About Krav Maga Maine

Welcome the the home of Maine's first certified Krav Maga instructor!

Our lead instructor, Keith Emery, has 26 years in law enforcement and has been involved with various martial arts, starting with Tae Kwon Do in the 1980's. Keith started training in Krav Maga in 2006 and became a certified instructor, level 3 (civilian, military, law enforcement) and a black belt by 2011. He has since received his level 4 instructor certification (executive protection).

Keith decided on Krav Maga after becoming employed in law enforcement and realizing the unique struggles that profession presents. Since Krav Maga not only addresses self defense, it also includes sweeps, throws, locks and defense against weapons, this well rounded system was selected. Keith's real wold experiences has proven time and time again how effective the system is.

Keith was the first instructor certified by an Israeli Federation in Maine. Our founder, Alain Cohen is a certified instructor with the Wingate Institute in Israel, which is Israels governing body concerning KM instructors. When choosing any KM instruction, ask the instructor when he was certified and by whom, and if their instructor is a Wingate certified instructor. Any legitimate instructor would be happy to provide this proof and if they cannot, be suspicious.

Krav Maga essentially means contact combat in Hebrew and is the official fighting system of the Israeli Defense Forces. Krav Maga is taught all over the world to civilians, law enforcement and military organizations. It is the chosen system due to it's effectiveness.

Students are taught to avoid violence whenever possible.

Krav Maga encourages students to avoid confrontation. If this is impossible or unsafe, it promotes finishing a fight as quickly as possible. Attacks are aimed at the most vulnerable parts of the body, and training is not limited to techniques that avoid severe injury; some even permanently injure or cause death to the opponent. Drills provide maximum safety to students by the use of protective equipment and the use of reasonable force.

KM has moves unique to its system and also borrows from many martial arts, such as muay thai, boxing, wrestling, aikido, jiu jitsu and others; using techniques that work in a street encounter and losing the ones that don't.

Students learn to defend against all variety of attacks and are taught to counter in the quickest and most efficient way.

Ideas in Krav Maga include:

Counterattacking as soon as possible (or attacking preemptively).
Targeting attacks to the body's most vulnerable points, such as: the eyes, neck or throat, face, solar plexus, groin, ribs, knee, foot, fingers, liver, etc.
Maximum effectiveness and efficiency in order to neutralize the opponent as quickly as possible.
Maintaining awareness of surroundings while dealing with the threat in order to look for escape routes, further attackers, objects that could be used to defend or help attack, and so on.

Training can also cover the study and development of situational awareness to develop an understanding of one's surroundings, learning to understand the psychology of a street confrontation, and identifying potential threats before an attack occurs. It may also cover ways to deal with physical and verbal methods to avoid violence whenever possible.