The self-defense system of krav maga is most closely associated with the Israeli Defense Forces, which has taught the efficient and easy-to-learn combat technique to its members since the 1940s. The system is also popular among civilians, who in the Bay Area can learn beginner through professional level defensive moves from instructors led by veteran Master Shlomi Katz, who was head of krav maga training for the counter terror school of the IDF. In addition to learning krav maga, students can opt for training in other martial arts—MMA for adults and karate for kids—as well as intense fitness classes that combine cross-training, MMA conditioning, weight training, TRX resistance, and more.
Academy of Self Defense gives students the skills and training they need to build a stronger body and learn real-world combat systems. Its krav-maga and mixed-martial-arts programs teach punishing strikes and defensive moves. Fighting-focused fitness classes tone the body through a mash-up of kickboxing, TRX, and kettlebells. Students also may pound away at the facility’s sea of 8-foot-tall heavy bags.
With a directive to transform bodies and eliminate pains, Morning Crane's team of skilled healers and trainers lead classes that range from intense TRX cardio kickboxing to therapeutic yoga. At the foundation of Morning Crane's philosophy is the Qigong practice, which combines traditional Chinese medicine with advanced techniques and meditations. In aligning their sensitivities with their surroundings, Qigong aims to improve clients' physical and mental states.
Weak bodies are whittled into lean, muscular fighting machines as instructors at American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teach the martial arts styles used for UFC competition, self-defense, and overall conditioning. Men, women, and kids train in the company of students such as professional fighter Cain Velasquez and instructor Daniel Cormier, a former Olympian. AKA splits its MMA, jujitsu, and muay thai kickboxing classes among four facilities, with group-training sessions and private professional sessions taking place in modern training studios with heavy bags, speed bags, and Olympic-grade mats. The Hillside location also features a professional-size ring for sparring or marriage-proposal practice, and the two-story AKA headquarters on Realm Avenue highlights an MMA cage, TRX suspension room, and cardio theater stocked with StairMasters and Jacobs Ladder machines.
Students grapple their way across 112 Swain tatame-style mats, which cover more than 2,400 square feet of space inside Heroes Martial Arts. The studio specializes in teaching Brazilian jujitsu courses, including classes that introduce students to the fundamentals and incorporate judo. In addition, instructors help students gain self confidence and an arsenal of self-defense moves during youth antibullying classes. A separate fitness area hosts free weights, a rowing machine, pull-up bars, and weighted popsicle sticks.
Equipment: Barbells, dumbbells, medicine balls, yoga straps, yoga mats, and boxing gloves
Students should bring: Water
Average class length: 45?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We get to know each student personally; they are not just dollar signs. Each client becomes part of the IMC community, where they are surrounded by an outstanding support group of staff members and other students. Also, our instructors live healthy lifestyles; they practice what they preach.
What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?
Rewarding, challenging, and fun?but most of all, inspirational.