History of Phoenix Krav Maga and Fitness (PhxKravFit)

Krav Maga was developed by using techniques taken from boxing, wrestling, savate, Muay Thai, Jujutsu, Judo, Wing Chun and grappling. These arts combined together with realistic fight training in the mid-to-late 1930s by Imi Lichtenfeld, became a means of defending the Jewish against fascist groups, and many of the “terrorist” organizations which threaten a peaceful way of life.

Lichtenfeld’s first “students” were a group of men who were tasked to patrol their community and defend the residents from attackers. Soon after, Imi realized that his method lacked that sense of urgency in terms of disabling and neutralizing any threat easily and quickly.

When Israel gained statehood in the year 1948, the elite fighting forces that Imi trained merged to form the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), with the IDF School of Combat Fitness as their training ground. Imi was named as the Chief Instructor of Physical Fitness, and it is in this capacity that he continued to develop his system of self-defense now known as Krav Maga.

Overall training in the school

Phoenix Krav Maga and Fitness (PhxKravFit) is not a fight club. It's about protecting yourself and your family when an attack happens. Our approach incorporates Krav Maga's principles, a mixed-martial art and combative self-defense system putting emphasis on continuous motion, attacks to an assailant's soft spots (pressure points), and simultaneous defense and attack. Krav Maga's goal is for success regardless of experience, age, gender, or physical ability.

Krav Maga's basic principle is to inflict as much pain to your attacker to end the attack as soon as possible and GET AWAY safely. To do that, Phoenix Krav Maga Fitness use a cardio-based training format, building muscle memory, strength, power, flexibility, stamina, endurance, and more!

Phoenix Krav Maga and Fitness is more than a gym, martial arts school or "dojo", it is a FAMILY! We pride ourselves in treating each other with respect, and supporting each other in and outside of classes.

Men's Krav Maga Training

Men from all walks of life train at Phoenix Krav Maga and Fitness including construction workers, bankers, lawyers, sales reps, full time college students, law enforcement, other martial arts instructors, car mechanics, business owners, and even retirees. What do all of these people have in common?

For the most part, they want one of three things – an very useful self-defense skills, a powerful workout program and the “mental attributes” it gives. Along with the three things mentioned, most of the students want a combination of the benefits Phoenix Krav Maga Fitness likely to experience in weeks – not years are as follows:

  • Street awareness: Many times, called “street smarts”, you’ll beware of things and recognize dangerous situations before they start.
  • Meet new people: Find new friends, business connections, and others just like you who will enrich your life.
  • Secret defense strategies: Turn fear into opportunity by knowing how to defend yourself against opponents who are bigger, stronger, and more experienced than you. And so much more…

Women's Krav Maga Training

Compared to male attackers, most women on average are smaller, physically weaker, and more apt to be carrying shopping/grocery bags, holding kids, etc. That is why women are most likely to become a target.
Here are the benefits of Women’s Training at Phoenix Krav Maga Fitness:

  1. Fitness: Get in shape, and stay in shape. End the unhealthy cycle of fad diets and boring exercise programs – Be motivated each and every workout!
  2. Self-Confidence: Feel great in your relationships, at your job, and with your family. A make over from the inside out like you’ve never seen!
  3. Safety: Never be overwhelmed with fear when walking to your car at night, or staying home alone.
  4. Powerful tools: Discover your physical defensive tools that will surprise any attacker.
  5. Street awareness: Avoid threatening situations, which victims fall into.
  6. Meet new people: Find new friends, business connections, and others just like you who will enrich your life.
  7. Emotional balance: Learning while exercising gives you an outlet for the stresses in life…And so much more.

Because a super confident woman still wants more, Phoenix Krav Maga Fitness makes it as easy as possible to check out their “self-defense class” as it is now turned into a one stop shop!

Youth Krav Maga Training

Protect your child in any life-threatening situation by helping them develop skills for defending themselves against bullies and or predators.

Every 40 seconds a child goes missing or is abducted, 33% of children experience bullying and that1.2 million violent crimes happen in America every year.

Because, your child only has seconds to save their life from a violent attacker; Phoenix Krav Maga and Fitness offers a real-world self-defense for your child to protect themselves. They'll be more aware of their surroundings, more confident about how to react, and more likely to get away if attacked.

Every child will have fun learning with other kids, gaining confidence in protecting themselves, and building new friendships.

Future plans

Phoenix Krav Maga Fitness (PhxKravFit) aims to continue the mission they have started and will continue to develop newer more powerful workout program for self-defense for everyone to learn. Workouts are fun and challenging in every specific fitness level.

Yes, we all want to succeed in our job, family and life in general; so, Phoenix Krav Maga Fitness (PhxKravFit) plays a huge importance of every student’s mental and emotional attributes which pays dividends in other areas of life.

Phoenix Krav Maga Fitness (PhxKravFit) will continue to include students of any age, sex, status and or size the importance of SELF-CONFIDENCE - because a solid full body workout and a self-defense skill is not enough without it.

So, forget about the long miles on the treadmill to nowhere, or the complicated workout programs with exercise equipment you either throw out or don’t know how to use at the gym. Come check Phoenix Krav Maga Fitness (PhxKravFit) now and the classes they offer. Before you know it, you’ve finished the class and were so focused on learning – you forgot you got in a cardio intense, fat burning, strength building workout!