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Frequently Asked Questions


KALAH vs Krav Maga

To understand the relationship between KALAH and Krav Maga, one has to look to the beginnings of both. With Krav Maga, Imi Lichtenfeld meant to develop an intuitive and effective system that would help against realistic threats. Since then, Krav Maga has evolved and today incorporates moves and blocks adapted from many styles of martial arts and self defense systems. It is practised by civilians and law enforcement and taught by world-spanning organisations who advertise the benefits of tough and fun training that promotes fitness, having implemented a belt system to track advancement to proficiency. To make it the popular system that it is, training partners help each other perfect their moves and gain self-confidence but lose the unpredictability and fierce aggression that is a hallmark of a realistic attack.

Born in Israel and having been taught Krav Maga in the Israeli Armed Forces, the beginning of KALAH tracks to when Idan Abolnik came to South Africa in 2003 and intended to teach self defense. South Africa is not a peaceful country, and here self defense has meaning that has nothing to do with toughness, fitness, and fun. Attackers stop at nothing to get what they want, be it a knife attack at an ATM where the aggressor doesn’t stab only once, a home invasion with the intent to kill or torture, or a gun at your temple and the order “Get out of your car!” Sportsmanship has no place here.

So, when Idan Abolnik realised with his first student that the techniques from Krav Maga would not work against a realistic attack, he found by grace of God the answer in the principles of KALAH. Where Krav Maga relies on blocks and simultaneous counters that work as long as the training partner cooperates, or tries to keep an attacker at bay by placing kicks, KALAH teaches that controlling the immediate threat is imperative. It means going in close as possible to the attacker, catching and hanging on to the threat while keeping in mind that the attacker will do everything in their power to overcome your resistance, and giving as much damage as possible before taking a chance to escape. Training is not fun or easy, and students get self-confidence only in the sense that they know that a real attack will never happen the same way they trained; they have to be ready for anything and adapt to overcome the threat.

KALAH and Krav Maga train in very different ways for different outcomes. To each their own.

Mail us and book your free trial session. This trial session can be done any time within our available class schedule (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sat). After your trial session, you will receive an e-Mail from us thanking you for attending, as well as asking you if you want to start training. Please reply to this e-Mail and confirm that you will be starting training and attach the signed contract form. Then you will be cleared to start straight away. Note: You can start any time during the month and pro-rata rates will apply for the first month.

We offer a standard membership for our scheduled group classes, and private memberships for one on one training. The cost is as follows: R850 per month for group classes, R570 per session for private training.

This is entirely up to your ability and the effort you put into training, but we recommend a minimum of 6 months training.

There is no particular fitness level in order for you to start. You will get fit as a result of the training.

Yes, we do. Minimum age required is 5 years old.

Training can be done in any training clothing and shoes that you are comfortable in. Classes are intense and very physical so a water bottle and sweat towel is essential.

No one plans to be attacked in their lifetime. It is better to be prepared than to be sorry.
Victory loves preparation.