Getting Started 2018-02-12T19:33:34+00:00

Introductory Program

In order to give new starters like yourself the attention you need we group people new to SDT together in special classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30pm and Saturdays at 10am in an eight lesson Introductory Program for $80. We have a new intake at the beginning of each month and you can join in on the first Tuesday, the first Thursday or the the first Saturday of each month. Ideally look to train twice a week (choose any two to suit your circumstances) for 4 weeks to complete the Program. If you miss a class or can only train once a week it’s not a problem.

The Introductory Program training is run separate from the main class which will be running in parallel and looked after by your own instructor. This person will be someone who has qualified as an KMG instructor by our senior Israeli instructors. The KMG system does not allow senior students to be given the job of teaching new students as is sometimes the case in other schools and systems.

We will guide you through a program that covers all the basic skills you require to give you a foundation in Krav Maga and enable you to join the main classes once the course is complete. The 8 lesson program is also a good way to get a feel for who we are and how we operate without a major upfront commitment.

Then What Happens?

At the end of your 8 lessons you may then join SDT on any of the membership programs we have on offer and can train in as many of the general classes you desire. The only exceptions are the Advanced Krav classes which are intended for those students who have passsed a grading test and hold rank. A solid foundation in the basics is required to be able to perform the movements taught in these sessions.

Great So How Do I Start?

Begin by filling out the Intro Course Enrolment form and nominate your preferred starting day at the beginning of the coming month. On that day come to SDT about 10-15 minutes before the scheduled start time Tuesday or Thursday at 6.30pm or 10 am on Saturday. We will get you to complete an SDT enrolment form (necessary for insurance purposes), on payment we will give you an 8 lesson card which we stamp each time you come in and away you go.

You don’t need any special equipment, just come along in something to exercise in (non marking shoes please) plus a towel and water if the day is hot.


First look through the FAQ to the right. We may not have covered all the questions you have in mind so please feel free to email us. Some questions are better answered by coming in to see a class in action. Please feel free to come in at any time to watch a class without the need to book a time or let us know.

Frequently Asked Questions

I’m not that fit or don’t have any previous training. Will this be a problem? 2018-01-17T08:22:20+00:00

We don’t presume a high level of fitness nor any previous experience for the Introductory Program so you’ll be OK. Part of what we do is of course to increase your level of fitness and we start off with the basics. If you join us in the main group after the Intro Program we suggest you monitor yourself during the physically demanding drills and ‘end of class’ sessions as they can be taxing. If there is any question about whether your health (physical or mental) is an issue we require you to consult with your doctor beforehand and obtain a clearance from them for your well being.

I’m unable to attend regularly each week because of other commitments. Is that a problem? 2018-01-15T16:37:47+00:00

No, it is common and we can cater for that. Of course it means your training and hence progress will be impacted but that’s no reason not to train at all.

Is the training suitable for women? 2018-01-15T16:39:29+00:00

Women train in SDT and are always welcome. However women should note that training is physical, involves confrontation drills and at times involves grabbing contact with other students. However, be assured that SDT takes a strong stand against any form of sexual harassment.

The specific motivation for women wanting to learn self defence is generally to become capable of defending themselves against attack by a male. That can really only be achieved by having a male simulate an attack. Anyone can opt out of part of training at any time – no questions asked (other than to ensure you are OK). But the best way to judge whether you would be comfortable training with us is to come in and see a class in action and get a feel for the training atmoshpere.

Is the training suitable for any age? 2018-01-15T16:40:17+00:00

Students must be 16 years or older. The training is not suitable for children and adolescents due to the level of physical training, the aggression drills and sometimes the language used in confrontation drills. Those under 18 years will need parental consent.

Is there much physical contact during training? 2018-01-15T16:42:18+00:00

Yes there is but for new students in the Intro Program it’s minimal so you are not intimidated and for the safety of others as you cannot be expected to have good control. We try to strike a balance between realism and safety.

I’m concerned about training in a group environment or have special needs. Can I do private training? 2018-01-15T16:45:28+00:00

We have individuals who have been victims of crime, have concerns about being in a group environment or are just time poor and so group class training is an issue. Private training can be arranged but note it is generally held at the SDT school. This can be for an indiviual or a small group. If there is a special requirement for us to come and train a group in another location contact us.

Do I need to go through the Intro Program as I have a lot of previous training? 2018-01-15T16:46:19+00:00

No, but we would like to assess your skill level first. It’s better to do a couple of Intro program sessions then if it is too basic move up to the main class after chatting with us.

Do I need to wear a uniform? 2018-01-15T20:50:47+00:00

For the Intro Program you wear anything sutiable to exercise in. Barefeet are fine but non marking shoes (on the carpet) are better to get you accustomed to doing techniques with footwear. Students who have joined up wear the Krav Maga uniform (MMA style black pants with Krav Maga T-shirt).

However, as this is a street defence system, there will be occasions when alternate forms of dress will be required, e.g. wearing jackets or overcoats so students become accustomed to training in attire worn in winter. The instructor will advise this prior to the time required.

I work security. How relevant is this to my job? 2018-01-15T20:54:28+00:00

Very relevant. A number of our instructors have been or still are active in the security game.

The training will complement and extend the material you would have learnt on your security course. We do a lot of stand-up grappling work given the background of our instructors and because a striking option for many confrontations, especially in a work context is inappropriate.

I’m a police officer or intending to become one. How relevant is this training? 2018-01-15T21:00:26+00:00

We have police officers in class and one of our senior instructors is ex-SAPOL. Additionally we usually have one or two students at any one time who are also in the Police Academy.

We are therefore more than aware of the requirements and the restrictions of police officers when it comes to defensive tactics. Our stand-up grappling sessions are especially relevant to police officers and those working in security. Further, our experienced members are able to provide some assistance and guidance with those who are applying to enter the police force.

Something else on your mind?