WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR FIRST CLASSES.

We are not a gym, rather a community of like-minded individuals – all looking to become better.  You'll find no empty promises of instant results, but you will find a team who will guide you to your goal through consistent training, positive encouragement and hard work. It takes time and discipline to become good, but if you give us that, we'll help you reach your goals. We're martial artists, but we're not pretending to be a Mixed Martial Arts gym – we're 100% self defence. But we also enjoy fighting and we can teach you to enjoy it too!

Our Coaching Team

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KRAV MAGA GLOBAL

EXPERT LEVEL 2

Trained as a student under KMG UK Director Jon Bullock since 2006.
Passed his instructor course under Eyal Yanilov. Passed all of his instructor grades and black belts the hard way – in Israel under Eyal Yanilov. Loves coffee.

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MARIA PRESA

KRAV MAGA GLOBAL

GRADUATE LEVEL 4

Trained as a student under Defend Director David Slade. Exceptionally talented Krav Maga practitioner, fighter and kickboxer, leads our Strike, Move and Women Only sessions. Drives fast, kicks hard.

DAVID SLADE

What is Krav Maga?

Krav Maga is the Israeli combat system used by the IDF. It was developed in the late 1940s and 50s by a man named Imi Lichtenfeld whilst he worked as a physical trainer for the Israeli army. Later, after he left the army, Imi started to develop this system for civilian use and started the foundations of what we now teach. Nowadays there are of course, many different variations of Krav Maga, but essentially the core principles remain across all of them. Good striking (kicking and punching) and good wrestling (grappling/escaping or applying holds and grabs both standing and on the ground). Because of the military foundations of Krav Maga, the system also deals with edged weapons (knives), blunt weapons (sticks/baseball bats etc) and firearms.

Imi Lichtenfeld started really developing and teaching Krav Maga with his first group of Black Belt students. One of his main students and closest assistants was Eyal Yanilov. Together Imi and Eyal built the system into what is universally recognised as Krav Maga. Eyal is the founder of Krav Maga Global (KMG), based in Israel and arguably the largest Krav Maga organisation in the world, with instructors operating in over 50 countries.

Our lead instructor David Slade passed his instructor course under Eyal Yanilov and has since achieved all of his instructor grades and black belt grades in Israel, again under Eyal. David's instructor in the UK is Jon Bullock, the highest graded KMG instructor in the UK – and the director of KMG UK.

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ROBERT GILBERT

KRAV MAGA GLOBAL

PRACTITIONER LEVEL 5

Ex-Rugby captain Rob is one of our longest serving high-level students in Peterborough and currently assists the coaching team with new starters and teaching the kids and teens.

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TAMAS TIMAR

KRAV MAGA GLOBAL

PRACTITIONER LEVEL 5

Assistant Coach to the Kids & Teens Classes in Cambridge. Originally from Hungary, Tamas moved to London where he trained Krav Maga extensively under KMG Expert 2 Klaudiusz Mitwiki before joining us 3 years ago.

Four elements are required for self-defence: (1) an unprovoked attack, (2) which threatens imminent injury or death, and (3) an objectively reasonable degree of force, used in response to (4) an objectively reasonable fear of injury or death. Self-defence is a countermeasure that involves defending the health and well-being of oneself from harm. The use of the right of self-defence as a legal justification for the use of force in times of danger is available in British law.

We teach self defence, using Krav Maga as our foundation. However, everything we teach has to be understood within the confines of the law. Punching and kicking is not self defence. Kickboxing, Boxing, Karate or other Combat Sports are NOT self defence. They are all excellent ways of building certain skills however, but unless those skills are applied into a teaching methodolgy which addresses violence (either social or otherwise) then you are just learning movement. We take this stuff seriously. We study it, so we can pass on what we believe to be the most comprehensive training on the subject.

What is Self Defence?