• 2012-01-15

When you live in a large city, it can be difficult to find the best gym for your specific wants and needs. You may have a wide array of choices when it comes to your typical gym with treadmills and barbells, but when it comes to Krav Maga gyms, you may have more limited options. That’s why selecting the right one is important—you want to feel safe, comfortable, and like you’re getting as much out of it as you’re putting in.

Tips on Selecting the Best Krav Maga Gym:

Tip #1: Do Your Research!

If possible, study the various forms of martial arts, whether it’s taking a class at a Krav Maga gym, studying taekwondo, or even taking a jujitsu class. Always vet a gym before you attend—make sure it’s accredited. A good, credible gym can assess its instructors by the curriculum.

Start by asking your instructor where they trained. Usually, a training course takes 15-23 days, and they are very intense. If your instructor is vague about who trained them, steer clear. In order to maintain their status as credible Krav Maga instructors, trainers will have to maintain a certain level of fitness, go to regular conferences, and pay a licensing fee.

The following organizations are the most credible: Krav Maga Global, Israeli Krav Maga Association, Haim Zut, British Krav Maga Association, Federation of European Krav Maga, and the International Krav Maga Federation. However, to top them all, Krav Maga Worldwide has their accreditation from the Israeli Krav Maga Association. For your peace of mind, you can find that accreditation online.

Tip #2: Avoid Uncaring Instructors

It may sound like common sense, but this tip is very important: if your instructor ignores you or pushes you to do moves that are too advanced, he or she is not the one for you when it comes to searching for your Krav Maga Instructor. You want to work out in a gym that feels welcoming, and to be around students and instructors that have that share your attitude and training principles.

Tip #3: Do Real Krav Maga

If you are looking to train in Krav Maga it's a good idea to find a gym where Krav Maga is the principle martial art that is taught. Some gyms feature many martial arts in an effort to appeal to a broad cross-section of people. This can take you away from your Krav Maga related goals.

Tip #4: Make Sure You Get a Great Warm-Up

Any instructor or gym that makes you jump right into the practice without a good warm-up is either asking for an injury or showing a great deal of apathy. A good Krav Maga instructor will be sure that your muscles are warmed up and that your mental focus is on the training at hand before making you throw any punches.

The Best Part About Krav Maga Worldwide

Not only are all of the instructors at Krav Maga Worldwide certified, but they follow all of the proper Krav Maga practices, as well. It is a gym where you can learn pure Krav Maga, one where there is no question about accreditation, and where you don’t have to worry about whether or not you’re learning real Krav Maga.

Give the instructors a call today to find out how you can start your practice!