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Q: What is Krav Maga?

Krav Maga is a defensive tactics system. It is sometimes called the Israeli Martial Art, and often referred to as the world’s most effective self defence system.

It is practical, easy to learn and requires no prior experience.

Krav Maga focusses on solutions to common assaults: grabs, chokes, holds, strikes.

Krav Maga is Hebrew for ‘Contact Combat’ and was designed by Imi Lichtenfeld in response to the rise of fascism in the 1940s, which saw marauding gangs of neo-nazis regularly attack jewish communities across Europe.

The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) was the first order given by David Ben-Gurion after the Israeli proclamation of Independence in 1948.

Imi Lichetenfeld was appointed to lead the IDF hand-to-hand combat training, and Krav Maga was born. It is a system still in place today at the IDF.

Krav Maga is now the standard for military fighting in most NATO armies and special forces units around the world.

Krav Maga Black at Urban Kombat has military roots with our Masters serving as IDF officers and sergeants, however it has been adapted for civilian populations.

The fighting system tackles common assaults such as grabs, chokes, holds, strikes, and ground fighting.

Krav Maga is simple and effective. It’s military heritage and current use means that everything in the system must be practical and effective for anyone to use to protect themselves.

Krav Maga is not a combat sport like Tae Kwon Do, Judo or Karate. It provides people with an effective toolkit for understanding the true nature of street violence – from the lead up to an altercation, the physical responses to different scenarios, and also post-event effects.

Q: How qualified are Urban Kombat instructors?

Urban Kombat instructors have completed the arduous Civilian Instructors Course with Krav Maga Core International under Israeli Masters Amnon Darsa, Haim Sasson, as well as Krav Maga International under ex-IDF Krav Maga chief commander Ran Nakash and special forces trainer Ron Engelmann.

Urban Kombat instructors have also completed the Krav Maga Core International Kids instructor Course, which offers a specialised age-appropriate curriculum and teaching methodology.

Urban Kombat head instructor Garth Montgomery has been trained and graded in Israel, and is now affiliated with the world’s most prestigious Krav Maga organisation, KMG – Krav Maga Global, as an instructor and school owner.

Q: Are kids learning how to fight like soldiers?

No, that would crazy and irresponsible. Kids Krav is design to instil resilience and confidence in children. They will learn self defence responses to bullies and child predators. These responses involve verbal assertiveness, avoidance, prevention and scalable responses depending on the threat level posed.

They also develop physical, spatial and situational awareness through fitness related games and role playing.

A primary focus of the Kids Krav program is to have Fun. A sense of camaraderie and peer support is instilled in students. But we are not having a glorified pyjama party. The life skills they learn are very real, and are taught by instructors with an awareness of age-related motor skills and intellectual development.

Q: Do I have to be fit to do Krav Maga?

Krav Maga training will certainly get you fit. Most people start the same way. They’re looking for a way to get fit that is more interesting than a gym. We like to think of Krav Maga as giving you the purpose to get fit. Fitness plays a strong role in the development of a Krav Maga practitioner, and your fitness will progressively improve with your commitment to Krav Maga training.

Q: I have never done any Martial Arts or self defence before, can I do Krav Maga?

YES! The Krav Maga we teach at Urban Kombat is designed for civilians regardless of age, gender and physical sizes. By attending classes consistently you will learn to apply techniques and responses under pressure.

Q: How is Krav Maga different to Martial Arts?

Krav Maga is not sport or an art. There are no katas or compliancy drills. Krav Maga is a self defence fighting system that is battle tested on Israeli streets where the harshest urbanised fighting in the world occurs on a daily basis.

Our classes involve a range of reality-based scenario drills to ensure your training matches the problems you expect to solve. Read our in-depth blog on how Krav Maga is specifically different to other Martial Arts.

Q: What happens in regular training session?

Kids Krav classes are 45 minutes, and involve techniques, games, and fitness. Techniques are themed around responses to bullying or common child predator lures.

The overarching theme of Kids Krav classes is to have maximum fun in developing empowered children.

A Krav Maga Black training session lasts for an hour.

Each class starts with a structured 10 minute warm up that is specific to the training planned for that class. Classes cover techniques and combatives training in a range of scenarios. Specific content will vary from class to class. The areas covered include:

  • Combatives (how to deliver and block various kicks, knees, elbows, and hand striking techniques)
  • Self Defense (releases from common chokes, grabs, holds, including defending various strikes)
  • Stress drills (developing tolerance for high stress levels, to simulate the stress of a real attack)
  • Multiple attackers (dealing with multiple attackers in different scenarios)
  • Fitness and Conditioning (preparing our bodies to be physically ready to deal with violent situations)
  • Scenario training (safe and structured drills to simulate a realistic fight)
  • Contact Fighting (safe fight training with protective equipment)

We ensure that your training is planned in a way that builds on your skills and delivers training suitable to your Krav Maga progress.

Q: How long will it take me to pick up Krav Maga?

As a defensive tactics system, Krav Maga is based on turning your natural reactions to various attacks into an effective defence. This is why Krav Maga is easy to pick up, and depending on your frequency of training, students typically report feeling more confident within a matter of months, not years.

Krav Maga is a comprehensive defensive tactics system, and the more training you do, the more you will understand the principals and techniques to deal with a stressful or violent situation.

Q: Do women train in Krav Maga?

Yes, Krav Maga is the perfect self defence system for women in Sydney’s Inner West. In Israel, women are conscripted for 2 years into the IDF (Israeli Defence Force) at age 18. Krav Maga was developed to ensure that this fighting system would work for 18 year old women on patrol in highly volatile environments.

Krav Maga creates confidence and provides women with the necessary skills to deal with a real life threat situation. Urban Kombat encourages everyone to be their own weapon.

Q: What class is best for me if I have never done any Martial Arts of Self Defence before?

All Urban Kombat classes provide a warm and inviting atmosphere for like-minded students who want to learn to protect themselves. Our instructors scale the complexity of the techniques to your rank and experience.

If you’re new to all of this, you’ll be shown basic and effective solutions to common assaults. If you’ve got some experience, you’ll be stimulated with more complex and sophisticated solutions to assault scenarios.

Q: Do you have a Krav Maga beginners class?

Urban Kombat instructors are highly skilled at deploying the latest training methodologies to suit the needs required. Class content is scaled to your level of experience. You are shown techniques and drills to match your competency. There are no Egos at Urban Kombat. You will be partnered with people appropriately, and we are distinguished by a culture of respect for personal development. Any class will suit you.

Q: What do I wear?

The stiff formalities of Martial Arts are relaxed in Krav Maga. You are not required to buy an expensive set of pyjamas to show off your coloured belts.

We do find that a mental switch is flicked to increase focus and learning by wearing something uniform with your training partners. It also adds a sense of belonging and community.

Kids wear black cotton pants and a Kids Krav T Shirt.

Adults wear an Urban Kombat Krav Maga T Shirt.

This is sorted out when you join. On your trial session, you wear whatever is comfortable for doing physical activity that would involve some sweating.

Q: Are there belts or grades in Krav Maga?

Krav Maga grades are divided by curriculum content. There is a test to pass a designated grade. This process will appeal to people who like to challenge themselves and ensure their progress is constantly evolving.

Krav Maga grades are structured as Practitioner 1-5. Graduate 1-5. Expert 1-5. These grades are designated by a military style ranking patch sown into training pants.

The acquisition of fight skills is a personal journey as much as it is physical development. Do not expect to rush through these grades.

Many Martial Arts schools use coloured belts as a retention tactic. Promises of ‘black belt in a year’ are increasingly common in schools where ‘black belts’ have not been subjected to full contact fighting. This is wrong, and very dangerous.

Krav Maga does not have a McDojo history or culture of grading people easily to simply keep them happy and paying. A designated grade is definitely earned in a reputable Krav Maga school.

Grading is encouraged to ensure progress. But successfully grading is not guaranteed by simply showing up and paying a grading fee. Your application of techniques and responses applied under pressure will be tested. If you can reliably apply a physical response under testing conditions, you will be passed.

This is to ensure that you know exactly where you are on the defensive tactics spectrum. We do not want to create a false sense of security in our students by giving them grades that betray their actual ability.

Q: Is there any contact in the training?

There will be some light contact, (called marking) but generally not for new students. We want to  ensure that you are eased into Krav Maga and not intimidated. This also protects the safety of others since new students often don’t possess good control. Striking a balance between realism and safety is a daily point of discussion in Urban Kombat classes.

Q: Do I need to wear safety gear?

Safety in training is a key concern of Urban Kombat.

Training in any self defence or martial arts always has a risk of injury. Students are required to have a mouth guard and groin guard as a minimum for training. These, along with other safety and training equipment, are available for order through Urban Kombat.

Q: How often should I be training?

Students find that training a minimum of two nights a week develops good results for skills acquisition and the ability to use them under pressure. More training gets you better, quicker. The real question is ‘How good do I want to be’?

Q: Do the classes run through the school holidays as well as school terms?

Yes, unless otherwise indicated by your instructor.

Q: How do I get started?

Book a trial session online, fill out the pre-activity form you’ll be sent, and jump right in.

You can also call head instructor Garth Montgomery on 0408 864 851 or email to discuss any special circumstances or additional information you might need.

Q: Can I pay casually per session?

No. We have a culture of community at Urban Kombat. People train together regularly and build camaraderie and support each other in their development and progress. This is not possible if random strangers came together haphazardly.

You can purchase at 10 pack pass for flexibility in your training, but we are not interested in training people on an ad hoc basis, nor do we recommend it. You’re either committed or your not. Our instructors will fully commit to your development when you fully commit to membership.

Q: What Krav Maga membership packages do you offer?

We have a range of membership options available. We suggest that you try a training session to see if Krav Maga is for you. If you think it could enhance your life, we can sit down and discuss your training goals and find the best suited membership to suit your training needs.

Q: Are there membership fees?

There are no membership fees to train at Urban Kombat.

Urban Kombat is part of the global certifying body KMG – Krav Maga Global.

Becoming a member of KMG allows you to be graded by certified civilian instructors, and Master instructors on the Global Instructor Team. Included in your membership fee is your KMG membership portfolio used for recording your progress in Krav Maga including your ranks and any courses, certifications, seminars and training camps you attend.

Q: Are there uniform fees, grading fees?

Kids Uniform is comprised of a KMG Krav Juniors TShirt and black cotton pants. This is $50.

Adults uniform is a dri-fit KMG TShirt, which is $30.

Q: What if I go away or get sick or injured, can I stop payments.

No problem for recurring fortnightly payments. If you know you are going away for more than a month and want to freeze your payments, just email Garth with the dates you’ll be away.

Same if you’re experiencing a prolonged illness or injury. Just let us know via email.

That said, we expect students be responsible for their own lives. We can’t issue posthumous refunds simply because you haven’t attended classes in a while for whatever reason and didn’t say anything.

There are no refunds on Term payments.

Q: What happens if I miss a class?  Do I forfeit payment or will it accrue to the next class?

No, and you will miss classes as life has a habit of disrupting the best laid plans. But that is your life.

To keep our admin cost effective, it is not viable to continually change and refund and accrue because this or that happened within the scope of your personal life.

The personal development aspects of a Krav Maga practitioner is to build resilience and sovereignty over your personal circumstances. Occasionally we get people obsessed with the concept of refunds and missed classes and accruals. We are extremely flexible within reason if we know in advance, but we won’t be customising our operations for individuals paying the standard fees.

For example if you travel or work shifts, and want to make ongoing requests such “stop payments from the 12th to 18th, and then again on the 27th to the 31st because I’m on shifts and traveling. And I forgot to tell you about the 1st to the 8th of last month when I was sick, so can I get a refund?”

If this is you, we can discuss alternative fees to accommodate the level of flexibility you require that will cover the additional administrative time and costs incurred to process these requests. For the most part, it’s a good idea to accept that you will miss classes, and we don’t offer pay-as-go.

Getting Started

Urban Kombat is for people who know the difference.

Our greater mission is to help you live a bolder, more active life, without limitations.

If you’re bored of the gym, injured by cross fit, beyond bootcamp, and don’t fit a traditional martial arts mould, then Urban Kombat is here to transform you.

Train with us and you’ll be Fit, Strong and Ready for any challenge that Life throws at you.

For a real world based approach to martial arts in the Inner West of Sydney, try Krav Maga with Urban Kombat.

Get started today. Book your Krav Maga Black Induction class.