The ultimate test of any martial arts or self-defense system is its effectiveness. Real Krav Maga has a track record that speaks for itself, but how do you choose an authentic Krav Maga program? Can you really judge a program by the size of a facility or the flashiness of its signs? Is a more austere training environment also more legitimate?
Krav Maga Worldwide Is Born
- 1981 – The founder of Krav Maga Worldwide, Darren Levine, attends the first International Krav Maga Association Instructor’s course, a joint offering of the Israeli Ministry of Education and the Krav Maga Association of Israel. Darren is among the few trainees to complete and pass this rigorous six-week course.
- 1983 – Darren, along with other prominent members of the Los Angeles community members, forms the Krav Maga Association of America at the request of Krav Maga founder, Imi Lichtenfeld.
- 1984 – Darren receives his first Krav Maga black belt from Imi, who passed on his personal belt as part of the ceremony. He also receives his instructor certification from the Wingate Institute, and Colonel David Ben-Asher, Vice-President of the Krav Maga Association, authorizes Darren to teach authentic Krav Maga techniques to students and security forces in America.
- 1987 – Darren began teaching real Krav Maga skills to the Illinois State Police. For the initial class, Imi joined him to help create a system customized for American law enforcement needs. In 1988, through the Krav Maga Association, Imi endorsed Darren’s instruction of law enforcement personnel wholeheartedly.
- 1994 – A busy year for the development of Krav Maga in America saw the advancement of Darren to Grand Master by the Israeli Krav Maga Association. As one of the highest ranked Krav Maga practitioners in the world, at this point, Darren had taught thousands of civilians and dozens of military and law enforcement units the real-world self-defense skills they needed to “walk in peace.”