Welcome to South London Urban Krav Maga


Urban Krav Maga - REAL defence for the streets. Scenario-based fighting style that's not dependent on punching power and/or brute strength..

Urban Krav Maga began in 2008. I decided to go it alone after having worked with a few other Krav Maga organisations. I wanted to teach a system that was something more than Muay Thai with some weapons defences based around the punch and rudimentary groundwork. Something that drew on the experience across a range of martial arts and their application that my colleagues and I could offer:

  • A system that incorporated the best of those arts and that experience.
  • One that was based around the attacks that actually happened to people.
  • One that was based on leverage and covered what to do if attacked by a bigger opponent for both men and women.
  • One that didn't rely on punching power.
  • One that responded to issues raised by students by looking to tailor solutions that worked for different people, rather than invoking centuries of tradition or some mythical "battle testing" with reference to a conflict that is characterised overwhelmingly by high powered modern weaponry rather than hand to hand combat.

After a recommendation from The British Combat Association, we produced a 6-DVD set in early 2008 for one of the UK's biggest producers of Martial Arts DVDs. I was asked by various people who had worked with other organisations if I could do a course to qualify them as an instructor in their system.

Since then I have been joined as chief Instructor by my colleague Leo Negao, 4-time world BJJ champion, grappling coach of trainer of Anderson Silva and Minotauro amongst others, and an outstanding all round martial artist. We take the Instructor Courses together and regularly compare notes on techniques to make sure that the system is upgraded on a regular basis where the need arises.

In the last 5 years the 6-Set has become by far the top rated and top selling Krav DVD on Amazon and we have produced 4 others. We have trained literally thousands of people and become a respected organisation in the UK Martial Arts community, 3 of us were inducted into the Martial Arts Illustrated Hall of Fame last year.

But what makes me very proud, and I am not someone who gives this up easily, is the quality of the people who have joined us as Instructors. We now have instructors across the UK and elsewhere that include some very experienced people in martial arts, boxing, door work etc. They love the system and the quality of their teaching demonstrates that passion. And they are good people, no arrogance need apply.

What makes me even prouder is the number of students that have had to use the stuff, some of them after relatively limited experience, and have saved themselves and/or others from real harm. Thanks to them and to everybody who has taken us to where we are today.

Stewart McGill

UKM Founder

About Urban Krav Maga-Real Self Defence

Urban Krav Maga draws on many years of experience in the following fighting systems as well as various styles of Krav Maga: Karate; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Traditional Jiu Jitsu, Aikido, Boxing, Muay Thai, Vale Tudo and MMA. And just to confirm, we are an independent organisation: we no longer have any connections with

Israeli organisations, and are apolitical. We do not endorse, or otherwise, any Israeli government policy.

We continue to train in other systems so as to find flaw (however small) in everything we do; our ethos of ever improving and evolving with time is one that allows no rest. This approach to training continues to inform and evolve our teaching and, linked with our real world experience, helps us to adapt and modify techniques to fit the needs of all who train with us. We approach everything in what we believe to be the original and true spirit of Krav Maga. We find that these modified and innovative ideas work for our students under pressure – and that is the sole focus of Urban Krav Maga.

Urban Krav Maga is a self defence system that: Combines the best elements of the systems referred to above with the Israeli mentality of “this is the problem – what is the solution?” Contains a range of techniques that are not dependent on gender, size or strength. All techniques need to work against anyone, regardless of physical disadvantage. We also acknowledge that different students sometimes need different or modified solutions so there is a personal development approach for the student too. Is genuinely collegiate and evolutionary in its approach. There’s a very wide range of experience in the Technical Committee, everybody has a say in how techniques develop and, crucially, nobody is hidebound by ego or adherence to tradition – the one priority is to make techniques work well for all who need them. We listen to students – the genesis of the system lies in our observations of what does/doesn’t work for them under pressure and how we can improve upon their chances of getting home safely from any form of violent encounter. Recognises the importance of pre-emptive strikes for self-defence – action always beats reaction. Takes a genuinely scenario-based approach. In Urban Krav Maga, the ‘core’ syllabus is based around the disciplines and techniques needed to defend the 10 most common street attacks. The core syllabus also contains a range of techniques applicable to female self-defence, grappling (stand-up and on the ground), fighting/sparring techniques and weapons defences.

The Urban Krav Maga aim is to equip the student as soon as possible to defend themselves against the most common attacks they may face. Once the student has mastered these techniques more difficult scenarios are addressed to build a support system that will enable the student to deal with almost any situation. By teaching concepts through techniques, students are taught how to read a situation and react/respond accordingly, even if they have not experienced that exact same scenario in training. Giving students the ability to improvise is an important element of our training, this is not like learning a kata.

Awareness, avoidance and pre-emption are placed high in order of priority but we recognise that you can’t always avoid a potential violent encounter. We teach everything that is needed for self defence when it’s necessary in all environments, including highly confined crowded spaces, cars, shopping centres, nightclubs, buses etc.

We make no apologies for our civilian approach to street violence nor our subsequent breakaway from the original military solutions in dealing with armed attackers: a knife defence based on somebody attacking like they were making a committed bayonet thrust will not be so effective as one that is based on somebody stabbing with an aggressive pumping/piston motion with fast recoil which you will get in a real fight. As stated we retain the term Krav Maga in our title as our approach reflects that on which Krav Maga was originally founded and we are, of course, indebted to the experiences we have gained training with the various Israeli Fighting Systems.



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  • Downham Health and Leisure Centre, 7-9 Moorside Road, Bromley, Kent BR1 5EP

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