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The Path to Success in KMG Krav Maga: Embracing Testing and Learning

by Eyal Yanilov


In the world of Krav Maga, the surest way to succeed is also the most dreaded – testing and grading. Whether you’re a trainee or an examiner, the process can be intimidating and challenging. However, understanding the significance of testing and embracing the learning opportunities it offers can propel you towards excellence in KMG Krav Maga.

Overcoming Fear of Failure

Failure can be a hard blow to one’s ego, affecting self-esteem and confidence. Yet, successful individuals are those who rise after falling, refusing to be deterred by setbacks. It’s essential to recognize that failure is a natural part of the learning process, be it in tests, projects, or missions.

Dear Trainee – Tips for Success

As a trainee preparing for a test, the key to success is simple – do your best. Focus on thorough preparation and perform to the best of your abilities during the test. Remember that you cannot control the examiner’s thoughts or decisions, so focus solely on giving your best effort. Do not let the results impact you mentally; remain firm and indifferent.

Dear Examiner – Responsibilities During Testing

For examiners, a crucial aspect is to maintain a professional and unbiased approach, similar to a doctor performing surgery. Emotions should not influence the evaluation process. The trainee deserves maximum attention and respect, as they have put in time and effort, along with their instructor, to prepare for the test. Constructive feedback is essential for their growth.

Understanding Test Results

Passing a test is a cause for celebration, but it doesn’t mean there were no mistakes. Every test presents room for improvement, and continuous training and challenges are necessary for growth. Different levels require different levels of proficiency, and the goal is constant improvement and excelling.

Embracing Failure as a Stepping Stone

Failure in a test should not lead to complaints or blame; instead, it’s an opportunity to understand that more training and experience are needed. Accept the examiner’s assessment as a chance to acquire tools and capabilities to handle disappointment and failure. Embrace this opportunity to learn from mistakes and dedicate more effort to improvement.

Developing a Sense of Indifference

Regardless of your aspirations or test results, it’s essential to cultivate a sense of indifference. Passing or failing should not overly affect your emotions. Appreciate the hurdles set by examiners, as they encourage you to grow and excel. They serve as mirrors reflecting your current abilities and urging you to improve.


In Krav Maga, testing and grading play a vital role in personal growth and development. By overcoming the fear of failure and embracing the learning opportunities, both trainees and examiners can advance in their skills and knowledge. The path to success lies in perseverance, continuous improvement, and a mindset that embraces challenges as stepping stones to excellence. Train well, strive for improvement, and enjoy the journey of learning and honing your KMG Krav Maga abilities. All the best, and stay safe!

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