One of the important aspects of Krav Maga is that it often mirrors the no rules philosophy of the street... but for everyone´s safety and for enjoyment during training we have the Krav Maga Club Rules listed below.
Use these as a baseline for your own club rules
These are the main ones I use within my club. Of course you can adapt them and rephrase then to create your own. But it serves as a good starting point. It is important to have some rules as it creates the boundaries to switch we can all operate within.
1. There's only one instructor We may live in a democracy; but in the Krav Maga gym we don't practice it. There's is only one instructor, you are not permitted to teach your own style and techniques. Assistant instructors and mentors will at times be called upon to help out under specific guidance.
2. Listen for the Whistle Or the clap... or a shout for attention. When the whistle is blown you are required to listen and observe. This is an important safety point. Once you hear the whistle a command or instruction will be given.
3. Hygiene Always attend a class clean and well presented. We may get hot and sweaty in class, but please don't turn up in poor condition. Any injures such as cuts or open wounds that you have must be cleaned and covered. There is a first aid kit on site with the essentials and Krav Maga instructors are trained in first aid.
4. Training equipment Only use the clubs training equipment. Report any damage or issues on safety.
5. Clothing Wear suitable training kit. No outdoor shoes in the studio. Occasionally casual clothing such as jeans and outdoor jackets are required for realism in training.
6. Payments Payments are not negotiable and must always be prompt.
7. Safety gear To take part in some of the more advanced training drills you will need certain safety kit. Suitable gloves are essential for any free contact drill. Gum shield and groin protection are strongly recommended too.
8. Respect It´s important that each client and member of the club has respect for what we are doing as well as respect for each other. Everyone must train in a professional manner and be polite to fellow members.
9. Greetings Our standard greeting between members is a simple fist bump. This is done as a welcome, a farewell or as a form of respect during training. Upon meeting a new recruit for the first time handshakes are allowed. Krav Maga attracts people who have researched and need the skills, often we get victims of assault who may not be comfortable with body contact. We try to make the club as friendly and as welcoming as we can while showing respect and keeping in mind that some people have anxiety in a social context.
10. Krav Maga is for self defence At The Krav Maga Club of Stavanger and Sandnes only people of good and responsible character will be taught the skills. I have the inductions or introductions to assess potential students and judge your suitablity for the system. Misuse of the skills results in expulsion from the club.
11. Never give anyone a weapon In training we don´t hand over a weapon to anyone. There's an interesting story on why which may or may not be true. But in training we understand muscle memory and auto-response training, so to enforce safe practice the passing of a weapon happens by placing it on the ground and allowing our partner to pick it up. If you are unfamiliar with the practice it can feel rude, but there is good intention behind it.