To make the body produce adrenaline, people usually must kick a cop in the chin, juggle soldering irons, or trap wild animals underneath wet newspaper. Today's Groupon gives you a more comfortable way to excite your cellular infrastructure: for $99, you get one month of unlimited membership ($200) plus uniform gi pants ($50) and a KMF T-shirt ($15) at Krav Maga Federation NYC in Chelsea (a $265 total value).
Krav Maga, Hebrew for "contact combat," is the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). Unlike many traditional martial arts that emphasize rules and ritual, Krav Maga is designed for use on the streets, where rules are glanced at, sniffed, and then devoured. One month of unlimited membership to KMF NYC will introduce individuals of any size, shape, and fitness level to the practical techniques of Krav Maga, which have been honed over the years to work with the body's natural responses to threatening situations, such as a muscular baby aggressively waving a sparkler and a bloodshot-eyed man threatening to give people foul-smelling flowers. A flexible schedule of 10 intro-level classes each week allows even busy businessmen and stressed-out mothers to learn the valuable art of self-defense.
Master Instructor Rhon Mizrachi is a veteran of the Israeli military and has trained in the techniques of Krav Maga for almost 40 years. All of the instructors and students at KMF are kept under his alert gaze. By becoming part of KMF, you are not just signing up for a fitness class; you're becoming part of a family that bonds by practicing groin strikes.
Although Krav Maga Federation has yet to receive many online reviews, five Yelpers give it an average of five stars.
- This place is no joke. Be prepared to sweat and work hard as they prepare to pick on you to perfect your technique. It's tough love and I love it. – Annie C.
- There are people of all sizes, body types, and fitness levels. You will become much more fit by attending class 2-3 days a week for a few months--I did. – Eddie S.
Krav Maga Federation
After Israel’s Defense Forces developed krav maga—Hebrew for “contact combat”—on Middle East battlegrounds, the technique spread swiftly. Krav maga has gained popularity internationally at organizations including the NYPD and the FBI. Krav Maga was founded by Imi Lichtenfeld— and Krav Maga Federation strives to catalyze the martial art’s spread via schools that reach from New York to Rio de Janeiro.
The street-fighting style emphasizes efficient, practical techniques for targeting attackers’ most vulnerable areas and is ideal for combat situations where no rules apply, such as the wars with lobsters in your dreams. As they learn, patrons gain improved awareness of their surroundings, self-confidence, and physical fitness among the colorful mats and punching bags at Krav Maga Federation.
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