Krav Maga is self defence system based on real-life situations. It uses the body’s natural reactions to create it’s techniques. Because of this Krav Maga is simple and quick to learn, it can be used in real-life situations straight away. Hopefully most people won’t ever have to use what they learn in class. We teach our students to stay away from problems and use Krav Maga only as a last resort, when talking, running away and all other options have been exhausted or that the act of aggression towards them needs immediate action to prevent injury or harm.
Krav Maga uses techniques from many Martial Arts such as Kickboxing, Karate, BJJ, Judo and Boxing. Krav Maga takes these techniques and adapts them to work in real self defence situations.
We train hard at KME using pressure tests to simulate the stress of being attacked, once students have learnt a technique. This is so students can train to as near as real-life as possible but still in a safe and controlled environment.
Krav Maga covers all self defence situations such as knives, sticks (bats), chokes and grabs to name just a few. We train all of these from all possible angles and positions. From standing, sitting in a chair, on the floor, from behind and sides as well. This is so students can deal with any situations no matter where an aggressor comes from.
While covering all of this, KME still covers the basics so students have a good grounding to counter-attack as with all Martial Arts and self defence systems. Using punches, uppercuts, hooks, elbows also incorporating kicks, roundhouse kicks, stop kicks and knees.
Students also spar once they have reached the appropriate competency so they can move, punch, counter-attack and protect themselves. Sparring is a great way to train and practice techniques. While we encourage students to spar, no student will ever be forced to do so until they feel comfortable.
Because of the training we do, you’ll get to learn how to protect yourself from attackers. You’ll get fit while you’re doing it and meet and gain new friends and have fun all at the same time.
Krav Maga was first developed by Imi Lichtenfeld in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia as there was a need for an effective system to protect ones self in real life situations, where traditional forms of fighting were in adequate for the aggressive and uncontrolled nature of street fights.
Krav Maga was developed to be easy and quick to learn, using the body’s natural reactions to form techniques against all situations.
Imi Lichtenfeld moved to Israel and became the head instructor for physical fitness and Krav Maga for the Israeli Defence Force (IDF). This is where he developed and perfected his self defence system and hand-to-hand combat.
After retiring from the military Imi Lichtenfeld adapted Krav Maga for civilian life, to meet the needs of men, women and children in violent situations.
Lewis Groves is the founder & Head Instructor of Krav Maga Evolve (KME). Lewis was previously Head Instructor for the UK for International Krav Maga (IKM). IKM’s Chief Instructor and Master Gabi Noah who was a direct student and founder of Krav Maga, Imi Lichtenfeld. Gabi Noah was trained by Imi Lichtenfeld in IKMF and helped to develop and improve the system. Lewis Groves trained under Gabi Noah and Moises Frutuoso (IKM Head Instructor) and was graded by both of them at various levels. Lewis Groves qualified as an Instructor with IKM in 2014. He previously trained in kickboxing and Wing Chun. He continues to train in boxing and Kickboxing as well as Krav Maga.
Lewis Groves continues to adapt and improve techniques in Krav Maga Evolve. Improvements and developments can always be made to a system, it should never be static, such as in traditional Martial Arts which then struggle to deal with modern problems.