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Krav Maga London Kids Syllabus
Levels 1 - 5

How to use this syllabus

In this syllabus you will find your Krav Maga syllabus from levels 1 through 5. This will help you track your progress and to help you prepare for your upcoming gradings.

 

You need to know everything on the syllabus for your level. If you are going for levels 2 and above, you are expected to know everything on the previous levels. 

For example, if you are going for level 3, you need to know everything on levels 1, 2, and 3. 

By reading through your syllabus, you can see what you have already learnt as well as what you will learn in the future.

Make a note of the things you don't know and ask Dion the next time you see her.  

 

 

***This syllabus and all its contents is for the sole purpose and use for Krav Maga London Kids students and students’ training. Under no circumstances should this syllabus be shared or distributed. ***

Krav Maga London Kids Level 1

Objective: To demonstrate a stable fighting stance, hands in guard during combinations, recognise basic attacks, use of voice and running away from danger zone.  

 

States of readiness

  1. Being to recognise when to bring hands up to ‘safe hands’ (palm facing bully/attacker) when bully/attacker approaches and when to transition to fighting stance.

  2. Fighting stance – hands should be by face and legs should be balanced and stable. Be able to move in fighting stance in different directions without crossing or joining legs (‘crab walk’).

 

Strike and kick combinations

  1. Combo 1: Left punch, right punch, left punch, right hammer, right knee, move away, kick (either leg)

  2. Combo 2: Regular groin kick, defensive pushing kick (start with any leg)

  3. Combo 3: Side kick, side hammer (any side)

  4. Combo 4: Respond to a tap on the back, look first, side/back hammer x 3 times (any side)

Emphasis is recoiling the hands to the face and keeping hands up in between each strike or kick and stability.

 

Defending against strikes

  1. Defend against an overhand strike using the forearm (Christmas tree) with i) push, keeping hands up and running away ii) kick, hands up, running away. Defending hand should be open not clenched.

  2. Defend against a straight strike towards face / attempt to grab or choke (slap the attacker’s hand) with i) push keeping hands up and running away ii) kick hands up, running away. Head should be moving away from punch.

  3. Defend against a side straight strike / attempt to grab(window wipe) with i) push keeping hands up and running away ii) 3 punches, running away. Head should be moving away from punch.

  4. Ducking under hook/circular strikes counterattack with push as defender is rising up, keeping hands up and running away. Keep hands up when ducking.

 

Defending against kicks

  1. Defend against football kick by stomping the attacker’s shin, starting from the side (like side kick) and running away

  2. Defend against roundhouse kick by raising the leg in a 90’ angle. Elbow of defending leg should be touching knee.  

 

Self Defence Techniques

  1. Release from a 1 handed (arm travelling towards ear) and 2 handed (knock knuckles) t-shirt grab

  2. Release from back headlock (attack attacker’s hands), finishing with pushing attacker away and running away with hands up

  3. Release from front choke (McDonalds), finishing with pushing attacker away and running away with hands up

  4. Using school bag as shield against overhand attacks

 

Ground Self Defence

  1. Getting up from the ground using forward and backward break-falls from a low position and being able to get up i) in retreat, sprinting away ii) with kicks and standing up to fighting stance

  2. Forwards roll (roll should be on the shoulder not head)

  3. Bridging bully off who is sat in mount position with and without the bully choking them and to stand up asap

  4. Trap and roll bully off to stand up asap

 

Fighting and resilience

  1. Wrestling and grappling drills – pushing, pulling partner with controlled aggression

  2. Light contact drills with gloves/focus mitts

 

 

Krav Maga London Kids Level 2

Objective: Improved confidence from level 1, stronger and more fluid combinations, hands in guard throughout, react to basic attacks with appropriate defences + counter attacks and to continue if mistake is made.

 

States of readiness from level 1

  1. Students are expected to be in a sound fighting position and to move comfortably and stably in fighting stance.

 

Strike and kick combinations

  1. Combo 1: Front kick, left punch, right punch, left punch, right hammer, right knee, move away, kick (either leg)

  2. Combo 2: Regular groin kick, regular groin kick, defensive pushing kick, defensive pushing kick (with any leg)

  3. Combo 3: Left hook, right hook, left hook  

  4. Combo 4: Respond to a tap on the back followed by looking first, back kick, put the leg down, side hammer x 3 times

Emphasis on recoiling the hands to the face and keeping hands up in between each strike or kick and stability

 

Defending against strikes

  1. Defend against an overhand strike using the forearm (Christmas tree) counterattack with punch + kick, hands up, running away. Defending hand should be open not clenched.

  2. Defend against a straight strike towards face / attempt to grab or choke (slap the attacker’s hand) counterattack with 3 punches, kick, running away. Head should be moving away from punch, hands by face when counter attacking.

  3. Defend against a straight strike towards face / attempt to grab or choke from the side (window wipe) counterattack with 3 punches, kick, running away. Head should be moving away from punch.

  4. Ducking under hook/circular strikes counterattack with punch as defender raises up, kick and running away. Keep hands up when ducking.

Students should also show defences without counter attacks if requested.

 

Defending against kicks

  1. Defend against football kick by stomping the attacker’s shin, starting from the side (like side kick), counterattack with side hammer, 3 punches, move away and run

  2. Defend against roundhouse kick by raising the leg in a 90’ angle, counterattack with 3 punches.

Students can choose which leg to defend with and be kicked with.

 

Self Defence Techniques

  1. Release from a 1 handed and 2 handed t-shirt grab

  2. Release from back headlock (attack attacker’s hands), counterattack with knee, move and run

  3. Release from side headlock (hand pinches attacker thigh, other hand pulls ear)

  4. Release from front choke (McDonalds), counterattack with kick and running away with hands up

  5. Using school bag as shield against overhand attacks

 

Ground Self Defence

  1. Getting up from the ground using forward and backward break-falls from a low position and being able to get up i) in retreat, sprinting away ii) with kicks and standing up to fighting stance

  2. Backwards and forwards roll (roll should be on the shoulder not head)

  3. Defend circular strikes bully has mounted defender, followed by choke. Stand up asap, control legs and run away

 

Fighting and resilience

  1. Wrestling and grappling drills – pushing, pulling partner with controlled aggression

  2. Light contact drills with gloves/focus mitts

 

 

Krav Maga London Kids Level 3

Objective: strong, stable fighting stance, fluid combinations to different sides, recognising correct distances to strike or kick, respond appropriately to stronger and faster attacks from either side with counter attacks.

 

States of readiness from level 1

  1. Students are expected to be in a sound fighting position and to move comfortably and stably in fighting stance.

 

Strike and kick combinations

  1. Combo 1: Left front kick, left punch, right punch, left punch, right hammer, right elbow, right knee, move away, kick. Be able to perform above with other side.

  2. Combo 2: Side kick, regular groin kick x 2, front pushing kick x 2 with advancing forward

  3. Combo 3: Left hook, right uppercut, right hook, left upper cut  

  4. Combo 4: React to tap from back followed by looking first, back kick, side kick, side hammer x 3 times

Emphasis on recoiling the hands to the face and keeping hands up in between each strike or kick and stability

 

Defending against strikes either against right or left handed attacker

  1. Defend against an overhand strike and underhand strike using the forearm (Christmas tree) counterattack with punch + kick, hands up, running away. Defending hand should be open not clenched.

  2. Defend against two straight strike towards face counterattack with 3 punches, kick, running away. Head should be moving away from punch, hands by face when counter attacking.

  3. Defend against a straight strike towards face / attempt to grab or choke from the side (window wipe) counterattack with 3 punches, kick, running away. Head should be moving away from punch.

  4. Ducking under 2 hook/circular strikes counterattack with 3 punches + kick asap and run away. Keep hands up when ducking.

 

Defending against kicks either against a right or left kick

  1. Defend against football kick by stomping the attacker’s shin, starting from the side (like side kick), counterattack with side hammer, 3 punches, kick, move away and run. Show both sides.

  2. Defend against roundhouse kick by raising the leg in a 90’ angle, counterattack with 3 punches and kick. Show both sides.

  3. Defend against groin kick with hand (open hand strike attacker’s ankle) counterattack with kick

  4. Defend against groin kick with shin (knee travels 45’ angle)

 

Self Defence Techniques

  1. Defence against unknown grab or choke. Attack can include 1 or 2 t-shirt grab (see level 1+2), front choke, back headlock or side headlock (from previous levels).

  2. Defend against a front hoodie/hair grab (cross arms and ‘hug’ attacker’s arm)

  3. Defend against front two handed wrist grab

  4. Using school bag as shield against overhand + underhand attacks

 

Ground Self Defence

  1. Getting up from the ground using forward and backward break-falls from a standing position and being able to get up i) in retreat, sprinting away ii) with kicks and standing up to fighting stance

  2. Backwards and forwards roll starting and ending in fighting stance

  3. Defend circular strikes bully has mounted defender, followed by choke. Stand up asap, control legs and run away

 

Fighting and resilience

  1. Wrestling and grappling drills – Defend against rugby tackle stabilise legs with a wide fighting stance

  2. Light sparring drills with gloves – emphasis on movement, not closing eyes when striking and guard by face

 

 

 

Krav Maga London Kids Level 4

Objective: demonstrate correct decision-making abilities during strike + kick combinations to all angles and distances, recognise and respond correctly to unknown faster and stronger attacks with appropriate unprescribed counterattacks.

 

States of readiness from level 1

  1. Students are expected to be in a sound fighting position and to move comfortably and stably in fighting stance.

 

Strike and kick combinations

  1. Respond to shield/focus pads from a long, mid, close distance with correct strike/kick, followed by any previously learnt combination.

  2. Roundhouse kick, either leg followed by any previously learnt combination

 

Defending against strikes either against right or left handed attacker

  1. Defend against an overhand & underhand strike using the forearm (Christmas tree) counterattack with punch + kick, hands up, running away. Perform on both sides.

  2. Defend against two straight strike towards face counterattack with 3 punches, kick, running away. Head should be moving away from punch, hands by face when counter attacking. Start from eyes closed.

  3. Defend against straight strikes from front or side Attacker walks around defender and sends strike to defender’s face, respond with correct technique and counter attacks.

  4. Ducking under 2 hook/circular strikes counterattack with 3 punches + kick asap and run away. Keep hands up when ducking. Start from eyes closed

 

Defending against kicks either against a right or left kick

  1. Defend against football kick by stomping the attacker’s shin, starting from the side (like side kick), counterattack with side hammer, 3 punches, kick, move away and run. Show both sides. Start from eyes closed

  2. Defend against roundhouse kick by raising the leg in a 90’ angle, counterattack with 3 punches and kick. Show both sides. Start from eyes closed

  3. Defend against groin kick with either hand or shin Defense depends on where defender’s hands are. Hands down – use hand to deflect kick. Hands up either scooping kick away with hand or using shin to deflect kick. Finish with counter attacks  

 

Self Defence Techniques

  1. Release from a 1 handed / 2 handed t-shirt grab, strike or kick if defence has gone wrong. Start from eyes closed

  2. Release from unknown attack: back headlock, side headlock, front choke, pushing front choke, back choke Start from eyes closed

  3. Defend against a front hoodie/hair grab (cross arms and ‘hug’ attacker’s arm)

  4. Defend against front two handed wrist grab, one handed wrist grab

  5. Using school bag as shield against overhand + underhand knife attacks

  6. Defend against front knife threat slap hand away and kick, running away asap

 

Ground Self Defence

  1. Getting up from the ground using forward and backward break-falls from a standing position and being able to get up i) in retreat, sprinting away ii) with kicks and standing up to fighting stance

  2. Alternate backwards and forwards roll starting and ending in fighting stance

  3. Defend against rugby tackle stabilise legs with a wide fighting stance (performed during grappling drills)

  4. Ground fighting scenario: Breakfall after being swept to ground, defend against circular strikes when bully is in mount position. Release from choke, control legs, stand up.

 

Fighting and resilience

  1. Wrestling and grappling drills – defend against rugby tackle, not to be taken to ground so easily, being able to put partner into headlock or in mount.

  2. Light sparring drills with gloves – emphasis on movement, not closing eyes when striking and guard by face

Krav Maga London Kids Level 5

Objective: respond accurately to unknown and various strikes, attacks, grabs and chokes. Use unprescribed counter attacks that are performed in the correct distance. Showing true warrior spirit by not hesitating if mistake is made and be able to adapt to the situation accordingly.

 

States of readiness from level 1

Students should move fluidly in fighting stance in all directions in a fast pace

 

Strike and kick combinations

  1. Respond to shield/focus pads from a long, mid, close distance with correct strike/kick, followed by any previously learnt combination. Combinations should also include: roundhouse kicks, scissor kicks

Emphasis on reacting recoiling the hands to the face and keeping hands up in between each strike or kick and stability

 

Defending against unknown straight or circular strikes either against right or left handed attacker

  1. Defend against single straight or circular strike using correct technique and appropriate counter attacks (i.e. one of the combinations from previous levels) against a left or right handed attacker. Attacks can include – straight punch, hook punch, overhand attack, underhand attack.

  2. Defend against straight strikes from front or side Attacker walks around defender and sends strike to defender’s face, defender should respond with correct technique and counter attacks.

 

Defending against kicks either against a right or left kick

  1. Defend against unknown kick with correct technique and appropriate counter attack. Attacker can be using left or right leg. Attacks can include groin kick, roundhouse kick or football kick (longer distance).

 

Self Defence Techniques

  1. Release from unknown choke. Defender has eyes closed and releases using correct technique and counter attacks. Attacks can include front choke, back choke, pushing front choke, pulling back choke, back headlock, side headlock. Start from eyes closed

  2. Release from unknown grab. Defender has eyes closed and releases using correct technique and counter attacks. Attacks can include t-shirt grab, front hoodie/hair grab, wrist grab. Start from eyes closed

  3. Using school bag as shield against overhand + underhand knife attacks

  4. Defend against front knife threat slap hand away and kick, running away asap

 

Ground Self Defence

  1. Getting up from the ground using forward and backward break-falls from a standing position and being able to get up i) in retreat, sprinting away ii) with kicks and standing up to fighting stance

  2. Alternate backwards and forwards roll starting and ending in fighting stance

  3. Defend against rugby tackle stabilise legs with a wide fighting stance (performed during grappling drills)

  4. Ground fighting scenario: Breakfall after being swept to ground, release from headlock on the ground arms free. Control head and stand up.

 

Fighting and resilience

  1. Wrestling and grappling drills – defend against rugby tackle, not to be taken to ground so easily, being able to put partner into headlock or in mount.

  2. Light sparring drills with gloves – emphasis on movement, not closing eyes when striking and guard by face