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. Silence serpent assailants with today's Groupon: for $20, you get three Krav Maga level-one, KM bag, or CrossFit classes in any combination at KMW Training Centers by Krav Maga Worldwide (a $60 value). Choose between the following locations: Sherman Oaks and West Los Angeles.
Practicing the self-defense secrets developed for the Israeli Defense Forces, Krav Maga Worldwide's student scrappers undergo frame-building exercises to keep bodies fit for fighting. Under the guidance of Chief Instructor Darren Levine, a sixth-degree black belt, Krav Maga Worldwide instructors prep pugilists for realistic self-defense situations with level-one training courses. Prospective pummelers learn a parade of punches, kicks, and grapples, as well as strike-based shields calibrated to block chokes, headlocks, and wet willies. Fitness-minded fighters can also work out aggression during one of Krav Maga Worldwide's group exercise classes. Batter stuffed assailants in the KM bag class, a prop-aided strength and endurance workout, or undertake CrossFit's exercise of the day (CrossFit is only available at the West Los Angeles location).
Scalable to a variety of fitness and experience levels, Krav Maga Worldwide's classes take place throughout the week. Unlike many martial arts that emphasize ritual and follow strict rules, Krav Maga hones in on quick, effective self-defense techniques for neutralizing real-life dangers. Students leave their training sessions with exponentially increased self-confidence and awareness that rivals a high-strung security camera. Participants in KM bag classes will need to muffle mitts with boxing or bag gloves to protect hands from strike strains and bites from feral speed bags.
- Seeing members transform their bodies, athletic abilities, and confidence is truly mind blowing. And, how could you not feel more confident walking around with a huge arsenal of fighting and self defense techniques? – Green E., Sherman Oaks location, Yelp, 3/25/10
- The instructors are great-- knowledgeable, helpful, professional-- while creating an energetic learning environment. – Drake P., Los Angeles location, Yelp, 12/11/10
Krav Maga Worldwide
When Darren Levine received his first Krav Maga black belt in 1984, he wasn't the first man to have worn that particular piece of fabric. The belt originally belonged to the man presenting it to him: Imi Lichtenfeld, the creator of Krav Maga. Darren had had the good fortune of learning the self-defense technique from Imi himself, and eventually became one of Imi's most trusted practitioners, developing training programs for more than 5,000 law enforcement and military personnel throughout the U.S.
In 1998, just one year after his beloved mentor passed away, Darren founded Krav Maga Worldwide to meet growing demand from curious civilians. The hand-to-hand technique is focused on reacting to realistic attacks, and teachers use scenarios inspired by everything from military combat, to late-night walks alone, to heated matches of Whac-A-Mole. Darren and his team lead various programs tailored for law enforcement and military members, women, fitness buffs, and even children, and they also offer certification programs for those looking to become instructors.