Krav Maga San Diego is your choice for serious self-defense and defensive tactics training.
We train a wide variety of different types of people, including a significant number of Military personnel; Law Enforcement Officers; and Firefighters / Paramedics.
Women who have been crime victims are routinely referred specifically to Krav Maga San Diego by local Law Enforcement agencies.
All students at KMSD must be certain in advance that they are looking for realistic Krav Maga. Otherwise, those just considering joining any “krav maga” school should be able to find another place (usually with automatic billing; contract; or “package” memberships) offering the typical corporate “McDojo” franchise version of krav maga designed more for fun; fitness; and “being part of a social group”. KMSD does not offer this type of recreational or sport training.
Regular classes during the 8 week sessions are for ages 16 and up; younger students attend periodic Teen Krav Maga and Kids Krav Maga Seminars. Women’s Self-Defense Seminars are open to ages 13 and up.
16 and 17 year old students should visit several classes with a parent / guardian before deciding to join an 8 week session. Anyone wanting to visit should just follow the instructions on the FAQs page. Before registering, minor teens will be interviewed in person by an Instructor. Any teen whose parent is attempting to force them into class will not be admitted to KMSD .
KMSD Private Training registration, application, and payment process must be completed at least 5 business days before the 1st Private Training session takes place. There are no exceptions to this policy. Private Training is open to all ages.
NOTE: If you are going to visit other krav maga schools, which we recommend, please come see KMSD last.
Be aware of what you are signing up for.
Read this page carefully. This is not the program for you if you’re not patient or mature enough to read through important text.
Whether you know you can step up to our level of training, or, you don’t think you’d be able to meet the challenge of training with Krav Maga San Diego: you’re probably right. KMSD is not part of a corporate franchise system; they are designed for three things, in order: 1. to make money for the franchise, 2. to make money for the business owner, and 3. to provide training for customers. KMSD does not run a “martial arts” class for “fun”; we are not a kickboxing gym practicing barefoot combos to focus mitts on a mat floor; or a jiu jitsu dojo / wrestling school where students roll on a mat in a gi; we don’t offer “fitness challenges” or weight management programs or kids “summer camps” or “everybody-pays-to-promote” training camps. We are not a casual training program for older, physically challenged students seeking recreation with a “familiar gang” after commuting home at the end of the day to the suburbs. Our Instructors are not “hobbyists”, nor living off the money they make in the business. There is nothing wrong with any of those types of places. But they are not real Krav Maga. We are.
Your first 8 week session is your Indoctrination class.
- This is a voluntary program. You can Drop On Request (DOR) at anytime. Students who DOR often return to KMSD to join a later class. If you simply quit and walk out of class, you are done with KMSD.
- If you get rolled back for medical reasons you’ll receive a credit for a future class (8 week session).
- There are no refunds. Please don’t ask.
- After completing your first 8 week session as a KMSD New Student in Level 1, you will enter a training pipeline as a Continuing Student in Level 1. There you will more fully absorb the basic, important, fundamental techniques, tactics and procedures (TTP’s) of Krav Maga San Diego. This will include, but not be limited to, skill sets in both combatives (fighting with kicks, punches, knees, elbows, including ground-and-wall work), and self-defense (defending against, and escaping from, chokes, headlocks, bearhugs, including both while standing and when on the ground / wall), as well as defenses against weapons, and multiple attackers.
- Then, after you are evaluated “ready” by the Instructors, usually after completing two or three 8 week sessions, you’ll be invited to test for Practitioner 1. Workshops and Exams with KMSD are not like the “tests” at most other corporate franchise krav maga locations, whose “exams” currently lack the necessary validity to be recognized by KMSD. Many of their students and instructors are there simply because they could no longer maintain the high training standards of KMSD. Which is fine. There is room for other styles of krav maga training. Just not here.
- Students who successfully pass their KMSD Practitioner 1 Exam will be evaluated by the Instructors and most likely be invited to join Level 2 training at that time, including Level 2 Physical classes (full contact / fighting). No student should enter full contact training drills in Level 2 Physical classes without having viewed several entire Level 2 Physical classes.
- Students who successfully pass their KMSD Practitioner 4 Exam will be evaluated by the Instructors and will most likely be invited to join Level 3 training at that time.
- Testing is voluntary at KMSD.
- Once you’ve completed an 8 week session of training with Krav Maga San Diego, you will always be a part of KMSD. If you return after an absence, you’re still a “Continuing student”. Forever.
- Be on time. That means arrive early to deal with any parking challenges. If you are late you will likely earn extra training (at no extra charge). It is still better to be late than to miss class. If you have a reason why you know you’ll be late, let the Instructors know ahead of time. Always plan to stay for the full class but let the Instructors know if you have a reason you’ll have to leave early.
- Be familiar with the FAQs on the website.
- Dress appropriately – athletic shoes, long dark pants (Contact us for recommendations after you are a registered KMSD student), white-based t shirt (KMSD shirt please, available to KMSD students only, both in class via an Order Form, or on our Shop page).
- Bring a positive training attitude.
- After you have been issued your handwraps, or you already own a pair, wrap up before class starts, not during lineup.
- Level 2 / Level 3 students should bring all of their full contact protective gear to every class. All gear must be inspected by an Instructor prior to use in class.
- Be alert when training. Safety is our absolute #1 priority.
- Following directions is part of Krav Maga.
- You are responsible for your actions; be a leader and help others in class who need it. Next time it will be your turn.
- Look out for each other. The Class is a Team; work together as a Class and you’ll learn together, and from each other. If you’re not sure what to do during a training exercise, look around at what everyone else is doing.
- Begin to build your reputation, today, as a Krav Maga San Diego student. Someday, you may be a KMSD Instructor. Every one of our Instructors started here, including one in Class 0.
- If you have a question, ask.
- If you want more Leadership Opportunities, such as leading warmups, helping with the class setup, etc., ask.
- If you want to join a Special Team (Demo, Competition, etc.), ask.
- “Students are expected to demonstrate the qualities and personal characteristics of determination, courage, self-sacrifice, teamwork, leadership, and a never-quit attitude“.