• Beginning Krav Maga Level 3: What to Expect and How to Prepare

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By the time you have reached Krav Maga Level 3, you should already have a basic, solid understanding of Krav Maga. Levels 1 and 2 cover a wide variety of movements, punches, kicks, and more. With both the Yellow and Orange Belts achieved, you are ready to begin Level 3, and work towards the Green Belt Test, which will come at around your ninth month of training. Keep in mind, this and all KM Level timelines are approximations, as each student will advance at their own pace.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the more advanced techniques and defenses that you will encounter once you start your Level 3 training:

Headbutts

Krav Maga Level 3 introduces the headbutt into your training by learning the forward and upward headbutt as well as headbutts to the side and to the back. A headbutt is an extremely useful strike to learn as it enables you to attack when your arms and legs may otherwise be bound or unusable.

Slap Kicks

By Level 3, you have learned a great deal of kicks already, including front kicks, side kicks, and a variety of combinations. Krav Maga Level 3 expands upon a few of these kicks, and introduces the inside and outside slap kicks. Although slap kicks are not a common Krav Maga move, they do help with the technique of other kicks and strikes.

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Hair Grabs

This unique defense is first learned in the Level 3 Curriculum. With four different scenarios covered, this is an especially crucial defense for women to learn, but is also important for men as well. You will learn how to combat an attacker who may grab your hair from the front, the side, or from behind.

Preparation for Level 3 Training

Some prerequisites for beginning the Krav Maga Level 3 Curriculum are mandatory. You must have completed and passed both the Yellow Belt and Orange Belt Tests. These rules are set up for students’ own safety; one must be properly trained before going on to more advanced techniques.

Other ways to be ready for Level 3 training that may not be required, but are strongly suggested are:

  • Feeling comfortable and ready in yourself, your skills, and your knowledge
  • Practicing at least 2-3 times per week to keep as close to the suggested timeline as you can
  • Having the ability to make the connections between techniques learned in all level

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Now that you are ready to begin your Krav Maga Level 3 training, be sure to visit our Levels and Belt System page for even more details and information on all Krav Maga levels.