Krav Maga Instructor Testing
By Moshe Katz
Israeli Krav International

The first thing you need to know is that to be an IKI Krav Maga instructor you must first be an IKI Krav Maga student.

You may be a 11th dan in another style, like Master Ken, but you begin as a student with IKI.

There is nothing better than being a student and learning something new.

The first step is to join IKI On Line and begin training. If you are not a member of IKI and not training with us then I do not test you.

This may seem obvious but I receive many inquiries from Krav Maga instructors all over the world. They see that our fees are less than other organizations and they want a quick certification.

As explained in Certification, that does not happen. We do not offer rank recognition and we do not give you a free and automatic rank based on you presenting us with a foot long resume including a letter from the Pope. (Yes, this has indeed happened).

You must

1. Join IKI.
2. Train in IKI.
3. Test with IKI.

It cannot happen the other way around.

So if you are not an IKI member the first step is to join IKI. You can do so by using the following link

IKI Membership

If you are an IKI member and you wish to test for rank or instructor level please see the same link but scroll down a little further for rank tests and further down for instructor tests.

I am a teacher.

What Am I Looking For?

So you might ask, what am I looking to see in an instructor test, glad you asked.

First, please understand that an instructor test is not at all like a black belt test. Knowing how to do something has little to do with knowing how to teach something. How many of the great boxers became great coaches?

How many great actors became great acting coaches? How many authors of history books make great teachers?

Few, if any.

What am I not looking for

So on the instructor test let me tell what I am not looking for.

I do not need to impressed with how macho you are, I do not need to see you cause bodily harm to your training partner. I will not make you do 100 push ups and situps. Nope, I want to see you teach.

What am I looking for

First, in terms of the person, I want to see a caring person, not a diploma junkie. I want to see someone who truly cares about his students. When students write to me and them me how wonderful their teachers are, that counts a lot with me.

Perhaps you are not the strongest guy on the block, perhaps you are past your best physique, but if your students write to me and tell me how you inspired them, and motivated them and made their better people; that counts for a great deal.

Of course if I am a regular seminar guest with you, then I already know this. I can see you in action, and I can see you interact with your students.

For the test what I want to see is as follows:

Show me you know the technique - If you show me a technique that you learned from some other Krav Maga instructor, well then...test with him. If you show me a technique that you invented yourself, I am not interested. I am testing you only on IKI Krav Maga techniques.  But believe or not I have had people testing who decided to "Impress" me with Krav techniques they learned someplace else (as if I had never seen these). One student said, "I decided to present you with a Greatest Hits collections from all the instructors I trained with".


Explain the technique - Show me the technique in slow motion, and then fast. Now break it down, step by step, treat me as if I am a new student or a student coming from another style. Explain to me how it works. Show me the logic. Show me the body position and how you are balanced and in control of the situation. Show me that you have full confidence in the technique.

Explain why we don't do it "the other way" - There are many techniques that we do differently than the leading/commercial Krav Maga associations. That is our reason for being IKI. Without putting down other styles I want you to show me why these techniques are superior, more effective, safer for people of all sizes to us.

Show me how our techniques reduce the risk and can be used by people of all sizes. Treat me as a skeptical new student, or as a black belt from another style.

At the higher levels I want to see how to apply these techniques. I.e. we have a very limited number of techniques but an infinite number of situations to deal with, show me how that works.

Payment - There is a one time payment only. If you are not ready now, train some more and test again, you will never have to pay twice.

Video testing - Is great because I can view it here in Israel with my staff. As it is written in the book of Ecclesiastics, The two are better than the one,... but a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

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