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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For the next 4 weeks we are offering all our new students an amazing new offer!!
When you come along for your FIRST FREE LESSON we will waive the joining fee if you sign up on the night!! Saving £30.00!!
You will also get 2 MORE FREE LESSONS!! So all in all this deal will save you over £50!!
Bring a friend with you and if they sign up you will get a FREE HOODIE!

So why delay...join today!!

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Chichester class now open!

New class now open in Chichester

Starting from 12th September

It will take place at:
The old Dojo,
New Park,
West Sussex,
PO19 7XY

Fridays 7.00pm - 8.30pm

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Essential KRAV Maga will be opening a new class in Chichester.
Starting 12th September,
7-8.30pm at
The Old Dojo
New Park Centre
New Park Road
West Sussex
PO19 7XY

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Fridays class.

A slight change of plan!!!
Please note that the Friday Krav Maga class has been cancelled.
Sorry guys I have to work, please come along on Sunday class instead.


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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