The Sunday Times

“The most realistic self defence system in the UK today”

Combat Magazine

“It (Krav Maga) has more self defence cred than any other system we know about – and we know quite a bit about the subject!”

GQ Magazine

Best in the World for self defence. It is totally practical, no flashy kicks or great spiritual angle.

Krav Maga has evolved from decades of front line, real world violence. Under the pressure of high levels of aggression and violence certain training principles have been proven to be the most effective. These principles are unique to Krav Maga.

Krav Maga: designed by the Military – adapted for civilians

The 4 Basic Combat Principles

1. Stop the immediate threat

When being attacked, the first and most important step is to stop the immediate threat. This could be stopping a choke, a grab, a punch or a kick. It may also be determining which is the highest priority eg being held by the throat whilst punched in the face.

2. Fast, hard and aggressive counterattacks

Counter attacks should be hard, fast and aggressive. you need to be prepared mentally and physically to be more aggressive than the person attacking you. Ideally your counter attack would be simultaneous to your defence. Countering quickly can switch the paradigm of the person who is attacking you, to having to defend themself against you.

3. Disengage or disarm

Disengage as soon as the threat has been significantly neutralised and it is safe to do so. In the UK most attacks (55%)  involve more than one person so we need to be in a position to use footwork, tactics and our physical skills so that we are not overwhelmed by attackers or jumped from behind. There may be exceptions to this such as when someone needs to be restrained or when a weapon is involved.

4. Scan for the next threat

Once you have disengaged, you need to look for the next threat. Physically looking so that you are able to overcome the effects of stress induced tunnel vision. At this stage we are looking for escape routes, multiple opponents, weapons or to look to get our principle (friend/partner/kids) to safety.

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Krav Maga Training Principles

Krav Maga has a set of principles in which all of our training relates.

1. Simplicity

Techniques should be as simple as possible, this means they will be faster to learn, easier to master and you have a higher chance of retaining them over time. Simple techniques have a higher chance of success in high stress situations. Even after decades of training, when facing a real life threat armed with a knife or a glass, your body will flood with adrenaline, prepare for fight, flight (or freeze) and you will not remember or be able to perform a complex skill. Complex skills should be retained for shows and competitions

2. Use Natural  Reactions and Instinctive Responses 

Krav Maga uses instinctive and natural reactions where possible. Alongside the use of gross motor movements this increases your chance of being able to perform under pressure.

3. Utility

In Krav Maga we look to use families of techniques where ever possible, this is where one defence or movement can be used in multiple situations and against multiple attacks. Rather than have many unique defences to multiple attacks it is easier and more likely that you will be able to recall and use a few highly adaptable techniques against a multitude of situations and angles.

4. There are no rules in survival

On the street, the primary goal of self protection is survival. This means that we not only train you how to grapple and to strike, but also how to use improvised weapons, when and how to bite, gouge or strike to the groin. Criminals recognise no code of conduct and neither should the Krav Maga practitioner.

Krav Maga Bristol Self Defence Training

  • Military designed program adapted for civilians
  • Real world martial arts
  • Suitable for beginners


Some Testimonials

“Having trained and instructed in several martial arts for the last 30 years, completed courses with some of most respected instructors in the world, engaged in door safe courses, trained with the British Army, I’ve yet to find anything that brings as much realism to my attitude to self defence as much as Krav Maga does.
This coupled with the fact that Jim Halton is one of the most all rounded instructors I’ve had the pleasure to train under, I feel more than qualified to recommend this school to anyone wishing to better themselves, either physically, mentally or just out of need to feel safe.” – Tony Baxter, Bristol
Tony BaxterTrains with Jim Halton in Kingswood

“I have done many kinds of martial arts, I have been trained by the Royal Marine Commandos. But I have never found a better form of defense. This is not down to Krav Maga alone. Jim is one of the best trainers I have ever had the pleasure to work with.

Every one of his lessons leave you feeling Fitter, Faster and Stronger. Not just physically but mentally. Krav also gives you a safe state of mind, because of the training Jim gives you, no matter what situation you face, you will always react with appropriate action” – Jon Bale, Thornbury, Gloucestershire.

John BaleStudent with Jim Halton

“I’ve been training with Jim Halton and the Titans now for nearly 3 years.  In that time i’ve become  stronger, faster, fitter and more confident than I ever thought I could be and it’s only going to get better.  Krav training is hard, you push yourself but the rewards you get back are unbelievable. Come and give it a go, don’t think about it, just do it!”

Liz SweetStudent - Jim Halton Krav Maga Kingswood

After training in various disciplines, I’ve finally found Krav Maga and the Bristol Titans, Krav Maga is by far the most comprehensive martial art I’ve ever trained in pushing me to my physical limits and teaching me techniques that work in real life, Bristol Titans is a team of people that are very humble with a no ego attitude, this helps you develop in your training better than any atmosphere I’ve ever trained in, Jim is a fantastic coach with a wealth of experience and extremely approachable regardless of your standard”

Marcus Wittcombe

What we do in this class:

Our Krav Maga and Self Defence program not only gives you the tools to know how to fight, but also teaches on what to do when the fight starts at a position of disadvantage! Real life fights can start from a seated position, against an armed attacker, with a choke from behind or many other possible situations. Some common scenarios that you will train during a Krav Maga lesson are:

  • Verbal Threats and Demands
  • Chokes, grips and holds
  • Being on the ground
  • Multiple attackers
  • someone trying to kick you in the head when you have fallen 
  • Weapons (edged, impact and firearms as well as glasses and bottles)

Please arrive to your first Krav Maga training session ten minutes early, this will give you a chance to meet your fellow Krav Maga training partners and for the instructor to run through health and safety and to answer any questions you may have.

Beginners are most welcome. No experience is required.

What kit do I need ? :

For your first Krav Maga Class you won’t need anything special but you will need these:

Jogging bottoms or shorts and a tshirt

Trainers – we don’t train barefoot

A drink, available on site to purchase

Bring any protective equipment if you have any! Eg gloves, shin guards, gumshield, groin guard. Don’t worry if you don’t have any we can recommend which is the best to get or click here to check out our kit advice