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. Give fist-paintings a little martial artistry with today’s Groupon to Krav Maga New York in Somers and Middleton (a $135 value). Choose from the following options:
- For $19, you get 10 classes (a $45 value).
- For $36, you get 20 classes (a $90 value).
- For $49, you get one month of unlimited classes (a $135 value). <p>
All three options include a 30-minute introductory lesson and a complimentary T-shirt.
The official fighting system of the Israeli Defense Forces and self-defensive specialists worldwide, krav maga maintains its brutal efficacy but loses some of its mystique in classes that teach powerful striking, wrestling, and grappling techniques. Certified course instructors—many with professional law-enforcement backgrounds—help small groups of students kick and punch their way to better fitness in a noncompetitive environment that introduces this potent martial art in gradual doses. A 30-minute introductory lesson inundates first-timers with practice in the basic styles and maneuvers of krav maga and lectures on the ideal circumference of roundhouse kicks. As students hone versatile blocks and counterattacks at their own pace, they can advance through multiple levels of krav maga or sample a schedule of other core-building workouts such as kickboxing and combat fitness. A km-X training program for youngsters ages 5 and older develops discipline, self-esteem, and staring techniques that cause playground bullies to melt into gooey piles of peanut butter and jelly.
Though they focus on real-world self-defense situations, krav maga workouts increase stamina, strength, and muscle tone so efficiently that students need not seek out would-be muggers to test out the true value of their training. Instructors recommend that students bring gloves and wraps to each class, though they lend out a limited number of gloves and also teach open-hand techniques.