Things you might want to know about Kansas Krav Maga

How old do you have to be?

This program is for Adults, ages 16 and up. Kansas Krav Maga currently does not offer a program for kids. We recommend the kids program at www.ATAKansas.com. This program develops the skills kids need.

How long are classes?

The average class is 45 minutes.

How long will it take to become proficient? (How long will it take for 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 most people 6 months. Each level after that is about 6-12 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 start out in the advanced class?

Everyone starts at the beginner level. Due to the unique nature of Krav Maga, techniques that you have known for years may be slightly different. Even a punch is very specific to Krav Maga. Starting at the beginner level will build that strong foundation enabling you to advance through the system with the confidence that you are learning and absorbing what is being taught. You won't be disappointed.

Do we wear a Gi?

No, just wear workout pants/shorts and a t-shirt.

Am I too old?

Krav Maga is for people 16-99! You are never too old to learn to defend yourself.

I'm overweight/out of shape. Can I do it?

While Krav Maga is definitely a good workout, don't let that intimidate you! All of the exercises we do in class can be modified. If pushups are too much, drop to your knees. If running hurts your knees, walk fast. Let your instructor know of your limitations and they will offer you modifications. Krav Maga WILL help you get in great physical and cardiovascular shape.

I have old injuries. Is it safe?

Modify what you can do. Listen to your body. If it hurts to do something (and not just 'hey my muscles haven't done that in a while' kind of hurt), then alter what you are doing. We want to teach you how to defend yourself, but not at the expense of injury. 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's 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 a small person, how will I be able to defend against a bigger attacker?

All the more reason to learn how to defend yourself! If you are a woman or a smaller individual, you are a BIG target. Attackers are more likely to choose someone they are certain they can overpower. Krav Maga teaches you how to defend against a larger, stronger attacker.  Don't be a target! Show them that you are not as helpless as they may think!

Do you train terrorists?

NO! What kind of question is that? We are the 'good guys' teaching good people how to walk in peace.

 
*Kansas Krav Maga in Manhattan, KS is an affiliate of Krav Maga Alliance

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