The rank of Black Belt is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. While Black Belt has some new techniques and requirements, it is in many ways simply the test of all previous levels at higher stress and greater degree of difficulty. There’s a popular saying among Krav Maga practitioners: “You never forget your Yellow Belt test or your Black Belt test.” The Yellow Belt test is the first test, and beginners are surprised at how physically and emotionally demanding it is. The subsequent tests are all hard, but by the time they come around you know what to expect. Then the Black Belt tests push you to a higher level. You learn more about yourself and your ability to perform under stress. The experience is powerful and enlightening.

 We also hope it is motivating, because we don’t want Black Belt to be the end of your journey. It should simply be the next step. I recall receiving my Black Belt and thinking, “Okay, now I have to earn this.” I’d just gone through a grueling test, but my only thought was that now I had to live up to a new standard. Black Belts should be examples. They should train harder, train smarter, and live better. Even if a Black Belt is not an instructor, he is still an example and an inspiration to those who are training with him, and he should help to show them the way.


Blue Belt (Level 4)

Students at this level should have basic working knowledge of weapons defense This includes a strong understanding of the R.C.A.T. Principle of Weapon Defense: Redirect / Stop the Attack, Control the Weapon or the Arm, ATTACK with Determination, Take Away or Disarm if needed.

 Brown Belt (Level 5)

Brown Belt students should have more advanced knowledge of handgun, long gun, knife and blunt object operation, including standing, confined spaces, retention habits of the attacker, as well as on the ground. The R.C.A.T. principles MUST be solid.

 Black Belt (Level 6 And Up)

Krav Maga Black Belts should have more advanced working knowledge of weapons and tactics, including how to use them properly in an offensive manner after disarming. Proper retention and ability to improvise through problems within the R.C.A.T. principles.  This level of training also includes 3rd party defense and drills in close quarters as you would see in an active killer situation.