Getting Started

How do I get started?

There are two ways.  You can come in a try a class for free with absolutely no pressure or further obligation  OR you can try our “Quickstart Program” for $40.00. These are the best ways to experience Krav Maga!

The Quick Start program consists of one private lesson and one group class with no further obligation. After the introductory program, most interested students start attending our Krav Maga Basics class. The “Basics” class is designed to improve the student’s overall conditioning and introduce them to basic movement, punches, kicks, and the fundamental principles behind Krav Maga self defense techniques.

What should I wear/bring?

Loose fitting exercise clothing with gym, wrestling or boxing shoes (non-skid soles only). We also suggest bringing a bottle of water, hand towel, and groin protection for the men. 

More advanced classes/techniques may necessitate additional pads or equipment; however, it is not required for beginning students.

What if I want to sign up?

We offer a variety of ways to participate in training.  Give us a call, send us an email or stop by the gym or attend your first class for free.

*Note: The first time you come to class, the gym will have you sign a standard waiver at the front desk.

How many classes can I come to if I join?

Our general Krav Maga memberships include unlimited training – that means you can attend as many classes as you like.

We also offer private training which is scheduled one-on-one with our chief instructor for an additional charge, as well as Fitness and Combat Sport Classes which are available as individual programs or add-on packages to supplement your Krav Maga training. Memberships can be customized to be all-inclusive. Please see an instructor to set up additional classes.

Can my kids take Krav Maga?

Yes! We offer training for students ages 5-15 in our Kidz Krav Maga program. Teens between the ages of 13 and 15 may be evaluated by an instructor to determine which program is the most appropriate. Please check out our Kidz Krav Maga section for more information.

Do I have to wear a uniform or any special equipment?

Unlike traditional martial arts, Krav Maga does not require a uniform. Comfortable sweats, t-shirt, and sneakers are suggested for training. Wrist wraps or mixed martial arts style gloves (bag gloves) are strongly encouraged. Other safety items such as groin protection for men and mouth guards are essential for most activities. These items, as well as the latest Krav Maga logo gear, can be purchased from our pro shops. 

*Note: Students should not wear jewlery during class. This includes necklaces, rings, bracelets, large earrings, and watches.

Do I need to be previous martial arts experience or to be in great shape to take Krav Maga?

Absolutely not! For many people, Krav Maga is their first experience in martial arts. It doesn’t take size, muscle mass, or a body-builder physique to excel at Krav Maga. Even though classes are in a group setting, you will receive individual attention from our instructors so that you can progress at your own pace. Krav Maga was designed to benefit the average person. In addition, our instructors take any limitations (from lack of experience to physical limitations) in to consideration when training a class.

In regards to being in shape… you’ll get there! Whether you are a beginner looking for self defense training and cardio-vascular conditioning or a professional athlete looking to get to the next level of elite training… this proven military system will get you there! The system is not about sheer strength or power. As a matter of fact, one of the basic tenets of Krav Maga is that one should not oppose power with power. Rather, Krav Maga blends a combination of physical skill with mental self-defense determination. Consequently, Krav Maga is more accessible to people of any sex, shape, and size than many other martial art forms.

Is Krav Maga training safe? Will I get hurt?

Krav Maga is as safe as any other martial arts or self-defense training. We go to great lengths to ensure client safety and classes are very tightly controlled by our team of expert instructors. The chances of injury are often quite less than for any other sport. The chance of getting injured when attacked, however, are quite high. As in any endeavor of this kind, students are required to sign a waiver acknowledging the possible dangers associated with training in Krav Maga.

Is there a belt system in Krav Maga?

There is a belt and patch system in Krav Maga with testing required for promotion to the next level, but we do not wear any indication of rank nor do we force our students to pursue ranking if that is not their objective.

Is there sparring?

We believe that sparring is a great training method, and for those interested we have our fight program available to all students. Full protection is required (head gear, mouthpiece, boxing gloves, and shin pads) and we will cover all aspects of fighting including movement, combinations, and mindset.

What about fitness? Is Krav Maga only about punching and kicking?

Krav Maga utilizes high-intensity drills and training methods that rival any form of fitness training you can find. Many clients choose to train in Krav Maga solely for the fitness benefits. Losing weight is definitely a side-benefit of Krav Maga. Classes always include warm-up and workout. However, it’s more accurate to say you will lose fat. If you’re not overweight by much, your weight reading on the scale may not change significantly. That’s because with Krav Maga, you’ll be losing body fat and gaining lean muscle, which weighs more than fat. You’ll notice the difference in the way your clothes fit and your new, more shapely, toned appearance. Each class will leave you sweaty and exhausted, but that’s all in a day’s work.