Frequently Asked Questions

What is Krav Maga?

Self-Defense for REAL LIFE! Krav-Maga originated in Israel under battle field conditions and adapted very efficiently to real life on the streets! It is based on natural reactions to events so it is easy to learn AND easy to remember! We have trained people in Krav Maga all over the world thus expanding and continuing its founder’s (Imi Lichtenfield) philosophy that nobody should have to live in fear but instead, one should train in Krav Maga so that “one may walk in peace!”

How long are classes?

Adult classes are 1 hour. Children classes are 45 minutes.

How long will it take to become proficient? (How long will it take me to get to the next level?)

In the beginning of your training, you learn the basics which build the foundation for everything else. The first level takes 3-6 months. Each level after that is about 5-6 months, depending on your level of mastery. The goal of Krav-Maga is not becoming a Master; the goal is learning to save your life. You will most likely leave the first class with something that could save your life!

I have years of martial arts experience. Can I join the advanced class?

Everyone starts at the beginning. Due to the unique nature of KM, techniques that you have known for years may be slightly different. Even a punch is very specific to KM. Starting at the beginning will build that strong foundation that will enable you to advance through the system knowing that you are learning and absorbing what is being taught.

Do you use a belt system?

No, we use a patch system. At every test, upon passing, you will receive a patch for the level that you test and a diploma. Your patch is worn on your training pants to signify where you are in your training. There are 18 levels in KM: Practitioner 1-5, Graduate 1-5, Expert 1-5 and Master 1-3.

Do we wear a Gi?

No, but official KM pants and shirt are required.

Am I too old?

Krav-Maga is for people 4-99! You are never too old to learn to defend yourself.

I’m out of shape. Can I do it?

While Krav-Maga is definitely a good work-out, don’t let that intimidate you! All of the exercises that we do in class are modifiable. If push-ups are too much, drop to your knees. If running hurts your knees, walk (fast). Let your instructor know of your perceived limitations, and they will offer you modifications. Krav-Maga WILL help you get in great physical and cardio shape!

I have old injuries. Is it safe?

Modify what you do. Listen to your body. If it hurts to do something (and not just a ‘hey my muscles haven’t done that in a while’ kind of hurt) then alter what you’re doing. We want to teach you how to defend yourself, but not at the expense of injury. And of course, as with all vigorous activity, you should check with your medical provider before beginning.

I have a gun. Why do I need KM?

Krav-Maga is not a replacement for a firearm; it is a supplement. What if you can’t draw? The attack is too close? Your gun gets jammed? Someone takes it away? With Krav Maga, you become the weapon. Don’t limit yourself and your chances of survival by relying solely on a gun.

I’m deaf/blind.

With impairments such as these, it is very important that you learn how to protect yourself. A lot of the techniques come from feeling the attack. Chokes, bear hugs, some knife/gun threats…all of these and more are eventually trained with your eyes closed so that you have to feel the attack. Your body becomes increasingly aware of what is touching it and what’s happening to it.

I’m too skinny/short.

All the more reason to learn how to defend yourself! If you are a little person, you are a BIG target. Attackers are more likely to choose someone they are certain they can overpower. Show them that you are not as helpless as they may think!

Do you train terrorists?

NO! We are the “good guys” teaching good people how to walk in peace. This system of defensive tactics is from Israel, one of the most peaceful nations and one of our strongest allies, but also the one that has to fight to secure their land. They know how to defend themselves, and they have passed that knowledge to us.


Am I too old to start Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

Jiu Jitsu means gentle art. There are no age limitations in Jiu Jitsu. It has been documented that people have trained well into their 80’s. Members of our Hammerfist BJJ Program range from ages 4-16(kids program) and ages 13-53(adult program).

Do I need to be in shape to start training?

Not at all. Not only will you learn self defense techniques, but you will get a physical workout while training. Getting into better shape and losing weight is a byproduct of your Jiu Jitsu training.

What is a typical class like?

We begin class with a 10 min warm-up session of Jiu Jitsu based exercises. Class instruction begins. You will partner up with someone in class and perform the technique(s) from the days lesson for 20-30 minutes. The last portion of class is live rolling(sparring). This is where you will hone your techniques against a resisting opponent. Class will then end, but after class is an “Open Mat” session. You can stay and continue to roll(spar), go over techniques, or just watch and discuss BJJ.

Do I have to participate in rolling my first class?

Absolutely not. You will be brought along at your own pace. Some people want to roll their first class, others may take up to a week. The coaches will work with you.

Is there any special equipment/gear I will need for class?

We primarily train in no-gi Jiu Jitsu/Submission grappling. You will just need to wear a t-shirt and shorts (no pockets preferably). You can wear a mouthpiece but it is not necessary. We do offer 1 gi class a week. You will need a traditional BJJ kimono for that class.

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