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What does a Krav Maga class look like?

When people inquire about our self defense classes they often ask "what does a class looks like?" 

By way of a general answer we describe classes as divided into three parts. 

In the case of a one hour class:

1. Warm up: to warm up your muscles and foster alertness you will spend about 10 minutes getting your mind and body ready for the class topic to come. If the class focus is kicks for example, we will focus on the legs. The topic "Defending punches" can involve some striking and some exercises to warm up the relevant muscle groupings and hone your reflexes.  

2. Technical practice. This is where we focus on various problems (e.g. escaping holds, defending against strikes etc...) and solutions(e.g. prevention, escaping). Here, you gain a better understanding of how attacks actually occur and what you can do to avoid, escape, and survive.  35 Minutes. 

3. Stress training. Sounds daunting but it isn't. Well maybe a little- but that is the point.  Essentially, we practice what you learn but add a little stress.  This stress can involve some exercises to make you a little tired or having your partner surprise you.   We include this as real life situations include the challenge of defending under stress and we want you to be ready.  15 minutes. 

Overall, classes are interactive.  We encourage questions and suggestions.  Safety is stressed and we recognize that everyone has different fitness levels and experience.  We strive to help you "where you are at"  to learn how to protect yourself and be safe. 

Feel free to contact me with any questions.


Christopher Gagne
Lead Instructor, International Krav Maga FederationToronto