Krav Maga or contact combat is the official self-defense system of the Israeli Defense Force, as well as law enforcement agencies around the country. It is a reality-based system that was developed to be used effectively on the streets by men and women of all sizes and uses simple and instinctive movements that are easy to learn and remember, especially under high stress situations. The basic principles of Krav Maga are threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers, and aggression; in other words, recognize danger at the earliest stages, react without hesitation and with a seamless explosion of violence, and eliminate the danger as quickly as possible by delivering a series of combatives to the vulnerable parts of your attacker’s body. With Krav Maga, you will become a walking human weapon.
Objective: To survive by whatever means necessary and become a master of controlled violence and chaos.
Krav Maga Force offers reality based self-defense, as well as, a variety of bootcamps and fitness programs that will train students to defend themselves, using the combatives, techniques, and principles of krav maga, a self-defense system, based on hand-to-hand combat utilized by Israeli military and adopted by law enforcement agencies in the United States. This training will provide students with an efficient and effective means of recognizing danger, addressing it immediately, and neutralizing the threat quickly by focusing on the vulnerable parts of an attacker’s body. Through hard work and dedicated training, students will develop the physical ability to defend themselves, along with an increased mental strength, self-confidence, and the mindset necessary to survive a violent attack, by whatever means necessary.
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August 2017: Natalia F.
I can't express how much I LOVE this place!! Great energy and even better instructors!! They push you to your limit if not beyond which I appreciate so much! You leave drenched in sweat after each class. Whether you're having a stressful or wonderful day, a pair of gloves and a punching bag is never a bad idea!
August 2017: Anthony D.
I joined Krav Maga Force after 8 years in the Marine Corps. I have had the opportunity to study under the Marine Corps Martial Arts system and the US Army Combatives program. I studied Muay Thai and western boxing at civilian schools and studied Krav Maga at 2 different schools before Krav Maga Force.
What makes Krav Maga Force stand out is their dedication and emphasis on real world training. It is also very important to me that Tony, as well as other instructors, are veteran police officers and can draw on their real-world experience to guide and teach based on what really works under stress. The instructors work hard to provide a safe, but intense training environment. They are friendly, knowledgeable and articulate teachers, but can still push students hard to get used to the stresses they will encounter in a real-world confrontation. I was very happy to find a school that focuses on real world applied self-defense.
August 2017: Rodger B.
First, I have no experience in martial arts or in any fighting style. Although I am active duty military (support staff) I really never learned how to fight. After joining Krav Maga Force, I feel way more confident if I have to defend myself on the streets of Chicago. Everyone made me feel really comfortable from the first day at the school. The instructors are top notch and great to train with. The other students are always positive and fun to hit :o), I get a great workout every time and enjoy the stress relief that comes with striking. Highly recommend joining or at least trying it out!!!
July 2017: Sandra C.
Not only is the best form of fitness training I've ever had, but learning self defense is a huge bonus! Tony and his Team make these classes interactive, fun and empowering!! Huge variety of classes for all levels.
July 2017: Imran H.
I have no background in any martial art but decided to finally do something and figured if krav is good enough for the SAS and IDF it would do me just fine.
As well as learning self defence I am now in the best shape of my life, I have lost 20lbs without going on a diet.
Instructors are great and really help push you. When I am confused on a technique (which for me is more often then not) they are happy to slow it down and help drill it till you get it.
If you are reading this you are already interested and I would recommend you just come by for a free class.
May 2017: Joe K.
What truly makes Krav Manga Force exceptional is the way the instructors try to learn your name and how friendly everyone is. Finally, a no pressure place to learn something new, have fun, and get a good workout!
Classes are energetic, and there are people of all levels of experience and body types working together. I've been out of shape my entire life but didn't feel intimidated or embarrassed having to take a breather. The teachers are legit, experienced, and actually good at teaching. And while I like hitting things myself, there is a wide variety of self-defense styled classes like Combat Judo, Intro to Ground (no gi BJJ), and Defence Lab to round out your martial arts repertoire.
As for the particulars, Madison Street regularly has metered parking spaces open. At worst I've had to drive around for a few minutes or park a few blocks away. No showers yet, but there is a private bathroom for changing, and there are lockers for your street clothes. Imagine a typical classic boxing gym but a little cleaner. And no, you're not locked into outrageous year-long contracts.
Lastly, I've lost 30lbs and 4 inches off my waist since I started. This is without starving myself or having to dread working out (like going on a boring run). I should have tried out Krav Maga Force sooner.
April 2017: Giselle R.:
Empowered is how I feel after every session at Krav Maga Force! I came to learn self-defense but have found found so much more. I am developing the awareness, confidence, and skills to protect myself in threatening situations. When I am traveling, out late, or otherwise in potentially compromising situations, I run the drills in mind in case I might have to employ them. My instructor is excellent and the community of other participants is supportive, fun and gives you a great workou!
March 2017: Elizabeth F. :
Excellent staff. Very professional and knowledgeable. Highly recommend this place!!
March 2017: Chelsea B.:
If you want to get fit, both mentally and physically, this is the place to go. The classes vary perfectly. If you want a heavy workout there's options for that. If you want to get better at your technique there's options for that too. If you want yoga, that's there too. I personally can't stick to a gym membership where I go and hop on a treadmill or lift weights. I need to be having fun to be able to stick to it. And these classes are a blast.
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