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Welcome to Apex Krav Maga

Here at Apex Krav Maga we offer realistic Self Defence training for all, no matter your age, background, or physical ability.

No prior experience is required, nor is your level of fitness an issue, only a desire to learn and be the best you can be.

Krav Maga is for everyone to learn how to better protect themselves.

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About the classes

In class we teach all aspects of self-defence, with no two lessons ever being exactly the same.

Krav Maga is taught in a structured, easy to learn way, with focus on repetitions of techniques to build 'muscle memory'.

With consistent practice, techniques become second nature, & 'programs' the mind to perform when required.

Whilst the emphasis in on learning realistic Self Defence, all classes are taught in a fun, ego-free, and safe environment.
    • Health Benefits of Krav Maga

      No two people’s Krav Maga is the same, it’s unique structure means it’s adaptable to any individual, regardless of age, gender, fitness level, or physical abilities/limitations.

      Supported with the guidance of a certified Apex Krav Maga Instructor, you can tailor your training goals with consistent training at our weekly classes.

      Some of the benefits of Krav Maga training are as follows:

      • Strength
      • Local Muscular Endurance
      • Speed
      • Cardiovascular Endurance
      • Power
      • Strength Endurance
      • Agility
      • Co-ordination
      • Dynamic Balance
      • Reaction Time
      • Flexibility

    • Other Benefits of Training

      Other benefits of Krav Maga training are as follows:

      • Increase situational awareness
      • Reduce stress
      • Make friends & have fun in a safe and ego free environment
      • Conflict resolution
      • Develop a high standard of Self Defence skills
      • Develop a greater ability to handle verbal/physical confrontations
      • Learn to protect yourself in any threatening scenario
      • How to use everyday objects for Self Defence, your ruck sack/hand bag etc.
      • Defend against weapons such as knives, bottles, even firearms
      • Develop faster decision making during a threatening scenario
      • How to protect yourself against multiple attackers
      • And much more!

    • About

      Lloyd has been obsessed with Krav Maga since his very first lesson. What started out as “I fancy a go at that”, turned into training religiously, four times a week.

      Attending various seminars with the KMG Global Team, Eyal Yanilov, Ze’ev Cohen, Ilya Dunsky, Moran Laskov, Tommy Blom, Rune Lind, seminars with amongst others, Royce Gracie, Rory Miller, training in the birthplace of krav Maga, Israel, and passing through the grading system, he was selected to take part in the renowned & gruelling General Instructors Course (GIC).

      This course run by Krav Maga Global (KMG) is known as the most comprehensive self defence instructors training course in the world, lasting 24 days.

      Lloyd has found his passion in teaching, and excels working with children & teens. After a few years with his previous club, & due to high demand in the Thurrock area from Parents, he decided to branch out. Thus Apex Krav Maga was born.

      • Krav Maga Civilian Instructor
      • Krav Maga kids Instructor
      • GFM Level 1 Instructor
      • Self Defence Trainer - BTEC Level 3 Advanced
      • British Combat Assoc. Instructor
      • Chiron Training/CRGI Instructor Development
      • Full enhanced DBS Clearance

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    What is Krav Maga?

    Emrich "Imi" Lichtenfeld (Hebrew: אימריךאימיליכטנפלד‎) (May 26, 1910 – January 9, 1998) was a Hungarian-born Israeli martial artist who founded the Krav Maga self-defense system.

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    He was born to a Hungarian Jewish family in Budapest in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He grew up in Bratislava, Slovakia. Imi was a successful boxer, wrestler, and gymnast, competing at national and international levels, being member of the Slovakian National Wrestling Team.

    In the late 1930s, riots threatened the Jewish population of Bratislava. Together with other Jewish boxers and wrestlers, he helped to defend his neighbourhood against racist gangs. He quickly decided that sport has little in common with real combat and began developing a system of techniques for practical self-defence in life-threatening situations.

    In 1940, Lichtenfeld fled the Nazi occupation of his homeland, heading for Palestine, then under the British mandate, on the illegal immigration river boat name Pentcho, which shipwrecked on the Greek Dodecanese Islands.

    He eventually reached Palestine after serving with distinction in the British supervised Free Czech Legion in North Africa and Imi was quickly welcomed into Israel’s pre-state Hagana military organization after it’s leaders immediately recognized Lichtenfeld’s fighting ability and ingenuity.

    In 1944 Imi began training fighters in his areas of expertise: physical fitness, swimming, wrestling, use of the knife, and defences against knife attacks.

    In 1948, when the State of Israel was founded and the IDF was formed, he became Chief Instructor for Physical Fitness and Krav Maga at the IDF School of Combat Fitness. He served in the IDF for about 20 years, during which time he developed and refined his unique method for self-defence and hand-to-hand combat. After finishing active duty, Imi began adapting and modifying Krav Maga to civilian needs.

    In 1964, Imi retired from the IDF. He then began to look at ways to modify Krav Maga to fit the needs of police forces and ordinary civilians. He trained teams of Krav Maga instructors to further the knowledge.

    The method is suitable to fit anyone who wants to learn it: men and women, young people and adults, all those who have a need to survive an attack with a minimum of risk and damage.

    To spread his method: Imi established 2 training centres in Tel Aviv and Netanya, his city of residence, which became a centre for the practitioners of Krav Maga. He adopted the belt system to structure the Krav Maga and to ensure a rapid and safe progression.

    During this time, Imi continued to serve as a consultant and a Krav Maga instructor for the IDF and other security forces.

    Krav Maga Characteristics

    Importantly, Krav Maga is NOT a Martial Art in the traditional sense. Where martial arts generally deal with 1-on-1 situations, Krav Maga will teach you how to deal with multiple attackers, the different stages of a fight, or 'Timeline', and how to avoid a fight altogether. Unlike traditional martial arts, Krav Maga is ever evolving & like real world violence, has no rules or limitations.

    Krav Maga is a reality based self-defence system that consists of a combination of techniques sourced from Boxing, Wrestling, Aikido, Judo, & Karate, along with realistic fight training. It is known for its focus on real-world situations and extremely efficient and effective counter-attacks. It has a strong emphasis on threat neutralisation, simultaneous defensive and offensive manoeuvres, and aggression.

    It is an easy to learn system, based on the bodies natural reactions, using economy of movement & principles to ensure maximum effect for minimal effort.

    Krav Maga is highly adaptable to suit the requirements and attributes of the individual. There’s a saying that “No two peoples Krav Maga is the same”, and this is very true.

    It is suitable for all ages and abilities, Men & women, Adult and child.

    Krav Maga Principles

    Avoiding dangerous people and places
    Using everyday objects to protect yourself
    Using the body's natural reflexes
    Knowing when to run to safety
    Striking at vulnerable parts of the body
    Neutralising the threat
    Avoiding injury
    Having fun, being fitter, and enjoy training


    So, you're one step closer to experiencing Krav Maga. You like the idea of learning effective, realistic, and practical self-defence, you want to improve your fitness and have some fun in the process. That's great!

    Your free trial class is the best way for you see what it's really like and decide if you'd like to join.

    Booking a free trial class will allow you to come along and take part in a regular class, to see what it's like, with no commitment to join. It's just a chance for you to try Krav Maga and see if it's what you're looking for.


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    "Amazing club. Can't wait for the next lesson! Loads of skills and new experiences in every lesson. Feeling myself a lot more confident and motivated, even staying away from any sport for a long time. Lloyd makes everything look easy and sensible, without boring routines and speeches, tries to answer all your questions, which makes lessons more educational"

    "I have always wanted to learn self defence. So when I heard about Krav Maga I jumped at the chance to try. I have been so happy with the way this is taught in a friendly, disciplined and fun environment. I am not only learning something new each week and feeling more confident with myself but have also made great friends."
    - Hinta

    "Being a Store Detective I get daily confrontations. knowing now, I can better stand my ground, helps me a great deal. The techniques taught are simple but VERY effective, and have been useful, to me personally. My confidence has grown a great deal too, I just want to add that KRAV MAGA, is something I wish I had learnt 10 years ago! Every lesson is a great bonus. Thanks Lloyd."
    - Dave

    "I joined Apex Krav Maga to protect myself and to avoid dangerous situations whilst backpacking through different countries. But I did not realise I would enjoy Krav Maga so much! Lloyd is an excellent instructor, he makes you feel very comfortable and boosts your confidence through his personable instructor style and sense of humour. He highlights the seriousness of situations and how to de-escalate them before we even need to physically defend ourselves. We have learnt a variety of martial art skills; from basic punches, kicks and how to defend yourself against knife attacks. Every lesson is varied and always great fun! I would like to thank Lloyd in particular as he focused several of his lessons to potential backpacking situations including preventing your bag being stolen. I would recommend Apex Krav Maga to anyone. The lessons are very informative whilst also being great fun. Lloyd and the rest of the group are so welcoming and friendly. It has increased my confidence tremendously to go out and explore the world whilst knowing ways to protect myself if needs be."
    - Ruth


    In class we teach all aspects of self-defence, with no two lessons ever being exactly the same.

    Krav Maga is taught in a structured, easy to learn way, with focus on repetitions of techniques to build 'muscle memory'. The reasoning behind this, is that repeated practice over a consistent period of time, techniques become second nature, & 'programs' the mind to perform when required.

    Everything is taught in a fun, safe environment, but at the same time stresses the seriousness of the training.

    Subjects covered include, but aren't limited to:

    • Striking

    • Kicking

    • Tactical thinking/Situational awareness

    • Defending against multiple attackers

    • Dealing with knife threats/knife stabs

    • Groundwork - How to effectively defend yourself on the ground

    • Defending against Chokes from all angles, - both stood up and on the ground

    • Head locks - both stood up and on the ground

    • Bear hugs from all angles, - both stood up and on the ground

    • Hair pulls/Shirt pulls/Wrist grabs


    • Respect
      All students are expected to be courteous and respectful to each other at all times.
    • Behaviour
      Poor behaviour and bad language will not be tolerated at anytime. Those found to be continually disrespectful will be asked to leave.
    • Uniform
      All students should wear a clean, ironed uniform, with T-shirts tucked in, to every class.
    • Footwear
      Footwear is to be clean, and of the 'Trainer' variety.
    • Safety
      For safety, finger and toenails should be kept short.
    • Personal Hygiene
      Personal hygiene is of paramount importance.

      Training can get very sweaty so please ensure you wear Deodorant!
    • Jewellery
      No jewellery or watches should be worn whilst training. If it is not possible to remove jewellery, it should be suitably
      covered with tape/plasters.

    • Classes
      Classes may already be running when you arrive, so please wait quietly outside the training area until called by an Instructor.
    • Late Arrival
      For safety reasons, any student arriving more than 15 minutes late will not be permitted to train. Missing the class warm up means the body isn’t prepared for the physical activity to come, increasing the chance of injury.

      If you join the class (5-10 minutes) after the class has started you should wait at an appropriate place at the side of the training area for the Instructor to acknowledge you.

    • Changing Rooms
      Dressing and undressing in the training area is not permitted.

      If a Student needs to try on a new bit of kit (gloves, headgear etc.) that is permitted.

      If a Student wishes to change into their uniform/try on a new uniform, then toilets are available, with prior permission from the Instructor.

      If students need to remove any part of their uniform for any reason they should ask permission from the Instructor.
    • Chewing Gum/Eating
      No eating or chewing of gum is allowed in class. This is for health & safety reasons.

      Energy bars etc. are allowed if a grading/seminar is taking place.

    • Mobile devices
      All mobile phones should be switched off or put on silence whilst the class is in progress, unless it is required for emergencies.
    • Child Student Specific
      Students are not allowed to leave the class without the permission of the Instructor. This is for health & safety reasons.

      If a student has to leave before the end of the class, they must seek the permission of the Instructor prior to the commencement of the class.

      If a student needs to exit while the class is lined up, make the Instructor aware, No student is to just ‘wander’ off. This is for health & safety reasons.
    • Focus
      Whilst training, students should try and concentrate on the task at hand and not get involved with idle chatter.

      Focus and concentration should be maintained at all times.

    • Student 'teaching'
      Students should not teach another student during the class unless they have been given permission by the Instructor.
    • Class Assistants/Other Instructors
      Any substitute Instructor or class assistant should be treated with the same level of courtesy and respect as the regular Instructor.
    • Drugs/Alcohol
      Any student found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, will be asked to leave, and banned from the club.

      No exceptions.


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    Here you can find answers to most of the frequently asked questions. If you don't find the answer here, please send us an email using our contact form.
    • I've no previous experience, can I do Krav Maga?
      Our classes are suitable for complete beginners. All classes are taught in an easy to learn, structured way, with the Instructor on hand to guide you through everything.
    • I've never done any Self Defence/Martial Arts before, can I still train?
      Most students have never done any kind of martial arts or self-defence before. Our instructor will teach you exactly what to do so you will pick things up very quickly and develop at your own pace.
    • Do I need to be physically fit before I start?
      Krav Maga was designed to be immediately accessible to everyone, not just those already physically fit. No matter your current fitness level you can train entirely at your own pace. Our classes are perfectly adaptable to you. However, that said, after a few months of training with us you will notice a a definite increase in your fitness levels & abilities.
    • What is a typical class like?
      Usually a class will consist of the following phases:
      • Warm up
      • Demonstration of the class subject
      • Solutions to the subject
      • Drills to learn the techniques required
      • Partner drills
      • Summary drills where you get to try out the techniques dynamically
    • Will I get hurt in training/is training dangerous?
      Student safety is of paramount importance to us here at Apex Krav Maga. Obviously with the physical nature of Self Defence training accidents can happen, however so long as you pay attention to the instructor, train at your own pace, and respect your training partner you will be fine. Injuries, if any, amount to nothing more than the occasional bruise.
    • Is training physically demanding?
      The sole of training is to prepare yourself for the reality of a verbal or physical confrontation. To best simulate this there is continual verbal and physical contact between you and your training partner. The idea is to train as realistically as possible, but never to the point where you'll feel unsafe. Everyone in class treats each other with absolute respect.
    • can I train if I have a physcial impairment?
      As Krav Maga is designed for everyone no matter their shape, size, or physical ability, you should be able to train regardless of any physical impairment. It is the job of the Instructor to tailor the techniques to the students' unique attributes. For example, if you have hip inflexibility, you won't be expected to kick somebody higher than the waistline. A solution specifically for you will be taught instead.
    • How often should I train?
      Like anything, what you put in you get out. We encourage students to train at least twice a week due to the wide range of subject matter that's covered. Put simplest: The more you train, the better your Krav Maga.
    • What do I wear?
      Initially, comfortable gym wear is suitable for training, alongside a good pair of trainers.
      There is a uniform consisting of a training t-shirt & trousers. The only other essential item - to be worn to every class - is groin protection. Targetting of the bodies' vulnerable areas is a large part of training, so adequate protection is vital.
    • What kit do I need?
      Detailed below is the list of equipment required once you become a member of the club.
      • Groin guard
      • Shin guards
      • Head guard
      • Gum shield
      • MMA gloves
      • Boxing gloves
      • Focus pads (Adults only)
    • What time do I need to be there?
      For your trial class, try and arrive at least 15 minutes before training starts. This give you a chance to meet the Instructor, ask questions, and go over any details relating to the class.
      Once you are a member it's advisable to arrive at least 10 minutes before it starts, to give you time to put on protective equipment etc.
    • How do I mark my progess?
      We have a grading system which allows you to measure your progress through the system. You'll learn the required techniques to your current level, then undertake a grading. Should you pass you'll receive a certificate and a patch reflecting your new level.
    • How often are gradings?
      We try to grade all students twice a year, once in the summer, then at the end of the year.
    • How much does membership cost?
      Apex Krav Maga offers two packages to suit your time and budget. Please refer to our membership page for more details.
    • Is there a pay-as-you-go option?
      Due to the nature of our training it is important that we know who is training when and where, and that we can keep track of everybody for safety and insurance purposes. We also believe that to get any real benefit from training you need to be training regularly, at least once a week and preferably more. For these reasons we only operate on a membership basis and do not offer pay-as-you-go-training.
    • Can I just turn up?
      We require that all those wishing to train first book a trial class. That way we can chat to you if neccessary prior to the class, and for insurance purposes we don't accept 'drop ins'.
    • How old do I have to be to start training?
      The following details the starting ages for our three different classes:
      • Adults - 16yrs
      • Senior Kids - 10yrs
      • Junior Kids - 6yrs


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      I first met Lloyd a few years ago at the premier event organised by KMG UK which is their annual P and G camp. I was struck by how friendly and personable he was and by his obvious love for Krav Maga.

      Fast forward a couple of years and I have had the privilege to train with him and spend time with him at various events. He is a great person to be around as he brings his fun-loving, upbeat and positive energy with him, which is contagious.

      Make no mistake though, despite being a friendly, approachable guy he takes his Krav Kaga very seriously!
      Tara V
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      Knowing Lloyd for the past 3 years plus and having trained with him as a training partner and as an instructor he has always given 100% to his training and promotes his students to do the same.

      Whether that be a physical demonstration or a verbal instruction the techniques are fully explained and the reasons why Krav Maga is a simple but effective system.

      Lloyd has also taught my 7 year old child previously and as a parent his enthusiasm and energy are something to be witnessed.

      A straight up no nonsense professional.
      Paul K
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      Lloyd is a very professional and capable instructor. I saw him go from a very impressive student of Krav Maga, to a highly respected Instructor.

      He trains and corrects pupils in an encouraging way and is also happy to take feedback on his training. Although the concept of Krav Maga is of a serious nature, Lloyd can still make a class enjoyable and fun without undermining the importance of what we were learning.

      Lloyd makes a concious effort to get to know his pupils and his amiable and approachable demeanour makes it very easy to ask questions, no matter how obvious or silly it may seem.
      Lisa H
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      I have had the pleasure of watching Lloyd teach my daughter Krav Maga for a little over a year and can honestly say he has the perfect balance of fun & discipline in the class.

      I Always knew my daughter was totally safe in his hands and when my daughter did on a few occasions struggle with some moves Lloyd showed patience and understanding and gave her the extra help and confidence to tackle those moves.

      I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him!
      Debbie V
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      Lloyd has been a fantastic Krav Maga instructor to me, instilling confidence in my abilities as well ensuring I am using the correct technique.

      His lessons are always well structured which makes even the most complicated move easy to master. Kida!
      Andy McG
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      My boys have been doing Krav Maga for about a year and it's the best self defence class they could have gotten into.

      It's built their confidence and self esteem so much and it's thanks to their teacher Lloyd. Watching him work and have patience with my boys was a pleasure to watch.

      One of the best trainers by far. Not only is Lloyd excellent with all the kids he teaches but he is excellent with the parents too. He is willing to listen to opinions and observations and take on board what they are saying... And act on it, if it's beneficial to the child and/or class.

      A genuinely nice man who has the children's best interests at heart.
      Jodie W
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      Lloyd was a great instructor, he always managed to get through to the kids and teach them what they needed to learn but always made the lesson fun and enjoyable.

      He genuinely cared about the kids and was passionate for them to learn and grow in their strengths.
      Kathy H
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      I’ve been lucky enough to train with Lloyd both as a training partner and as a student for the last three years and his love for Krav Maga shows, not only when training but when passing that knowledge on as well.

      When teaching he explains the techniques in a way that is easy to understand and with humour, breaking it down so that it’s not an information overload but also why it is done that way.

      Both my kids have also been lucky enough to be taught by him. His teaching style kept the attention of a class of kids focused on him so that they could understand the subject being taught.

      So I can highly recommend Lloyd as an instructor to help you or your children on their self defence journey with Krav Maga
      Matt D
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      I have been lucky enough to be Lloyd's training partner and student and I have to say that I recommend him 100%.

      Lloyd makes learning KMG easy and fun and always helps you when you need it. I am delighted to have been part of his classes,

      The best thing about Lloyd is that he enjoys teaching KMG and he takes it very seriously so makes you feel confident about your self and your leaning.

      If you want to learn how to defend yourself, get fit and have a good time with a great teacher, go ahead and enrol yourself ASAP!
      Rosa C
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      Lloyd is a knowledgable, passionate and friendly instructor and his sessions are always interesting and rewarding.

      His friendly approachable manner makes for a great atmosphere and I always take something away from every session.

      Stuart K
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      I have known Lloyd for about 2 years as a Krav Maga instructor, he has been an excellent instructor to the new students all the way up to the more experience Students, which I have been both.

      He is not only knowledgeable about the subject but his friendly and encouraging manner brings the best out in you.

      I would be more than happy to train with Lloyd and recommend him to anyone who wants to learn.
      Paul M
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      Both myself and my daughter have been taught by the chief instructor, very informative, enjoyable and a great way to get fit and learn Krav Maga.
      Craig W
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      Since joining Krav Maga, I have been impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm Lloyd has shown whilst coaching regardless of level.

      I have gained a true friend with the bonus of being able to practice self defence training.

      I know Lloyd will go far with his training as his passion for Krav Maga is a delight to be part of and his energy is contagious.
      Paul C
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      I first started doing Krav Maga for exercise and due to worries about what I would do if I ran into trouble. I was nervous on my first lesson but everyone was friendly including the instructor and made me feel welcomed. I enjoy the the opportunity to let loose after a stressful day at uni . No two lessons are ever the same ,so you never get bored and time flies as you focus on your techniques. I especially enjoy psychological aspects of self defense I never though of before ,such as de-escalation,which has really opened my eyes. The instructor Lloyd is a stand up guy,very funny and knowledgeable about what he teaches. I would highly recommend anyone who is interested in self defense, getting into shape or just simply want to do something new to try Apex Krav Maga !
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      I started Krav Maga earlier this year with no knowledge of any self defence. I enjoy every class and have learnt a lot in the time I have been training. The classes have also boosted my confidence. Lloyd is a great Krav Maga instructor making you feel at ease in the classes and confident in each technique. He makes every class very interesting and it’s a brilliant atmosphere. I would recommend these classes to anyone.
      Daisy F
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      Learning Krav Maga is a big eye opener to how easily you can learn to defend yourself against numerous types of attacks and threatening situations. Whilst classes are tough Lloyd is a great teacher and makes them enjoyable and you definitely walk away from each session knowing you have learnt something new that will stay with you.
      Dave T
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      Been at Apex from the start and absolutely love training. Lloyd is an outstanding coach and really gives his all to to ensure that every member gets all they can from each session. Apex is a great club to be part of and training is very intense. Both me and my son are developing a set of very useful, real world ready self defence skills that I hope we will never need but if required will give us the best possible chance of walking away in one piece.
      Garry M
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