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Krav Maga! Renee Nolte featured in The Advanced Ultimate Krav Maga DVD!!

Krav Maga is one of the BEST self defense systems in the World. Krav Maga (pronounced "Krahv Magah" and means "Contact Combat” in Hebrew) is the official self-defense and fighting system of Israel’s Military, the Israeli Defense Forces. It is recognized as the most efficient self-defense system for real-life situations; emphasizing practical defenses against real attacks. Krav Maga is a modern and practical style of self-defense with drills focused daily on chaos, interference, distraction, 2nd and 3rd party scenarios and more. At Sidekicks our training for Krav Maga is taught both indoors and outdoors. Krav Maga training is actual modern combat and self-defense experiences for adults.

What you will expect in our Krav Maga class is self defense combatives, defenses, holds, take downs, drills, scenarios, weapon retention, weapon defense, movement, ground training, cardio conditioning and more! The students will work with both a partner and multiple partners, focus mitts, kick pads, heavy bags, and other various training aides.
Our Class is offered Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm and Tuesdays at 8pm.  Call us for a free intro appointment to Krav Maga at 979-661-1560.

Master Renee Nolte became certified through KMW in 2003 and is an expert in Krav Maga. She is part of the Ultimate Krav Maga Team in Los Angeles, CA developing Instructional DVD's. The Ultimate Krav Maga DVD’s are here to help everyone learn, practice and train in self defense and personal protection. Renee is featured on The Advanced Series and is working on the up and coming features. www.ultimatekravmaga.com

Renee Nolte became a Certified Force Training Instructor through Krav Maga Worldwide in 2005. She conducts training for The US Border Patrol in Laredo, TX and teaches all levels of Military and Law Enforcement throughout their Divisions and throughout the World.

Ms. Nolte continues her KM development and her training with other Black Belts and Experts throughout the World.

Krav Maga Sites:


Ms. Nolte’s Krav Maga publications and media include:
Feature in Corpus Christi Magazine 2008.
Multiple Feature Spotlight in MASUCCESS Magazine
Multiple News paper articles in Brenham, College Station, and Portland, TX
Radio Interviews 2003-Present
Krav Maga Worldwide Moderator “Executive Krav Maga” CD-Rom
Martial Art Industry Association MASUCCESS KIT CD-ROM “Ultimate Krav Maga DVD” with Cliff Lenderman
Championsway Webinar Moderator
Krav Maga
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


There are numerous organizations around the world teaching Krav Maga or variants. Since the death of its founder, differences have arisen, with competing claims to heir-ship. Some organizations and individuals claim to be the sole heir while others contend it is an "open" art which should not be owned by any person or group.[28] Although there are a number of large international organisations which are led by Lichtenfeld's former protégées such as the IKM (International Krav Maga - led by Grandmaster Gabi Noah), IKMA (Israeli Krav Maga Association - led by Grandmaster Haim Gidon), IKMF (International Krav Maga Federation - led by chief instructor Avi Moyal), KMG (Krav Maga Global - led by chief instructor Eyal Yanilov), Krav Maga Worldwide (led by chief instructor Darren Levine) and FEKM (Fédération Européene de Krav Maga [European Federation of Krav Maga] - led by chief instructor Richard Douieb), all of these organizations fundamentally teach the same techniques and principles. Since Lichtenfeld's death there has not been much change in the techniques of the system although some of the organizations have slightly different approaches to the way they teach.


Krav Maga was developed in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s[1] by Imi Lichtenfeld, also known as Imi Sde-Or (Sde-Or–"Light Field"–a calque of his surname into Hebrew). He first taught his fighting system in Bratislava in order to help protect the local Jewish community from the Nazi militia. Upon arriving in the British Mandate of Palestine, Lichtenfeld began teaching Kapap to the Haganah, the Jewish underground army. With the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Lichtenfeld became the Chief Instructor of Physical Fitness and Krav Maga at the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) School of Combat Fitness. He served in the IDF for 15 years, during which time he continued to develop and refine his hand-to-hand combat method.[13] In 1964 he left the military though continued to supervise the instruction of Krav Maga in both military and law-enforcement contexts, and in addition, worked indefatigably to refine, improve and adapt Krav Maga to meet civilian needs.[14] The first students receiving a black belt 1st Dan were Eli Avikzar, Rafi Elgarisi, Haim Gidon, Haim Zut, Shmuel Kurzviel, Haim Hakani, Shlomo Avisira, Vicktor Bracha, Yaron Lichtenstein, Avner Hazan and Miki Asulin.[15]
In 1978, Lichtenfeld founded the non-profit Israeli Krav Maga Association (IKMA) with several senior instructors. The Israeli Krav Maga Association has existed continuously from that day and is still located in Netanya Israel. Grand Master Haim Gidon was elected President of the IKMA by an assembly and a vote of over twelve hundred members and still serves as President, Grand Master and 10th dan black belt.[13] Lichtenfeld died in January 1998 in Netanya, Israel.[9]

The Israeli Government has recognized the IKMA as the continuation of Lichtenfeld's system.[16] The Prime Minister of Israel recognized Grand Master Haim Gidon for his work in Krav Maga.[17] Prior to his death, Lichtenfeld published a list of his highest level students, their ranks and witnessed this document in the presence of a notary.[18][19] Lichtenfeld signed a notice that Grand Master Haim Gidon should be present at any student or instructor rankings of brown belt and above.[20]

Krav Maga techniques
Alongside techniques developed by Lichtenfeld, Krav Maga integrates techniques from traditional Eastern European streetfighting, military combat, Boxing, Muay Thai, Western Wrestling, and Ju-Jitsu.[24]

Basic principles

Generally, there are no rules in Krav Maga, as it is a defense fighting technique which is not regulated, but utilized to keep the user safe and incapacitate the opponent by any means necessary. Men and women generally undergo the same drills.[8][9] It has no sporting federation, and there are no official uniforms or attire, although some organizations do recognize progress through training with rank badges, different levels, and belts.[10][11]

General principles include:[1]

• Counter attacking as soon as possible (or attacking preemptively).
• Targeting attacks to the body's most vulnerable points such as the eyes, jaw, throat, groin, knee etc.
• Neutralizing the opponent as quickly as possible by responding with an unbroken stream of counter attacks and if necessary a take down/joint break.
• 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.

Basic training is a mixed aerobic and anaerobic workout. Protective pads and other personal protection equipment may be used during initial training. Scenarios are used to train personnel for situations typically encountered in street patrol or combat situations. Training scenarios teach students to ignore distractions.[12] Other training methods to increase realism might include blindfolding or exercising trainees to near exhaustion before dealing with a simulated attack, as well as training outdoors on a variety of surfaces and restrictive situations.

Training also covers situational awareness to develop an understanding of one's surroundings and potentially threatening circumstances before an attack occurs sometimes. It may also cover ways to deal with potentially violent situations, and physical and verbal methods to avoid violence whenever possible.

Grading system

While Krav Maga does have a grading system it is not mandatory and students do not need to grade in order to progress, although this varies from school to school. However students will usually choose to grade so that they can monitor their progress.
Most of Krav Maga organizations in Israel, such as IKMA (Israeli Krav Maga Association, by Haim Gidon), KMF (Krav Maga Federation, by Haim Zut) and Bukan (By Yaron Lichtenstein), use the Imi's colored belt grading system, which starts with White belt, and then Yellow, Orange, Green, Blue, Brown and Black belts. Black belt students can move up the ranks from 1st to 9th Dan. The time and requirements for advancing have some differences between the organizations.

Both the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) and Krav Maga Global (KMG) use the same grading system based on a series of patches. The grades are divided into 3 main categories; practitioner, graduate and expert. Each of the categories, which are often abbreviated to their initials, has 5 ranks. Grades P1 through to P5 are the student levels and make up the majority of the Krav Maga community. After P5 are G1-G5 and in order to achieve graduate level the student has to demonstrate a proficiency in all of the P level techniques before advancing. The majority of instructors hold a G level grade and are civilian instructors. However passing the instructors training course is a requisite and holding a graduate rank does not necessarily make one an instructor. The expert grades cover advanced military and 3rd party protection techniques and people who hold these ranks usually specialise in military and police instruction. Beyond Expert level 5 there is the rank of master, however this rank is held by only a small number of individuals and reserved only for those who have dedicated a lifetime to Krav Maga and made valuable contributions in teaching and promoting the style.

Krav Maga (pronounced /ˌkrɑːv məˈɡɑː/; Hebrew: קרב מגע‎, IPA: [ˈkʁav maˈɡa], lit. "contact combat") is an eclectic hand-to-hand combat system developed in Israel that involves striking techniques, wrestling and grappling, mostly known for its extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks, and is taught to regular and special forces in Israel.[1][2] It was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Imi Lichtenfeld, who made use of his training as a boxer and wrestler, as a means of defending the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in Bratislava[3] in the mid- to late-1930s. In the late-1940s, following his immigration to Israel, he began to provide hand-to-hand combat training to what was to become the IDF, who went on to develop the system that became known as Krav Maga. It has since been refined for civilian, police and military applications.[4]

Krav Maga has a philosophy emphasizing threat neutralisation, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers, and aggression.[5] Krav Maga is used by IDF Special Forces units and several closely related variations have been developed and adopted by law enforcement and intelligence organizations, Mossad and Shin Bet. There are several organizations teaching variations of Krav Maga internationally.[6][7][8]

The name in Hebrew means "hand-to-hand combat". Krav (קרב) meaning "battle" and Maga (מגע) meaning "contact".

Current usage

All Israel Defense Forces soldiers, including all Israeli Special Forces units,[8] learn Krav Maga as part of their basic training. Further, Krav Maga is the defensive tactics system used to train the Israeli Police,[10] Israeli Intelligence and all Security Divisions. Krav Maga is also taught to civilians, military, law enforcement and security agencies around the world. The Norwegian Military and the Swedish Army both use Krav Maga in close combat training for urban warfare. Schools can be found everywhere from Australia and the UK to South Africa. Scotland Yard has trialled Krav Maga as a system of hand to hand combat for officers engaged in specialist armed protection duty of VIP and Royalty with positive feedback from operational commanders recommending the system. [26] The International Krav Maga Federation in Netanya north of Tel Aviv trains some of the world's top bodyguards, who use Krav Maga as a trade fighting art since it includes several exercises in evacuating a VIP through a hostile crowd. Also, the tactics for dispatching several opponents quickly is vital for personal protection agents.[10][27] Krav Maga is also being deployed in the Palestinian territories, particularly for its versatility, where Israeli soldiers adapt it for crowd control purposes.[citation needed]

There are 3 variants of application: for the army, for the police, and self-defense for civilians. Those 3 applications of Krav Maga feature slightly differing techniques due to their specialized applications; i.e. attack, threat-neutralization, or self-defense.

Expansion to the USA

Prior to 1980, all experts in Krav Maga lived in Israel and trained under the Israeli Krav Maga Association.[21] That year marks the beginning of contact between Israeli Krav Maga experts and interested students in the United States. In 1981, a group of six Krav Maga instructors traveled to the US to demonstrate their system, primarily to local Jewish Community Centers. The New York field office of the FBI and the FBI's main training center at Quantico, Virginia saw it and expressed interest. The result was a visit by 22 people from the US to Israel in the summer of 1981 to attend a basic Krav Maga instructor course. The graduates from this course returned to the US and began to establish training facilities in their local areas.[22] Additional students traveled to Israel in 1984 and again in 1986 to become instructors. At the same time, instructors from Israel continued to visit the US. Law enforcement training in the US began in 1985.[23]

Krav Maga is currently being taught as a primary hand-to-hand combat technique at some police departments in the United States.

TAMU Self Defense Club

The primary mission of the Texas A&M Self Defense Club is to provide students, faculty and staff with first-rate training in both Krav Maga and the Keysi Fighting Method, which are two styles specifically designed for real-life self defense situations. Members will learn how to defend themselves against real threats, develop more confidence in their personal safety and achieve or maintain a higher level of personal fitness.

For more information visit TAMU Self Defense Club Website


In fast evolving and dynamic situations that law enforcement officers find themselves, having proper training is a must. Through taking lessons with Master Nolte I have become more prepared mentally and physically to perform at my highest level. Thank you Renee for putting together such an excellent program."
-Stephen C. , U.S. Marshal

“Wow, love Krav Maga! I initially started coming to this class just so my spouse and I could spend time doing something together. In the mean time while taking this class my stress level has gone down and self esteem has gone up. I’m grateful to Master Nolte for her God given talents in Martial Arts and the willingness to share her talent. Master Nolte radiates when she teaches- that is a rare thing to see.”
-T. Bellamy, Krav Maga Student

“Great place to train I am very pleased to train at Sidekicks with the only Expert level Krav Maga instructor in town, and one of the few Keysi Fight Method instructors in the state. Master Nolte's ongoing involvement in the industry really makes a difference. She was recently in Los Angeles for the filming of the Untimate Krav Maga DVD's and she was really able to incorporate the training from our classes into the DVD. With 27 years of martial arts experience, Master Nolte really knows what she is doing and it shows in the way that she can break down the techniques to make sure that we have a deep understanding of the fundamentals, while executing the drills. She is networked with the best in the industry worldwide and her experience really brings a lot to the school.”
-M. Bowen,

“Wow, Love Krav Maga! My stress level has gone down and self-esteem has gone up. I’m grateful to Master Nolte for her God given talents in the Martial Arts and the willingness to share her talent. Master Nolte radiates when she teaches. That is a rare thing to see.”
-T. Bellamy, Krav Maga student

“I’ve had the pleasure of training with Renee Nolte a number of times. We have even invited her to the Krav Maga National Training Center to help teach classes here. From the moment I met her, Renee has impressed me with her dedication to improving herself, perfecting her skills, and increasing her knowledge. It’s a pleasure to have her as part of our Krav Maga family.”
- John Whitman, President, Krav Maga Worldwide

Renee Nolte is a GREAT Martial Artist and Instructor. I have trained with her for a couple of years now and have nothing but good things to say about her and her programs! She is hard working and dedicated to turning out good martial artist. Renee doesn’t give anything away…you earn what you get! I highly recommend Renee and the Krav Maga system to civilians and law enforcement alike. It is an excellent self defense system. You learn defensive skills and you get in shape! Both of which are necessary to survive in a Win Confrontation!
-Lee Santo, Head Police Trainer, TEEKS, College Station, TX

"In my law enforcement career I have endured countless hours of Defensive Tactics training. I always considered myself well-prepared for any street encounter, but when I began training in Krav Maga with Renee Nolte and her staff in August 2006, I realized that I had only scratched the surface of my knowledge of real self defense and survival fighting. Not only is Krav Maga a powerful strength and cardiovascular workout, it teaches you the proper mindset for officer survival and gives you the confidence that police officers need to work in an increasingly violent world. Renee Nolte is an excellent teacher who enables you to quickly learn Krav Maga techniques in a safe, fun, and realistic training environment."
-Chris Perkins, CSPD College Station. Heart of the Research Valley

“Awesome... Being in the military, on recruiting duty, and away from a base really hindered my ability to stay up with my fellow Marines when it comes to hand-to-hand combat. After joining the University of Sidekicks team I quickly found a home. Being a brown belt instructor in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP). I feel as though the training I have received from Master Nolte and her staff, that I am ready to bring my martial arts experience to the next level. I would highly recommend any of the many programs University of Sidekicks has to offer, military or civilian alike.”
-K. Woodard, Krav Maga Student

My favorite thing about learning this self defense class is that it gives me the ability to learn techniques that will keep me safer than if I just stayed with plain old street fighting. Plus the Instructor is very energetic, and very dedicated to her job. You can trust that what she is teaching you could save your life!

-College Student, N. Higgins

 Master Nolte is a very good teacher, she teaches you not only about technique but character also!
            -College Student, J. Leal
Best Class I have taken!
 -M. Evans, Krav Maga student, TKD Black Belt

Classes are offered: Mon & Wed 6:00pm, Tue 6:50am, and Tue 8:00pm

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