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What is Krav Maga?

Krav Maga is not a traditional martial arts system. It does not compete in combat sports competitions or tournaments. It is a mixture of fighting and self-defense techniques including wrestling, Muay Thai, traditional boxing, kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Karate, and street fighting. It utilizes the environment around you to increase your chances of staying alive and escaping a violent encounter.

Krav Maga translates from Hebrew to “Contact Combat.” It is not about size and strength but rather speed, aggression, and technique, with explosive reactions using the body’s natural instincts. In class, this self-defense practice is tested under simulated, real-world, high-stress situations, because rules do not apply when defending one’s life. The system is intentionally simple, so that the body can be trained to defend itself when the brain forgets. The goal of Krav Maga classes is to bring any student to a high level of proficiency in a short period of time. A beginning student can feel confident in the basics of Krav Maga and self-defense in as little as 3 months of regular training.

Krav Maga is practiced all over the world and taught to all who wish to feel safer and confident in their self-defense abilities. With growing numbers of violent incidents happening all over the world in the workplace, schools, places of worship, and places of leisure, knowing how to defend oneself is more important than ever.

Santa Barbara Krav Maga is an open community. We welcome all ages, fitness levels, backgrounds, physical abilities, and experience levels. Santa Barbara Krav Maga instructors are available for individual private lessons, on-site and off-site seminars. We’ve held workshops for businesses, places of worship, non-profit organizations, schools, sports teams, fraternity and sorority organizations, security guards, first responders, and veterans’ organizations. We are proud to teach anyone who wishes to walk in peace.

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