Aside from climbing out of rattlesnake-infested quicksand or posing for rattlesnake-infested watercolor portraits, few activities combine the focus and physicality seen in krav maga training. Learn to defend yourself from rattling attackers with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a 10-class punch card (a $200 value) at Berkeley Krav Maga, located on Tenth Street. After attending their first class, Groupon buyers have 30 days to use the remainder of the punch card.
Krav maga, Hebrew for contact combat, is an intense, hand-to-hand fighting system developed in the 1930s and now used worldwide by various law enforcement, intelligence, and military organizations. Unlike other martial arts, in krav maga there are no rules; just practical, old-fashioned street justice. Students are taught to sternly focus on simultaneously diffusing the threat of an attacker and fighting back, before safely vamoosing while the attacker is seeing stars, little cartoon birds, or swirling images of a serenely smiling Dennis Rodman. Available hour-long classes run on a flexible schedule and teach kicking and punching, stance and movement, grappling, and defense against common attacks such as choking, knives, and guns.
Berkeley Krav Maga's lead instructor, Danny, is a veteran of the Israeli Defensive Forces, where he first learned the martial techniques. After moving to the Bay area, he became certified to teach krav maga to civilians. With on-going training, students will not only be able to defend themselves against potentially armed and dangerous assailants, but also have increased awareness of possible threats, the essential first element to avoiding conflict. Because the main application of krav maga is self-protection in a real-life situation, classes are designed to push physical boundaries to their logical conclusions, so that in a worst-case scenario, reaction time will be quick, endurance remains high, and witty one-liners will be delivered without inelegant panting.
Yelpers give Berkeley Krav Maga an average of five stars:
1390 10th St.
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