Krav Maga Levels

Our training program, curriculum and levels are set by the trainers who lead the Krav Maga program for the Israeli Army. These levels are tailored to guide your progression in Krav Maga. At KMDI, the grading is more than just a test. It is a right of passage.



Yellow Belt is the first level attained in Krav Maga. At this level, practitioners must demonstrate good ability to defend against some of the most common attacks. They are tested on basic striking skills including punching, kicking, elbows knees and blocking; basic self defence techniques against grabs and chokes standing up and on the ground; basic defences against knives and baseball bats. The practitioner must demonstrate an understanding of how to position and defend when faced with multiple opponents. To qualify for testing, practitioners must complete a minimum of 4-6 months (at the discretion of their instructor) and 32 hours of training.



At this level, practitioners are tested on striking combinations at an intermediate level; defensive techniques against complex grabs and chokes; ground fighting; reactive defences against knife attacks; and the use of common objects for self defence. The Green Belt test contains a sparring component (stand up and ground) where practitioners must be able to defend themselves against a committed attacker and demonstrate proficiency in counter-striking and transitioning quickly from defence to offence. Techniques from the previous level will be tested for mastery. To qualify for testing, practitioners must complete a minimum of 6 months since the previous level testing.



At this level, practitioners are tested on advanced self defence skills including one on one fighting tactics, ground control fighting techniques. They must demonstrate proficiency in techniques for defending, controlling and disarming an attacker armed with a knife; dealing with pistol threats; and advance striking combinations. The sparring component requires practitioners to demonstrate ability to fight effectively against challenging opponents adapting their tactics. They must exhibit fighting spirit and mental endurance. Expertise in all Yellow & Green Belt techniques is required. To qualify for testing, practitioners must complete a minimum of 12 months since the previous level testing.



Purple Belt practitioners must exhibit skill, knowledge creativity and mental fortitude in all self defence applications. At this level they will be tested on their ability to deal with all grabs chokes and holds in different situations and scenarios and will be required to improvise an aggressive defence under pressure. They must demonstrate advanced skill in overwhelming and disarming armed attackers, including techniques for dealing knives, baseball bats and guns. They will be required to execute basic takedowns and throws, and be skilled in countering them. Sparring at this level is tested at a high intensity. To qualify for testing, practitioners must complete a minimum of 12 months since the previous level testing.


Brown Belt practitioners must demonstrate mastery of self defence applications, the ability to fight against multiple opponents simultaneously and the ability to fight in a restrictive environment or a limited capacity. They will be tested on advanced ground fighting techniques, techniques for dealing with pistol threats, techniques for dealing with rifle threats, and control and restraint techniques. Practitioners are required to demonstrate the ability to defend themselves as well as others, and the ability to use restraint techniques to control an attacker. This assessment contains high intensity full contact sparring in which practitioners must be able to protect themselves fighting against multiple opponents simultaneously. Practitioners must complete a minimum of 12 months since their previous level testing.


Black Belt practitioners continue to hone their skill and earn specialisations in Krav Maga applications for Counter Terrorism, Military, Law Enforcement and VIP protection. There are 5 black belt levels (1st -5th dan), each taking between 2-7 years to master.