What is the class like? We line up on one line across the room and bow in. That's as traditional as we get. We are on a first name basis and encourage questions and interaction during the class. We play a mix of classic rock and metal music. After an 8-10 minute warm up that is cardio based with a strong emphasis on core strengthening, we will lead a few drills that gets you interacting with other members. These drills include shoulder tag, partner pushups, holding the feet down for sit ups, etc. Everything we do is scalable to each person's ability. We will go over the fundamentals of movement, and one of our strikes. You'll partner and take turns holding pads for each other using the strike you just learned. We will generally build that strike into a combination and/or add kicks and movement drills. Generally, the striking portion of class lasts 25 to 35 minutes and you're usually pretty fatigued at this point, which is what we want. We then start working self-defense, which can include a wide variety of different scenarios. Level 1 consists of choke defenses, for example. The instructor will demonstrate the defense live at full speed, slow it down so that you can see it better, explain the various parts of the exercise, and then work it dry in the mirror with you. When they are confident the technique can be trained safely and effectively with a partner, they will give you the safety notes and let you work it with your partner at your own pace.
How much does it cost? This is a very important question and we don't like keeping any secrets. We offer quite a few different programs that are designed to suit each individual's needs. We have programs for the member who only wishes to train once a week, up to programs designed for members looking to train at any of our locations at any time. We offer discounts for law enforcement, fire fighters, college students, and cross-trainers. We also have special membership packages for families, and drop in rates for visitors. YOUR FIRST CLASS IS FREE, and we promise to not make you feel like we are trying to sell you time share property. Just a few details and we can help you choose a program that is right for you.
What should I wear to my first class? Dress comfortably. A tshirt, sweat pants, or shorts are all fine. If you are training at our Southaven location, we do wear shoes during training. At Memphis we go barefoot (socks may be worn). We do not require a uniform but we do offer a complete line of high quality apparel and gear that is designed specifically for Krav Maga.
Is it safe? Imi, the founder of Krav Maga had one rule for training: "Don't get hurt." During the 1930's, anti-Semitic and fascist groups threatened the peace of the Jewish community in Bratislava where he lived. Imi was a decorated boxer and wrestle. Together with other boxers and wrestlers, they defended themselves against these rioting groups. Imi found one big flaw with their method of training: they were always getting hurt during training and those injuries could put them at serious risk. The basis of Krav Maga was to cut out the sport, train safe, and do so with the intent that one could walk in peace. The short answer is yes, it is safe, and no, it is not as safe as playing chess. We do get an occasional bruise but we wear it proudly.
Should I get in shape first? We hear this quite often. The answer is no. We tell everyone at the beginning of every class that we push the strongest person in the room and we encourage everyone to train at their own pace. I've seen marathon runners puke during a warm up and I've seen students that are, in their own words, "couch potatoes" get through a class without taking a break. It really depends on how hard you push yourself. It would hurt our feelings to know that someone was running on a boring treadmill watching Judge Judy until they thought they were in good enough shape for us. We want to help you reach your fitness goals and more importantly, you can learn skills that could save your life. You won't get that on a treadmill.
Do we offer kid's classes? No. However, Krav Maga does have a children's program that is quite successful. As for the staff of KMD, our motivation and desire is to help adults achieve their fitness and self-defense goals. Maybe one day, if the right instructor comes along, we'll venture into a kids program. In the meantime, our general rule is about 15 years and up. We have made a few exceptions for some very mature 13 and 14 year olds.
How do we clean? You may not think to ask this question, but it is very important when training in an environment where contact with skin is made. Long story short, we follow an extremely strict cleaning policy at all of our locations. Each of which requires specific needs as the mats are different. For more information, please ask and we will be happy to show you our procedure at the location in which you train.
I have a hurt _____. Should I train? We are not doctors. A general rule of advice: If it hurts, don't do it. However, many of us are out shape because exercise is not... Well, pleasant. A better rule is: If it causes risk to your health, further damage to an injury, or the doctor says no, then you should not do it. We believe in self defense and physical fitness. If you are hurting yourself, then you are in essence voiding both purposes for training.
I have certain limitations. Can I train? We believe everyone should learn to defend themselves. Krav Maga was designed for the average person to use effectively. We will try our best to accommodate any limitation as long as it is safe for everyone involved and the overall experience of the group is not hampered. Since our classes are designed to be interactive with other students, it is expected that all students be able to provide their partners with proper training implements such as pad holding, playing the role of an attacker for self defense, and assisting with calisthenics. We do have options available in the form of personal training and small group seminars geared towards specific needs. We would be happy to discuss your individual needs and answer any questions you may have.
Do we offer private and small group classes? Absolutely, We encourage new members to not be shy of group classes but we understand some people prefer training 1 on 1. We also offer company and group seminars that are catered to the specific needs of the individual or group. Prices vary and rates change seasonally. Please, give us a call and explain your needs and we'd be happy to help tailor a personalized program to fit your needs.