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Find out about Krav Maga Self Defence ! Join a beginners session and discover why Krav Maga is the most effective self defence system in the world. The session will include training in 3 effective techniques and then learning how to apply them to a range of self defence scenarios.

Next Course: Sat, 26 Jun 2021
Time: 13:00 to 15:00
Location: Circle Martial Arts


Our Manchester club is friendly, the Krav Maga instruction is among the best you will find in the UK, and you will get fitter, stronger and more flexible along the way – what’s not to like ?! 

Self defence is the core framework of Krav Maga and as such, a large part of each class is based around what is called ‘scenario based training’. This is where a defence against a specific attack or threat type is demonstrated and then broken down slowly and practised. Approaching training in this way is what makes krav maga different from a martial art with the expectation that you should leave every class with a better idea of how to defend yourself.

Krav Maga was developed in the 1930’s by Imi Lichtenfeld, who later became the Chief Instructor of Physical Fitness and Krav Maga for the Israeli Defence Force (IDF). 

The FEKM (European Federation of Krav Maga) was created in 1997 by Richard Douieb, to whom Imi Lichtenfeld gave the responsibility for Krav Maga in Europe, and now includes more than 25,000 members across 15 countries. It is the largest and most well respected Krav Maga organisation in the World.

Manchester Krav Maga  is run by Petri Lahdemaki, a qualified FEKM 2nd Darga Black Belt Instructor.

So, now you have seen the video and read about us, get yourself signed up for a Basics Course!

Join our members from all over Manchester  and find out what Krav Maga is all about… Find out more



Petri Lahdemaki

Technical Director

Petri started Krav Maga for fun, to learn self defense and also to improve his physical condition. After a while he started to develop an interest for every aspect of self defense and so learned not only more Krav Maga but also added to his skills with some Thai boxing…


Joana Ribeiro

Assistant Instructor

Joana had no previous background in martial arts but her progress in Krav Maga was straightforward and fast. Her focus was on building up her confidence and sense of security as well as increasing her situational awareness As Joana says : “I started practicing because I wanted to learn something…

MORE ABOUT JOANA RIBEIRO excellent mix of technique and exercise.

- Max

I liked relaxed and friendly atmosphere during course. Instructor was very helpful, which is important to me as I’ve never done martial arts before.

- Milena

I really liked it. I was very welcomed for my first day. I suggest that they keep doing what they do. They need to change NOTHING!!!! This is a high level “dojo” for anybody who wants to learn…

- Sev