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Krav Maga London Kids Syllabus
Levels 1 - 5

Dear Parents and Carers,

Did you know that in real self-defence situations a defender who has only learnt a bunch of techniques and not the principles of self-defence end up failing to defend themselves properly? That’s because under stress, a defender is unable to recall a technique unless practiced over decades.

 

Unfortunately, this is the same with children. Children cannot be expected to memorise dozens of moves or techniques let alone perform them in context during a stressful and scary situation.

 

This is why at Krav Maga London Kids, we work on principles so your child can respond to a whole array of self-defence situations or problems appropriately and safely. As they progress up the levels, situations become harder or more complicated to simulate real life as closely as possible.

 

The principles that underpin the KML Kids syllabus are:

  • Keeping safe distance & situational awareness

  • Stable fighting stance & being able to move in it

  • Effective striking and kicking & keeping guard up

  • React as quickly as possible to attacks

  • Keep fighting if a mistake’s been made

  • Get up from the ground asap

 

Below you will find our KML Kids Grading Syllabus Levels 1 – 5.

 

Every effort has been made to make the syllabus language as child friendly as possible, but some children may struggle with reading this.

 

Please take some time and support your child where possible to help them read it. You could also quiz them on their level (past levels too if testing for a higher level).

 

Please remind your child that not every thing may be tested on the grading but they should ensure they are fully prepared before their exam. 

If you have any questions regarding the syllabus, please get in touch! 

Kind regards,

 

Dion Lebowitz

Instructor & Owner of Krav Maga London Kids

KIDS! HERE ARE SOME FAQs TO HELP YOU! 

How do I use this syllabus?

Use this syllabus like a checklist to see what you have learnt, need to work on and what you can look forward to learning.

 

What do the levels mean?

There are 5 levels. Level 1 is the beginner level. Levels 2 and 3 are intermediate. Level 4 and 5 is advanced.

At each level you will be awarded a badge and a certificate if you pass your exam.

 

How do I know if I’m ready for my next level?

Your instructor will let you know if they think you are ready for your next level. This is based on your class performance, progress and attendance.

 

Also, make sure you study the syllabus. Ask yourself if you can do each one straight away without thinking about it – if you can, it means you’re ready.

 

There’s something here I’m not sure about.

Make a note of what it is and either get your parent or carer to email your instructor or ask in the class.

 

I’m worried I might forget what to do in the exam.

It’s normal to be nervous before and during the exam. This causes us to forget things – if you forget something remember don’t stop. The exam is just as much about your ‘fighting spirit’ than it is about techniques.

Krav Maga Golden Rules

  1. Protect your face at head at all times – knuckles by the face, guard up

  2. Be stable before you punch or kick

  3. Hit and kick as hard as you can if doing this on a pad or shield

  4. If you make a mistake, keep going

 

 

LEVEL 1

 

A.Stances and awareness

Objective: To show you are aware of your surroundings and possible dangers from people or things.

  1. Safe hands

    1. Use your voice

    2. Keep them at a safe distance

    3. Hands are open and in front of you

  2. Fighting stance

    1. You’re ready to defend and fight to protect yourself

    2. Legs are apart, hands up and clenched, chin tucked in

 

B.Movement

Objective: To be able to move in a fighting stance, be balanced and keep hands up

  1. Move in fighting stance forwards and backwards

    1. Your feet should always be separate and never join together.

    2. Think ‘crab-walking’.

    3. Hands above your jaw to protect your face

    4. Elbows tucked in

 

C.Strikes and kicks to the front

Objective: To show you know different strikes and what they are called. Your hand must always protect your face.

  1. Punches or palm strikes

  2. Hammers

  3. Knees

  4. Regular kick ‘flick kick’

  5. Push kick

  6. Combo – 3 punches, hammer, knee, kick

  7. Shoving bully away with two hands 

 

D.Reactions

Objective: To know which attack to use depending on where the bully or attacker is and when to stop hitting.

  1. React to shield/pad in front of you

    1. Punch or kick

  2. Use the correct attack according to how far or close you are

  3. React to side and back taps

    1. Look first, bring hands in front of your face and punch or kick the shield/pads

  4. Understand when to stop and run away

 

E.Defend against strikes and kicks

Objective: To defend yourself against someone hitting you with an overhand strike or a straight punch

  1. Against 360 over hand attack

    1. Block using arm, pushing away

    2. Block using the arm, punch with the other hand and then kick

  2. Against a punch to the face

    1. ‘Slap’ the hand – your palm hits the attacker’s fist away

    2. Tucking in – protect your head with both arms if you’re surprised

  3. Against a bully kicking you​

    1. Step back with hands up and kick back ​

 

F.Defend against grabs

Objective: To show you can get out of a t-shirt grab

  1. T-shirt grab release– bully grabs you with 1 hand

  2. T-shirt grab and pull– bully grabs you and pulls you

  3. Preventing and release from a back headlock

    1. Turn head towards side of bully's hand and lift chin up ​​​​

    2. Release from back headlock and push 

   

G.Ground Self Defense

Objective: To show you can stay safe if you’ve ended up on the ground

  1. Being shoved or pushed from front or back

    1. Stabilise and push bully back

  2. Break fall forwards and backwards

  3. Kicking when on the ground

  4. Standing up and running away ‘leg-it’

  5. Bridge bully off

    1. Bully is sat on you, bridge them off

H.Scenario drills

Objective: To show you can put some of the skills into practice with some scenarios. In the grading, one of these will be tested.

  1. Bully approaches and shoves/pushes

    1. Create space, safe hands, use voice, stabilise, push back, run away

  2. Bully approaches, shoves/pushes and hits

    1. Create space, safe hands, react

  3. Bully has pushed very hard and you fall

    1. Break fall, kick, stand up and run away

  4. Adult approaches and asks for help

    1. Create space, safe hands, use voice, run away

  5. Adult approaches and tries to grab or touch

    1. Create space, shout, counterattack, run away

  • Remember if it’s an adult trying to hurt you, don’t hold back!

 

I.Fighting Games

Objective: To show you have a ‘fighting spirit’ and not give up even if you don’t succeed every time

  1. T-shirt tagging

  2. Catching games

  3. Pushing games

 

J.Fitness Challenge

Objective: This is at the end of the exam to test your mindset and resilience  

3 Sprawls

6 Press Ups, 6 Sit ups, 6 Squats

 

 

LEVEL 2

 

In order to get level 2, you need to be able to do everything on Level 1 really well and know level 2. This means you need to practice all your Level 1 material too as you will be tested on them.

 

A. Movement

Objective: To move in fighting stance in different directions

  1. Move in fighting stance front, back, left and right

    1. Legs should be apart, hands up, elbows in and you’re stable

 

B. Strikes and kicks

Objective: To show you can do different attacks, keeping your guard up and use your shoulders to add more power

  1. Side hammers

  2. Back hammers

  3. Side kicks

  4. Punch and move forward at the same time

  5. Kick and step forward

  6. Combo 1 – from level 1

  7. Combo 2 – side hammer, 3 punches, kick

 

C. Reactions

Objective: To show you can react quickly, know what attacks to use depending on how far or close the bully is and when to stop.

  1. React to the shield or pad in front of you

    1. Use the correct attack according to how far or close you are

  2. React to side and back taps

    1. Look first and use side or back hammer and continue with the combination

  3. Scan the area to look and check it is safe before running away.

 

D. Defend against strikes and kicks

Objective: To defend yourself against different strikes and a kick

  1. Against overhand attack (unknown hand attacking)

    1. Bully can hit you with either the left or right hand. Block, punch, add more strikes, kick and move away. ​

  2. Against straight punch (unknown hand attacking) 

    1. Inside defence ‘slap’ their fist with your palm. ‘slap’ their fist, use either your left or right hand + counter attack

    2. Tucking in with your hands to protect your head and punch back

  3. Against a bully hitting you over the head from the side

    1. Block using your arm and counterattack

  4. Against a bully kicking

    1. Step back and kick back

    2. Side kick their shin + counter attack with combo 2

 

* Counterattack = punching, hammering, kneeing or kicking until the bully stops.

 

E. Defend against grabs and headlocks

Objective: To show get out of an aggressive t-shirt grab situation and a back headlock

  1. Release from back headlock, bully is pulling back

    1. After you get out, knee, hammers, strikes, move and kick

    2. Release against a side headlock

    3. Preventing a high bear hug

      1. Bully tries to bear hug you. Block with one arm, and push bully with the other

  2. Release against a front choke

 

F. Ground Self Defense

Objective: To show you can stay safe and defend yourself if you’re on the ground.

  1. ­Bully approaches and shoves against a wall

    1. Breakfall against the wall i) forwards ii) backwards

  2. Stand up in the fighting stance

  3. Defend against a kick when you’re lying on the ground

  4. Defend against punches when a bully is sat on you

    1. Protect your head, punch and bridge bully off

 

G. Scenario drills

Objective: To show you can put into practice the skills you have learnt In the grading, one of these will be tested.

  1. Bully approaches and shoves/pushes you against the wall

    1. Breakfall, protect face, push bully away and run away

  2. Bully approaches, shoves/pushes you against the wall and hits

    1. Breakfall, protect face, defend against hit and hit back, run away

  3. Bully is sat on top of you

    1. Protect your head, punch back, bridge bully off, get up, run away

  4. Adult approaches and asks for help

    1. Create space, safe hands, use voice, run away

  5. Adult grabs you and pulls by the t-shirt or wrist

    1. Hit or kick as hard as you can, shout loudly and run away

  6. Knife threats and attacks

    1. You see a knife further away – shout ‘Knife! Knife!’ and run as fast as you can away, get help from a trusted adult

 

  • Remember if it’s an adult trying to hurt you, don’t hold back!

 

 

H. Fighting Games

Objective: To show you have a ‘fighting spirit’, be able to control your attacks and not give up even if you don’t succeed every time

  1. Reaction games

  2. Light controlled sparring drills with boxing gloves

  3. 2 vs 1 shoulder tag

 

I. Fitness Challenge

Objective: This is at the end of the exam to test your mindset and resilience 

5 Sprawls

8 Press Ups, 8 Sit ups, 8 Squats

 

 

LEVEL 3

 

In order to get level 3, you need to be able to do everything on Levels 1 and 2 really well and know level 3. This means you need to practice all your Level 1 and 2 material too as you will be tested on them.

 

A. Movement

Objective: To show you can move confidently in fighting stance in all directions.

  1. Move in fighting stance forwards, backwards, left right and in diagonals

 

B. Strikes and kicks

Objective: To show you can do a range of combinations correctly.

  1. Hooks and uppercuts

  2. Horizontal elbows (both sides) 

  3. Side kick 

  4. Combo 1 – from level 1

  5. Combo 2 – from level 2 with side kick 

  6. Combo 3 – 3 punches, hammer, elbow, knee, kick 

  7. Combo 4 – back kick, side hammer, 3 punches, hammer, elbow, knee, kick

 

C. Reactions

Objective: To show you can react quickly, know what attacks to use depending on how far or close the bully is and when to stop.

  1. React to a moving shield or pad

    1. Attack in different distances, front, side and back

    2. Know when to stop and when to be more aggressive

  2. Scan the area to look and check it is safe before running away.

 

D. Defend against strikes and kicks

Objective: To show you can defend against different strikes and kicks.

  1. Against two straight punches

    1. Bully punches you twice (either left-right or right-left). You can react with deflecting the punch or tucking in.

  2. Against two hooks

    1. Ducking under twice and counter attacking with combo 3

    2. Tucking in ‘telephone’ against two hooks 

  3. Against a hit from the side or back

    1. Block using your arm, look and counterattack

  4. Against a roundhouse kick

    1. Use your shin to block and counterattack

    2. Make sure your shin points outwards

 

E. Defend against grabs and chokes

Objective: To show you can get out of against different types of grabs correctly.

  1. Against a front hoodie/hair grab

    1. Cross their arm, shuffle back and use voice

 

F. Ground Self Defense

Objective: To show you can stay safe and defend yourself if you’re on the ground.

  1. Bully rugby tackles you to the ground

    1. Breakfall – keep knees and legs between you and the bully

    2. Don’t let the bully sit on top of you

  2. Getting up with kicks

  3. Bully is sat on top and chokes you

 

G. Scenario Drills

Objective: To show you can put into practice the skills you have learnt In the grading, one of these tested

  1. Bully rugby tackles you to ground, sits and hits

    1. Breakfall, wrestle bully – don’t let them sit on you

    2. Breakfall, defend strikes, bridge bully off and stand up

  2. Bully and you are fighting, bully pretends to stop and comes at you

    1. Defend yourself, when bully pretends, step away and when they come at you kick or punch and run away

  3. Adult grabs you from the side

    1. Turn and attack as hard as you can, shout loudly and run away

  • Remember if it’s an adult trying to hurt you, don’t hold back!

 

H. Fighting Games

Objective: To show you have a ‘fighting spirit’, be able to control your attacks and not give up even if you don’t succeed every time.  

  1. Light controlled sparring drills

  2. Wrestling on the ground drills

  3. 2 against 1 shoulder tag, t-shirt grabs and pushing

 

I. Fitness Challenge

Objective: This is at the end of the exam to test your mindset and resilience 

6 Sprawls

10 Press Ups, 10 Sit Ups, 10 Squats

 

 

LEVEL 4

 

In order to get level 4, you need to be able to do everything on Levels 1,2 and 3 really well and know level 4. This means you need to practice all your Level 1,2 and 3 material too as you will be tested on them.

 

A. Movement

Objective: To show you can move in all directions in fighting stance whilst kicking or punching

  1. Move in fighting stance in all directions + and X with strikes and kicks

 

B. Strikes and Kicks

Objective: To show you can do a range of combinations correctly.

  1. Side and back horizontal elbows

  2. Roundhouse Kick both legs 

  3. Combo 1 – from level 1

  4. Combo 2 – from level 2

  5. Combo 3 – from level 3

  6. Combo 4 – 2 punches, hook, roundhouse kick

 

C. Reactions

Objective: To show you can react quickly, know what attacks to use depending on where the bully or attacker is and when to stop.

  1. React to a moving shield or pad that’s in front of you, to the side and to the back of you.

  2. Show when to stop attacking and when to be more aggressive.

  3. Scan the area to look and check it is safe before running away.

  4. Show you know when to do pre-emptive strikes

    1. Attacker is pushing or shoving you, shouting they are going to hurt you e.g. kick once and run away

 

 

D. Defend against strikes and kicks

Objective: To show you can defend against a range of strikes and kicks.

  1. Against an unknown hand attack (punch, hook or over hand)

    1. Use inside defense ‘slap’ attacker’s fist

    2. Tuck in if not ready

    3. Slip – move your head to the side

    4. Duck under for hooks

    5. 360 forearm block for over hand attacks

  2. Against a bully kicking you

    1. Scoop the bully’s foot away and counterattack

    2. Side kick their shin

    3. Move away and kick back

  3. Against a bully punching your stomach

    1. Scoop the bully’s fist away and counterattack

  4. Against a bully hitting you on the head from the side or back

    1. 360 block using your arm and counterattack

 

E. Defend against grabs and chokes

Objective: To show you can get out of different types of grabs and chokes.

  1. Against a front pushing choke

    1. Stabilise, use your arm to ‘dab’, turn and counterattack

  2. Against a front hoodie/hair grab and knee

    1. Use forearm to block their knee, counterattack

  3. Against a kidnaping situation

    1. Like the back headlock, pull hand down, bite, get out, counterattack as hard as you can, run away

 

F. Knife Defences

Objective: To show you understand how dangerous knife attacks are and get away as quickly as you can.

  1. Attacker is attacking you with a knife or sharp object

    1. Use your backpack as a shield and kick, run away

Remember if your backpack is heavy, leave it there, don’t run with it!

  1. Kick as hard as you can and run away

  2. Attacker is stabbing you overhead with a knife

    1. Block, punch, keep hands up, kick and run away ​

G. Ground Self Defense

Objective: To show you can stay safe and defend yourself against different situations if you’re on the ground.

  1. Bully has grabbed your ankles when you’re on the floor

    1. Circle your legs to release, kick and stand up

    2. ‘Sausage’ roll out (if bully is pulling you)

  2. Headlock on the ground

    1. Move your legs, pull their head back to you and bridge bully off

 

H. Scenario Drills

Objective: To show you can put into practice the skills you have learnt. In the grading one of these will be tested.  

  1. Bully with a sharp object or knife is asking for your phone

    1. Hand the phone over, create space, try to remember what he/she looked like and run away

  2. An adult tries to kidnap you and drags you

  3. Two bullies push and shove you to corner you

  • Remember if it’s an adult trying to hurt you, don’t hold back!

 

I. Fighting Games

Objective: To show you have a ‘fighting spirit’, be able to control your attacks and show you know how to react if there’s more than one bully.

  1. Light controlled sparring

  2. 3 vs 1 t-shirt grab and shoulder tag

 

J. Fitness Challenge

Objective: This is at the end of the exam to test your mindset and resilience 

8 Sprawls

12 Press Ups, 12 Sits Ups, 12 Squats

 

 

 

LEVEL 5

 

A. Strikes and Kicks

Objective: To show you can use a range of attacks and combinations learnt from previous levels correctly.

  1. React to a moving shield/pad in all directions using a range of attacks in combinations.

    1. Show when to stop, create space and scan the area to check it is safe.

    2. Show when you need to be more aggressive.

 

B. Defend against strikes and kicks

Objective: To show you can defend yourself against a range of unknown strikes and kicks using the techniques you have learnt.

  1.  Against any front attacks

    1. Straight punch to your face

    2. Overhand attack / slap

    3. Hook to the face

    4. Low stomach punch

    5. Front kick

    6. Roundhouse kick

  2. Against any side and back attacks

    1. Punch to the face

    2. Overhand attack/slap

    3. Swing/hook to the face

  1. Defend against a front kick

    1. Use the front leg’s shin to defend, counterattack

    

*All of the above should include the correct counterattack according to how far or close you are to the bully.

** The bully may punch you more than once so be prepared for combinations.

 

C. Defending grabs and chokes

Objective: To show you can defend against a range of grabs and chokes.

  1. Against all the grabs, chokes, headlocks from levels 1-4

    1. Look back at levels 1-4 and make sure you know all of them really well.

  2. Against a back choke

 

D. Ground Self Defense

Objective: To show you can stay safe and defend yourself, counterattack correctly, if you’re on the ground.

  1. Sweep a bully to the ground

  2. Breakfall from being swept

    1. Get up asap using any of the ways of standing up you’ve learnt

  3. Against all chokes and headlocks on the ground from levels 1-4

 

E. Scenario Drills

Objective: To show you can put into practice the skills you have learnt. In the grading, one of these will be tested.

  1. Bully attacks you in any angle and any direction

    1. Your eyes are closed – defend the attacks, counterattack, run away

  2. Bully attacks you, but comes back

    1. Defend the first attack, bully moves away then lunges at you with a second attack

  3. First bully attacks then another one attacks

    1. Defend against the first bully and then the second one, counterattack and run away

 

F. Fighting Games

Objective: To show you have a ‘fighting spirit’, be able to control your attacks and show you know how to react if there’s more than one bully.

  1. 3 vs 1

    1. 1 is holding a pad/shield, the other 2 are tagging you

  2. Controlled Sparring

  3. Take turns with your partner to sweep to the ground, wrestle on the ground, counterattacks

  • Remember to look after your partner and agree on how hard you can sweep and wrestle!

 

H. Fitness Challenge

Objective: This is at the end of the exam to test your mindset and resilience 

10 Sprawls

14 Press Ups, 14 Sit Ups, 14 Squats

 

Extra-curriculum- all levels 

 

Below are some topics that are taught throughout the year but will not feature in the exam.

 

Wrist grab solutions

         Get out of different wrist grabs without using force

 

Use of an umbrella / stick-type object

         Use an umbrella or stick-type object for self-defence

 

Protecting a friend

         Get your friend to safety

         Shielding your friend and defend against the bully

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