No, IKMF uses a patch system. After passing a level test students will receive a patch and diploma. The patch is worn on the pants to identify their training level. IKMF manages a grading system based on the following levels:
- Practitioner levels (P levels 1 to 5),
- Graduate levels (G levels 1 to 5), and
- Expert Levels (E levels 1 to 5).
New students start with the P Level and can work their way through the levels. G levels are usually veteran Krav Maga students who often instructors. Krav Maga Experts are few. They are highly professional instructors who have dedicated their lives and careers to Krav Maga instruction. Each element of the curriculum is based upon real life attack – defence scenarios. Every P or G level includes self defense solutions and counterattacks that derive from such scenarios. As one advances in grading the scenarios become increasingly complex. In addition to the classes for the different levels, IKMF also offers extra curriculum qualifications for Krav Maga students such as seminars & workshops that focus on specific topics such as home invasion or abduction. IKMF makes every effort to keep the syllabus up to date so it is always contemporary and effective.