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Kempo’s movement patterns may look beautiful—fluid, swooping kicks, graceful evasions, smooth takedowns—but underneath the beauty lies a tradition nearly 2,000 years old. Since 1968, the instructors at United Studios of Self Defense have armed students with these techniques, leading classes where participants of all ages and skill levels soak up fighting skill while galvanizing self-confidence.

But before they can share their tactics and Mortal Kombat cheat codes, the instructors themselves must be trained. Each instructor who cinches the black belt around their waist has graduated with honors from the Studio’s own rigorous training academy. The training doesn’t stop there; every week they meet with the founder himself, 10th-degree black belt Charles Mattera, who refines their strategies and instills them with advanced techniques.

250 S Robertson Blvd
Beverly Hills,
CA
US

Werdum Combat Team is a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Academy created and run by former Pride and current Strikeforce champion Fabricio “Vai Cavalo” Werdum and his life-long training partner Lucas Pires. With some of the most decorated and recognized Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioners alive today, WCT has both the knowledge and

2524 Lincoln Blvd
Venice,
CA
US

Equipment: Title boxing, weight machines, heavy bags, a speedball, and a professional boxing ring

Students should bring: A towel. We supply everything else.

Average class length: 60 minutes

Number of Staff: 1?5 people

Class location: Indoors only

Established: 1994

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Pro Tip: We train students at their own skill levels and abilities to make the workouts fun, exciting, and progressive.

407 Washington Blvd
Marina Del Rey,
CA
US

Perhaps the only thing as impressive as Roy Elghanayan?s reign as a two-time Israeli Krav Maga National Champion is the students with whom he?s shared his incredible skill. He first was hand-chosen to devise the Israeli Special Forces? training program. In 2011, the Argentinean Marines enlisted him to teach the sport to their soldiers. He even trained actress Jessica Chastain for her role in the movie The Debt. Today, he continues to travel the world to teach Krav Maga and works out of his studio, Krav Maga L.A. | REKM.

Krav maga is a more rigorous form of self-defense developed by the Israeli military when they realized that ancient martial arts would translate to modern battlefields. Roy and his staff helm classes for both adults and children as part of a six-day schedule that divides students by their skill level. Beginners? classes corral 18 participants or less so that instructors can easily oversee technique while still having enough bodies to build a human pyramid if morale is low. With continued practice, the instructors at Krav Maga L.A. | REKM hope to imbue their students with the physical and mental skill to escape threatening situations should they ever arise.

1643 10th St
Santa Monica,
CA
US