Krav Maga (pronounced ‘krahv magah’ and Hebrew for “Contact Combat”) is not a traditional martial art. It was developed in an environment where the Israeli military could not devote many hours to hand to hand combat training. Therefore, the Krav Maga system was created to bring students to a high level of skill in a relatively short period of time. There are no forms (katas) or rules or set combinations as reactions to attacks. Instead, Krav Maga training focuses on teaching simple self-defense techniques which specifically cater to reality based attack situations. The art of Krav Maga deals more with personal safety issues and is considered to be a modern, highly refined,self-defense system, designed to be used against armed and unarmed attackers.
Krav Maga is comprised of two main parts: combatives and self defense. With combatives, you learn how to neutralize an opponent quickly and effectivly. It embodies elements related to the actual performance of the fight including tactics, feints, powerful combinations of different attacks, the psychological dimensions of the fight, and learning how to use the environment to your advantage. Different types of combatives used in Krav Maga including punches, kicks, eye gouges, elbows, knees, headbutts, biting, etc.
Defending against attacks such as punches, kicks, chokes, bearhugs, headlocks, grabs, as well as defenses against object using instinctual techniques based on the body’s reaction to stress with simultaneous attacks. Students apply the relevant Krav Maga principles and techniques in a multitude of situations, even in unfamiliar or adverse circumstances, such under extreme stress and/or fatigue. Krav Maga includes specialized training methods that not only challenge students physically, but also instill a special, mental discipline meant to strengthen the spirit and to develop the ability to deal with violent confrontations under intense stress. In fact, the techniques taught in our classes also incorporate the self-defense techniques taught to law enforcement personnel.
Because of Krav Maga’s combat-orientation, there are no competitions or tournaments. Krav Maga training is quite different from other types of martial arts or self-defense training. It stresses defense and fighting under worst-case circumstances such as facing several opponents, defending yourself while protecting someone else, defending with a physical impairment, when disoriented, or against armed opponents.
Training in Krav Maga is an aerobic workout. Stress drills are used to simulate real life attacks in a high intensity, fast-paced environment. This training provides an excellent workout that improves both cardio conditioniong and agility.
All training is done with simulated attacks using knives, baseball bats, clubs or guns to teach students how to deal with an armed attacker. Students learn confidence in dealing with attacks, while getting into shape and building strength.
Lead instructor Heather Rider began her training in Krav Maga in 2001 with Krav Maga Worldwide in Los Angeles. After training under John Whitman, founder of Krav Maga Alliance, she began teaching for him in 2007 in Culver City Los Angeles. Heather decided to pursue teaching Krav Maga when she moved to Santa Fe from Los Angeles in 2010.
She has been a fitness instructor since age 16 and is ACE, ACSM, and NASM nationally certified. She holds an MA in psychology, was a Reebok Master Trainer, and was featured in SELF, HEALTH, Oxygen, Marie Clair, and Shape magazines and most recently has had fitness articles published in the New Mexico Sun and Santa Fe New Mexican.
Krav Maga Meets Thursdays at 6pm and Saturdays at 9am