Self-defense classes teach people what to do when threatened by a fistfight, an armed assailant, or a wet willy. Punch your way to permanently dry ears with today’s Groupon to YMA Krav Maga in Arlington Heights. Choose from the following options:
- For $35, you get 5 krav maga or K.O. bag fitness classes (a $125 value).
- For $55, you get 10 krav maga or K.O. bag fitness classes (a $250 value).
- For $70, you get 15 krav maga or K.O. bag fitness classes (a $375 value).<p>
In YMA Krav Maga’s martial-arts classes, students learn to elbow both fat and assailants in the face by mastering the Israeli Defense Forces’ official self-defense system. Under the tutelage of a master instructor, novice fist-flingers learn to control instinctual defensive responses while blazing through calories and absorbing krav maga techniques. The practical self-defense is designed to be executed under the most threatening of real-life situations and is used by such institutions as the Secret Service and FBI to improve job performance and the Supreme Court to settle debates. Students also learn confidence and shed stress as they work through a full schedule of 50-minute sessions.
During the 45- to 50-minute K.O. bag fitness class, a nonstop workout runs the gamut of strength routines, from kettlebell and dumbbell work to hoisting medicine balls and stretching resistance bands. Drawing inspiration from boxing techniques, the instructors lead men and women in drills inspired by Mike Tyson’s form and a kangaroo’s stylized flourishes. Each class member should bring their own grappling or MMA gloves to class after the first session, with men requiring 14-ounce gloves and women needing a 12-ounce set.
YMA Krav Maga & K.O. Bag Fitness
Instead of modifying one’s natural reaction to danger, YMA Krav Maga & K.O. Bag Fitness builds upon inborn instincts. Its namesake method of self-defense, krav maga, hails from Israel but has sharpened the arsenal of the Secret Service, FBI, CIA, and NYPD. The noncompetitive technique can be boiled down to a central mantra: use the nearest tool for the job to finish the fight as quickly as possible. This means striking attackers in vulnerable areas with whichever limb will land a blow quickly and efficiently—whether that is a fist punching the neck, an elbow or knee to the groin, or a toe tickling an armpit. Students master these tenants of krav maga in group classes, which also teach how to fend off takedowns and weapons by acting out real-life situations. Fitness and the ability to smell danger inherently result from krav maga training, and K.O. Bag workout classes can put some extra oomph into exercise with challenging cardio and strength routines that include boxing and martial-arts kicks.