KravMaga


Practical Street-smart Self defense for the common man or woman, with average fitness. No strings attached!

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"So that one may walk in peace" Imi Lichtenfeld, Founder of KravMaga


KravMaga is a combat system devised originally for the Israeli military. In Hebrew KravMaga means "Contact Combat". It is designed for survival in the streets or war-zone. We concentrate in equipping the trainee only for those crises. For that purpose, there is lots of training on anger management, handling stress and being aware in a crisis.
Classes are at various locations for Civilians, Police & Security. KravMaga TamilNadu also conducts corporate workshops on Personal safety and short courses for Executive Fitness.

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Regular Classes

Classes throughout the week in various parts of the city.

Corporate Workshops

Focussed activity addressing the specific needs of Corporate professionals.

ProFIT3

3 types of Fitness * 3 days a week * 3 months

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Police & Security

Special training for police, prison warders and security organizations

Locations


Smasher Sports Academy, OMR

372, 5th link road,
Nehru Nagar Kandanchavadi, OMR
(behind MAX retailers, Sea Shells restaurant)
Classes on Sundays
10AM-12 Noon
4500 every 3 months
3300 for students

Karpagam Gardens

No:7, 8th Cross Street, Karpagam gardens, Adyar
Classes from Mon to Fri
7:30AM-8:30AM
7:30PM-8:30PM

3000 every 3 months
2400 for students

Kodambakkam

Fitness Positive ( The Port Cafe)72, Arcot Road, Opp. Koncept Hospital, Kodambakkam, Chennai.
Classes on Sundays
10AM-12 Noon

Rs.3000 for 3 months
Rs.2400 for students

Anna Nagar

Zorba, Kimberly towers, Y222, 2nd avenue Near Starbucks
Classes on Sundays
9.30AM-11.30AM
Rs.5000 every 3 months
Rs.4000 for students

A/C Hall

Velachery

Terrace, Kamadenu Apts. 30, Seshadripuram Main Rd. (Next to carpark of Sachidanandha Ashram) Baby Nagar. Off Taramnai Link Rd.
Classes on Tue,Wed,Thu,Fri
6.30AM-7.30AM
Rs.3000 for 30 hrs in 3 months
Rs.2400 for students

Boat Club

15 Boat Club Road, RA Puram
(Next to TamilNadu Police Commando Force)
Classes on Sat
4:00PM-6.00PM
Rs.3000 for 3 months
Rs.2400 for students

Madipakkam

Master's Zone, 47, Velachery Main road, Ram Nagar.
Classes on Saturdays
10:00AM-12:00AM
Rs.3000 every 3 months
Rs.2400 for students

A/C Hall

FAQ


What is KravMaga?

KravMaga is a combat system devised originally for the Israeli military. In Hebrew KravMaga means ‘Contact Combat’

How is KravMaga different from traditional martial arts?

KravMaga is a ‘horizontal system’ which combines elements of various fighting systems. One will find –

  • Kicking & Punching elements from Boxing, Karate & Muay Thai
  • Ground fighting & Grappling from Judo & BJJ
  • Holds & Takedowns from Aikido
  • Defence against Knife attacks from Kali
  • And also defence against stick attacks, fire-arm threats
Some instructors of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) or Kick-Boxing confuse the public, by claiming they are also a horizontal hybrid system. But they conveniently forget to mention that these systems were designed for rule-based ring fights and for one-on-one contests only.
KravMaga is NOT a martial art. It’s NOT a Sport. Krav Maga is a combat system for street survival

Why do you say KravMaga is NOT a martial art?

There are some major differences in the approach to self-defence by KravMaga

  • There are NO choreographed movements like katas. Intricate and contrived movements fail during an unpredictable street situations. KravMaga is based on natural reflex and fast direct attacks using gross motor skills. NO Cosmetics.
  • Kravists DON’T practice with outdated weapons –like Swords, Spear, Sai or Kama. In KravMaga we practice defending from normal weapons a street criminal carries – like Knife, Stick and Pistol. Also Aruval (Sickle) in TamilNadu. In Military & Police KravMaga, more relevant weapons like small arms and long fire arms are included
  • The learning curve is steep in KravMaga. Right from day 1 techniques are taught.In KravMaga we are pragmatic to the reality that, in 21st century, very few have the time and inclination for sustained and long drawn out practice.
  • In KravMaga, there is NO stress on zen elements. KravMaga is designed for survival in the streets or war-zone. We concentrate in equipping the trainee only for those crises. For that purpose, there is lots of training on anger management, handling stress and being aware in a crisis.
  • Traditional martial arts were designed for warriors. Why teach them to ordinary civilians?!Why teach hard killing techniques to a Banker or a Computer Programmer?!It's enough they are taught how to handle a road rage situation or an eve-teasing scenario.

Why do you say KravMaga is NOT a Sport?

Some more key differences in the approach to Self-defence by KravMaga.

  • Sport is all about scoring points and winning. Real life is about survival
  • Sport training gives wrong tactical thinking while facing a real threat on the street.Suppose I chased away a criminal who was wielding a knife, but got stabbed in the tummy in the process, have I won or lost ?!
  • There is NO referee to intervene and stop the fight if situation goes beyond your control. For instance if you fall down during a sport, the other fighter is asked to stop till you get up. Imagine what will happen if you fall down in a street fight!
  • The ugly repercussions of violence is not registered in the mind of a sports practitioner. Suppose a girl is caught alone with a rapist. She is 50 kg and the rapist is 110 kg. Should she get into crane stance and wait for him to approach!
  • What should I do if I am road rage situation, when I am with with my wife and kid? Four unsavoury characters, smelling of liquor get down from the other car. KravMaga prepares you for these extreme situations.
  • In sport  The Opponent, The Place, The Time, The rules are already determined. In real life everything is a fearful shock. When suddenly exposed to unprovoked violence the mind goes into a shock. KravMaga training factors this and prepares the body to react like a reflex action. To know more about what happens to the system in shock read WHY SOME FREEZE IN A CRISIS AND HOW TO AVOID IT.
  • KravMaga principle is “End the confrontation asap. Minimise engagement!”
Heroics look good only in movies. In real life, AVOID an issue if you feel you cannot SOLVE that issue … and QUIT the place asap. Especially if its not your area / you are outnumbered / the opponent is armed / bigger / fitter / aggressive / drunk / drugged.

Who can learn KravMaga?

Anybody can learn KravMaga, irrespective of Sex, Age, Fitness level and Health

  • The objective is NOT to churn out Bruce Lees. Its a more pragmatic one of equipping ordinary people to do something intelligent in a crisis.
  • in fact, I often say its the average people who need to learn to defend themselves.
  • Who is going to snatch the purse of a body builder anyway or sexually harass him! :)
  • Anyway those not optimally fit need not worry, since techniques are taught to suit the profile of that person
  • For instance why should a policeman learn fancy high kicks!? His job requires more of controlling aggressors, escorting them and facing common weapons like stones, knives and sticks. For a woman, controlling techniques of the police are irrelevant. She has to be taught only how to get out of a hug or hand-hold.
  • Our oldest student till date was 66+. Many have been in 30 to 40 range. But almost 90% are in their 20s
  • As long as you have the enthusiasm nothing else matters much.

Does that mean Strength and Fitness are not required to learn KravMaga?

  • The stress of KravMaga training is on using Body mechanics, Physics and some common-sense.If you have Strength & Fitness it is a Bonus.
  • KravMaga techniques should not depend on Strength alone; because, there is always somebody stronger.
  • In fact a technique is evaluated on the criteria, “Will it work for a smaller girl against a bigger man?”

Is previous martial arts experience necessary?

Previous martial arts experience is NOT necessary. It's the job of the KravMaga instructor to ensure the physical and mental skills are absorbed according to the profile, motivation and fitness

What about woman learning KravMaga?

  • Women have been practising KravMaga for decades.
  • The techniques taught to women are more focused on handling sexual harassment scenarios
  • We in Chennai conduct lots of workshops for women to create awareness on personal safety.
  • Contact us to attend/arrange Corporate workshops

Do women learning KravMaga become muscular and macho?

  • NO! Again in a Capital NOOO! This is a misconception.
  • You see many strong women, who do physical labour for hours; on the fields, construction sites and road work. Have they become masculine?!
  • Why can't women become body-builders like men? Testosterone is the main hormone responsible for increasing muscle size, and since women produce much less testosterone than men, their chances of gaining bodybuilder-style muscle mass and definition are low.

Can kids learn KravMaga?

  • Yes, KravMaga is taught to kids, but again the curriculum is different
  • The problems of Kids are different, and so is their comprehension
  • KravMaga for kids is more of games and fun based, to making learning suitable for their attention span.
  • Kids KravMaga is more focussed on Physical, mental co-ordination, Flexibility improvement and Character building.

Will I get hurt while learning KravMaga?

  • NO! Rule No1 of KravMaga is “AVOID INJURIES”
  • Injuries can put back a person by months or years. Also once there is a break in training its very hard to resume.
  • So, maximum possible attention is given to prevent a trainee injuring himself or others
  • When contact SPARRING is done, it’s done only with protective gear and strict supervision.

But I have a physical problem. Can I still learn KravMaga ?

YES as long as you fullfill 2 conditions;

  • You will talk to your Doctor and get his advice for commencing training
  • You will inform us about your problem and assure us you will avoid doing movements which can jeopardise your condition.

Do you have belt system in KravMaga?

  • In IKMF India we have only a LEVEL SYSTEM, NO BELTS are awarded.
  • In some countries belts are awarded; especially to kids, since they love these external manifestations of recognition

What are the levels of proficiency in KravMaga?

The LEVEL SYSTEM is as follows;

  • PRACTITIONER – Level I to V
  • GRADUATE – Level I to V
  • EXPERT – Level I to V
  • MASTER – Level I to V

How long should I learn KravMaga?

  • For a Civilian, PRACTITIONER level V is sufficient to handle threats faced in daily life.
  • 45 to 50 hours of learning and practice is required to sit for grading in each PRACTITIONER level. Grading will be done only by our Country Head.
  • Levels above PRACTITIONER are for professionals like Police / Security / Bouncers or those who aspire to become Instructors

Which organization do you represent? What's your Qualification?

  • We are associated with the International KravMaga Federation (IKMF)
  • To become an Instructor we have to undergo 3 Levels of CIC (Civilian Instructor Course) .Then after a period of evaluation one is allowed to teach.
  • Apart from this every year all Instructors have to undergo a refresher camp.
  • IKMF has qualified Instructors globally.
So your grade will be accepted worldwide and you can continue learning in any country.

In Chennai, how long you have been teaching KravMaga & where?

  • Classes in Chennai started in 2008.
  • At present we have classes in Besant Nagar, Thiruvanmiyur, Velachery and Kilpauk
  • We also teach a different curriculum for SAG police commandos, TamilNadu Special Police, Chennai City L&O Sub-Inspectors & TN Prison Dept. Warders
  • For Civilian class schedules view Locations section.

How do I join? What is the fee and other formalities?

  • You need to bring ID & address proof, with a photo for our records
  • The fee can be paid as cash / cheque. See the fee structure HERE
  • The trainee will give an Indemnity that he won't claim any damages from the Instructor or his organization, in case of an injury and that he will take enough precaution to avoid injuring self or third parties.
  • In case the trainee is a Minor, he/she has to get a No Objection from the Parent

Can I take a trial class?

  • YES! You can take a trial class.
  • We don't charge fee for the trial class

There are some others who claim to teach KravMaga! Whom should I learn from?

  • We are qualified instructors of IKMF
  • If an instructor claims he can teach various arts, AVOID him. Even though many of us have qualification in other fighting systems, we don’t teach them.
  • Find out the instructor's credentials.
  • Qualified KravMaga has a fixed curriculum for every level. Unauthorized / unqualified instructors will give you a vague reply if you ask for the curriculum.
  • KravMaga is NOT taught in open places where public can be an audience. If the instructor is teaching on open grounds and parks avoid him.
  • IKMF will never misguide with fantastic claims. AVOID any Instructor who promises to make you a Blackbelt in 3 months !

ProFIT3


ProFIT3 is a novel concept which trains the 3 essential qualities for a successful life – Physical, Emotional & Cognitive wellness.


It is an integrated fitness course to suit the demands of high performers who require –

  • extremely agile cognitive productivity at their work
  • emotional resilience to handle high stress situations
  • The physical & mental toughness to raise performance in all facets of life - work, family & social context.

How is ProFIT3 different?

3x3x3 – 3 types of fitness x 3 hours a week x 3 months. That’s the reason for the cube symbol in ProFIT3.

The class sessions will have physical exercises, stress management drills along with brain games on computer.

A combination of PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL & COGNITIVE exercises – modeled from the training methodologies of US Navy Seals and Israeli Commandos, which prepare average human beings to be objective and efficient in highly physically and mentally stressful situations.

Who will benefit most from ProFIT3?

  • CORPORATE EXECUTIVES, especially 30+ aged
  • STUDENTS appearing for competitive exams like IAS, +2, CA, IIT will be benefited immensely

What are the issues faced by 30+ aged corporate executives?

Till 30 most of us take fitness for granted. Whatever we do, abuse or eat the system doesn’t show enough damage to evoke concern.
But, the 30+ aged Executive starts getting niggling worries about fitness due to …

  • Over-weight, especially around the mid-riff, which is the most dangerous fat accumulation
  • Stress at work due to middle-management role and management expectations, in times of shrinking top and bottom lines.
  • Stress at home due to increased demands on finance - home loans & expanding family
  • Cognitive paralysis since the thinking is limited to vertical expertise in job-specific niche skills

What are the issues faced by aspirants of competitive exams like?

  • Over-weight, since all physical activities come to a stand-still.
  • Stress due to competitive pressures & increased parental and peer-group expectations
  • Cognitive restriction due to Exam focus, which reduces creative and lateral thinking

What will be the PHYSICAL benefits, in 3 months?

Correct Posture, Optimize Weight, Improve Stamina, Enhance Endurance, Develop Flexibility, Enjoy Agile Movement & Prevent life-style deceases.

What will be the EMOTIONAL benefits, in 3 months?

Manage Stress , Control Anger, Reduce Anxiety & Toughen Attitude

What will be the COGNITIVE benefits, in 3 months?

Improved neuro-plasticity - Memory & Focus, Develop different types of intelligence including Logical & Creative thinking

What will be the structure of the ProFIT3 class?

  • Hourly sessions 3 days a week for 3 months
  • The classes will combine Physical and Mental exercise methodologies used in the training of US Navy seals and Israeli commandos

Who has devised the ProFIT3 content?

  • SreeRam is the KravMaga Instructor for TamilNadu Police commandos. He has 30 years experience encompassing corporate management and training police, security and executives
  • The physiotherapy inputs are provided by Kaviraj, trained in UK. His areas of expertise are neuro-musculoskeletal disorders and sports related injuries. Kaviraj also works on rehabilitation and ergonomics issues.
  • Overall medical advice is provided by Dr Anoop Velayudhan who is at present working for WHO, specializing in public health.

What are the common concerns addressed by ProFIT3?

    The common concerns addressed by ProFIT3 are –
  • Can I start any strenuous activity with my present level of fitness?
  • Will this fit in my daily routine? Or will the session expect me to change drastically my life syle
  • Will this benefit me in a measurable manner

Where are the ProFIT3 classes?

  • The first batch will be at KravMaga training centre, 7, 8th cross street, Karpagam Gardens, Adyar. (Landmark – near SBI on 6th cross street
  • We will have 2 batches - 6.30 AM-7.30 AM and 6.30 PM to 7.30 PM.
  • Each batch will come on alternate days – Monday, Thursday & Saturday. Or Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday

What is the cost of ProFIT3 course?

The fee of the 3 months course is Rs. 7500/-. For the first batch starting on 1st Nov we are planning to give a discount of Rs.1500/-.on the fee.

What is the ProFIT3 online option?

  • For those not able to come daily, we will have a weekend class of 1 hour, after which we will give a weekly schedule for practice at home. The instructor will see the daily updates and advise
  • This option will be for 12 Sundays and cost Rs. 3600/- . The first batch starts from 1st Nov. 2015.

What is the ProFIT3 app?

ProFIT3 mobile app lets one keep a diary of daily exercises, food intake and tracks the progress

In Media


Video of the largest KravMaga demo ! and it happened in chennai! 4000 in Nehru stadium and live relay on TV.. 120 Police men and women demonstrate KravMaga to the CM

Video of the largest KravMaga demo ! and it happened in chennai! 4000 in Nehru stadium and live relay on TV.. 120 Police men and women demonstrate KravMaga to the CM

5th Dec ’13 – Femina Tamil colorful double spread on KravMaga self-defence for women


28 Nov ’13 – Indian Express. Big story on KravMaga Tamilnadu’s workshop for college girls

25 Nov ’13 – Intl. Day of elimination of violence against women. KravMaga TamilNadu and FICCI-Flo organized a free workshop on self defence for 80 girls of G S S Jain College, vepery A great hit with the noisy girls, this workshop was covered by all newspapers.

20 Nov ’13 – The Pioneer does all India story on KravMaga’s popularity among Chennai women

15 Nov ’13 – Media coverage of KravMaga demo to The Governor of TN in The Hindu

6 Oct ’13 – Self Defence training for personnel of TN Prisons Dept. launched at Madurai by Commissioner of Police Sanjay Mathur IPS and DIG Prisons Mohammed Haneefa IPS. 30 hours intensive program will be conducted in batches of 35, for 5 selected Prison guards from each of the 14 prisons across the state. The news was carried by all news papers and TV Channels across the state.

12 Sep ’13 – Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM – Relay of my interview ( 2 to 5 pm) in the special program – Gurukool.

3 Sep ’13 – DinaMalar – leading tamil newspaper with my tips on safety to women (Click image for readable view)

27 Aug ’13 – Aval Vikatan – My tips on women safety gets a double spread article (Click image for readable view)

24 Aug ’13 – DinaMani – KravMaga for TamilNadu police after Israel!

KravMaga from Israel, is to be introduced to TamilNadu police. The demonstration of this unarmed combat system was a big hit with the spectators. This demo was part of the TamilNadu Police Medal Parade, where the Chief Minsiter awarded police personnel, for distinguished service and bravery. The police KravMaga practitioners demonstrated how to tackle attacks with different types of weapons like Stick, Knife, Pistol & Aruval. The big crowd at Nehru stadium was impressed with KravMaga.

24 Aug ’13 - This one minute clipping shows CM Jayalalithaa obviously enjoying the Police KravMaga demo. 120 Police men and women demonstrate KravMaga to the CM

14 Aug ’13 – Deccan Chronicle on the Road rage & in-Car self-defence workshop, conducted by Sensei Vicky Kapoor at KravMaga Chennai on 4th

8 Aug ’13 - Chennai – Ind. Exp. – A well balanced story on the reluctance of women, to take steps to protect themselves.

Read full story here

18th July ’13 - Chennai City Police L&O Sub-Inspectors speak of their KravMaga experience. These officers are hard-core field men, who handle issues everyday..so one cannot bull-shit them and get away with it.

16 July ’13 – Interview on Radio One 94.3 FM Morning Show – KravMaga & Fitness.

You can listen to the interview here

5th May – The Hindu , Downtown cover story on Fitness and martial arts covers KravMaga Chennai

You can read the story here

30 April – The Hindu, Vellore - Coverage of the VIT workshop (Click image for readable view)

13th March 2013 – Times of India – full page TOI’s sponsored event – KravMaga selfdefense for city college girls for Intl. Women’s Day

10 Mar. 13 – Chennai Live FM interviews KravMaga SreeRam on Women’s Safety.

9th Jan 2013 – Times of India , Pg2 KravMaga Self defense instructor KravMaga SreeRam on the deterrent aspects, which is more critical for a women. (Click for readable view)

2nd Jan 2013 – Deccan Chronicle

Interesting Articles


I have been blogging a lot about Facing Violence, Psychology of Criminals, Personal safety of Women and Kids, Enhancing fitness and so on. Here are interesting blog posts. You can also visit my blog http://kravmaga-chennai.blogspot.in.

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