Belts and Exams

Imi Lichtenfeld împreună cu elevii lui, în kimono

In the photo appears Imi Lichtenfeld with his students from 1982. Only ten of these students received a black belt in Krav-Maga directly from Imi.

As shown, both Imi and his students were wearing kimonos. As long as Imi lived, all instructors trained by him - regardless of the school in which they operate - taught in kimono.

Only after Imi's death, excepting Yaron Lichtenfeld, all the other instructors decided to use other training clothing and other systems of grading. The more they changed the further they got from Imi's vision of Krav-Maga. And one thing is certain: no other instructor had the exceptional qualities of Imi and his experience in street and battlefield fighting to claim that he improves the Krav-Maga.

Our school - Krav-Maga Stability in Motion - continues to teach courses in kimono and preserves the grading system with colored belts. We keep unchanged also the training curriculum, with the techniques grouped by belt color.

 

Belts

The colored belts are ways to highlight the progress made by the students. In addition, they facilitate the students classification by levels of training. However, in our school we encourage our students to focus their attention to their personal evolution and not only aim at gaining belts. You can show your belt to yor friends, but the only things that matter in a real confrontation are your own knowledge and skills.

The belts we use and the average durations required to obtain them are:

  • white - at subscription
  • yellow - 6 months from the subscription
  • orange - 9 months from receiving the previous belt
  • green - 12 months from receiving the previous belt
  • blue - 12 months from receiving the previous belt
  • brown - 12 months from receiving the previous belt
  • black - 12 months from receiving the previous belt

Thus, achieving the black belt requires approximately 6 years of continuous training or a minimum of 3 years of intensive training.

The intervals represent the number of months of weekly classes necessary to properly assimilate the knowledge and skills for the new belt. These are indicative and do not oblige the instructor in any way. The periods can be shortened or extended depending on the capabilities of the student and the frequency of participation in the courses.

The participation in intensive courses (in parallel with the weekly ones) may favor the shortening of the waiting period between belts. We do not grant belts after attending a single intensive course because each student needs a minimum period of time to practice the techniques, to sediment the knowledge and build new skills. Only one intensive course, even several days long, can not prepare a student at the level of one who participates to several months of weekly classes or several intensive courses.

The belts may be granted only by a black belt instructor, only after an examination in which the student knowledge and skills are tested in detail.

The list of Krav-Maga techniques grouped by the belts is available at Principles and Techniques  

Exams

The exams can be conducted only by a black belt instructor affiliated to our school.

The students may propose their instructor to organize an exam if they have trained regularly for a period close to that required to achieve the superior belt and they consider that they master the curriculum for the next belt. The instructor may postpone the request if he considers that the students needs additional training.

During the exam, the students will have to demonstrate that they possess the necessary theoretical knowledge and that they can properly perform all the techniques referred to the belt they are examined for.

In some cases, a student can achieve a higher belt than the next one if he demonstrates that he holds the required knowledge and skills.

If the student does not pass the exam he will retain the belt that he already has. A student may be reviewed after a further training equivalent to at least 3 months of weekly classes.

The belts are granted for life. As some abilities proven during the exam can degrade over time, the instructor can decide to include the students into training groups according to their real level. This level may be the same as or less than the level indicated by the previously acquired belt.

Recognition

Kimono with black belt

In the world there are many schools of Krav-Maga, each with different operating rules, training and evaluation systems.

Thus, the belts and the instructor qualification offered by a school are recognized only by that school.

The individuals who received belts in other schools and want to wear them at the courses organized by our school will have to pass an examination organized by our rules and standards. They will receive the highest belt for which they demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skills required.

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