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Krav Maga Global Gradering System

KMG Grading system

KMG students can grade up with KMG. Ranks are represented in patches of their corresponding level.

Climbing from one level to the next in the Practitioner levels requires a minimum of about half a year of regular training before a student can seek to take an exam. Graduate levels require half a year to one year of regular training between levels, and Expert levels require one to five years or regular training to pass from one Expert level to the next.


KMG civilian ranking is divided into 18 levels:


Practitioner 1 to 5
Graduate 1 to 5
Expert 1 to 5
Master 1 to 3

Practitioner (P) levels are where the student begins their journey as a Krav Maga practitioner. At this level, the practitioner is known as an “Operator” — a student who is learning each technique step-by-step and applying the basic principles and methodologies that they have learned. Practitioner levels cover all the fundamental strikes used in Krav Maga, defenses against common empty-hand attacks (kicks, punches, chokes, etc.) from standing and on the ground, defenses against basic knife and stick threats and attacks, basic third-party protection, and soft (non-violent) solutions. Students also learn proper decision making, and tactics for basic multiple attacker scenarios.

Graduate (G) levels are where the student enters the “Fighter” stage. They have successfully demonstrated proper technique and have the ability for better decision-making when under stress. In these levels, students are introduced to more difficult and complicated scenarios, built on the fundamental techniques in the Practitioner Levels. Students learn more advanced strikes and striking combinations, defenses against various cold weapons attacks and firearm threats, different starting positions and states of readiness, dealing with various progressions of problems, and intermediate multiple attackers situations. All KMG Instructors must be at least G-level in order to teach.

Expert (E) levels are known as the “Warrior” stage. This means Expert level practitioners can successfully move from one defense to the next without hesitation during unpredictable threats. They can also demonstrate strong skills in fighting tactics. Expert level testing is by invitation only, and has specific requirements apart from testing for each level.


Ranks and curriculum for the professional and government sectors are separate from civilian training. KMG has three (3) Fighter levels and three (3) Warrior levels that are awarded upon successful completion of our sector-specific courses. These programs are specific to law enforcement, military, security, SWAT, Special Anti-terror, and VIP protection.

Requirements for a new level/grade

During each grading, students must pass at least a certain percentage of all techniques they demonstrate. Students should note that membership in a KMG-affiliated club does not guarantee eligibility to graduate. We require all instructors to approve students separately for grading, if they meet the requirements.


Thanks to the strict requirements for skills and qualifications per level, we ensure that KMG students have solid self-defense and combat skills as they continue training. Ultimately, our aim is not just to award a degree or certificate, but to ensure that students have acquired real skills and abilities. We expect all KMG students to have good character and personal discipline and show respect for their club, instructors, fellow students and the community in general.


KMG passports, all with a unique identification number, are also issued to students graduating with us. It is a log book where different types of information can be documented. It shows which club a student belongs to, which courses they have taken, which seminars and workshops they have attended and what their current grade is.

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