Krav Maga Classes
- Check out our KKM intro video here.
- Watch the KKM tactics used in the military, taught by Master Eric, here.
- Or view all our videos of various Krav Maga exercises here, on our YouTube page.
Krav Maga was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld, who made use of his training as a boxer and wrestler as a means of defending the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in the mid-to-late 1930s. In the late 1940s, following his migration to Israel, he began to provide lessons on combat training to what was become the IDF, who went on to develop the system that became known as Krav Maga. It has since been refined for civilian, police and military applications.
Krav Maga is a self-defense system developed for the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from aikido, judo, boxing, and wrestling, along with realistic fight training. It is used by people outside the forces too. Krav Maga is known for its focus on real-world situations and its extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks.
Krav Maga has a philosophy emphasizing threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers, and aggression. Krav Maga has been used mainly by the Israel Defense Forces’ special units and reconnaissance brigades and recently by regular infantry brigades and several closely related variations have been developed and adopted by law enforcement and intelligence organizations, Mossad and Shin Bet. There are several organizations teaching variations of Krav Maga internationally.
Krav Maga principles:
The three core characteristics of Krav Maga are: Simple, Speed and Effectiveness. These principles are developed by the professionals in order to survive the extreme situations Krav Maga training consists of recognizing potential threats quickly and finish a fight as quickly as possible. In order to do defense properly, counter attacks are often carried out and buy time to escape the threat zone as quickly as possible. Attacks are aimed at the most vulnerable parts of the body, and training is not limited to techniques that avoid severe injury, some even permanently injure or cause death to the opponent. The training also covers situational awareness to develop an understanding of one’s surroundings, learning to understand the psychology of a street confrontation and identifying potential threats before an attack occurs.
There is no rule in Krav Maga, as this often is used in real extreme situations, Continuous Krav Maga training will develop skills and confidence to defend or help attacks. This is totally a different type of martial arts.
Korean Krav Maga Ku System
Eric Ku systematically re-built and improved the traditional Krav Maga from Israel to modernized Krav Maga based on the military experiences in Republic of Korea in order to teach civilians including law enforcement officers. And he re-named this modernized Krav Maga system to Korea Krav Maga Ku System to provide contact combats skills of Krav Maga.
KKM stands for abbreviation of “Korea Krav Maga” Association and has been established in 2013 by Eric Ku (Bon-Keun Ku) Eric is a former Special Force martial art instructor of Republic of Korea since 2003, and he has been researching real combat fight techniques. During his military services he learned Krav Maga. In 2012, he has re-formulated and improved traditional Krav Maga into modernized and adoptable to Korean military and to civilians. Under the civil law Article 32, clause 4, he has a established a non-profit physical education entity, KKM Association. Eric got the certificate “Krav Maga Expert” from Israel Wingate Institute in 2016.
Currently the KKM courses are widely adopted by Special Forces of ROK Army, 707 Special Forces, Special Forces of Army, Navy and Air Forces of ROK. Also KKM provides courses to law enforcement officers as well as civilians in order to improve combat skills of body and mind of the general public in Korea. The purpose of KKM is stated above in which KKM is continuing to distribute Ku System throughout the entire country.
Master Eric Ku’s Background
Special forces of ROK Army: 1st Special Forces Brigade
Martial art instructor: 8 years
Killing skill instructor: 8 years
Pre-planned mission senior officer: 8 years
Sniper instructor: 8 years
Scuba diving instructor: 8years
Military Jump Master: 9 years
Water Safety instructor: 10 years
Mountain (rock) instructor: 8 years
US-KOR air-land operations
US-KOR Joint Staff military martial arts instructor
8th US Army Special invited instructor
2005: Instructor of military martial arts at the 57th Anniversary of Armed forces day (President of ROK participated)
2006: Instructor of military martial arts at the Special Forces headquarters (Commander of Special forces of ROK participated)
2007: Instructor of military martial arts at the 61st Anniversary of Armed forces day (President of ROK participated)
2008: Instructor of military martial arts at the ROK Intelligence command (Commanded of ROK Intelligence command participated)
2008: Instructor of military martial arts at the secretary of China’s Korea visit
2009: Instructor of killing techniques of military martial arts (KBS broadcasting)
2011: Israel Krav Maga KMF Black Belt 4 Level 6 International Expert
2012: Israel Commando Krav Maga Korea Head Instructor
2013: Korea Krav Maga Association President
2016: Israel Wingate Institute Krav Maga Expert
Secret Service experiences
National secret service operations team: 8 years
Iraq dispatch troops (Zaytun Division) guard/escort operations
Iraq Kurdistan distraction US-KOR joint secret service operations
18th President Candidate secret service team leader
Asia Europe ASEM conference secret service operations
G20 President Conference secret service operations
The US Headquarters of the KKM Association is led by Master Arkadiy, who has trained extensively with Master Eric.
Master Arkadiy’s Krav Maga Experience
• Krav Maga Black Belt
• Krav Maga Certified instructor Level 4 KMF
• Krav Maga level 3 instructor Level 3 KKM
• KKM Military certified instructor Level 3
• Krav Maga Civilian certified instructor Level 4
• Krav Maga Law enforcement certified instructor
• Krav Maga Bodyguard certified instructor