FAQs

How Is Krav Maga Different From Other Martial Arts

Indeed there are some similarities between Krav Maga and other martial arts. However, Krav Maga was developed in an environment where the Israeli military could not devote many hours to prolonged hand to hand combat training for their personnel. Therefore, the Krav Maga system was created with great importance placed on bringing students to a high level of skill in a relatively short period of time. There are no katas (forms) or rules in the system. Anything goes when you are fighting for your life!

Krav Maga is much more a survival system dealing with personal safety issues in the context of defending against both armed and unarmed attackers. It is considered to be a modern, highly refined, street fighting system, designed to be utilized against muggings, street attacks, and sexual assaults.

Krav Maga has received international recognition for its highly unique approach in bringing self defense to civilian and law enforcement alike. According to law enforcement trainers, among the most striking characteristics of the system are:

  • Students are instructed in state-of-the-art defensive principles that apply to a variety of threatening attacks that occur during commonly documented street crimes.
  • Students train from a position of disadvantage in real time and real speed.
  • Defensive maneuvers are combined with simultaneous counterattacks until all potential danger is eliminated.
  • Krav Maga also teaches students to function with their attention divided; while fatigued; and when they are faced with a multitude of spontaneous attack scenarios

Why should I choose Colorado Krav Maga for Self Defense Training?

Now that you know that there is a REAL difference between martial arts and self defense, you need to know what to look for in a Self-Defense training center.  We’re not in business of nay-saying other businesses…instead we like our record to speak for itself. Some things you can look forward to at Colorado Krav Maga;

  • Over 80 ADULT classes to choose from every week through our 4 locations.  80 a week!  No one else comes close to even a third of that.
  • The only Wingate Institute Certified Senior Instructors in Krav Maga in Colorado (Wingate is the Official Government Institute for Krav Maga in Israel)
  • NO STUDENT INSTRUCTORS!  All of COKM Instructors are certified by at least 1 and up to 3 governing bodies.
  • NO ATTITUDE!  In fact, we tend to ask people with bad attitudes to leave and never come back.  We are a welcoming, friendly, and very community oriented company.  It’s a family business, and everyone is treated as such.
  • Cleanest in the State!  All of our training centers are professionally cleaned and maintained, and disinfected on a daily basis.
  • REAL RESULTS.  Do a search and see what results people are getting at Colorado Krav Maga…both is self-defense and fitness goals.  Our clients are our best advertisement.
  • Our Senior Instructors train the Instructors for multiple Krav Maga governing bodies and organizations across the world.  They were the first, and are the best, to teach Krav Maga
  • Colorado Krav Maga is CONSISTENTLY voted #1 in Colorado by the public, and is recognized WORLDWIDE as a leader in innovator in Self-Defense Training for both Law Enforcement and Civilians.

That’s just a start.  We encourage you to come see for yourself.  Try out classes at every other studio, but make sure you try ours too.  You’ll be glad you did.

Who Is Using Krav Maga?

Over six hundred Government and Law Enforcement Agencies are now using Krav Maga. In Colorado, over 90% of all Police Agencies are using Krav Maga to some extent on an official basis. Our unique training methods have received international recognition as an innovative and highly practical self defense system and has more recently been taught to U.S. federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, including, but not limited to the following (this list is well over 500 agencies):

Federal Bureau of Investigations
EPA
U.S. Army
U.S. Secret Service
Boulder County Sheriffs Department
Boulder Police Department
Colorado State Patrol
Larimer County Sheriffs Department
Fort Collins Police Department
Broomfield Police Department SWAT unit
El Paso County Sheriffs Department
Denver Police Department
Louisville Police Department
U.S. Airforce Anti terrorist Units
Illinois State Police
U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement
Alabama State Police
U.S. Treasury Department
Pennsylvania State Police
U.S. Immigration Service
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms
Los Angeles Police Department Academy
Drug Enforcement Administration Arrest & Control Unit
Texas Department of Public Safety
Ohio State Police
California Highway Patrol
Santa Monica Police Department
Florida State Highway Patrol
El Segundo Police Department
Beverly Hills Police Department
U.S. Department of State
Burbank Police Department
U.S. Coast Guard – Port Security Unit

What If I Have/Have Not Taken Martial Arts Before?

For many people, Krav Maga is their first experience in martial arts. However, we also have many students who come to train with us and have numerous years of experience in other systems. In fact, most Krav Maga instructors have years of training in a variety of systems. Therefore, Krav Maga has proven to be a very open system and welcomes all who wish to participate, regardless of background.

What is Krav Maga

Krav Maga is the official self defense and fighting system used by the Israeli Defense Forces (I.D.F.), Israeli Police and Security Services, and hundreds of U.S. law enforcement agencies. It is also taught in institutions associated with the Israeli Ministry of Education, and since 1964, Krav Maga has been taught to civilians all over the world as well.

Developed and refined during years of conflict, Krav Maga emphasizes easy-to-learn techniques that have been battle-tested in real, life threatening confrontations. There is nothing flashy about this system.

Krav Maga is comprised of two main parts: self defense and hand to hand combat.
Self defense is the foundation of Krav Maga. Students learn to defend themselves against hostile actions, to avoid injury, and to quickly overcome their assailant. Krav Maga defenses address a wide variety of aggressive acts, such as punches, kicks, chokes, bearhugs, headlocks, grabs, as well as defenses against multiple assailants and assailants armed with a firearm, edged weapon, or blunt object. Students apply the relevant Krav Maga principles and techniques in a multitude of situations, even in unfamiliar or adverse circumstances, such as dark surroundings; from a sitting or lying position; with limited freedom or movement; or under extreme stress and/or fatigue.

Hand to hand combat constitutes a more advanced and sophisticated phase of Krav Maga which teaches how to neutralize an opponent quickly and effectively. It embodies elements related to the actual performance of the fight: tactics, feints, powerful combinations of different attacks, the psychological dimensions of the fight, and learning how to use the environment to your advantage.

In addition, Krav Maga incorporates specialized training methods to not only challenge students physically, but to also instill into the student a special mental discipline meant to strengthen the spirit and to develop the ability to deal with violent confrontations under high stress. These training methods have been used in Israel’s most elite units and have proven themselves in real fighting.

Krav Maga is not merely another school of martial arts based on traditional approaches. It is a modern method characterized by a coherent and logical way of thinking which builds up easy, natural, and practical techniques featuring simple movements of the human body.

The lethal nature of the Krav Maga system simulates real life situations. It teaches people how to save lives and to cope with common street violence. To be effective in the streets, Krav Maga cannot include rules and limitations. Therefore, there are no sport competitions for Krav Maga because it is designed to remain a realistic fighting system.

Where Did Krav Maga Come From?

Krav Maga was developed in the 1940’s by Imi Lichtenfeld, who carefully refined the system during his career as Chief Instructor of Hand to Hand Combat for the Israeli Defense Forces. Faced with the task of preparing a wide variety of soldiers – from physically fit high school graduates to out-of-shape forty year olds – Imi developed a comprehensive system that relied on simple, instinctive moves rather than rigid techniques requiring years of training. After leaving the military, Imi continued to refine Krav Maga for civilian, law enforcement, and military applications.

How young do you start kids training?

We have Krav Maga classes for kids starting at 3 years old! Even at 3 years old, kids are learning some valuable skills like; teamwork, balance, structure, flexibility, concentration, perseverance, pride, and self-control. Our Youth Krav Maga classes are divided by level and by age, so everyone has their own class of peers to train with. Adult Krav Maga self defense classes and our Conditioning classes are for ages 13 and up only.

Do I need to get into shape before starting something like this?

Not at all! Krav Maga classes are all self-paced. People from all walks of life with absolutely horrible exercise histories constantly begin classes right away. Our classes are specifically designed to challenge the couch potato right along with the honed athlete. How? Like we said, all the classes are self-paced. Everyone is allowed to stop and rest whenever they need to during any of the drills, warm-ups, or exercises. We are here to teach you self defense, and motivate you to get into shape along the way (it’s impossible not to!).

How much is Krav Maga?

To answer that, you have to know how valuable Krav Maga is.  Ask yourself first, what would you pay to have Krav Maga training when someone has cornered you in a dark alley?  How much would you pay to go back in time and get into shape when in 10 years from now you have a chronic illnesses?  I know these are rhetorical questions, but it deserves some thought at least.  Our programs are straight forward; we never sell you “upgrades” to learn what the cool kids are learning.  You get all of our classes in all of our programs for one low price.  Our base membership is an open-ended month-to-month membership, with no term contract.  You can cancel that open ended membership at any time with just 30 days notice.  If you see the value in our training that we think you will see, we suggest opting for one of our savings packages; a 7-month or a 12-month term membership.  Those are like purchasing 7 or 12 months of training in bulk, with a substantial savings attached to it.  We’re talking almost 40% off!  We are certainly not the cheapest place in town, if you’re looking for cheap training then we’re probably not for you.  If you’re looking for the BEST self defense training in the NATION, right here in Colorado, for an amazing value, then we are probably going to be your first choice. You can expect to pay anywhere from $99 a month to $199 a month depending on your goals, terms, and space available.

The best way to know first how valuable Krav Maga can be for you, is to try it without risking a thing.  Make an appointment today for a FREE trial class and talk to one of our friendly Program Directors while you’re here and they can help you with a training schedule that will help you reach your goals fast!