Frequently Asked Questions
We're sure you have a ton on questions. Here are a few common questions that people ask about our school and about Krav Maga in general. We'd love to hear from you, so if you have any more questions, or need further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us directly.
I do not have any martial arts experience and/or I haven't worked out in ages, can I still participate?
You certainly can. No experience is required. We have students from all age and fitness categories in every class. The beauty of Krav Maga is that it is easy-to-learn and is very practical, so everyone can benefit from it. And have we already mentioned that it is an awesome workout and you WILL get in shape? We teach effective self defense. You get the functional fitness benefits for free.
While our classes can get pretty intense, we encourage you to push yourself but within your limits - listen to your body. We are not the army - if you need to take a breather, or a drink of water, you will not be called out or penalized for it. We provide a very constructive and healthy environment for our students and so there's no bad stress and pressure on anyone to perform beyond their capacity.
How much are your classes?
You can find our membership fees listed here. Our unlimited membership option allows you train as many times as you want. These are available monthly, as well as in 3-month, 6-month or 1-year durations. From a simple math standpoint, you will find that there are more than enough classes to make the rate very economical. For those with more restrictive schedules, we also have 10-class drop-in passes available.
We teach skills that very few instructors in North America can teach! Our students don't stay because of convenience, they stay for the benefits. And there are tons of it! To properly get a feel for the quality of our instruction, you need to experience it - we are inviting you to try a class. Your first class is always free! So book your free class now and feel the difference that we can provide!
Are there belts, like in karate?
We have a grading system to assess your fundamental proficiency and technical abilities. Instead of a belt system, we employ patches. Each patch signifies a level of profociency which is standard across the global organization.
What is the difference between Krav Maga and Mixed Martial Arts?
We are way more "martial" than we are "art."
Krav Maga has only one concern: to teach you how to survive violence in any way possible. Some martial arts do not address random attacks, modern weapons, and multiple opponents. We strive to prepare you for real life situations by teaching you highly effective techniques.
Mixed Martial Artists are very skilled fighters - they are among the most skilled fighters in the world. The main distinction between a Krav Maga practitioner and an MMA fighter is that they operate in a relatively controlled environment where they fight:
against one opponent
according to specific rules
with a referee
until the referee decides one fighter is seriously hurt
controlled spaces (cage or ring)
Krav Maga, on the other hand, prepares you for situations where there are no rules or standard environments (no referees, multiple attackers, weapons, in any setting). We do not train to last 5 minutes in a ring. We train to neutralize any threat and end a fight as soon as possible, targeting vulnerable points which are not allowed in traditional martial arts, thereby avoiding any escalation where size, strength or numbers might come into play.
What gear or equipment do I need for classes?
To simulate real life situations, we train in regular clothes - athletic shoes, comfortable pants and a t-shirt or rashguard. A lot of our students wear normal gym attire and that is perfectly acceptable. When you decide that you want to make a longer term commitment to your training, you will need official training shirts. The IKM training t-shirt can be purchased through us and must be worn as uniform for seminars and testing. Spartan t-shirts are also available, and can be worn for training. Tactical pants, hoodies and caps are also available.
It is advisable to wear mouth guards while training as accidents can happen. Men must also wear groin protection during class. These items are available for purchase should you require them.
Eventually, you will need shin pads, mma gloves and a cage helmet. This equipment is necessary when conducting full-contact drills and sparring. Please speak with the instructor about when these items should be purchased.
How do I get started?
Like you start anything. Simply start coming to class. Now is as good a time as any! Click on the button below and register for your free class now!