Born in 1910 in Budapest, Hungary, Emerich "Imi" Lichtenfeld (Sde-Or) grew up in Bratislava, Czechloslavakia. To get the true background and feel for Imi (and krav-maga) you actually have to go back a generation to Imi's father.
Avi Moyal was born in 1966 has been studying Krav Maga since childhood soon demonstrating such proficiency that his instructors began having him teach at an early age. In fact, Avi has been teaching Krav Maga for the last 35 years!
Gail Boxrud is director of Minnesota for the International Krav Maga Federation based in Israel. Her ranking in the IKMF is Graduate 5. She is certified to teach civilians, law enforcement, women and children. She co-owns and operates Krav Maga Minneapolis LLC.
Dante Pastrano co-owns Krav Maga Minneapolis LLC. He is certified under the IKMF to teach civilians, law enforcement, women and children. His rank in the IKMF is G-5.
View a complete listing and summary of all of the Krav Maga training options provided by the International Krav Maga Federation in the United States by IKMFUSA and their U.S. training partners.
Women's Self Defense
There is approximately 1 sexual assault every 2 minutes! That's 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!! That is a very unacceptable statistic! It is one of our missions to drastically reduce these statistics by teaching women the techniques and principles developed by the IKMF using krav-maga.
We are not about glitz. We are not about glamour.
We are not about politics. We are about REAL life. We are about REAL threats. We are about REAL solutions. We are the International Krav Maga Federation.
Just as there are different personalities and mindsets among people,
there are different mindsets among krav-maga organizations in the United States.
If you are only looking for a good work out then the IKMF is not for you.
If you are looking for something that you can use to go beat people up with then the IKMF is definitely not for you!
However, if you are looking for a real world,
self defense and tactical system that will prepare you to protect and defend yourself and those you love through awareness, through avoidance and, if necessary, through neutralizing a threat then IKMF Krav Maga is most definitely for you!!
Imi Lichtenfield (founder of Krav Maga and of the International Krav Maga Federation) taught people Krav Maga so that “one may walk in peace.”
A civilian trains in Krav Maga so that he or she and their family can walk in peace.
A Law Enforcement officer trains in Krav Maga so that the community may walk and live in peace.
Military personnel train in Krav Maga so that the citizens and their country may walk and live in peace.
Security and Executive Protection personnel train
in Krav Maga so that their areas of responsibility may walk in peace whether that be in the private sector or whole governments.
Major Sections of Training
So, if you want something that will indeed get you in top physical condition but also prepare you mentally and physically for dealing with that threat on the street, then IKMF Krav Maga is for YOU!
including Women's Self Defense and Kid's Krav Maga.
including SWAT, anti-terror and all other special units.
including all special forces and units including training in tactical, hand to hand and CQB areas.
Security and Executive Protection
both for the private sector and the governmental sector.
Gail Boxrud and Dante Pastrano own and operate Krav Maga Minneapolis LLC. They are both certified to teach civilians, law enforcement, women and children under the International Krav Maga Federation, which is based in Israel.
Gail Boxrud is director of Minnesota for the International Krav Maga Federation based in Israel. Her ranking in the IKMF is Graduate 5. She started Krav Maga training in February 2003 in Racine, Wisconsin. She completed 180 hours of instructor training in Montreal, Canada, and earned her teaching credentials in the summer of 2007. Boxrud has traveled to Israel 4 separate times to train in Krav Maga: two different Touring and Training sessions; she earned her law enforcement teaching certification there in May 2009 and she returned in 2011 for advanced Krav Maga training. She has trained in numerous seminars. As director and school owner, she has hosted and organized several courses and numerous seminars. Boxrud is also a certified security cyclist with the International Police Mountain Bike Association. She has a bachelor's degree in print journalism and worked in newspapers for 16 years. Her background includes kickboxing and MMA training. She trains in Krav Maga, kettlebells and enjoys bicycling, running and sea kayaking.
Dante Pastrano earned his teaching credentials in Montreal in August 2008. He traveled to Israel to earn his law enforcement instructor certification in May 2009 and again for advanced Krav Maga training in 2011. His training includes numerous Krav Maga seminars as a student and instructor and host. His background includes more than 12 years of kickboxing and Kung-Fu training and teaching. Pastrano is also a certified security cyclist with the International Police Mountain Bike Association. Pastrano grew up in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. He is bilingual, so he can teach in Spanish and English. His rank in the IKMF is G-5.
Staci Owens is certified to teach civilians and women. She has been training in Krav Maga in Minneapolis since January 2009. Staci has taken several seminars from Avi Moyal, Isreal Tamir, Shlomi Moyal and Tamir Gilad of the IKMF global instructor team. Staci received her teaching credentials in August 2010, and her certification to teach women in February 2011. Her rank is Graduate - 3. Staci is married to Brian and has two wonderful children, Skylar and Braeden,and is an elementary school teacher in Minneapolis. In addition to Krav Maga, Staci is a distance runner. She has run 6 marathons as well as countless half marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks, and has trained other distance runners. She loves musicals, camping, and spending as much time with her family as possible.
Derwin Halim is a certified civilian Krav Maga instructor under the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) based in Israel. He earned his teaching credentials in Minneapolis in August 2010 and has been teaching ever since. Derwin has been practicing Krav Maga since 2007 and has attended various seminars and trainings over the years. His current rank in the IKMF system is G-4. Derwin has a master's degree in Electrical Engineering and works for an engineering company based in Santa Clara, CA. He grew up in Indonesia, but has been living in the US since 1998. His hobbies range from video games to outdoor activities.
Mat Spaan is certified to teach civilians under the International Krav Maga Federation based in Israel. He earned his teaching certification in 2010. Mat is currently ranked as G-3 in Krav Maga and also has a background in kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do, and wrestling. In addition to his advanced training in Krav Maga, he currently trains as a white belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu. Mat has a bachelor's degree in philosophy and comparative religion and a master's degree in public administration. He works for the Minnesota Department of Health's Health Economics Program as a Program Analyst.
Ron Elwell earned his Krav Maga instructor certification in August 2010. He trained for 20 days, 8 hours a day with instructors from Israel, and passed several rigorous tests to earn his teaching certification. Ron's ranking in the IKMF is G-5. Ron has a passion for physical fitness and has background in body building and martial arts. He currently enjoys weight training and kettlebells among other types of exercise. Ron started his own Krav Maga school called 360 Self Defense, and teaches in Cedar. In addition to being a Krav Maga instructor, Ron is an actor and has recently been in feature films and short films. Above all, he loves to spend time with his wife and their little girl.
Matt Mayotte is certified as an instructor for civilians, women and kids. Matt began training in Krav Maga in 2007 and earned his teaching credentials in 2010 in Minnesota and Texas. Matt has attended numerous seminars in Krav Maga and currently trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kickboxing. His rank in the IKMF is G-2. His background consists of Taekwondo, Kung Fu and western boxing. Matt has had a variety of jobs but has been in the IT industry since 2001. Matt has bachelor's and master's degrees in Computer Science and works as a Senior Engineer for a major retailer in Minneapolis. In addition to his day job, Matt remodels houses as a side business. Outside of work and training. Matt enjoys playing guitar, cooking, parenting, traveling, fitness, and arts and culture.
History of IKMF
Emerich "Imi" Lichtenfeld (Sde-Or)
Imi_250pxBorn in 1910 in Budapest, Hungary, Emerich "Imi" Lichtenfeld (Sde-Or) grew up in Bratislava, Czechloslavakia.
To get the true background and feel for Imi (and krav-maga) you actually have to go back a generation to Imi's father. As a youngster of 13, Imi's father, Samuel Lichtenfeld, joined a professional circus troupe, where he excelled in both wrestling and boxing. For Samuel, the circus was a school where he received extensive knowledge and training in fitness, weight lifting, wrestling, boxing, and mixed-skill fighting, Samuel eventually settled down and joined the Czech police as a detective and led the force in arrests. Eventually, Samuel became the Chief of Detectives.
Samuel founded and ran the wrestling club and gym "Hercules," where he trained Imi and other young competitive athletes.
Imi rapidly distinguished himself as a champion in swimming, judo, boxing, wrestling, gymnastics and ballroom dancing, among other athletic pursuits. As a matter of fact, in 1928 Imi won the Slovakian Youth Wrestling Championship and then in 1929 he won the adult championship – in both the light and middle weight class!! Also in 1929, Imi also won the national boxing championship AND an international gymnastics championship!! In his spare time, he also trained a ballet-dancing troupe and starred as a stage show thespian in "Mephisto".
In 1935 Imi visited Palestine with a team of Jewish wrestlers to compete in the Jewish Maccabi sports convention.
Unfortunately, Imi fractured a rib during a training accident and could not compete. This accident led to Imi's fundamental training principle emphasized in his own words: "don't get hurt." Imi quickly concluded that only real necessity justifies a "win at all costs" approach. These two tenets eventually fused to create Imi's Krav Maga training approach.
Imi returned to Czechoslovakia to face increasing anti-Semitic violence.
As Nazi hatred infected Slovakia, Jews were increasingly victims of near constant violence. To protect the Jewish community from marauding fascists and anti-Semites, Imi organized a group of young Jews to protect his community. On the streets, Imi quickly learned the vital differences between sport martial arts competition and street fighting. While serving on the front lines to protect his community, Imi began to combine natural movements and reactions with immediate and decisive counterattacks. Here, on the streets, fighting for survival was where a lot of the techniques and philosophy of Krav Maga were developed.
These community self-defense activities made Imi a wanted man by the fascist Nazi occupational authorities.
Nazi intolerance soon quickly reached a crescendo as the Germans began their systematic extermination of European Jewry. In May 1940, the Beitar Zionist Youth movement invited Imi to join them on the riverboat, Pentcho, bound for Palestine. This turned out to be the last immigrant ship that succeeded in escaping the Nazi's clutches.
Imi steamed down the Danube through the hostile
yet unoccupied banks of Hungary, Croatia, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Romania and then into the open Black Sea through the Turkish Straits. He and other refugees survived the hardships of man and nature, including a quarantine intended to starve them while marooned on the Romanian delta. It was during this time that Imi showed his selflessness by plunging into the water and saving a drowning child. Consequently he developed an ear infection that would plague him throughout his journey.
Upon entering the Aegean Sea, the Pentcho's engines failed, grounding the boat on a desolate island.
Imi and three other refugees took a life boat and rowed for three days. Imi's ear infection gradually worsened and became life-threatening. A British airplane spotted them and summoned a British warship to rescue them. After receiving treatment for his ear-infection, Imi enlisted in the British supervised Free Czech Legion. After exemplary military service in the Middle East, Imi was released from the British Army following the German Afrika Korp's defeat at El Alamain in 1942. Imi was granted permission to remain in British-ruled Palestine. His friends then introduced him to the leaders of the Zionist community's defense organizations. (The griping story of the Pentcho and its passengers is told in detail in the book Odyssey by John Brman – published by Simon & Shuster, New York, 1984)
Israel's early leaders recognized Imi's fighting abilities, innovativeness, and his ability to impart this training to others.
Imi began training the Palmach (elite fighting units), the Palyam (marine fighting units), and the Hagana, which would merge into the modern-day Zahal or Israeli Defense Force as well as groups of police officers. This training included fighting fitness, obstacle training, bayonet tactics, sentry removal, knife fighting, stave/stick fighting and any other military-oriented problems that required a creative solution.
In 1948 Imi became the principal authority in close-quarters-combat for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).
Imi became the Chief Instructor for Physical Fitness and Krav-Maga at the IDF School of Combat Fitness as well. He was in charge of training a disparate group of soldiers of all shapes, sizes, and abilities, many of whom did not speak the same language. He needed to develop a self-defense system that would work for not only spry eighteen-year-olds and elite fighting troops in prime physical condition, but also for middle-aged and graying reserve soldiers. He needed a system that soldiers could learn quickly, during their 3-week-long basic training. Finally, he needed a system that worked, one that soldiers could apply to any situation at any time intuitively and without hesitation. He succeeded very well!
A Fighting System that Works for All
Until the World War II era, traditional self-defense techniques left soldiers ill prepared to defend against armed attackers.
As the fledging Israeli state formed, Imi knew its soldiers needed to learn a type of close-quarters combat that could protect them against firearms, explosives, and other modern threats. Thus, Krav Maga—the world's most effective close-quarters combat system—was born.
As he developed the method
Imi worked tirelessly to ensure Krav Maga success was not dependent on a practitioner's strength or expertise in any one combative including punching, kicking, grappling or throwing. He took all aspects of a fight, both armed and unarmed, into account.
mi had studied many different fighting styles in his youth including boxing, wrestling, judo, jiujitsu, aikado and fencing.
In 1948, Imi melded his knowledge of these various fighting disciplines together and created the complete fighting system now known as Krav Maga.
Merging Self-Defense with Close Quarters Combat
Until the advent of Krav Maga, self-defense and close-quarters combat were thought of as two distinct methodologies.
Self-defense usually included situations in which a defender was unaware of an impending attack. In close-quarters-combat, two opponents are aware of the other's respective movements and perceived violent intent.
Krav Maga fuses the two disciplines into one fighting system
giving the trainee the tools needed to defend oneself both when taken by surprise as well as when one is well aware of your opponent. In Krav Maga, you'll learn to quickly react under any situation. A trainee learns to both neutralize an attacker as well as develop a fight strategy that may include defensive posturing, and movements, coordinated attacks and counter-attacks, and overall tactics.
For the next two decades, Imi served as Chief Physical Fitness and Krav Maga Instructor for the Israeli Defense Forces.
The vast knowledge acquired through Krav Maga training prompted the military authorities to recognize Krav Maga as a distinct self-defense-close-quarters-combat system. Later, the Israeli Ministry of Education also granted Krav Maga state recognition for training in public schools.
From Soldiers to Civilians
mi's teaching skills were often sought abroad.
His lessons extended beyond just self-defense-close-quarters-combat training to emphasize character and moral training. For example, in 1960, when instructing a Royal Police Guard unit in Ethiopia, Imi realized during a bayonet defensive tactics lesson that several trainees had attempted not to learn with him, but to actually bayonet him. At the next training session, Imi rectified this uncooperative attitude by sprawling his attacker with a full force kick, halting any further "tests."
This incident prompted Imi to reinforce proper student attitude: "be humble." Proving oneself is not necessary.
Humility and respect, Imi emphasized, prevents injury, losing face, or turning away from Krav Maga or any other demanding pursuit as a result of frustration. In 1964, after retiring as Chief Instructor, Imi began to adapt his system for use in the civilian world.
In 1970, he began teaching a state recognized Krav Maga instructor's course.
He encouraged the instructors to join military, security, and police units or to establish themselves as professional instructors within the civilian community.
Imi focused both on teaching professionals
(law enforcement, executive protection and security specialists) and adapting his system to provide ordinary civilians men, women, boys and girls - with solutions to avoid and/or end a violent encounter. In 1978, Imi, along with his senior students including Mr. Avi Moyal (whom he appointed as the Chairman) established the Ha Agudah L'Krav Maga Yisraeli or the Israeli Krav Maga Association (IKMA) in his hometown, Netanya, to promote Krav Maga throughout Israel.
Even during his last years
Imi continued to personally supervise the training of those who have attained high ranks in Krav Maga, and to spend time with the instructors in Israel and abroad.
As time passed
mi recognized the need for an organization whose primary focus was spreading Krav Maga not primarily in Israel but around the globe and so, at his direction and with his blessing, the International Krav Maga Federation was established. And now, once again, Mr. Avi Moyal is at the helm as the Chairman continuing to steer the IKMF in the original vision and direction of Emerich "Imi" Lichtenfeld (Sde-Or).
On January 9th, 1998
early in the morning, Emerich "Imi" Lichtenfeld (Sde-Or) passed away just 5 hours after arriving at the hospital but his legacy and vision live on strong.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Krav Maga?
Self-Defense for REAL LIFE! Krav-Maga originated in Israel under battle field conditions and adapted very efficiently to real life on the streets! It is based on natural reactions to events so it is easy to learn AND easy to remember! We have trained people in Krav Maga all over the world thus expanding and continuing its founder's (Imi Lichtenfield) philosophy that nobody should have to live in fear but instead, one should train in Krav Maga so that "one may walk in peace!"
How much are classes? How long are classes?
These answers vary per club. Go to the 'Locations' tab and find one near you!
How long will it take to become proficient? (How long will it take me to get to the next level?)
In the beginning of your training, you learn the basics which build the foundation for everything else. The first level takes 3-6 months. Each level after that is about 5-6 months, depending on your level of mastery. The goal of Krav-Maga is not becoming a Master; the goal is learning to save your life. You will most likely leave the first class with something that could save your life!
I have years of martial arts experience. Can I join the advanced class?
Everyone starts at the beginning. Due to the unique nature of KM, techniques that you have known for years may be slightly different. Even a punch is very specific to KM. Starting at the beginning will build that strong foundation that will enable you to advance through the system knowing that you are learning and absorbing what is being taught.
Do you use a belt system?
No, we use a patch system. At every test, upon passing, you will receive a patch for the level that you test and a diploma. Your patch is worn on your training pants to signify where you are in your training. There are 18 levels in KM: Practitioner 1-5, Graduate 1-5, Expert 1-5 and Master 1-3.
Do we wear a Gi?
No, but official KM pants and shirt are required before your first test.
Am I too old?
Krav-Maga is for people 4-99! You are never too old to learn to defend yourself.
I'm overweight. Can I do it?
While Krav-Maga is definitely a good work-out, don't let that intimidate you! All of the exercises that we do in class are modifiable. If push-ups are too much, drop to your knees. If running hurts your knees, walk (fast). Let your instructor know of your perceived limitations, and they will offer you modifications. Krav-Maga WILL help you get in great physical and cardio shape!
I have old injuries. Is it safe?
Modify what you do. Listen to your body. If it hurts to do something (and not just a 'hey my muscles haven't done that in a while' kind of hurt) then alter what you're doing. We want to teach you how to defend yourself, but not at the expense of injury. And of course, as with all vigorous activity, you should check with your medical provider before beginning.
I have a gun. Why do I need KM?
Krav-Maga is not a replacement for a firearm; it is a supplement. What if you can't draw? The attack is too close? Your gun gets jammed? Someone takes it away? With Krav Maga, you become the weapon. Don't limit yourself and your chances of survival by relying solely on a gun.
With impairments such as these, it is very important that you learn how to protect yourself. A lot of the techniques come from feeling the attack. Chokes, bear hugs, some knife/gun threats...all of these and more are eventually trained with your eyes closed so that you have to feel the attack. Your body becomes increasingly aware of what is touching it and what's happening to it.
I'm too skinny
All the more reason to learn how to defend yourself! If you are a little person, you are a BIG target. Attackers are more likely to choose someone they are certain they can overpower. Show them that you are not as helpless as they may think!
Do you train terrorists?
NO! We are the "good guys" teaching good people how to walk in peace. This system of defensive tactics is from Israel, one of the most peaceful nations and one of our strongest allies, but also the one that has to fight to secure their land. They know how to defend themselves, and they have passed that knowledge to us.
Can I train through DVDs or online classes?
Currently we do have our 1st five levels of Civilian training available via DVDs. Please contact Gail Boxrud ( email@example.com ) to obtain these however they are only for informational purposes and you are not able to advance in rank or test by watching the DVDs. I realize that some Krav Maga organizations offer training via online or DVD training and then testing however we are not one! We feel as though the knowledge and experience gained via interaction with an Israeli trained instructor face to face is simply too vital to becoming truly effective in Krav Maga. This system is, after all, meant to be able to save your life or the life of those you love. We do not wish to entrust that responsibility to a DVD or standardized online program.
The Civilian Sector of Krav Maga is broken up into three main sections: civilian (co-ed), women and children. Civilian Self Defense, Women's Self Defense.
The International Krav-Maga Federation, with our unique and highly specialized system, knowledge gained from around the world, and well trained tactical instructors gives you this high level of education and training.
Krav Maga Bicycles
Motivated by attacks on bicyclists around the Twin Cities, the owners of Krav Maga Minneapolis LLC set out to develop a self defense program for cyclists.
Kettlebells is a training system with a dynamic approach that provides a full body workout. It strengthens multiple body parts simultaneously, using a lot of muscle groups, as you do in day to day life.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a sport-oriented ground fighting style that focuses on using chokes, joint locks and submissions to defeat an opponent.
Civilian Self Defense
Krav-Maga, Hebrew for Contact Combat, is the highly effective battle and street tested Israeli system of self-defense, fighting skills and defensive tactics.
What does this mean to you? Well, simply said, Krav-Maga WILL enable you to defend yourself. It is easy to learn, easy to retain and easy to use. These self-defense classes teach people, young and old, how to defend themselves and their loved ones against a variety of dangers and threats.
The Civilian Sector of Krav Maga is broken up into three main sections: civilian (co-ed), women and children.
Self Defense for Women
There is approximately 1 sexual assault every 2 minutes!
That's 24 hours a day, 365 days a year!! That is a very unacceptable statistic!
Even more chilling is the fact that every 21 hours there is a rape on an American college campus and in 90% of the incidents the victim knew her attacker!!
As a matter of fact, 1 in 4 women will be sexually assaulted during college life on campus!
These statistics should not exist!
It is one of our missions to drastically reduce these statistics by teaching women the techniques and principles developed by the IKMF using krav-maga.
Law Enforcement Krav Maga
A modern Law-Enforcement agency needs the tools to educate
its officers and members of its entire regular and special units in the topics of defensive tactics, self-defense, hand-to-hand combat and fighting at close quarters when the firearm cannot or must not be used.
Building and educating a fighter as a whole and not just as a technician of weapons (firearm, baton etc.)
is essential to achieve a well rounded officer that in the time of need will turn into a determined and aggressive fighter capable of fulfilling the demanding and dangerous tasks at-hand.
An officer that can respond correctly
without using excessive force, but with an excellent ability to solve any problem including protecting his fellow officers, or civilians when needed.
The International Krav-Maga Federation,
with our unique and highly specialized system, knowledge gained from around the world, and well trained tactical instructors gives you this high level of education and training.
Educating the members and officers of any given unit, to the highest level possible - mentally, technically, tactically and physically, to be determined, effective and efficient fighters
(the material and curriculum is divided into several "Fighter" and "Warrior" levels adequate and suitable for the law-enforcement sectors).
Educating high level
proficient instructors capable of teaching Krav-Maga to different units and task forces with modern law-enforcement orientations.
LE Instructors Courses Offered
Teaching in Israel and around the world we combine and analyze the information we gather, regarding different problems, dangers and risks to officers in different environments.
Now we offer you our knowledge and experience.
Most of our courses for different types of units, officers' courses and instructor's courses are not shelf products, but adapted to the needs of the units, which participate in them.
Basic and Custom-Made Courses in Defensive Tactics, CQB, Fighting Skills & Hand-to-Hand Combat
We have specifically designed courses in these subjects for all sectors of the police, law-enforcement and security agencies, forces, units and personnel, including ongoing and in-service programs. We emphasize education and training that builds an integrated fighter/officer who is able to function correctly under stressful conditions with determination, assertiveness (at the desired level), with good self-control, using the most effective techniques and tactics.
The material and curriculum is divided to several "Fighter" and "Warrior"
levels adequate and suitable for the law-enforcement sectors.
Curriculums are designed and built for different sectors: Military; Law-enforcement; Close protection; and Special units.
To reach each level, one has to take an intensive course and after wards spend a certain period of time in training.
Tests, examinations and achieving defined levels and requirements in CQB
passing obstacle courses, shooting ranges; "Kill houses" and more, are prerequisite to reach every level (all according to the specific unit and task force that is receiving the education.)
Our instructors will join a training program of education in the specific security or law-enforcement agency to give a well integrated KM training suitable to the program at hand Krav-Maga courses conducted for the above sectors, may be done on the customer's /unit's premises or in facility used by IKMF. Specific credentials and recommendations are needed in order to participate.
Krav Maga Bicycles
Krav Maga Bicycles
Motivated by attacks on bicyclists around the Twin Cities, the owners of Krav Maga Minneapolis LLC set out to develop a self defense program for cyclists. Gail Boxrud and Dante Pastrano are certified under the International Krav Maga Federation to teach civilians, police, women and children. They are also certified Security Cyclists under the International Police Mountain Bike Association.
Kettlebell training compliments Krav Maga
Krav Maga Minneapolis offers kettlebell training by an RKC certified instructor Steve Fillbrant, who is also CK-FMS (certified kettlebell-functional movement specialist). Steve received his RKC (Russian Kettlebell Challenge) certification in May 2011. For over five years, he has been interested in kettlebells and what they can do as an exercise and rehabilitation tool. "Kettlebells are so versatile: you can do strength work and cardio, and you can work your whole body in a short time. You gain functional strength, the sort of strength you use every day, whether you're a firefighter, a martial artist, or someone who carries heavy bags of groceries. And the classes are fun!" Steve enjoys reading and spending time with his family. He is also a P-5 Krav Maga student. Students can use their KM packages to attend his classes; unlimited monthly students pay an extra $25 a month.
Our students are also welcome to attend kettlebell classes with RKC Master instructor Andrea DuCane. (separate program, but KM Mpls students get a discount). Call (612) 558-2284 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for details. DuCane is a known around the world as one of the pioneers of Russian Kettlebell training. She travels the world teaching and certifying instructors. DuCane is also a movement specialist who helps people of all ages and abilities improve their health, strength and mobility.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a sport-oriented ground fighting style that focuses on using chokes, joint locks and submissions to defeat an opponent.
Krav Maga students can use their package classes for BJJ, or add it to their unlimited monthly class membership for extra $25 a month.
Eugene Garrett teaches Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Krav Maga Minneapolis.
Garrett brings 12 years of experience in BJJ and a lifetime of martial arts training to his classes.
A retired police officer, Garrett holds a PhD in psychology.
He teaches classes in mixed martial arts, with an emphasis on the ground fighting style BJJ that includes takedowns, grappling, striking and submissions.
This class is for women who want to learn the P-1 and P-2 curriculum and prepare them to test for one of these levels at the end of the series. The class is designed to help women learn the techniques in a collaborative and supportive environment to gain confidence, and join the co-ed classes for additional training down the road.
Kettlebell training is a functional fitness program that combines strength, endurance and mobility training. Our instructor is an RKC certified instructor with additional training in CK-FMS, and a high level Krav Maga student.
Krav Maga All Levels
Class is open to all levels. Subjects are taught by families.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
This class is open to all levels. The sport fighting discipline of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu includes ground fighting: grappling, takedowns and submissions.
Krav Maga Advanced
Class focuses on curriculum from P-3 and up.
Krav Maga Beginner
On-going class open to new and current students. Covers the P-1 and P-2 IKMF curriculum.
Krav Maga Beginner Plus
On-going class is open to beginners. 90-minute class gives more time to fight-related conditioning.
Fight class to practice combatives and defenses with protective gear. Head gear, mouth guard, shin guards and groin protection required. You must have completed the beginner class and gain instructor approval before attending.
Minnesota headquarters for the International Krav Maga Federation
Krav Maga Minneapolis trains civilians and law enforcement the self defense techniques of Krav Maga, with special classes and seminars for women and bicyclists. Our goal is to teach you how to protect yourself in the everyday world. We offer on-going classes, as well as self defense seminars for groups and businesses. Self Defense instruction in Krav Maga is our main focus, but we also offer kettlebell classes by an RKC certified instructor; and classes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.