Krav Maga is the official hand to hand combat system of the Israeli Defense forces. It is highly regarded by law enforcement and military agencies throughout the US and the world. Locally, it is the official defensive tactics system of the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, the Canby Police Department, and the Oregon Dept of Corrections. We have many officers training in our regular classes who work for many local agencies including the Portland Police Bureau, and police departments of Beaverton, Tigard, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Oregon City, Milwaukie, Gresham and Canby, in addition to many Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office personnel. Krav Maga Self Defense & Fitness played a major role in promoting the adoption of Krav Maga by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.
We are a proud member of Krav Maga Worldwide, the largest Krav Maga association in the US. Our chief instructor is Darren Levine, one of only two people to be awarded a founder’s certificate by Imi Lichtenfeld, the originator of Krav Maga in Israel in the 1950’s. Darren is a Deputy District Attorney for the City of Los Angeles, who prosecutes violent crimes against police officers. Through his work, he has access to surveillance camera video footage from which he learns the most common ways people are attacked in the US today. This information is incorporated into the Krav Maga Worldwide curriculum. Whenever new issues arise in the ways people are commonly assaulted, Krav Maga Worldwide devises techniques and strategies to deal with them. Krav Maga is therefore an open system based on logical principles. Techniques are based on the body’s natural reflexes and instincts. Therefore it is easy to learn, and easy to remember in the heat of battle. It is not a traditional martial art, but more accurately described as a modern system of self defense and survival. We always stay a step ahead of the predators and criminals of society. The Krav Maga Worldwide curriculum continuously evolves to help students prepare to overcome modern day violence.
Krav Maga Self Defense & Fitness was the first Krav Maga training center in the Portland area. We opened in 2003 in Southwest Portland. We now have two facilities in Milwaukie and Beaverton, and a staff of 14 instructors certified by Krav Maga Worldwide to serve greater Portland. Two of our instructors have been awarded the rank of Black Belt by Krav Maga Worldwide. This is a prestigious accomplishment that requires the trainee to undergo an intense series of 4 day long training clinics, culminating in a brutal 8 hour test of knowledge, conditioning and performance of the entire Krav Maga system under severe physiological stress.
Although our instructors are pushed to their limit to achieve their rank and teaching certifications, be assured that as a student, you may go at your own pace. Your instructors are always aware of your safety during training. Learning Krav Maga is a gradual process for most people and it is better to move at a comfortable pace and continue to progress, then to overtrain and allow yourself to become injured. We welcome people of all ages and levels of fitness. It is not necessary for you to be fit to begin training, we will help you to become fit when you come to class. We are proud of our atmosphere of friendship and cooperation in our training, and our community of like minded good people. We believe that we should be able to go about our daily business without fear of being harassed or assaulted, and we will not be. We have built a community around this idea, and invite you to join us today.