical and moral qualities of its members. Please click here for the training sessions available.