Frequently asked questions
What about Covid-19?
Due to Covid-19 and how the training is conducted at Stockholm Krav Maga Center, we have developed these guidelines to present how we choose to handle the safety of instructors and members in relation to Covid-19:
- All instructors at SKMC will be vaccinated
- We prefer that all members are vaccinated and strongly recommend that everyone get vaccinated
- SKMC requires that all visitors use rubbing alcohol and wash their hands regularly, before and during training.
We base our guidelines on the following rationales:
- Covid-19 is contagious and spreads rapidly. We train close to each other. This means that our form of exercise further increases the probability of becoming infected if you have not been vaccinated
- Vaccinated people have been shown to carry large amounts of viruses, which means that the risk of infecting unvaccinated people increases during close training
- Vaccine is still the best protection against Covid according to WHO and FHM
- SKMC believes that vaccines approved in Sweden have been tested sufficiently. The short test time is compensated by new methods and unusually high funding for tests
- The risk that a new vaccine may entail is demonstrably lower than the proven risk posed by Covid-19
- There is still a risk of further mutations of Covid-19 corresponding to the Delta and Omikron variants. Since vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna still protect against known mutations, vaccines should therefore contribute to protection against new variants.
In addition, the following applies:
- Stay home if you are sick, including the common cold
- If you have any of the following symptoms, you should stay at home: respiratory tract irritation, cough, runny nose, fever or loss of air-taste
- Stay out of training for at least 2 weeks if someone close to you is suspected of being infected with covid-19
- Disinfect your hands with prepared hand sanitizer when you come here
- Take the opportunity to disinfect your hands during water breaks
- Always wear freshly washed training clothes
- Do not share a drinking bottle with a training partner
Decisions on interruptions or other measures may come suddenly in the event of stricter recommendations from the Public Health Agency and we will then inform via the Newsletter.
How old do you have to be to start training KMS Krav Maga?
Age plays a rather insignificant role, but due to the techniques and principles we teach, we request that you are at least 18 years old and do not feel older than 60 years. The average age is about 29 years (in 2019).
Do you offer training for children?
We currently offer training for ages 8-12. Contact us for more information.
Can women train KMS Krav Maga?
Of course! About a third of our members are women of different ages, which is not difficult to understand. Even though Sweden is relatively safe, society places great demands on knowledge in self-defense. We do not teach any unrealistic or spectacular techniques. You can trust what we teach.
Do you have a continuous admission?
No! Learning to deal with violence in a safe way requires gradually increasing tempo, power and stress levels. Bringing in new students a bit into the semester entails a risk of injury for the new studetns as well as others. Continous admission would not be serious.
Admission of completely new members is only done during the first two weeks of the semester and then subject to availability.
Is it possible to have a trial session?
Sure! It is possible to have a trial session at a beginner’s session during the first two weeks of the semester. This is provided that there is room in the desired beginner’s group. No pre-registration is required, just come down and introduce yourself at the reception.
Bring training clothes for indoor use. Groin protection can be borrowed at the reception for trial session.
Is there risk of injury?
The risk of injury during training is low. However, bruises are common. Those who train hard and intensively obviously run a certain risk of injury, but the frequency of injuries is not greater than in other contact sports. In some sports, e.g. ice hockey, football or horseback riding, it is much bigger. To ensure a low risk of injury, we usually use different types of protection, and enforce the club rules.
In the event of an accident, all members are insured during training.
Is the training suitable for a person with a blood infection?
No. To train KMS Krav Maga with blood infection (HIV, jaundice virus B-C, HTLV-I-II etc.) is not suitable, due to the inherent risk of blood transference during exercise. This is regardless of whether medication is used.
Do I need special training clothes?
Well, regular training clothes go well with the only exception that we want all members to wear a black Krav Maga Sweden federation t-shirt or the club’s black t-shirt, as well as black pants without a zipper, e.g. jeans, shorts, leg pants or training pants.
Ordinary indoor sneakers without black soles and which do not leave marks on the floor go well when we do not train on the mat, in which case soft soles such as e.g. wrestling shoes or barefoot. A training t-shirt is included in the semester fee for beginners the first time. Extra t-shirts are available for sale.
What protection is needed?
In the Beginners Group, a mouth piece and groin protection of any model are required. The Thai cup is recommended for men as protection of this model is best suited for our type of training. any kind of mouth piece is also required.
After about 2 months into the beginner’s term, shin protection will also be mandatory.
Other protections that can be good to have, but can be acquired later when the need arises, are grappling gloves (10 oz).
Are there clothing and equipment requirements?
The following clothing and equipment must be worn during all sessions
- Groin protection
- Mouth piece
- Federation black t-shirt (included in the tuition fee for the first time)
- Black long or shorts. NOTE! Without zipper or other objects with a sharp edge
- Indoor sneakers are recommended (must not be used outdoors and do not have black soles)
- After about 2 months into the beginner’s term, shin protection will also be mandatory
Do not forget the groin protection already for the first training (during trial session one can borrowed at the reception). As a member, you get a 10% discount on exercise equipment at Budo & Fitness on Sveavägen and Nicopia Sport over the internet. You can also buy all the necessary equipment at the club at usually lower prices.
Can I train in a group other than the one I am registered for?
No. As the groups will be full from the start, there is no room for that.
When the attendance decreases in groups during the semester, the opportunity will arise for extra training. However, this will be announced during training and usually takes place after half the semester.
How are the groups composed?
The beginner groups are aimed at all students new to KMS Krav Maga, regardless of previous self-defense or martial arts experiences. Both beginner groups have the same training content, where only days and times differ.
Transfer to the Continuation Group takes place after continuous training for at least one semester (exceptions can be made) and passed the Competence Test 1.
Transfer to the Medium Group takes place after a passed Competence Test 2.
I have trained at another club. Which group suits me?
Have you trained at a club belonging to Krav Maga Sweden Federation, it is the same group that you trained in at your old club. If you have trained traditional Krav Maga or “boxercise-Krav Maga”, it is one of the Beginner’s group that applies. This is because so much differs from the modern Krav Maga we teach which focuses on dealing with violence.
In addition, there are a few clubs that claim to teach Krav Maga, but lack trained instructors and actually do other things and just reputable parasites. Then it is also the beginner group that applies to get the necessary basics.
Do I have to spar when I train KMS Krav Maga?
Sparring is for later and it only becomes relevant when you are good enough and master the basic attacks and blocking techniques. The students who want to spar in most cases use protective equipment. What we can promise is that you will not have to do something you do not want to do.
It is also important to realize that it is difficult to prepare for violent abuse without realistic exercises in controlled forms, where sparring is a minor part. Fighting exercises are included to varying degrees in all groups and are significantly more important from a self-defense perspective.
What is good complementary training?
All physical training is a good complement, such as interval running, circuit training and gym training. For those members who want more training than we can offer in regular group training, we recommend parallel training of Thai boxing or MMA. This is to get further training in standing sparring, balance, movement and technique. Kickboxing (not light contact) may also be suitable. All three martial arts also provide very good coordination and cardio training.
Another option for members who want to focus more on ground techniques is Brazilian Ju-justu.
What about belts in Krav Maga?
No need for them. Belts have nothing to do with self-defense. Within the Swedish association, Krav Maga Sweden, so-called Competence Tests are used, which refer to problem solving under dynamics (“aliveness”), stress and surprise, as well as understanding of self-defense and mental preparation instead of testing only techniques. This provides a more realistic measure of students’ self-defense ability.
There are 7 Competence levels, K1-7, with gradually increasing demands on technical ability, aggression, stress management, problem solving and tactical action.
Can I train with glasses?
Absolutely! It is important to train with the conditions you would have if you are attacked “on the street”. Therefore, it is advisable that you, if you usually wear glasses, continue to wear them even in training. On the other hand, it is of utmost importance to train even without glasses, as there is a great risk that the glasses will either be lost or break in a self-defense situation.
Can you compete in KMS Krav Maga?
No. As KMS Krav Maga only aims to teach effective self-defense, you can not compete.
Can I learn Military Krav Maga?
Usually not. For civilian training, military techniques and principles are taught only after prolonged training. The club also offers seminars aimed exclusively at military personnel, as well as experienced civilian students. By agreement, seminars and courses in military Krav Maga can also be held for professional officers and / or police officers.
Officers have the opportunity to attend the military instructor course in Närkamp (IK Närkamp) which is conducted at the Ground Combat School. Expressions of interest must be sent to the service route and approved by the battalion commander.
Can I learn to law enforcement Krav Maga?
Usually not. For the following professions, we offer customized training in the so-called Police group: police officers, police students, security guards, security guards, officers, customs and prison staff.
The club also offers recurring seminars aimed exclusively at police officers, security guards and the military, as well as experienced civilian students. By agreement, targeted training can also be held for employees in the Armed Forces, the police or approved security companies.
I want to be an instructor. How do I go about?
The instructor training is unique in its kind and enormously developing! To become an instructor within the association Krav Maga Sweden, a number of basic requirements are set: mental maturity, understanding of violence, good manners, pedagogical disposition, technical skills, ability to handle stress, and the right mental attitude. In addition to this, the completed and approved instructor training is also required.
We recommend that people interested in becoming instructors train KMS Krav Maga for a period to gain adequate knowledge and skills, as well as the opportunity to assess whether the financial, temporal, mental and physical investment is worthwhile.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
What are your club rules?
The following is required to participate in the training:
- You must possess sufficient knowledge of Swedish or English to understand detailed explanations
- You must not appear in the National Penal Records (extracts can be requested)
- You must not engage in subversive activities or be a member of an organization that engages in criminal or subversive activities
- Good hygiene and health. Also remember to always have short cut nails
- You must be free from blood infection (HIV, jaundice virus B-C, HTLV-I-II) regardless of ongoing medical treatment
- Appropriations in the premises around Covid-19 must be followed in full
- The training fee must be paid (exceptions can be made for existing / former members)
- Keep the times
- For your own safety and the safety of others, the following should not be worn during training:
- watches, wristbands and the like
- visible piercing
- Do not bring a drinking bottle in the gym (place the bottle on the water shelf between the changing rooms)
- Water break only at the request of the instructor
- Take off the outer shoes at the entrance and place them on the shoe shelves. No outer shoes in the rest of the room
- Only indoor shoes without black soles may be used in the room
- Contact the instructor at the following times:
- In case of late arrival
- If you have to leave the room
- If you stop training
- If you start to bleed or otherwise injure yourself
- To reduce the risk of accidents during calm technical training: always attack in the direction of the wall behind the instructors (whiteboard wall) unless the instructor announces otherwise
- Always return equipment to the intended place after training
- Damage to training equipment is detected, pay attention to the instructor
- Do not tamper with plasters and pieces of tape in the room
- No fees are refunded. If there are medical reasons, the remaining paid time is moved to the next semester (remaining time is counted from notification of absence, however, a maximum of 50%)
- Keep the personal information in the club register updated. Refers primarily to telephone number and e-mail address
- Register presence in the computer system in connection with each session
- No snuff or chewing gum in the gym
- The equipment list under the tab Clothing & Equipment must be followed without exception
Repeated violations or more serious offenses may result in expulsion from the club. A member who is considered to pose a safety risk to himself and / or other members is not allowed to start or continue his training. This may, for example, be the case in the event of excessive absence, in which case the member is welcome back at the subsequent start of the semester.
Do you have newsletters to keep me updated?
Yes, we started a newsletter in early 2021 when there were many quick twists due to covid-19. We now send out the newsletter 2-3 times per semester with information about e.g. term start, seminars, extra sessions, social activities and in the worst case training breaks due to stricter restrictions from the Swedish Public Health Agency.
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