Krav Maga Seattle

May 19

Krav Maga Staff

What does it take to become a KMS instructor?

by Krav Maga Staff

We often get questions from people who are interested in becoming an instructor at Krav Maga Seattle; they want to know what it takes. 

At Krav Maga Seattle, we take our instructor program very seriously.  We invest in our instructors so that we produce the best Krav Maga instructors who teach the best Krav Maga classes in Washington State.  All of our training and certifications are intensive and in-person.  We do not ‘pad’ our instructors’ credentials with teach-yourself DVDs, books, or other falsified credentials (such as attending a weekend seminar).  Below is an overview of the Krav Maga Seattle instructor program. 


KMS instructor candidates are selected by our Head Instructor, Chau Le.  Candidates are, at a minimum, advanced Krav Maga Level 2 students from our school or advanced Krav Maga Level 3 students from other Krav Maga Worldwide or IKMF schools.  We do not consider instructor candidates from any other Krav Maga organizations.  

When selecting candidates, we look for what we call ‘The Three Pillars’:

  • Technique and physical fitness: They must have excellent Krav Maga technique and they must be in top physical condition.
  • Personality: They must have the “X factor” that makes people want to learn from them.  This could mean being a great motivator, approachable, tough, patient, and many other qualities that make a great instructor.
  • Passion: They have to LOVE Krav Maga and be passionate about passing their knowledge onto others.


Instructor candidates are required to participate in a two-hour candidate trial where they are evaluated on their technical, physical and teaching abilities.  Those who meet our standards are invited into the KMS Instructor Apprentice Program. 

KMS Instructor Apprentice Program

Apprentice instructors are required to participate and excel in the following weekly training regimen:

  • Instructor training: Train under our Head Instructor in a private instructor-specific forum for a minimum of two hours per week.
  • Advanced Krav Maga training: Train in advanced level Krav Maga classes for a minimum of three hours per week.
  • Assistant teaching: Assist the Head or Lead Instructors in teaching a minimum of one Level 1 class per week.

Apprentice instructors must maintain this training regimen for a minimum of four months or until we are confident that they will not only pass, but excel at the seven-day instructor certification course in Los Angeles at Krav Maga Worldwide headquarters. 

Krav Maga Worldwide “Phase” Certifications

In order to teach Krav Maga Level 1 classes, KMS instructors must pass Krav Maga Worldwide’s Phase A instructor certification.  Phase A consists of seven days of intense training in the Level 1 (yellow belt) and Level 2 (orange belt) Krav Maga curricula.  In order to teach Level 2 classes, KMS instructors must pass Krav Maga Worldwide’s Phase B instructor certification.  Phase C is required to teach Level 3, and so on.  In order to receive their instructor credentials, participants must successfully pass a demanding physical and written test on the final day of each Phase that they attend.  KMS requires our instructors to not only pass, but to finish within the top half of their group.  

I’ll wrap up with this analogy: If you needed to learn how to sky drive, would you trust your life with someone who doesn't have the proper certifications to teach sky diving?  The same goes for Krav Maga.  If you want to learn Krav Maga and practical self-defense, make sure you are learning from top qualified, certified professionals.  It could save your life.

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