About the School

Krav Maga is not a competitive martial art; it is a combat system developed and tested on the battlefield and the street. It is a no-nonsense, reality based self-defense system that is designed to efficiently deal with violent street confrontations.

Impact Self-Defense is a school for people who want ongoing Krav Maga education. It is the only school in San Diego County officially affiliated with Krav Maga Global (KMG), an Israeli Federation headed by Eyal Yanilov, the highest ranking Krav Maga Instructor in the world and the founder of modern Krav Maga.

Instructors Yury and Veronica with Eyal Yanilov

Instructors Yury and Veronica with Eyal Yanilov

Our instructors are certified by Eyal Yanilov, and continue their professional training under his tutelage and the leadership of Alan Predolin, the North American KMG Director.  Impact’s instructors adhere to the professional and training standards set by Eyal Yanilov and the KMG Headquarters.  As per KMG regulations, all instructors must annually renew their Instructor Certifications in order to maintain Active Instructor status within the KMG community.  Therefore, Impact’s Krav Maga instructors regularly attend supervised trainings and are tested by Eyal Yanilov and other members of the Krav Maga Global Instructor Team.  Ultimately, this ensures that Impact offers its students the highest standard of Krav Maga instruction.

Instructors Veronica and Yury  with Alan Predolin, KMG's North American director

Instructors Veronica and Yury with Alan Predolin, KMG’s North American director

Impact Self-Defense is dedicated to providing the most realistic Krav Maga training available. We therefore teach the most current, up-to-date Krav Maga techniques and principles that are continuously tested, proven, and updated by Eyal Yanilov and the KMG Global Instructor Team. We utilize the most current research-supported instructional methodologies available. We do not subject students to rote memorization drills or other outdated approaches to teaching. We teach students how to think, not just how to go through the motions. We offer a safe and friendly training environment, a small student to instructor ratio and a serious approach to self-defense. We provide technical and tactical training that educates students on how to survive violent street attacks.

How long until I’m able to use the skills I learn in class?

Impact’s goal for all of our students is to walk out of class better prepared to defend themselves than when they walked in. This means that we expect all students to get something useful out of every class that they can use immediately. Of course, there is a difference between learning something and becoming proficient at using it, and proficiency takes practice and experience. However, since Krav
Maga is designed to be learned quickly and efficiently, on average students start seeing significant results after only a couple of months of training.

When can I join?

Anytime. No need to wait. We have rolling admission and have students joining on a regular basis. Our teaching methodologies allow you to get up and speed quickly.

How do I register?

Students who wish to register can come to the school during our scheduled class times and sign up. See our Registration Page for more information. Also you can Contact Us for further instructions.

Does Impact Self-Defense have a uniform?

We adhere to the KMG basic uniform requirement. We require all students to wear an Impact t-shirt; however, you may wear whatever bottoms you want. We recommend long sweats but allow shorts, yoga pants, or whatever else you’re comfortable training in. Please wear comfortable athletic shoes or mat shoes inside the school.

Men are required to wear groin protection. We strongly recommend that all students wear a mouth guard, and we suggest students wear hand wraps. Some students also choose to wear forearm and shin guards.

Can I come watch a class?

Yes, of course. Even better try a complimentary class! We offer a chance to participate in one of our regular Karv Maga classes to see if Krav Maga and our school is right for you. Please click here to register for your complimentary trial class.

Do you offer full contact classes?

Absolutely! Full contact drills are a routine part of our advanced Krav Maga training. Our Full Contact Class, open to all students who have passed their Practitioner 1 exam, are an excellent supplement to our regular Krav Maga classes. Students will learn and practice Krav Maga striking and fighting techniques, strategy and tactics, and participate in high intensity full contact fighting drills. Headgear, gloves, mouth guard, and shin guards are required and are available for purchase at the school at discounted prices.

Am I physically ready for Krav Maga?

Krav Maga is designed to be used by everyone, regardless of sex or physical attributes. Krav Maga emphasizes proper technique, principles and mindset to avoid, de-escalate or terminate violent confrontation. Little is dependent on sheer power and strength. Obviously as you train, you will improve your strength, conditioning, coordination and flexibility. Instructors are around to help and
motivate you, but ultimately you decide how much to push yourself. Just let us know if you have pre-existing injuries. We can adapt every exercise and technique to work for you.

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