1. I am totally out of shape. Can I handle this training?
The training at SVKM is physically challenging, however, every exercise, drill, or technique is designed to help you improve – no matter what fitness level you are currently in. We will be there to support you every step of the way.
2. Is Krav Maga a good idea for a woman?
Yes, Yes and Yes! Krav Maga by definition gives a smaller/weaker person real life street advantage against a larger/stronger assailant. Women are naturally targeted for various assaults, from domestic violence to robberies to attacks of a sexual nature, date-rapes and stalkers. Unlike other martial arts which rely on a person’s strength and size for advantage Krav Maga will give you the edge you need to never be a part of the statistics.
3. I see there are a few schools out there. What makes Simi Valley Krav Maga special?
In the United States, most Instructors can trace their lineage back to the first group of American instructors that Imi and his top Instructors certified in the summer of 1981, Darren Levine (Krav Maga Worldwide), Rick Blitstein and Alan Feldman. This is a buyer beware system, If your instructor cannot trace his lineage back to Imi’s civilian school in the 1960s, you are not learning what is accepted as Krav Maga, you are learning whatever some guy that had two weeks of training in the IDF and a Karate Black Belt has decided to call Krav Maga. Also beware of any Krav Maga Instructor that wants you to call them Sifu, Master, or any of that other nonsense, we don’t do that. There was only one Grandmaster in this system, his name was Imi, and he’s only with us in spirit now.
4. Will I get injured in the class?
We maintain the highest level of safety procedures, training equipment and protective gear to make sure you will not get injured during class. That said, Krav Maga is an explosive activity and as such risk of injury always exists. As long as you follow the rules and use common sense, the risk of injury drops significantly.
5. How does Krav Maga differ from traditional Martial Arts?
.Krav maga is complete fighting system. The only rule is that there are no rules. In its military capacity and highest levels of learning, krav maga teaches not just defenses against armed and unarmed attack, but how to initiate an attack. An SVKM practionner is as comfortable in a ground confrontation as standing confrontation. (Note: a practionner does not necessarily want to be situated on the ground during a confrontation for several reasons including the threat of multiple attackers. Nevertheless, the reality is that many fights to end up on the ground.) Imi designed krav maga to be learned in a short time, and, equally important, to be retained. Krav maga does not emphasize traditional katas or choreographed routines. Instead, krav maga relies on retzev or “continuous combat motion” to complete the defense. Krav maga’s spiritual side is embodied by civility and good citizenship.
6. Can’t I pay as I go? With no Commitment.
Krav Maga is a skill that requires time and effort to obtain. Since our classes tend to fill up, we want to invest our time, dedication and knowledge in those who take their training and personal safety seriously.
7. I already have a gym membership – is Krav Maga good for fitness as well as Self Defense?
When you become a member of SVKM you will have no further need for any other gym membership. We offer separated fitness classes designed to build a stronger and leaner physique. In addition, practicing Krav Maga regularly engages your entire body and provides an intense strength and cardiovascular workout.
8. Do you train children?
Your child will never be bullied.
SVKM is now offering Krav Maga and Self Defense classes for children.
Children are exposed to a variety of risks, ranging from violence in school or in the playground, to systematical bullying. Bullying is any behavior that designed to purposefully cause pain, hurt or fear – many times targeted against kids or teens that cannot defend themselves. Countless of children are afraid to go to school due to repeated abuse by peers. Sometimes the children report the behavior but many times the abuse goes unnoticed for prolonged periods of time. The result – on a psychological level the child becomes introverted, shy and frightened, unable or unwilling to form trust. Often the child shows anxiety and depression symptoms which can lead to anti-social behavior. School grades and other achievements drop as a result of low self esteem. Teachers confuse this drop with lack of effort, laziness or they might suspect something is happening at home. On a physical level violence is always dangerous. A shove down the stairs or at the playground or repeated punching can lead to severe injuries or worse.
At SVKM we provide your child with the tools to avoid physical abuse – to be able to stop it at inception and deter any bully who might think he can hurt your child for whatever reason. We do not teach them to be violent, in fact we keep track of our students personal records and make sure they understand that with great power comes great responsibility. Children who devote their time to martial arts are much less likely to get involved in random violence.
Our training is fused with challenging and competitive games, technical learning and discipline. We maintain the highest level of safety, while giving them the tools to fend off and overturn a potentially violent or dangerous situation.