Training in Krav Maga classes is by far the most popular option for learning Krav Maga. Participating in Krav Maga classes you will be taught the system from the very basics all the way up to the advanced levels. In classes the instructor will systematically take you through the Krav Maga syllabus in a structured manner.
Classes are generally separated to groups according to level – beginners, intermediate, advance, and some schools offer mixed level classes that focus on topics ranging from fitness to sparring.
A typical Krav Maga class generally starts with 10 minutes of warm-up/workout, including push-ups, sit-ups, running, and other cardio exercises in order to develop endurance and to build strength.
During the next part of the lesson, the instructor might introduce a series of self defence scenarios (choke from behind, knife threat etc.). For each scenario they will teach you how to defend against the threat, counter attack, and neutralise the attacker as fast as possible. First, you will practise the self defence techniques in front of the instructor, and once you have understood the moves you will practise it with a partner.
In the final part of the lesson, you will participate in a summary drill or scenario. Here you will experience performing the defences that you have just learned in a more realistic environment. Some summary drills introduce elements of surprise, stress, increased heart rate etc. While this may sound intense, it is important to remember that you will be participating in drills that are appropriate for your level and all drills are controlled for safety. For most students this is the most exciting part of their training.
In Krav Maga classes, students are of all age groups, and men and women train together (except in women self-defence classes). Thus, you can pair up with your wife/husband, friend, and colleague or meet new friends.
Most Krav Maga instructors will generally recommend that you pair up with someone about your size and level at the beginning, then once you are feeling confident try challenging yourself by practicing with someone stronger or more experienced. It is by practising with the toughest and the most experienced students in your class that you will get the best results in terms of fitness and self defence skills.