Welcome to Essential Krav Maga. We are the largest Krav Maga club in the south of England and are proud to be part of the IKMF. We run classes 6 days a week across multiple venues in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire and Berkshire.

Essential have 5 IKMF qualified instructors. Led by head instructor Jim Maidment, a G5, the highest qualified Krav Maga instructor on the South Coast, we also have two assistant instructors.

Whether you are looking to learn self defence, for an alternative to a martial art or simply to improve your fitness and confidence then we can help. Please read on or contact Jim for further details.

Learn the most effective fighting system in the world

If you are looking for the confidence that comes with knowing you have the skills to protect yourself and family, or a way to shed pounds and get into fighting shape, Krav Maga is the fastest, most effective and most enjoyable way to do it.

The Krav Maga Self Defence and Fighting System places heavy emphasis on skills that work on the streets, fitness and rapid results. No other program comes close.

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Latest Film Involvement!!

I was approached by Yesterday Channel on Sky last year about taking part in a re-enactment of the 1977 Hijacking of the Lufthansa Flight 181.
I advised from a technical point of view as well as showing them Krav Maga fighting skills.
After reading the script and being quite drawn into the wants and wishes of the film crew, I found myself in Bournemouth Airport assisting the film crew and directors in the "storming of the plane" and helping to guide them with the scenes that they required!

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Check out our new youtube channel.
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Corporate Days/Become a Secret Agent for the day!

Essential Krav Maga will teach you how to fight like Jason Bourne and defend yourself like James Bond!!
Option 1; Air Rage - Dealing with the hijacking of a plane, learning how to storm a plane, working within a team, weapons handling and training.
Option 2; Boat Rage - Dealing with Somalia Pirates, retaking the ship, rescuing hostages, and weapons training.

Both of the above courses can be taught to complete beginners and no experience is needed in either field,
Please email me if you are interested or have any other questions regarding the above courses!

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Sunday 8th June....D day Celebrations in Southampton!



Kids & Teens Krav Maga

Hi Guys,

Essential Krav Maga is now running self defence classes for children and young adults.

For full details of dates, times and venue then click here.

Thanks, Paul Hopkins
Essential Krav Maga Kids Instructor.

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With Essential Krav Maga your first class is always free. Why not come along and give us a try!

Many people find it difficult to make an evening class so private lessons become a more effective way to learn Krav Maga. Email jim@essentialkravmaga.com for more info.

We have a Newbury class starting 5th September 6.30pm to 8pm. Email jim@essentialkravmaga.com for more info.

Essential Krav Maga Instructors

Essential Krav Maga is the largest Krav Maga club in the South of England. We have classes across Hampshire, Dorset and Wiltshire. Our instructors get together as often as they can to ensure their Krav Maga skills remain sharp and consistent.

And we never miss a photo opportunity when we do :-)

Essential Krav Maga Calendar

Please check out our calendar to see what classes are when and what events we have coming up.


Krav Maga has a long and credible history and is regarded by many to be the best self defence system around. We know Krav Maga works and it works under stress. All Krav Maga techniques are tried and tested in real-life situations: Krav Maga is the official fighting system of the IDF.

When you learn Krav Maga you can rest assured you are learning techniques that are proven to work. Krav Maga is quick to learn and easy to retain. Krav Maga has no sporting applications, although there is a grading system for people who wish to monitor their own progress. Krav Maga teaches you to defend yourself in all sorts of different situations.

Created and developed by Imi Lichtenfeld and the IDF, Krav Maga only came into the civilian life in 1965. It grew outside of Israel in the early 1980's and is now popular around the world, being used not only by Military and Security Forces but civilians as well.

Students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and you need no previous martial arts background to benefit from Krav Maga. However, some of our students have come from Wadoryu Karate, Kick boxing, Chinese boxing and BJJ.

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