Ranks in the Israeli IMI System
The ISRAELI IMI SYSTEM grading system is divided into 3 categories; Practitioner, Graduate and Expert. Each level has it own badges of merit and are colour coded as described.
These are krav maga students. They wear a white patch with black bars, with each new bar representing a new level.
Instructors and advanced students move on to graduate levels. They wear a red patch with black bars.
Very high level instructors advance to the expert levels. They usually have at least one specialization, such as military instructor, VIP protection instructor, etc.