Fitness and Self-Defence Training meeting your needs without long-term contracts or hidden charges. Since 2006, Institute Krav Maga has raised the bar and set a higher standard. We’ve never stopped. We never will.
When I moved to London I started to look for a club where I could continue learning Krav Maga. I tried out many clubs and didn't find one I liked until I came across the institute back in August 2015. I've been training with them ever since, it's amazing how much I have learnt in two years. All the instructors are knowledgable about Krav Maga and clearly passionate about it. Other more senior students are also always keen to help you learn and develop. Overall a great club with top notch people!read more
Institute of Krav Maga is a great place to learn fighting, self-defense, improve your fitness and a perfect way to keep yourself active in general. I have thoroughly enjoyed all the classes since joining since the instructors are friendly and very knowledgeable. Only good things to say about this club!read more
I trained with the Institute for a couple of years, while living in London. I have learnt so much, thanks to expert instructors and great training environments. They offer a variety of challenging and awesome seminars and training camps and I always love to come back for a visit given the chance ;) This club is fantastic! See you soon, guysread more
Started training with IKMUK and Combat KM less than a year ago. These guys came to prove once more that investing in oneself has no age and definitely no gender, it’s simply the reflection of a mind-set to be safe, fit and strong. Several workshops, an Extreme Weekend and a Warrior Summer Camp later I couldn’t have hoped to have found such friendly and knowledgeable professionals. Looking forward to the future challenges that are bound to come :)read more
I had an opportunity to participate in event organised by Krav Maga Institute UK in Czech Republic thanks to instructors Joe Ambrosino and Heat Leavitt this event was best experience in my life so far ! Organised from A to B,had chance to gain knowledge from experts,to hear they experience and be surrounded by amazing people ! Thank you again ! Can't wait for next year ! :)
P.s best place to train Krav Maga in London !read more
This is the spot for reviews of the Institute of Krav Maga. I’ve trained with the Institute now for nearly five years now so perhaps I should add a review.
I had read about Krav Maga but it took me a while to “get over myself” and sign up for an induction session because, if I’m honest, I was a bit concerned that it would be full of psychos. The reality was, I was pleased to discover, very different. Krav Maga is not about fighting; it’s about defending yourself. It’s not a sport so people are not there to compete with, score points over or hurt their opponents. They are there to train with like-minded people and learn practical ways to defend themselves in real-life situations. And they are taught by the best.
And real life is the key. Forget what you see in the movies or indeed in any sporting martial art. This is about what would you do if…? How do you deal with two attackers, or three? Should you, could you just run away? What if you need to defend someone else? Could you avoid the situation completely? How does an 8 stone girl deal with an attack from a 15 stone man?.. because you can be sure it won’t be by trading punches or wrestling him to the ground! It’s brutal and it’s not pretty but it’s the most effective self-defence system out there. There are no rules… except stay alive and get away.
The instructors are quite simply excellent led by the incomparable Joe Ambrosino (a man to whom I quite literally owe my life but that is another story for another day). They really know their stuff and train together as a group regularly to fine-tune both the techniques themselves and how to put them across to students. Sessions are structured but varied, focussing on different techniques and situations from week to week. But it’s not just about teaching technique; it’s about attitude of mind, awareness and an understanding of why we’re doing what we’re doing so that when the unexpected happens, when it all gets a bit messy and your technique goes to pot, you still make good decisions quickly, do the right things and have a chance of staying in one piece.
There is a system of progression. The less experienced members are taught the basics and, most importantly, the more likely scenarios. Playing with gun disarms might look cool but realistically it’s much more likely that someone is going to try to grab you or slap you or punch you or perhaps stab you than pull a gun on you in this country so that is what you learn first (with a few more advanced techniques thrown in from time to time for fun). You also need to learn how to end a fight, which might be running away or it might be causing your attacker so much pain that he forgets about attacking you; either is good.
That is where Krav Maga is at its best. There are no weight categories. Girls need to learn to defend themselves not just against other girls but against guys who are bigger, heavier and stronger. They would never get a chance do this in a competitive martial art and they would not have much chance of winning either without fighting dirty and breaking all the rules that those sports impose.
As you progress it becomes endlessly fascinating as you learn more, adapt things for more complex or difficult situations and get better at the stuff you already know. You learn how to fall, how to roll, defences against baseball bats, kicks, chokes, headlocks and bear hugs, threats vs attacks, what to do if on the ground or in a chair or up against a wall, loads more and yes, eventually, guns. I can honestly say it’s never boring even when revising simple knife or punch defences I learned years ago because each time I do it I get better at it and I get it wrong less often.
I have to say that one of the most enjoyable aspects of Krav Maga with the Institute, apart from the quality of the instruction I’m getting each week, is the people. The sessions are fun and friendly, but we work hard. Most importantly I work with people I trust, which is really important when I’m asking people to attack me in a way that is as close to realistic as possible while also being safe. Classes are mixed up so girls train with men and less experienced people learn from people who’ve been doing it for years. There are no egos and everyone is there to help everyone else. Yes, it helps to be fit but the classes cater for all level of fitness. Not feeling fit enough should not put anyone off Krav Maga but one thing is for sure, if you’re looking to get or keep fit at the same time, it will make you fitter.
I quite simply cannot recommend the Institute of Krav Maga highly enough. If you want to learn practical skills for real-life situations that, if you’re just unlucky enough, you might one day find yourself in, then training with the Institute is both the best way to learn and a lot of fun.read more
These guys are top class Instructors with expert knowledge, they deliver training in a way that benefits all skill and fitness levels and that anyone with a 'willing to learn' attitude will enjoy. By training in real life scenarios for real life situations you will gain practical skills to both defend yourself and to generally be more aware of your surroundings.
I'd highly recommend this to anyone who has an interest in martial arts or fitness.read more
The IKMUK is a superb club. It covers many different geographical locations with a team of instructors. Everyone there is friendly, serious about training and your time spent in class is well structured.
I have trained with many different instructors worldwide and Joe Ambrosino, who is the lead instructor, has to be one of the best. He is a little Tasmanian Devil of energy, speaks really fast but he has so much information and experience in his head you just try to soak it all in!
He is kind and gentle but crazy tough too.
He is supported by a great team including his wife Marissa who tirelessly works behind the scenes to keep everything running.
Check this club out, regardless if you are a complete beginner, been training in Krav Maga a while, been training in another martial art or you think you are a Super Professor Grand Master 11th Dan... I guarantee you will learn something.
Especially this goes out to any Police, Ambulance or Fire Brigade. You owe it to yourselves to train here.read more
I've been a student with the Institute for over 10years and recently achieved my Black Belt. Simply the best club in London for Krav Maga. Fantastic teaching staff with decades of knowledge between them, including an Expert level 3 instructor (who are few and far between!). All levels are made to feel very welcome and the attitude to self defence is first rate. If you want to start a martial art - Krav Maga is the one!read more
You probably already know why you should start practising Krava Maga.
Krav is not like the other martial arts which are strongly based on rituals and as a result incorporate strange techniques. Here brutal efficiency is the main concern. Most of the strikes and defences utilize the same basic motions and all of the techniques are built upon the body’s natural instincts.
It is practical and intuitive and also a great exercise.
What you probably don’t know yet is why you should join the Institute of Krav Maga UK, so let me give you a few reasons:
- Certified and experienced instructors! I really think the instructors are the best thing of the school. They run the class very professionally alternating intense moments with a few pinches of humour here and there. They certainly want to push yourself during the class (we are doing Krav Maga after all!), but their main priority is your safety. At the beginning of each class they always ask if anybody has any small injuries the other students should be aware of (clearly if you had a big injury you wouldn’ t be training).
- There is at least one class every day of the week, Monday to Saturday and 2 morning classes in case you are an early bird. This gives you great flexibility and allows you to plan your training sessions around work and other commitments.
There are also 4 classes for beginners (white and yellow belts). This is extremely important for people who have no previous experience in other martial arts or any sort of fighting as it allows you to develop the right skills with no rush. If however you already feel confident you can attend the mixed classes where you can train along with more experienced students.
Private classes are also available in case you wanted to work on some aspects you feel weak at.
- There is a grading session every 3 months and in order to grade to the next level (belt) you must attend a certain number of classes. It is therefore entirely up to you how quickly you want to progress, some people train harder, some others take it easier. This system is fair as it guarantees that the people who grade for the same level more or less have gone through the same training as you did.
- The club regularly organises events which allows you to train in realistic scenarios and to meet and network with other Krav Maga enthusiasts from other schools and countries. We have recently been in Ostrava in Czech Republic, where we had the opportunity to train in Close Quarter Combat, Tactical Firearms, Weapon Disarming and Ground Techniques.
- The facilities we train in are great as we train at some of the best gyms in London.
You’ll probably come to your first class with no idea of how to throw a proper punch. After a couple of weeks you’ll think you are Jason Bourne. After a couple of months you’ll realise you are not. However after 6 months you’ll look back and will be amazed with the progress you’ll have made.
Come and join us, don’t leave to tomorrow what you could do today.read more
If you're looking for Krav Maga training in London then the Institute of Krav Maga UK is the place to be. You simply couldn't be in better hands. Joe Ambrosino is an exceptional and very experienced Krav Maga instructor with a pleasant teaching style showing amazing skills, knowledge, dedication and humor. Highly recommended!read more
I first started Krav Maga in 2004 in London. First class I trained with Joe Ambrosino then IKMF. It started off with one class a week then two then up to 4 times a week. True Kravvers knows the addiction.
Then 9 years later after a lot of camps and training and experience i went back in home in South Africa and i started a small school and always kept to the high standards and core of Krav Maga that was taught by IKM UK. Joe was always there for support and when he came to visit us he once again proofed to me that to be the best Krav Maga instructor you need to stay humble and Krav Maga focused like he is.
Today we are proudly Institute Krav Maga South Africa and we are growing with the best in the world.
Well done and its a life changing experience to work with you guys and looking forward to an awesome relationship.read more
I really enjoy my time training with the Institute, the instructors are excellent and my fellow students help to make if fun. If you are looking for an excellent club to train with contact the Institute....you will not be disappointedread more
I joined the institute after going to watch a class in Hertfordshire and instantly got the bug and wanted to learn more. The out going and friendly instructor (Joe) took time and effort in breaking down all aspects of the fighting style and made it fun at the same time.
I would highly recommend and I will be returning soon.
Go down to meet the team and get involved.read more
There are many organisations teaching Krav Maga out there but this one is miles above the rest. The institute provides many classes in various locations and genuinely cares about its students. As an instructor for the institute, I am proud to see how our members have improved there skills and are showing commitment and dedication in wanting to learn and train. If you're looking to learn Krav Maga, join us and you won't look back!read more
The Best Organisation I Ever Been Part Of. The Institute Of Krav Maga UK Has Changed The Lives Of Thousands Of People In The Last Decade In The United Kingdom And Abroad Through Self Defence Training. Be Part Of It You Too!read more