Teachers of Krav Maga need to have undertaken serious study to learn its principles.

Firstly, the practitioner must have studied thoroughly the programme that makes our discipline what it is, and secondly, it is essential that the future teacher must be shown the teaching style that will enable him to pass on his knowledge in the best possible way. The good reputation of many of our clubs is based on this requirement.

To achieve this, and as soon as it was founded, the FEKM introduced a Federal Instructor’s Diploma (in French: ‘Diplôme d'Instructeur Fédéral’ – DIF) for practitioners interested in teaching. There are two levels:

- Introductory Instructor if the practitioner is not yet a black belt,
- Advanced Instructor if the practitioner already has a least a black belt.


The first level enables an instructor at the start of his training to begin leading Krav Maga classes while still continuing to learn himself. Each FEKM federation elaborates its own course. For sector France for instance, here are below the required elements:

- the candidate is at least green belt : he will have to participate to the winter training session and the day of theoretical and practical training in the classroom, DIF Day

- the candidate is not green belt. He will have to take part in three long training courses (each lasting four or five days) spread over at least one season, plus the day of theoretical and practical training in the classroom DIF Day.

Here are the details for the 3 long training sessions:

  • One long ‘introductory’ training course, covering the entire technical programmes from yellow belt to green belt. (Candidates who are already at least green belt are exempted.)
  • A second long training course, led by Richard Douieb or one of the approved FEKM teachers for this training, during which participants will work towards one or more belts higher than green.

This training course incorporates educational training to understand the structure of a class, the attitude a Krav Maga teacher needs to have, and the necessary knowledge for teaching Krav Maga.

  • The winter course in the Paris area: there is a written examination (multiple-choice questionnaire) and a practical examination (teaching theory) at the end of the course for those candidates at the end of their training course (candidates who have already completed two long training courses and the educational day). Candidates who pass the examinations and have provided a copy of their diploma in first-aid training (AFPS or equivalent) then receive their diploma as an FEKM Introductory Instructor.
  • One training day: eight hours of classes covering the regulations, legislation, historical background, traumatology, physiology, and education science. There is a written test at the end of the day (multiple-choice questionnaire) and a practical test (teaching theory) for candidates completing the course (who have already completed three long training courses). Candidates who pass the examinations and have provided a copy of their diploma in first-aid training (AFPS or equivalent) then receive their diploma as an FEKM Introductory Instructor.

At the end of each training course, the trainer reports to Richard Douieb on the physical, technical and moral capacity of each candidate.

This is because Krav Maga is a vehicle for the moral values passed on by Imi Lichtenfeld, and one of the roles of the FEKM is to perpetuate the state of mind of its Founder. The training courses do not need to be attended in any particular order, but the last one must be either the winter course or the training day, since this is when candidates are assessed at the end of their training.

In other FEKM member countries, the procedure is the same, but without the training day. Candidates are passed by the National Federation of their country after one introductory course (except for candidates who already have a green belt) and two long courses led by one of the Advanced Instructors of the country concerned.

Candidates need to make a physical commitment if they wish to achieve the diploma. Between training courses, they will have to revise what has been learned, at home with a friend, for example, so that they fully assimilate the techniques learned. This means that an Introductory Instructor has less than one season’s experience of Krav Maga and may not yet have a belt.

To obtain the DIF diploma at the level of Advanced Instructor in Krav Maga

Candidates must have already had their 1st darga black belt validated; they are then awarded the DIF diploma as an FEKM Advanced Instructor in Krav Maga. If they have not attended any courses to become an Introductory Instructor, they will have to take part in the winter course and in the training day detailed above in order to obtain the Advanced Instructor’s diploma, after a favourable assessment. For candidates from other member countries outside France, candidates who are already Introductory Instructors must take part in a long training course with Richard Douieb.

The FEKM only recognises teachers who have followed this training route. Clubs affiliated to the FEKM and listed on this website have a technical manager who validates diplomas (DIF, Introductory and Advanced Instructors) so that the FEKM is able to guarantee the course of study followed by candidates and their level of knowledge.