How can one pass an On Line Krav Maga test.
At Israeli Krav International (IKI) we understand that not everyone can come to Israel for extensive training, not everyone can host week long training sessions, so we offer options.
Not only do we offer many options for training but we feel that a combination of options is the best.
In the "old days" you came to class, learned a technique and tried to remember it. You might not see that technique again for some time (depending on how structured the lessons are). You did not have a video or a DVD to go back to for reference, or to take another look. Personally I would grab a napkin and make a quick drawing of the new technique. When I came home and pulled out the crumpled napkin or scarp of paper, I was not always sure of what I had drawn.
Thus, DVDs and On Line programs add a great deal even to the regular dojo student who faithfully attends class 3 or more times per week. (In my case it was more like 10 lessons per week). The student can look at the technique, again and again, in slow motion, and make sure they understood it correctly.
We are all different and we learn differently. Some people can do great with only the on line program while others must have a hands-on teacher, personally I feel a combination of the two is best. While a great deal can be learned from a video there are still nuances that can only be picked up in person.
What we offer,
We offer the on line distance program. We offer detailed DVDs.
We offer seminars around the world. (contact us if you wish to host a seminar).
We offer our famous Tour and Train Israel Experience program,
We offer our Five Day Training Camp.
We offer private lessons, and weekly group lessons.
If you choose to test on line there are some things you should know. The first is the procedure.
Before you send in any video clips, you need to pay for testing. Viewing the videos members send in is a long and tedious process. I make notes on every video that I see. Often I have to write detailed explanations on corrections to be made.
I will not view any videos until payment for the test has been made.
Where to pay?
You can pay on line on several pages on our site.
The payment is non refundable. I.e. if you did not pass on your first try, you cannot get a refund. I have already put in a great deal of time and effort. That payment is gone.
You need pay only once: Even if you do not succeed at first, you can try again, and again, and again, and you will never have to pay a second time. With most Krav Maga associations if you did not pass the test you need to reapply and pay again. With us you can continue until you pass. You never have to pay twice, no matter how long it takes.
I once watched 89 videos for Orange belt. The person needed to retest. All that time was already "spent".
You can send me short video clips via e mail. Or you can send a link to a private you tube page. Your videos are private and will not be shared with anyone without your consent.
The Actual Testing
Here is the Key: Watch the video carefully. If you have a teacher, train with him. If you have a teacher only test when he feels you are ready. Once you are ready to film make sure you have a decent camera.
When you have completed a video, look back on it. Take out the DVD or video clip that I prepared. Watch them side by side. And compare.
Do they look the same?
It is a good idea to have someone else take a look as well. Have them watch my video and then your video, ask them, do these two videos look the same. If not, don't send it. Go back and get the technique correct.
Often I receive video clips where I can't even identify the technique. And sometimes I receive clips that are not even IKI techniques.
Don't mix and match - I once received a very long DVD from a student who wished to test. When I questioned him about the content he openly admitted that he decided to send me a "Greatest Hits" of everything he had learned from several different Krav Maga instructors.
Don't do this!
I don't want to see techniques from other Krav Maga associations. Make sure you only send me IKI techniques, and make sure they are current. That means you need to be up to date on the recent IKI developments, be a member of the on line program or a student of someone who is. Make sure you have viewed the latest DVDs.
Bottom line: double check everything before sending it in. Value your time and mine. If I view 6 videos and they are all "off", I will stop viewing the rest and simply ask you to train a little longer and send in an entirely new batch of videos.
Watch your video, watch my video, and watch your video again, do they match?
If the answer is yes, send it in.