About Krav Maga and Northern Krav Maga

Imi Lichtenfield - credit Alchetron.com

Krav Maga is a realistic self-defence system developed from military applications in the Israeli Defence Force.  Developed by Imi Lichtenfield in the 1950s based on his experiences surviving the oppression of Nazi groups in 1930s Bratislava; where he was unfortunately involved in many violent confrontations as a result of his heritage.  After leaving Bratislava prior to the beginning of World War II, Imi joined the IDF in Israel and eventually rose to be the head of the IDF's hand-to-hand combat division.  Imi worked closely with others in Israel, including some of his earliest and most promising students, to develop the military version of Krav Maga for civilian application.  Northern Krav Maga teach the most up-to-date evolution of Krav Maga for civilian purposes.

Krav Maga differs from other self-defence systems and traditional martial arts because it deals solely with self-defence in the context of reality.  Krav Maga teaches a combination of prevention and solution from common self-defence problems, highlighting to students the importance of self-preservation and the need to consider whether fight or flight is the safest solution to a range of problems.

Northern Krav Maga

Every lesson at Northern Krav Maga is based on this philosophy and aims to equip students with a 360 degree approach to self-defence in the simplest and most direct manner possible.

Founded by Jamie Birtles, the Head Instructor at NKM, the club has grown from small beginnings thanks to a key focus on our six core club values:

  • Inclusion: everybody is welcome to train at NKM and everybody is equal.
  • Encouragement: we adopt a positive approach to teaching and training that instils in students a positive mindset and creates a positive self-image that extend beyond the training floor.
  • Achievement: we encourage all our students to aspire and achieve the very best that they are able, to reach their goals and, in line with the Krav Maga mindset, achieve even when the odds are not in their favour.
  • Loyalty: it is important to NKM that both Instructors and students are committed to the club, the IKMF and, most importantly, each other.
  • Work ethic: we ensure that all students understand the value of hard work; and that achievement is built on it.
  • Fun: we bring fun into everything we do and every lesson that we teach.  When students enjoy their Krav Maga lessons, they learn more effectively and consider training a joy rather than a chore. 

Jamie has no doubt that NKM is the best club in Manchester to learn Krav Maga.  We are directly linked to Israel and all our Instructors undertake weekly training with the club and quarterly training updates direct from the Israeli IKMF Global Instructor Team.  All our lessons are designed with the student in mind and we teach aiming to gain the best learning outcomes for students.

Northern Krav Maga Instructors

Jamie Birtles

NKM Head Instructor / IKMF Lead Civilian Instructor

Jamie has been training in Krav Maga with the IKMF since 2008 and undertook the IKMF Civilian Instructor Course in 2010.  He is qualified to teach regular civilian classes, including holding specialist qualifications in the instruction of kids and women and has attained the rank of Expert 1 in Krav Maga.  Jamie believes that training should be both direct and simple whilst ensuring that students have fun and develop with every lesson.  He likes to bring humour to every lesson so that students feel comfortable training at every level of experience, age and fitness. 

His ambition is to try and bring the Krav Maga to as many people as possible and his current focus is on ensuring, in particular, that as many kids take up Krav Maga from an early age; the kids Krav Maga is not only great fun to teach but rewarding to watch kids grow into independent, confident and capable young adults.

Jamie is uncompromising in his belief that Krav Maga is the world’s best, most effective, self-defence system.

Classes:

Adults Beginners Class, Parrs Wood High School, 7-8pm, Thursdays
Adults Intermediate Class, Parrs Wood High School, 8-9pm, Thursdays
Adults Beginners Class, Parrs Wood High School, 10-11am, Saturdays
Krav Juniors (8-14 years), Parrs Wood High School, 11am-12pm, Saturdays

Contact:

jamie@northernkravmagamanchester.com

Leon Pearson

NKM Instructor / IKMF Civilian Instructor

Leon has been training in Krav Maga with the IKMF since 2012, undertook the IKMF Civilian Instructor Course in 2016 and is qualified to Graduate 2 level. Leon is qualified to teach regular civilian classes. He is also a fully qualified Personal Trainer with REPS and ensures a safe and challenging working environment.

He has a broad experience in martial arts and has studied in Ninjutsu, Jeet Kune Do, Kapap, Kali, MMA, Silat, Muay Thai and Boxing. When he started Krav Maga he was impressed by its simplicity and efficiency to be able to defend against a variety of attacks and situations also with weapons. He wishes to pass on the knowledge he has learnt and instil confidence in his students they will be able to defend themselves in fun and challenging ways.

Leon wholly believes that Krav Maga is the world’s best, most effective, all-round, self-defence system.

Classes:

Adults Beginners Class, (Fighting Fit Martial Arts Centre), 8-9pm, Tuesdays

Contact:

leon@northernkravmagamanchester.com

Ged Ellis

NKM Instructor / IKMF Civilian Instructor

Ged has been training in Krav Maga with IKMF since 2014 and undertook the IKMF Civilian Instrctor course in 2016. He is qualified to teach regular civilian classes.

Believing training in Krav Maga is for everybody, Ged considers it a great, valuable skill set for real life. He is an approachable instructor, known for his positive energy, encouragement and praise.

Ged is convinced IKMF Krav Maga is THE best self-protection system in the world.

Classes:

Adults Beginners Class, Stretford Sports Village, 7.30-8.30pm, Wednesdays

Contact:

ged@northernkravmagamanchester.com

Sam Ellis

NKM Instructor / IKMF Civilian Instructor

Training in IKMF Krav Maga since 2012 and undertaking the Civilian Instructor Course in 2016, Sam is qualified at Graduate 2 level and represents the youngest of the civilian instructors within the UK. He is always looking to continue his progression so as to bring new and enjoyable material to every class. Sam encourages an environment in each of his classes that challenge students to improve while in a fun and comfortable atmosphere.

Sam is committed to showing students why Krav Maga is the best reality-based self defence system in the world.

Classes:

Adults Beginners Class, Stretford Sports Village, 7.30-8.30pm, Wednesdays

Contact:

sam@northernkravmagamanchester.com

Marc Wall

Assistant NKM Instructor

Marc is currently serving as a Police Officer with Cheshire Police. Prior to this he was a Prison Officer for 8 years and during this time was a Use of Force Instructor for them, while also being part of the Riot teams, used to quell riots and other disturbances at short notice. Marc also took part in delivering training with the National Training Team in Use of Force. Alongside this Marc has served in Her Majesty's Royal Air Force as a Royal Air Force Policeman, as a regular and as a reservist completing several tours of Afghanistan in this time.  Marc believes that training should be simple and realistic, but also challenging mentally and physically. Marc has been training in Krav Maga on and off for the last 3 years, but in the last year has started to complete his P gradings and work towards his Instructors Course.

Marc's ambition is to complete his Instructors course and deliver Krav Maga to the wider community of Cheshire and Manchester, delivering it in a way that will develop and train beginners and more experienced persons alike. Marc aims to make training as realistic as possible, using his knowledge and experience to personalise the training for the students.

Marc believes that Krav Maga is the fore runner in self defence as it develops the individual's mind set, as well as their skill set.

Classes:

TBC

Contact:

marc@northernkravmagamanchester.com

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