About Rencounter*

Rencounter is a Krav Maga and self-defence school based in Edinburgh.

We teach classes for kids and adults at multiple locations around the city, both indoor and outdoors.

Our mission is to help everyday people gain tools to protect themselves and others, and to deal with threatening situations from a place of awareness and agency.

We take a comprehensive approach to self-defence, building the knowledge and awareness to spot and avoid potential threats, to de-escalate or deter when possible, and the no-nonsense skills and mindset to defend yourself or others when physical force is the only option.

By providing challenges at an accessible level, building step on step, we provide a space for each individual to develop their strength and resilience, and to keep expanding their limits.

Rencounter was established in 2015 by Head Instructor Linn Haraldsvik, turning her passion for krav maga into a full-time job. Since then, the school and the teaching team have gradually expanded, creating a strong and supportive community that's a lot of fun to be a part of.

Rencounter's Instructors


Instructor Qualifications

  • Grade: KMG Expert Level 2
  • KMG General Instructor course, level 3
  • Certified women’s self defence instructor, 500Rising.
  • Training Director and Member of the European Advisory Team for 500 Rising.
  • Level 3 BTEC in Self Defence
  • KMG Kids Instructor course
  • KMG VIP Instructor Course
  • KMG Combat and Fighting Instructor Course
  • KMG Combat Mindset Instructor Course
  • KMG Ground Fighting Course
  • Completed various instructor development courses and scenario training instructor course with Rory Miller
  • Chiron Cohort - 12 Month programme with Rory Miller, Tammy McCracken, and others
  • Certified close combat instructor level 1 and Use of Force instructor, Norwegian Armed Forces.

Linn is the Head Instructor and director of Rencounter Krav Maga.

As a full-time self defence instructor, she invests a lot of time developing her skills and knowledge, always striving to deliver the best teaching methods and up-to-date knowledge to her students and instructors.

Linn is one of Scotland's leading krav maga instructors, and is currently the highest ranked female krav maga practioner in the UK. She has a strong interest in the dynamics of violence and the psychology of high stress situations, and is continually expanding her knowledge and training with authorities in these fields. Linn provides training online and in-person on awareness, prevention, and other non-physical aspects of self defence.

Outside of Krav Maga, she also makes time for her hobbies, including Brazilian ju-jitsu, muay thai, and a cup of tea and a good book.

“My motivation is to give regular people effective self-defence skills, and to help them improve their quality of life in the process. I love teaching Krav Maga—it's a joy. The classes are a lot of fun, and students progress so quickly. It's great to see how people can expand their comfort zones, become more confident, and how their skills develop to deal with more challenging situations. For some people it's really life changing. I know it was for me.”


Sarah teaches krav maga adult classes for all levels, including 1-to-1 sessions and tailored workshops. She is also our Social Media manager, and keeps our members and future students updated about classes and courses.

Instructor qualifications

  • Grade: Graduate level 3
  • KMG General Instructor Course, level 3
  • 500Rising Certified Women's Self-Defence instructor, Level 2, licensed instructor
  • NCFE Award in Krav Maga instruction, Level 3
  • Qualified first aider


Susi teaches krav maga classes for adults, kids and teenagers and manages our Junior Programme. She is also in charge of booking and payment and other admin tasks that are needed to keep the club running smoothly.

Instructor Qualifications

  • Grade: KMG Graduate level 1
  • KMG General Instructor Course, level 3
  • KMG Kids Instructor Course
  • Teaching Kids Online - Krav Maga Global Course
  • Safeguarding Children Level 1
  • Qualified First aider


Will teaches krav maga classes for kids, teens, and adults.

Instructor Qualifications

  • Grade: KMG Graduate level 1
  • KMG General Instructor Course, level 3
  • NCFE Award in Krav Maga instruction, Level 3
  • Qualified First aider


Instructor qualifications

  • Grade: Graduate level 1
  • KMG General Instructor Course, level 3
  • KMG Women’s Instructor Course
  • KMG Kids instructor Course
  • NCFE Award in Krav Maga instruction, Level 3
  • Qualified first aider


Instructor qualifications

  • Grade: Graduate level 1
  • KMG General Instructor Course, level 3
  • NCFE Award in Krav Maga instruction, Level 3
  • Qualified first aider

About Krav Maga

Krav Maga is an internationally renowned, highly realistic self-defence system used by civilians, military, and law enforcement around the globe. It was originally developed by Imi Lichtenfeld for the Israeli Defence Forces, and was later adapted for use by civilians. Krav Maga training develops capabilities on the physical, mental, technical, and tactical levels. The training is adapted to each individual, based on the same underlying principles.

Literally translated from Hebrew it means 'contact combat'. Unlike traditional martial arts, krav maga is a self-defence system first and foremost: all the techniques in the system are there because they have been tried and tested, and found to be the most effective and practical techniques in a self-defence situation. It is simple and fast to learn compared to most traditional marital arts, because the techniques are based on instinctive and simple movements to a large degree, and the same solutions can be adapted to a wide range of problems.

This means that your ability to defend yourself will be significantly better after just a few months of regular training – you don’t have to train for years and years to get the skills to defend yourself.

Krav maga and traditional martial arts

Krav maga is not focused on sport fighting or competitions. There are other systems that are better suited for that kind of fighting, where you voluntarily choose to fight, your opponent is of a similar size and weight to you, in a controlled and relatively safe setting, with rules that limit what you can do, to keep both parties safe. The specialty of krav maga is real life situations. Situations that you don’t choose to be in, that are not safe, not fair, and governed only by the rules of survival – and (in the aftermath) the law on self-defence.

When you suddenly and unexpectedly find yourself in a dangerous situation where you are being attacked or threatened, likely by a person, or persons, who outmatch you in size, strength or numbers. Krav maga is made to work when fear and adrenaline is coursing through your body and completely altering the way your brain works. The basic techniques in krav maga are all based on gross motor skills, as we tend to lose our fine motor skills in situations of extreme stress – when we need defensive skills the most.

Krav maga training

The basics of krav maga teaches you how to use the weapons you have with you at any time: strong and simple strikes using hands, feet, legs, knees and elbows, nails and teeth, and also bags, backpacks, pointy heels, and whatever else you might carry with you, as additional weapons or shields. These are all tools that can be used in a wide variety of situations.

You also learn defences against all kinds of different attacks and threats, unarmed and armed, starting with the most commonly encountered attacks and expanding to all kinds of attacks as you progress through the system. These defences are made to work with our instinctive reactions as closely as possible, in order to function under stress.

Beyond this, there is a tactical element to krav maga training. In addition to self-defence techniques, you also learn about things to look out for to alert you to danger, situational awareness, how to position yourself, looking for exits, and much much more.

We also practice drills to gradually develop mental preparedness – mindset – determination, awareness, controlled aggression, and acting under pressure. This is an important part of being able to defend yourself better if you should have to.

Krav maga training is likely to benefit you by keeping you out of violent situations in the first place. In addition to improved situational awareness, self-defence training gives you confidence in your ability to deal with a situation if it were to become violent – this confidence is often what people need to de-escalate or solve situations without violence.

Krav Maga Global

Krav Maga Global (KMG) is the leading krav maga organisation in the world. While continuously developing the system, KMG promotes a comprehensive and thorough training program, which ensures that you get high-standard professional training.

KMG instructors are required to undertake regular instructor updates every year to maintain and raise their teaching capabilities and technical skills.

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