At Krav Maga Kapap, we determine one’s level within the school of Krav Maga based on his/her color of belt. These Krav Maga belts symbolize the student’s achievement and progression throughout his Krav Maga experience. By using this form of Krav Maga ranking, the student is both rewarded and respected. The belt system is also used in Krav Maga programs all over the world and, therefore, universally recognized as a mark of hard work and success.
Various Levels of the Belt System
Krav Maga Kapap students are awarded their belts after the completion of certain levels of Krav Maga training and help identify students by their current level of Krav Maga. These classes are extremely intense, so the importance of Krav Maga belts is not to be taken lightly. Each level comes with its own layer of difficulties; therefore, graduation from one level to the next and earning the belt that comes with that level is an enormous achievement.
Below is a list of the levels and belts used to identify Krav Maga ranking. Please keep in mind that timelines are approximates only, as each Krav Maga student will advance at a different pace depending on the individual readiness and how often he or she trains.
Level 1 (White Belt Students)
This entry-level class is designed for all new Krav Maga Kapap students. The goal of the class is to teach the basics of self-defense and fighting. Students will learn Krav Maga’s fighting stance and movement, various punches, kicks from standing position as well as from on the ground, elbows and knees, and how to defend against punches, chokes, headlocks and wrist grabs. Students who train an average of two to three times per week should expect to complete the curriculum in four months before testing for KM Level 2.
Level 2 (Yellow Belt Students)
In this intermediate level class, students will continue to review and hone the skills learned in KM Level 1, as well as learn additional punches and kicks, punch defenses with counterattacks, kick defenses, and defenses against various chokes, headlocks, and bearhugs. Technical elements such as distance, timing, and alternative targeting are introduced in this level. Students who train an average of two to three times per week should expect to complete the curriculum for this level in six months before testing for KM Level 3.
Level 3 (Orange Belt Students)
This intermediate class sharpens the basic techniques and allows students to expand their knowledge of Krav Maga attacks and defenses. In KM Level 3 students will continue to train on strikes, defenses against strikes, and self-defense, including more advanced techniques that involve defending against weapons such as guns and sticks. Students who train two to three times per week should expect to be eligible to test for KM Level 4 in nine months.
Level 4 (Green Belt Students)
This class was designed specifically for more advanced students interested broadening their skill sets. In addition to the tactics and techniques learned in previous levels, students will encounter higher threat weapon defenses, deal with attacks from multiple opponents, and learn more advanced ground fighting skills. Students who train two to three times per week should expect to be eligible to test for KM Level 5 in twelve months.
Level 5 (Blue And Brown Belt Students)
This class is for advanced students only and covers all of the advanced curriculum including fighting, ground fighting, advanced self-defense, all weapons defenses, and third party protection. This self-defense course is comprised of some of our more skilled Krav Maga fighters.
*Krav Maga Kapap offers Black Belt Testing by invitation only. In order to be considered for invitation for a black belt, you must have completed 12 months of training with a Brown Belt.
Progressing Through the Krav Maga Belt Levels
Progression through the Krav Maga levels is not easy, but it is certainly doable. With hard work and committed training, our students are able to graduate from one belt level to the next. It’s necessary to test once the required amount of time has been achieved. We provide permission to test forms, which students must fill out and turn in before class. The instructor will evaluate the student’s performance, and then sign the form if he or she thinks that the student is ready to test.
If the student is invited to test, then he or she will be informed of the results approximately one week after the test is conducted. Krav Maga Kapap students who pass their test will receive their belt and belt diploma during class, and will be able to move up to a new class level. If the student does not pass his or her test, our instructors will work with the student in order to understand the necessary areas for improvement.
This intense Krav Maga ranking system is purely to maintain the integrity of Krav Maga and ensure that a student is 100% prepared to move on to the next belt level.
Advancement through Krav Maga is very possible, and with hard work and determination, our students are able to achieve incredible results.