Gain an Accredited Level 1 Qualification

with UK Awarding Body NCFE

NCFE is a national, educational awarding organisation that designs, develops, and certificates diverse, recognised qualifications and awards.

Understanding Reasonable Force for Martial Arts and Self Defence Instructions is accredited by NCFE and has been benchmarked against the qualification’s learning outcomes and assessment criteria at Award Level 1 under their customised qualifications framework.

  • 21 Video lessons with on-screen learning

  • Downloadable Study Sheet for Further Reading

  • Printable Summary Notes for use in Class

  • BONUS VIDEO: The Top 5 Questions asked about Self Defence Law in Classe

  • BONUS SHEET: Printable 'How to Answer the Top 5 Questions asked in Class'

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  • Interactive Videos

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  • Downloadable PDFs

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Our Legal Expert

Mr Stephen O'Doherty LL.M

The content of this course has been reviewed, advised upon and endorsed by Mr Stephen O’Doherty LL.M, a career prosecutor with both Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

"I have had the opportunity to evaluate the written and video elements of this training package on self- defence and reasonable force. These can involve complex nuances in real life situations and every single case will be different but I am confident that this course, in using everyday language, captures the essence of the subject matters and will be an invaluable tool to any person considering the topics.

I therefore am pleased to endorse this course material for use in explaining self defence and reasonable force".

Stephen O’Doherty LL.M | May 2020

Course Curriculum

    1. Course Aims and Legal Statement

    2. Welcome to the Course

    3. Meet your Instructor

    4. Course Endorsement By Stephen O'Doherty LL.M

    1. Three Laws!

    2. Common Law, Common Sense!

    3. Lesson 2- Study Sheet

    4. Lesson 2 - Summary Notes

    1. Genuinely Honestly Held Belief.

    2. Averting Danger.

    3. Lesson 3 - Study Sheet

    4. Lesson 3 - Summary Notes

    1. What are you ACTUALLY allowed to do?

    2. Nicety!

    3. Three Questions

    4. Lesson 4 - Study Sheet

    5. Lesson 4 - Summary Notes

    1. The Pre-Emptive Strike!

    2. Lesson 5 - Study Sheet

    3. Lesson 5 - Summary Notes

    1. What happens next?

    2. Explain Yourself!

    3. Lesson 6 - Study Sheet

    4. Lesson 6 - Summary Notes


Having trained in many Martial Arts systems, under many different instructors, the subject of self-defence law has always seemed to be a subject that was either discounted by many instructors or (even worse!) mis-understood!

When asked by students about using their skills for self defence...

I’d hear phrases…

 “You can’t use these skills for self-defence, only in the dojo!”

“Self Defence is a ‘grey area’ nobody really understands it so don't get caught!”

“I can't give advice, you might get me in trouble!”

 And that’s understandable, as they were worried about…

  • Saying the wrong thing, that ends up with a BAD decision being made
  • Their Martial Arts School being mentioned by the media.
  • Being involved in legal proceedings.

But it doesn’t need to be something to be worried about!

It’s just about knowing how to answer the most common question that get asked by students, in a way that shows you have a working knowledge of a subject and can pass the correct information, confidently.

I don’t need to know about this, I teach Martial Arts not Self Defence…!

Yes, I understand. It's what you teach, it's what you advertise and what you are exceptional at.

But we both know that teaching any physical defensive skill that is a response to human movement and behaviour, may well be used in a self defence situation, even if that was not the intention of your teaching.

In the heat of the moment, during a sudden incident the brain cannot ‘select’ what techniques to use and not use, that’s too much of a detailed process in a fast moving situation.

So having a working knowledge of self defence law is important.

But that doesn’t mean getting a law degree!

It means gaining a working knowledge of the subject and, most importantly, recognition that proves you understand it.

Much like you prove your knowledge and experience in the system that you train and practice through your grades and certifications, self defence law is no difference.

So how do you get that knowledge?

Simply, enrol on this course.

Use of force law is something I’ve been around for years, from serving in the Military Police and having to understand the ‘rules of engagement’ in foreign countries, to then patrolling UK towns dealing with violent incidents between Soldiers and Civilians.

And it became even more important when I began teaching Kickboxing and then Krav Maga for Self Defence.

To bring you as much value and knowledge as possible on this course, I've team up with two other experts.


  • £147.00

    Includes Certificate of Completion & Accredited Award (Hard copies sent by post)



An NCFE Accredited Course

This qualification is exclusive to Krav Maga Success Ltd, and is not listed on the Regulated Qualifications Framework. This means that the rights of the course belong to Krav Maga Success Ltd, and cannot able to delivered by any other training provider.