26 Mar 2014
Urban Krav Maga began in 2008. I decided to go it alone after having worked with a few other Krav Maga organisations. I wanted to teach a system that was something more than Muay Thai with some weapons defences based around the punch and rudimentary groundwork. Something that drew on the experience across a range of martial arts and their application that my colleagues and I could offer.
A system that incorporated the best of those arts and that experience.
One that was based around the attacks that actually happened to people.
One that was based on leverage and covered what to do if attacked by a bigger opponent for both men and women.
One that didn’t rely on punching power
One that responded to issues raised by students by looking to tailor solutions that worked for different people, rather than invoking centuries of tradition or some mythical “battle testing” with reference to a conflict that is characterised overwhelmingly by high powered modern weaponry rather than hand to hand combat.
After a recommendation from The British Combat Association, we produced a 6-DVD set in early 2008 for one of the UK’s biggest producers of Martial Arts DVDs. I was asked by various people who had worked with other organisations if I could do a course to qualify them as an instructor in their system.
Since then I have been joined as chief Instructor by my colleague Leo Negao, 4-time world BJJ champion, grappling coach of trainer of Anderson Silva and Minotauro amongst others, and an outstanding all round martial artist. We take the Instructor Courses together and regularly compare notes on techniques to make sure that the system is upgraded on a regular basis where the need arises.
In the last 5 years the 6-Set has become by far the top rated and top selling Krav DVD on Amazon and we have produced 4 others. We have trained literally thousands of people and become a respected organisation in the UK Martial Arts community, 3 of us were inducted into the Martial Arts Illustrated Hall of Fame last year.
But what makes me very proud, and I am not someone who gives this up easily, is the quality of the people who have joined us as Instructors. We now have instructors across the UK and elsewhere that include some very experienced people in martial arts, boxing, door work etc. They love the system and the quality of their teaching demonstrates that passion. And they are good people, no arrogance need apply.
What makes me even prouder is the number of students that have had to use the stuff, some of them after relatively limited experience, and have saved themselves and/or others from real harm. Thanks to them and to everybody who has taken us to where we are today.
Apologies for this hopefully atypical self panegyric. Brought on by some garbage I read from somebody trying to sell his Instructor course and coming out with the usual bollocks about what is real Krav Maga, and how only the real stuff is based on “70 years experience of conflict”. A lot more than 70 years relevant experience lies behind our system.
22 Nov 2013
3 Urban Krav Maga instructors, Jimmy Kelly, Scott Caldwell and Stewart McGill won awards from the Martial Arts Hall of Fame in November 2013. I am delighted with the quality of people that we have attracted to our system, and that we have come so far withour compromising any principles nor on the back of pseudo militaristic marketing
19 Mar 2013
See this from John Lacy, our man in Madison, Wisconsin:
This is a conversation I had with one of my students this weekend via text, he is a police officer in Madison. I thought you all should see the results of the work we do. I’m proud to be associated with you all.
“Brad, we covered alot of material last night. I hope you’re getting something out of it that you can use on/off the job.” Take Care JL
“All my years practicing martial arts I must admit, I’ve learned more practical applications or “real world” applications in the past 7 months with you. I have used Krav probably half a dozen times now on the job and guarantee it has saved my ass more than once and that my friend is due to you. I am learning far more than I ever thought I ever would. I would put Urban LKrav Maga as one of the most practical art forms out there and you one of the best instructors. The way you present the material allows someone to be able to leave the gym and defend themselves and others if need be. I am so glad I found you and UKM.- Brad G. T.O. Madison Police
‘Thank you my friend for the kind words’- JL
‘What a coincidence you texted me yesterday. Last night I got into a knock down drag out fight with a suspect. Right hand palm strike, kick to the groin, right knee to jaw…bad guys -) Good guys- 1”...-Brad
“Way to go Brad, ya the shit really does work lol…sounds like you performed some good retzev my friend. I’m grinning ear to ear. May I share your experience?”- Jl
‘Please do…it was an awesome moment for me. I WAS SO PROUD!!!! I had no doubt, but what a test brother.’ Brad G. -Madison Police Officer-
09 Oct 2012
From a student in South East London:
Fuck me, finished training with Darren tonight and driving home as usual and there is a car accident. One car smashes into the side of another one causing a bit of a mess. I’m first car there follow by a couple more. I get out and run over to the car which is looking like the driver my have come of worst and fortunately nobody is hurt so I call the police to
report the accident as there are car part in the road etc. So I’m on the phone to the police when 3 guys get out of the second car and one of them walks over to me while I’m still on the phone to the police and he tells me to get off of the phone and not to talk to police which the police operator can hear and she is telling me to stay on the line, at this point I ask the gent to back away politely so he turns and take a few steps away then turns and starts heading back to me and starts telling me to hang up which again the police operator can hear, this time he is closer to me so I’ve got the phone to one ear still talking to the police and I put a fence up with my free hand and again tell the gent to back way, he turned away took a step then turn back and tried to take the phone at which point I power slapped him so hard he fell straight to the ground with his specs going in another direction, he was in a bit of shock but to ensure nothing else could happen rolled him onto his stomach sat on his hips and put his arm up behind his back and moved it toward the back of his head telling him not to move or things will get worse for him fast. I’ve been able to keep track of the other 2 who decided to head back to the second car and rather not get involved! Police arrived took details but indicated that they are aware of someone trying to interfere as the operator has heard the entire thing and inform them and they basically said no problem as he was causing the problem and because he was slapped so deemed as minimal force used to control situation.
I didn’t expect my Thursday Krav class to end up with it being necessary to use techniques which we have practiced in order to get home!
So there you are, I can tell you first had a Power Slap can take a man down easily.
Thank you for training gents, it just paid off.
Interesting how surprised students are at the speed with which people go down when you slap them. Slaps are cool, they take the guy down, hurt like hell, make a big noise to intimidate others who may fancy some, don’t damage your knuckles and, if the Old Bill show up, it’s good if your knuckles and the bad guy’s face are not bloody/bruised. Also shows how important it is to train for scenarios liken this.