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Krav Maga Bristol

Krav Maga Bristol was launched by Paul Grey in 2005 with the intention of providing professional coaching in authentic Israeli Krav Maga in the Bristol area. 15 years on, we are still here…

What is Krav Maga

Krav Maga is best described as a self-defence and fitness training system from Israel. The Krav Maga system became famous as the official hand to hand combat system of the Israeli military going on to be taught to over 500 military, Police and Law Enforcement units internationally.

With the events of 9/11 reality-based self-defence systems became increasingly with the general public and Krav Maga’s reputation as a fast to learn, military combat system propelled it to the fore. Krav Maga became popular in Hollywood featuring in numerous films from Jenifer Lopez’s ‘Enough’ to the Gunman (Sean Penn) and James Bond. Krav Maga was even featured in the Simpsons series. Today Krav Maga is the most widely taught reality-based self-defence system in the world and its popularity seems set to continue. The school grey steadily going on to become one of the largest Krav Maga schools in the UK, with over 200 active adult only members.

Starting Krav Maga

Krav Maga offers a unique training experience for those interested in participating. Krav Maga best be described as the Crossfit of the martial arts world. By this we mean it offers functional, intense training in a supportive community atmosphere.

How long does it take to learn Krav Maga

Krav Maga was renown for the speed at which people can become competent at defending themselves. This was Krav Maga’s reason for existence in the first place – a fast – effective hand to hand combat system for the military. The system is relatively quick to learn and the basics can be learned and applied realistically in a couple of months.

British Krav Maga did some interesting research on the matter. It was found that 63% of students could be pre-exhausted and apply Krav Maga over a range of 6 common attacks in realistic scenarios 12 weeks. What is interesting, is that almost 50% of these students were training only once weekly – in other words, 63% of those training over 12 sessions could effectively protect themselves in realistic scenarios.

However, what gets more interesting is that 87% of those training twice weekly could effectively protect themselves over 12 weeks. Tested over the same criteria at 16 weeks, 92% of all candidates were able to protect themselves. This gives us some reliable data points. Train twice weekly and there is almost a 90% chance you’ll be able to protect yourself in a common street attack scenario.

Krav Maga for Self Defence

For many, the original reason for becoming involved in Krav Maga is purely self-defence. Given Krav Maga’s military background and reputation as a no-nonsense practical system, Krav Maga is particularly attractive to people wanting self-defence training. Another aspect of training that people find particularly appealing is Krav Maga’s emphasis on simple, instinctive behaviours.

The net result of this is that Krav Maga is faster to learn than martial arts and more reliable under high-stress situations.

From functional to exceptional

To be clear, we are not implying that after 12 weeks these candidates looked like professional fighters. The skills they had were functional and effective – not smooth and efficient in the same way as an experienced professional fighter may be. But that misses the point, the majority of students want something that works now, not 10 000 hours later.

To become exceptional you need to commit time, measured effort, consistent training and regular coaching. This can take years depending on your definition of exceptional but we usually see this level of skill emerging at around 4 years. These students typically go on to become Instructors.

What courses and events do Krav Maga Bristol offer

Krav Maga Bristol offers a wide range of courses and training events at both a national and International level.

International Seminars

We host International instructors with Instructors of note. Recent International Instructors have Avi Nadia, Amnon Darsa and most recently Amit Porat – IDF Krav Maga Instructor

National Seminars and Krav Maga Gradings

We host specialist seminars and events at Clifton College Sports Centre. These may include master classes, specialised training events and national gradings for British Krav Maga.

Courses for the close protection Industry

Specialist courses for close protection officers. These include 1, 3 and 5 day intensive Hand to Hand courses for SIA certified individuals.

Bootcamps

We host a range of Krav Maga Bootcamps and events throughout the year. The immersive boot camps come in 2 or 3-day formats and are available in Bristol and across the UK.

Starting Krav Maga

Krav Maga offers a unique training experience for those interested in participating. Krav Maga best be described as the Crossfit of the martial arts world. By this we mean it offers functional, intense training in a supportive community atmosphere.

‘Our objective was simple.

Provide ordinary citizens with a level of training and experience more commonly found in elite military and specialist policing units than civil self defence training’

Krav Maga in Bristol

In 2009, Krav Maga Bristol began developing a number of talented Krav Maga Instructors who went on to open up their own schools going on to open their schools. These included Bristol based Krav Maga Instructors such as Stuart Overall, Jim Halton, Piotr Maslon, Clint Badlam, Will Bayley and Cheuk Lai. In fact, at the time of writing, every Krav Maga Instructor in Bristol irrespective of the organisation has a lineage going directly back to Paul Grey at Krav Maga Bristol.

By 2015 there were Krav Maga Bristol trained Instructors in Clifton, central Bristol, Patchway, Horfield, Filton and Kingswood. Krav Maga Bristol was also integral to the growth of British Krav Maga and helped train and develop more than 200 Krav Maga Instructors nationally both in the civil and military Krav Maga sectors.

Krav Maga Bristol trained instructors can now be found across the UK, in China, Poland and Gibraltar to name but a few.  Krav Maga Bristol trained Instructors have gone on to teach Krav Maga to the Royal Marines Reserves, The Commando Training Centre, The Rifles, The Special Forces Support Group, (St Athens) and in one notable case, (Will Bayley  of Krav Maga North Bristol), were flown to Dubai to run a week of Krav Maga training for The Royal Gurkha Rifles.

We’ve also been featured in a number of articles in Martial Arts Illustrated, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Observer and on BBC Radio. Krav Maga Bristol has also supplied students for fight scenes for movies, provided technical advice to 2 authors on training aspects of Krav Maga.

 

Krav Maga in Bristol Today

Krav Maga Bristol amalgamated with the other British Krav Maga Schools in Bristol to launch Bristol Krav Maga Schools.  Bristol Krav Maga Schools offer Bristol based members the opportunity to train with one of the UK’s largest and most credible teams of professional Krav Maga Instructors with a single membership.

Krav Maga Bristol amalgamated with the other British Krav Maga Schools in Bristol to launch Bristol Krav Maga Schools.  Bristol Krav Maga Schools offer Bristol based members the opportunity to train with one of the UK’s largest and most credible teams of professional Krav Maga Instructors with a single membership.

Krav Maga classes in Clifton College Sports Centre

Clifton College is the home of the original Krav Maga Bristol school with British Krav Maga Head coach Paul Grey.  Paul is a professional Krav Maga Instructor. Paul has decades of coaching and training experience (more than he would admit), at the highest levels alongside several Blackbelts, and numerous Instructor certifications.

Paul has trained more people to Krav Maga Instructor level than any other Krav Maga Instructor in the UK.


More details can here Krav Maga Bristol

Krav Maga in Kingswood and Speedwell

Krav Maga classes in the Kingswood area are taught by Professional Instructor Jim Halton. Jim is another multi Blackbelt Instructor with decades of training behind him. Jim has special interest a grappling and coaches this alongside the Krav Maga.

If you’d like to train with Jim Halton click Krav Maga Kingswood for more information.

Krav Maga in Bristol City Centre

Krav Maga classes in central Bristol are provided by Instructor Cheuk Lai. Cheuk has decades of martial arts training, is a multi Blackbelt instructor and gifted martial artist. Cheuk trained with Pau Grey for 5 years and is a senior Instructor under British Krav Maga.
Cheuk runs regular classes in the Templegate, Redcliffe area of central Bristol.

You can book a class with Cheuk by visiting Krav Maga Bristol City Centre.

Krav Maga in North Bristol

Krav Maga classes in North Bristol are run by Professional Krav Maga Instructor Will Bayley. Will teaches Krav Maga in the Patchway and Filton areas as well as running a large school in Swindon. Will’s claim to fame is that he is one of the only Krav Maga Instructors anywhere to have been flown across the world to teach Krav Maga.

To find out more about training with Will, click Krav Maga North Bristol.