Krav Maga

Best Adult Krav Maga Program Near Plano

What is Krav Maga?


Defined by brutal offensive techniques and quick counter-attacks, Krav Maga is the ideal self-defense fighting style for unexpected and dangerous situations. A focus on results without rules of fair fighting means Krav Maga is not a martial art, but a revolutionary self-defense system— no katas, no rituals.

Based on simple principles and instinctive movements, our Krav Maga self-defense classes are intended to teach methods exceptionally effective for personal protection in the shortest possible time. Attend our Krav Maga classes to learn how to defend against violent chokes, grabs, and strikes, as well as serious threats armed with weapons.


Level 1

Level one is designed for new Krav Maga students. The goal of this entry-level classes is to teach the basics of fighting and self-defense. Students will learn various fighting stances and movements, including punches and kicks from standing position, as well as from the ground. Trainees will be introduced to effective elbow and knee strikes, and shown how to defend against punches, chokes, headlocks, and wrist grabs. Students training an average of two or three times per week should expect to complete the level one Krav Maga self-defense curriculum in four – six months (minimum 40 hours), and be ready to test for KM Level 2.

Level 2

At level 2, intermediate self-defense course, students will continue to review and hone skills learned in KM level 1. This training will introduce additional punches and kicks, punch defenses with counterattacks, defenses against various chokes and kicks, bearhugs, and headlocks. Precision elements such as timing, distance, and alternative targeting are introduced. Students training an average of two to three times per week can expect to complete the level 2 curriculum in six – nine months (minimum 60 hours) before testing for KM Level 3.

Level 3

Third level Krav Maga self-defense classes sharpen basic techniques and allow students to further expand their foundation of Krav Maga attacks and defenses. Students will continue to refine strikes, defenses against strikes, and more advanced self-defense techniques involving defense against weapons such as guns and sticks. Students training two to three times per week can expect to be eligible to test for the fourth level in ten – twelve (minimum 90 hours) months.

Krav Maga is a self-defense system. It is a modern, reality based method of training utilizing coherent and logical techniques that build up one another and utilizes the body’s natural and instinctive movements. Because the Krav Maga system is well integrated, common defensive principles apply to a variety of attack scenarios. Thus, the system can be learned in a relatively short period of time and can be performed under stress. This often includes being taken by surprise and learning to defend from an initial position of disadvantage and moving to a position of advantage to neutralize the threat. Krav Maga incorporates techniques from many styles including boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and others but it does not adhere to any classic or traditional school of thought. It has no sporting or tournament aspect.

The art of Krav Maga is much more than a self defense system, it is personal protection at its finest. It is a modern, highly refined street fighting system, designed to be effective against armed and unarmed attackers. Krav Maga addresses a wide variety of attacks, as well as, solutions against multiple attackers.

Level 4

These advanced Krav Maga self-defense classes are designed for students to broaden their skill sets. In addition to refining tactics and techniques learned in previous levels, students encounter high-threat weapon defenses, learn to deal with attacks from multiple opponents, and learn more advanced ground fighting techniques. Students training two to three times per week can expect to be eligible to test for the fifth level twelve months (minimum 120 hours).

Level 5

This advanced Krav Maga self-defense course is home to our most skilled fighters. Students will encounter the entire curriculum of fighting, ground fighting, third-party protection, and defense against all kinds of weapons.

Anatomy of a class

Here's what to expect

1. A brief warmup to build strength and conditioning.
2. Learn and utilize combatives such as punches, kicks, elbows, and knees.
3. Practice defenses against common chokes, headlocks, and strikes.
4. Put everything together in a stress drill designed to test your understanding of the techniques under pressure. 

We do not use any forms or katas in class. We get hands-on and work the techniques with a training partner who is there to help you grow and push your limits. Along with our training methodology, we focus on developing a fight mentality to help avoid the “freeze” that is common for those who find themselves in a violent encounter.

Putting this all together in every class is how we effectively develop the muscle memory and mindset needed to survive a real-world attack. Our certified instructors are there to provide guidance, individual feedback, and a safe training environment for our students. 

Our Instructors

Get to know just a few of our expert instructors

Erik Hicks

Owner & Chief Instructor

Erik is the Chief Instructor of Krav Maga Dallas and is certified by the Krav Maga Association of America as a Second Degree Black Belt Instructor. As well, Erik is a certified Force Training Instructor and enjoys teaching our military and law enforcement personnel. He is also the lead instructor of Krav Maga Dallas’s Youth Program and is a certified personal trainer.

Erik took his first Krav Maga class in 2000 and has been hooked ever since. Quickly gravitating toward Krav Maga’s natural movements and it’s physical and efficient style, Erik was bitten by the teaching bug almost immediately and traveled to Los Angeles to receive his first certification in 2002. In 2004, he purchased the school and Krav Maga Plano was born. Over the next several years, Erik continued his training and received his Expert I/Blue Belt Instructor Certification. In 2007, life took a small detour and Erik entered the world of restauranteur, owning and operating a chain of local sandwich shops. While he enjoyed the experience and excitement of the food industry, it limited his time to train and took him away from his true passion which is teaching Krav Maga. After working more than 15 years in marketing and a 5 year stint as a “sandwich mogul”, Erik took the leap of faith to focus all of his time, attention, and resources to help his community and students live safer, healthier, and better lives as the full-time, chief instructor at Krav Maga Dallas.

Outside of teaching and training, Erik enjoys hiking, camping and spending time with family, friends, and the countless students he has had the privilege of coaching for over 2 decades.

Matt Roberts

KMW Certified Instructor

After seeing the National Geographic Fight Science episode he decided to take a trial class and was instantly hooked. He has a passion for training and after a few years, decided he wanted to share Krav Maga with others and began his instructor journey in 2013. In addition to his Krav Maga certifications, he has also obtained his black belt in Jiu-Jitsu.

His most important role is a husband to his wife Megan and father to their two children. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University. He has spent 20 years in sales with the last 12 in a management role. Matt is also an active member of the First Baptist Church in McKinney, TX.

Becky Madison

KMW Certified Instructor

Becky began her martial arts journey over 20 years ago, studying a variety of styles including Tang Soo Do (3rd Degree Black Belt), Tae Kwon Do (Brown Belt), and Northern Shaolin Kung Fu. In 2003, she took her martial arts journey to the next level and became a martial arts instructor for both children and adults. When she stumbled upon Krav Maga in 2011, she was immediately drawn to the Krav training for its effectiveness and straightforward approach to real-world situations.

In addition to her love for Krav Maga, Becky also has a passion for the software industry, earning 2 MBAs from UNT (one in Business Computer Information Systems and one in Management) and later earned a Post-Bacc degree in Psychology. She currently works as the Chief Operating Officer for a software consulting company in Irving.

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Krav Maga Dallas offers the best self defense training in Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco, Garland, Murphy, Addison, Richardson, Little Elm, Rowlett, and the Colony! Whether you’re looking to keep your family safe, learn anti bullying techniques, learn travel safety tips, have a daughter going off to college, get authentic Krav Maga training, or learn women’s self defense, KMD has what you’re looking for. We also offer a comprehensive fitness program including cardio training, yoga, pilates, nutrition counseling, accountability coaching, heavy bag classes, and weight loss training!