Krav Maga is not for the faint of heart. Created in the late 1940s by a member of the Israeli army, it's an intense workout that also has benefits for self-defense. Like karate, Krav Maga participants move up the ranks that are marked by different color belts.
Five Practitioner Levels
After about four to six months of training, Krav Maga participants test for a yellow belt, although the timeline can vary based on how often you practice. Typically, an orange belt test is done after six months, while a green belt can be earned after nine to 12 months. Next, participants will test for a blue belt, which also comes between nine to 12 months of practice, depending on when the green belt was obtained.
After one year of training and testing, the student can be up for a brown belt. Members progress through the ranking system at different paces. The black belt and higher levels are only available by invitation after the student has held a brown belt for at least one full year.
Once you've obtained a black belt, you can still continue to rise in the ranks after six months. Instructors typically are graduate level, which ranges from G1 to G5, and they are denoted by wearing red trim and logos on black practice attire. In some cases, G-level students don't get certified to be an instructor, so they don't wear the special colors.
Expert and Master Levels
High-level instructors can obtain expert level ranking. They can be spotted by their gold trim and logos. Typically, those who have obtained expert level have both military and civilian instruction in Krav Maga and work in police, special units or the military.