Navigating the Krav Maga Belt System: Your Path to Mastery

As a Krav Maga Worldwide affiliate, Krav Maga Rancho Cucamonga stands out as a no-nonsense system that sheds the ceremonial aspects often found in traditional martial arts. However, it does employ a Krav Maga belt system, providing structure and recognition for students as they progress through their training journey.

Within Krav Maga Worldwide self-defense, there are five distinct levels, but the Krav Maga belt system comprises six belts, adding an extra layer of achievement. Unlike traditional martial arts, Krav Maga Worldwide doesn’t award physical belts; instead, students receive certificates and promotions during training sessions. The Krav Maga belt colors are as follows:

  • Yellow (Completion of Level 1)
  • Orange (Completion of Level 2)
  • Green (Completion of Level 3)
  • Blue (Completion of Level 4)
  • Brown (Completion of Level 5)
  • Black (Completion of training & mastery)
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In addition to these belts, once the rank of Black Belt is achieved, students can pursue degree (or Dan) promotions. Let’s explore some notable figures within the Krav Maga Worldwide belt system:


1. Chief Instructor Darren Levine (8th Degree Black Belt):

As the highest-ranking individual in Krav Maga Worldwide’s Krav Maga belt system, Darren Levine holds an 8th Degree Black Belt, awarded in December 2019.


2. Amir Perets and Jon Pascal (6th Degree Black Belts):

These legends earned their 6th Degree Black Belts in December 2019. Amir Perets and Jon Pascal continue to inspire and train others in Krav Maga Worldwide.


3. Kelly Campbell (5th Degree Black Belt):

Notably, Kelly Campbell is the highest-ranking woman in the Krav Maga Worldwide belt system, holding a 5th Degree Black Belt, also awarded in December 2019.


4. 4th Degree Black Belts:

Fewer than 10 individuals worldwide hold a Krav Maga Worldwide 4th Degree Black Belt. This esteemed group includes C.J. Kirk, Pete Hardy, and Mitch Markowitz.


The Krav Maga belt system is not just about belts; it’s a tool for students to track their development. Advancement is earned through testing, where students must meet specific requisites for each belt. Unlike some martial arts where a single instructor decides promotions, Krav Maga Worldwide and Krav Maga Rancho Cucamonga students are informed of the criteria for each belt test, allowing them to structure their training accordingly.


Permission to test typically comes from the instructor who has worked most closely with the student, guiding them within the Krav Maga belt system. There may be cases where additional training and refinement are required before a student can test, ensuring they are fully prepared.

The Krav Maga Worldwide belt system emphasizes the importance of demonstrating mastery, not just meeting the prerequisites. Each belt test is a physical and mental challenge that demands intense preparation. It’s about more than acquiring a new belt; it’s about honing skills, building confidence, and becoming proficient in self-defense.


Now, let’s delve into the Krav Maga Worldwide self-defense levels and their respective Krav Maga belt colors:


Level 1 – No Belt/White Belt to Yellow Belt:

Focus: Fundamentals, effective fighting stance, strikes, and basic self-defense techniques.

 Duration: At least four months and 40 Level 1 classes.


Level 2 – Yellow Belt to Orange Belt:

 Progression: Yellow Belt is earned, and students work towards an Orange Belt.

 Skills: Introduction of advanced punches, additional self-defense techniques, and controlled sparring.

 Duration: At least six months and 60 Level 2 classes.


Level 3 – Orange Belt to Green Belt:

Development: Building striking ability, stand-up and ground fighting sparring, and skills to deal with armed attackers.

 Duration: At least nine months and 90 Level 3 classes.


Level 4 – Green Belt to Blue Belt:

Proficiency: Expertise in self-defense fundamentals, advanced techniques, and weapons defense training.

Duration: At least twelve months and 120 Level 4 classes.


Level 5 – Blue Belt to Brown Belt to Black Belt:

Mastery: Profound knowledge of self-defense principles, proficiency in weapons defenses, and ability to handle complex scenarios.

Duration: Multiple years of training and skill development.


The Krav Maga belt system is more than a journey to earn belts; it’s a path to empowerment and self-discovery. It fosters a supportive community where students encourage one another to push their limits. So, remember, it’s not about chasing belts; it’s about committing to regular training, growing, and ultimately becoming proficient in Krav Maga. Imi Lichtenfeld’s vision was for everyone to learn Krav Maga to “walk in peace,” and this journey is your way to achieve that.

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