Certification -
So You want to be an IKI Krav Maga instructor? 


Please note: IKI does not offer "rank recognition". You will have to earn your ranks.

There are associations that, for a fee, will award you a new rank from their organization, without training or testing, equal to the rank you already posses, or higher.

IKI does not do this. Here you must earn your rank and prove that you know the IKI material. We respect your previous rank and we want you to earn your IKI ranks with us so that you will respect this rank as well. If you posses a 10th dan black belt in another style you will still join IKI with no rank. If your previous training has value then it will help you profess rapidly with IKI.

Please do not waste our time by requesting an "equivalency" rank. 

Our instructor grading systems is as follows:

Apprentice Instructor
Assistant Instructor 
Associate Instructor
Full Instructor
Master Instructor

There is no rank skipping

We award the Apprentice Instructor certification which entitles the instructor to use the IKI student rank certificates (see below) and IKI gear and to promote his/her affiliation to IKI. With the rank of Apprentice (Known in the past as Phase One), one can teach IKI Krav Maga. 

To qualify for  Apprentice Instructor , one should have a solid command of IKI gun and knife defense  techniques, these are very different from other styles of Krav Maga. One cannot call themselves an IKI instructor while teaching gun and knife techniques that we consider dangerous.  To qualify for Apprentice Instructor we will teach the instructor the basics through DVDs, video clips and in person, Seminars, Tour and Train.

How long does this process take? 

Apprentice Instructor How Long?

Steps to becoming an IKI Instructor

What Am I Looking for in an Instructor Test?

Krav Maga Instructor Training 

Krav Maga On-Line testing, and passing

How to Pass IKI Krav Maga Test on line


Colored Belt Ranks

Instructor Requirements

We evaluate your ability based on the following;

Your ability to perform the technique correctly.

Your understanding of the technique and is underlying principles.

Understanding the difference in approach between IKI and other styles of Krav Maga.

Your ability to communicate and teach the techniques to others.

Your patience and your genuine concern for your students.

 How Long is Your Rank Valid? 

Instructor ranks are valid as long as you are an Active, current, IKI member.

Instructors who leave, or are dismissed from IKI, will no longer be listed on our instructors page, will no longer receive our video training clips, and will no longer be able to use the IKI logo or advertise themselves as IKI certified instructors.

If we receive inquiries about such instructors we can only say that they were members in the past but that currently we cannot vouch for them. We require our instructors to be up to date with IKI training. Our techniques evolve over time as we seek better methods.

If a former instructor rejoins he must retest for his instructor status.

Black Belts - As per international recognized standards, we only consider you a black belt in our system if you are currently  an IKI member or training with an approved instructor in our system. After on year of not training with us we no longer recognize you as an active black belt. Your black belt remains as an historical record of your past achievements but not as a current testament of your abilities.

As IKI instructors you are not free to "create" your own system of Krav Maga or self -defense within the IKI framework. Failure to give IKI credit is cause for dismissal from IKI and immediate loss of all privileges, even if one is fully paid up. You cannot have a "State within a state.

The rank and status are only valid as long as you are an active and approved member of IKI. 

IKI members are not free to offer "Instructor certification" courses. You can appoint members of your team as your own assistant instructors within your own school/dojo without an IKI rank, but you cannot run a "become a certified instructor under my new system" course while a member of IKI. 

Question: What if I have a business plan to open several schools as branches of my school? Is this considered a "State within a state"? Will IKI permit this?

Answer: Yes, we permit this. We fully recognize your business ambitions and will assist you in every way. We only require that all those instructors operating in your school be certified directly by IKI and be IKI members and stay up to date with their training.

All IKI instructors must have their own IKI memberships.

IKI Logo

We request that you display the IKI Logo in your school and on your website. 

Be proud to be part of IKI. Let your students know you are teaching IKI Krav Maga. Let them know you are a part of an international community of instructors with the headquarters just outside Jerusalem. 

testing your students

Once you have achieved the rank of Apprentice instructor you can begin testing your students using IKI diplomas.

Each instructor rank is allowed to test up to a certain belt rank (see below for details).

The procedure is as follows: When the instructor is testing the students himself the instructor purchases diplomas from IKI for $10 each and is expected to charge his students $45 for yellow and increasing with the rank as listed on the  membership page (or see below, further down on this page).

Thus if you have many students, both you and IKI profit. If you have few students, you do not incur heavy expenses. If you are not making money neither will we. As you grow - we grow. 

IKI Krav Maga Curriculum Requirement

Assistant instructors have at least one year - two years of practice in IKI and agree to host a seminar so that their students can feel a part of IKI and experience the system directly with the founder/head instructor. If hosting a seminar is not possible we shall explore other options.

Apprentice instructor certification means affiliates are trusted to accurately teach IKI techniques at their school.

If Moshe Katz tests your students in person the fees are as listed on the IKI website. For Black Belt Moshe Katz must be involved in the process. We require that each black belt candidate be evaluate by three IKI black belts instructors.  

 To What Rank Can You Test Your Students?

How High can you test your students?

Apprentice Instructor - Can test students for Yellow and Orange belts

Assistant Instructor  - Can test students for Yellow, Orange, Green.

Associate Instructor - Can test students for Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Advanced Blue.

Full Instructor -  Can test students for Yellow through Advanced Brown belt. Promote to Black Belt in consultation with the head instructor of IKI. 

For Brown and Black Belt you must test in conjunction with the IKI Head office. 

important reading for krav maga instructors wishing to join iki

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Instructor certification program IKI

IKI Ranking System

Read more about Ranks in Krav Maga

Rules from the board of directors

 "Interested instructors will be glad to wait. Guys just looking for the next credential can take a hike. Don't' allow someone to offer money to buy rank. Maintain integrity in your organization and you will build a strong foundation for years to come." (IKI Board of Directors)

Rules for Instructors 

The IKI logo is for the benefit of all IKI instructors but there are some rules we need to make clear. 

You May 

Print banners and business cards with the IKI logo.  

Print stationary with the IKI logo.

Print invoices with the IKI logo.

the IKI logo for your website.

Use the IKI logo for advertising.

Use the IKI logo on your school signs and billboards.

You may use the IKI logo on students attendance certificates when Moshe Katz is invited to teach a seminar.

You may print special items for Moshe Katz's seminars. Pleases consult with the IKI Head Office first. 

You May Not 

Print T shits or other merchandise using the IKI logo unless you have arranged this with IKI Administration - Head office, (for a fee).

Print diplomas or any rank certificates using the IKI logo. 

Issue any Rank without the approval of Moshe Katz (each instructor level is entitled to promote to a certain level)

IKI logo on Flyers -

Pleases do not place the IKI logo next to the logo of another international Krav Maga association.   i.e. you can, and should place the IKI logo on your flyers next to your own personal logo (if you have a logo besides the IKI Logo), but not next to some other international Krav Maga association's logo as this would imply IKI endorsement and thus create total confusion. When in doubt contact Moshe Katz directly. Each of you have a direct connection without intermediaries. 

Possible Exceptions: Major  martial arts events sponsored by several Krav Maga associations, this would make sense. 

Explanation: IKI has its own unique program and approach to Krav Maga. If you have some connection to some other organizations (perhaps past ranks etc.) and you place both logos on your flyers, this creates confusion. People will look and think, I guess IKI and IKWE (fictitious name) are the same! I guess the techniques are all basically the same. I guess all Krav Maga is essentially the same things.  

Nothing could be further from the truth. 

Many people think this way and it is our goal at IKI to establish the fact that what we offer is different from all other Krav Maga associations. 

Membership Rights and Limitations 

The video clips you receive  may be shown to your students but cannot be transferred in any format to any other individuals.

Membership is individual. In other words, if you are president of an association and you join IKI, this does not mean that automatically all your students and staff are members of IKI or that their current ranks (with your former organizations) are  automatically recognized by IKI: They are not.

IKI is a unique system and students must test for IKI ranks. 

Termination of Membership:

Membership in IKI is subject to termination if the guidelines of IKI have been violated. 

This includes: 

  • Forwarding IKI video clips to non-members without permission.
  • Introducing  a private Krav On Line program without permission.  i.e. selling video clips of IKI techniques online (this does not include private lesson on Skype or Zoom to your students).   
  • Publicly damaging IKI in any way.
  • If a member becomes an instructor with a competing Krav Maga organization they forfeit their IKI Membership and instructor status at once, no refunds on memberships or ranks. 
  • If a member declares himself a "grand master" and "founds" his own system of combat, he forfeits his IKI membership and ranks at once with no refund.  
  • If a member causes deliberate financial damage to IKI we reserve the right to revoke membership. 

In all of the above cases the instructor status is revoked and the individual is removed from the IKI website and will no longer be  recognized or supported.

In any such caes, of if the member chooses to terminate his/her memberships for any reason, there will be no refund. 


We do not permit advertising or promotion of non-IKI Krav Maga instructors under the IKI banner (i.e. Krav Maga instructors from other systems). This is cause for termination of membership without refund.

If an instructor teaches other arts such as BJJ, Kung Fu, Karate, Judo etc. you may of course promote those seminars under your own banner but not under the IKI banner. We are not in a position to endorse any outside instructors and cannot link our name to such seminars. 

IKI Membership - Frequently Asked Questions

Before joining you need to ask Are You Right for IKI

Instructor Rights and Limitatations

Having earned the title "Instructor" from IKI gives you the privileges of teaching IKI Krav Maga and representing IKI. Whether you are an Apprentice Instructor or a Master Instructor, I will back up with whatever you need: Letters of recommendation, validation of your instructor status (If you are seeking employment or if anyone questions your credentials), and with assistance of any kind.

Teaching Seminars 

Earning the status of instructor does not automatically bestow upon you right/privilege to teach seminars of you own. That means advertising yourself as an instructor ready to travel and teach seminars or accepting such invitations from other schools. You must seek the approval of the IKI head office for this privilege.   


1. Moshe Katz must be sure that you are ready for this. He did not begin teaching seminars until he was approved by his teachers. They watched over him, supervised him and offered corrections. He gained a great deal of experience before going out to teach seminars. Moshe Katz must be convinced that you are ready. After all you are representing IKI, we must be sure that you are ready for this task. 

2. We do not want to create competition within IKI. If Moshe Katz is planning a seminar in a certain region, or if we have approved for another senior IKI instructor to conduct a seminar in that region at that time, we cannot allow for any unexpected surprises. You must seek the approval of IKI and let us know when the proposed seminar will take place. Just as we respect your rights and will not allow another school to complete with yours, you must respect our rights and the rights of other IKI instructors.  We do not want to learn about your seminar on Facebook, we expect you contact us first.


IKI does not offer Exclusivity.   

This means that no matter how large your school is, IKI does not allow any instructor the privilege of exclusivity over a region, country or continent.

To be clear; this means that if you are an instructor in Italy, for example and someone from Italy wishes to join IKI, they may do so without your permission. They do not need to be referred to any local regional director. Each member/instructor has a direct relationship with IKI.

If the new member is already your student, great, they retain that relationship with you and maintain whatever terms you have agreed upon. If they are already your student I will honor that relationship and not allow this individual to test for any rank without your permission. However new potential members need not seek approval from the local IKI instructor. 

Of course we will never allow a new member to open a school that will be in direct competition  with an existing IKI school. All such matters will first be discussed with the existing IKI instructors in that region, on the basis of mutual respect and consensus.

If you are inviting me for a seminar in January, for example, I will not accept another offer for a seminar in December if that would offer competition to your seminar. I will consult with you first However, I do not need permission from any IKI instructor to teach a seminar in any country. 

I do not relinquish my rights to any country. If someone comes from Russia (a huge country) and trains in Israel and I want to certify him, I do not need to send him back to Russia to meet with my student over there (regional director) and be approved by him. This would make no sense at all and would be very harmful to IKI as an organization. And yet many have requested/demand exactly such an arrangement. Thus it is important for me to be clear here.

iki membership/on-Line training 

IKI represents authentic Krav Maga direct from Israel at an affordable price.

Your membership entitles you to on going on-line training, personal advice via e mail, use of the IKI logos (as stipulated in the section on this page, please read it so there are no misunderstandings) and listing in the IKI directly, as well as other privilege's (use of IKI diplomas, endorsement of seminars, letters of reference).

On-line training involves receiving training clips via your e mail. With these short clips, along with the DVDs you will learn the latest techniques from Israel. Any questions you may have about the techniques will be answered quickly. When you are ready you can send us clips of yourself for comment and review or for rank testing.

Note: IKI members are not NOT free to offer their own Krav Maga on -line training programs. Any such ideas or programs must be discussed with IKI and express written permission is required.

How to Pass an On Line test (Grading/Ranking)

membership dues

First Year Membership Options

first- year-membership - standard

First Year Standard Membership $360

Includes shipping and handling and Paypal fees and taxes

Note: This is a subscription which renews automatically at a lower rate for each year. You are free to cancel at the end of each year.

deluxe first year membership

This package deal includes first year membership plus4 IKI DVDs. This way you will have all the background information to speed up the learning process and get you quickly up to date.

$420 includes shipping and packaging and PayPal fees.

Note: This is a subscription which renews automatically at a lower rate for each year. You are free to cancel at the end of each year.

super deluxe first year membership

First year membership, 9 DVDs, IKI T shirt. Includes shipping and packaging.  $485

Note: This is a subscription which renews automatically at a lower rate for each year. You are free to cancel at the end of each year.

yearly membership renewals

Second Year Renewal $270.

Includes shipping and handling.

Note: This is a subscription which renews automatically at a lower rate for each year. You are free to cancel at the end of each year.

Third Year Renewal and Onward - $195

Note: This is a subscription which renews automatically. You are free to cancel at the end of each year.

Renewal for Two Years  

Double year renewal. Extend your membership for two years $390

Includes shipping and handling.

Only applicable after third year membership.

Instructor Level Exam

Instructor Test - Apprentice Instructor $160 
(plus shipping)

Assistant Instructor $180 
(plus shipping)

Associate Instructor  $200 (plus shipping)

Full Instructor $300

Master Instructor  $100

Master Instructor

Master instructor rank can be awarded to an IKI instructor who has earned the first four instructor levels and is at least a third dan black belt. In addition he must have promoted at least three students to first dan black belt and three students to at least Apprentice Instructor level.  

IKI T shirt; From size 6 to 5XL please see IKI Shop.

The instructor must also buy the DVD's and practice and teach Krav Maga.

IKI Krav Maga DVDs

Head Instructor Moshe Katz can test the students when visiting.

Belt tests - krav maga

Please note that we only test students in IKI Krav Maga. We receive many inquiries about testing in "Krav Maga". These come from students who are not members of IKI but have been practicing a mish-mash of other styles but due to our low fees want to test with us. This is not possible. We only test IKI members or students of IKI members. If you are not an IKI student there is no way for you to pass the test as you do not know our methods and techniques. IKI is not your standard Krav Maga. 

Yellow Belt $45 (plus shipping) 

 Orange Belt $45 (plus shipping)

Green Belt $50  (plus shipping)

Blue Belt $60  (plus shipping)

Brown Belt Krav Maga Test  $90  (plus shipping)

IKI Krav Maga Black Belt First dan  $280

IKI Krav Maga Black Belt Second dan $360

IKI Krav Maga Black Belt Third dan $500

IKI Krav Maga Black Belt Fourth dan $400

IKI Krav Maga Black Belt Fifth dan  $400

Kick boxing ranks

IKI also offers training, testing and ranking in IKI Israeli Kickboxing system.

Belt ranks from Yellow through Blue are $35. Brown is $60 and black belt is $160. Second dan is $180. 

Procedure:  Submit a video of yourself performing and teaching all the techniques of IKI Israeli Kickboxing and a variety of training drills. 

Yellow - Basic knowledge of kicks and punches. Front kick, round kick, knee, elbow, side kick. Jab, cross, hook.
Orange - Some combinations, light sparring, understanding distance, movement.
Green - Powerful low kick, side kick from various angles, a little harder sparring
Blue - combinations as shown on the Combatives DVD, entry, closing the gap, combinations of punching and kicking combos
Brown - add the front leg push kick, front low kick, front middle kick , front high kick, inside low kick.
Black Belt - All of the above, just better, applications, sparring

Black Belt Second dan - More fluid, more power, more relaxed.

For full list of requirements please see Kickboxing Certification Israel

Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue Belts, $35 each..


Brown Belt test $60

Kick Boxing Black Belt; Testing fee: $150

Kick Boxing Black Belt 2nd dan
Testing fee: $180

Kick Boxing Black Belt 3rd dan
Testing fee: $170

Kick Boxing Black Belt 4th dan
Testing fee: $160

Kick Boxing Black Belt 5th dan
Testing fee: $160


see DVD page.

Krav Maga Diplomas

Our authentic Krav Maga diplomas were designed by Itay Gil and Moshe Katz, with original logo by Arie Katz. They reflect the spirit of Israel; ancient and modern. 

Krav Maga Diplomas

For IKI Instructors only

Rank certificates, signed, $10 each. 

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Belt Ranks:  For those wishing to move up the ranks via the colored belt system, you can be tested by on one of our instructors in person or by sending us a video of yourself (contact information below)

Reality based belt test


Krav Maga Yellow Belt

Krav Maga Orange Belt

Krav Maga Green Belt

Krav Maga Blue Belt

Krav Maga Brown Belt .

Black Belt

To get started with your training, achieve certification, or any questions at all. Please Contact Moshe

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