So That One May Walk In Peace

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Krav Maga, Hebrew for Contact Combat, is the most effective self-defense system offered today. Developed for the Israeli military, it is easy to learn and retain. Krav Maga is designed to enable you to defend yourself and your loved ones in the most stressful of situations.
IKMF Krav Maga is a modern system featuring simple movements built on the “reflexive” behavior of the human body. It prepares you to function in all circumstances and scenarios according to your environment, needs and risks.


  • Avoid injury
  • Neutralize all threats
  • “Use whatever works”
  • Switch from defensive to offensive maneuvers quickly
  • Improvise and create weapons from almost anything
  • Strike vulnerable parts of the body and use the body’s natural reflexes


Self-Defense for REAL LIFE! Krav Maga is the most effective self-defense system offered today. Training is based on natural responses and reflexes so it is easily learned and implemented quickly. This system is accessible to anyone interested in learning self-defense techniques to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Defense against REAL THREATS! Krav Maga originated in Israel under battle field conditions and has been adapted to deal with threats anyone could encounter in their daily lives today. Each element of the curriculum is based on actual attacks and scenarios from around the world. Every level includes self-defense solutions and counterattacks for these scenarios

A system of REAL SOLUTIONS! Krav Maga can be practiced once or twice a week and still be extremely effective. The biggest advantage is how quickly and easily one acquires self-defense "know – how". As you advance, the scenarios become increasingly dangerous and complex while providing proven solutions. IKMF places significant emphasis on continually updating the system to ensure it is contemporary and effective. We apply several potential attack scenarios allowing you to reach a high level of proficiency, mentally and technically, in a relatively short time.

Join the Family! Learn the best and most effective fighting system available so you can walk in peace. Come train with us at West Side Krav Maga and join the large and loyal IKMF family around the world.



How much are classes?
We have a variety of training and payment plans available to meet almost any budget, and we do offer some discounts. We’d love to have you come out and try a class to give us a chance to meet you.
What should I wear to class?
Wear comfortable workout clothes and shoes. We highly recommend groin protection, and many students like to have a mouth guard for some of the drills.
Why should I learn IKMF Krav Maga?
The International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) is the original and largest Krav Maga organization in the world. It was founded by the creator of Krav Maga and still adheres to his principles. The IKMF is the expert trainer to the top organizations Israel (the apex military, police, and security units, as well as the Ministry of Education) and many others. Every one of these organizations are partners in the feedback loop to continually improve Krav Maga (by testing it in live situations), and to share best practices with students around the world.
How long will it take 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 generally takes 3-6 months to master with diligent practice. Each level after that will take about 5-6 months, depending on your level of proficiency. The goal of Krav Maga is not racing through tests; 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 the 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 IKMF uniform pants and shirt are required before you can test.
Am I too old?
Krav Maga is for people 4-99! You are never too old to learn to defend yourself.
I'm overweight/ out of shape/ have injuries, 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! 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 Krav Maga?
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 firearm malfunctions? Someone takes it away? You’re in a crowd? With Krav Maga, you become the weapon. Don't limit yourself and your chances of survival by relying solely on one tool.
Can I take classes if I'm physically challenged?
Whether you are deaf, blind, in a wheel chair, or missing limbs, it is very important that you learn how to protect yourself. You specific situation will be taken into account when training so you get the most out of class.
I'm too skinny/ not strong/ not a fighter?
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!
I took Krav Maga from XXX organization/ trained through DVDs/ took online classes, can I train with you?
We would be happy to have you train with us. We have experience with many of the other organizations that are out there and chose to affiliate with the IKMF because it is the source of Krav Maga and the best organization for learning Krav Maga. DVDs and online classes are used for informational purposes, either to reinforce what you have learned in class or because you are too far away to physically be in a class. Training from DVDs or online is NOT acceptable for testing; you must have time on the mat.
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.
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