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What is Krav Maga

“So that one may walk in peace.” Imi Lichtenfeld- Founder of Krav Maga
The roots of the self-defense system date back to 1930’s Bratislava in what was then Czechoslovakia at the beginning of WWII during Nazi occupation of Europe. Imi Lichtenfeld, the son of a detective and chief instructor of police in what was then Czechoslovakia, was an active practitioner of boxing, Judo, wrestling, swimming, gymnastics, and all-around athlete. As violence towards Jewish civilians and other minorities increased with the rise of Nazism in Europe, Imi’s drive to create a survival system to defend civilians in the streets was honed and thus the roots of Krav Maga were planted.

Meet our instructor

Pedro E. Sanchez holds a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga and has been involved in martial arts for over 18 years. He started his training in the Brazilian Martial Arts of Capoeria under his good friend Contra Mestre Gui at the Centrosul Capoeria Academy. Later, he moved onto Jiu Jitsu which he studied for a little over two years until finally finding his home in Krav Maga. In early 2005, he began training at Beach Cities Krav Maga under Master Beau Durocher. Mr. Durocher had just opened his location in Huntington Beach, Ca after coming from Chatsworth, Ca with a 5th degree American Tong Soo Doo black belt and an expert level civilian/military/law enforcement instructor certification in Krav Maga. Master Beau Durocher has over 15 years of KM training and 25 plus years experience with traditional martial arts. 

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April 2021
Women’s Self Defense

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Anti-Bully Seminar 
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