Instructor/Owner Sue Garstki
Sue Garstki is a certified Expert Level Kravmaga Worldwide Instructor. She traveled to the Kravmaga Worldwide National Headquarters in Los Angeles, and was certified as an instructor by the best Krav Maga instructors in the world. She is presently the highest level female Krav Maga Instructor in the midwest. Enjoying and believing so much in the simplicity and ferocity of the Israeli Reality Self Defense systems, she traveled to Florida to train under Mike Kanarek and was certified as a Haganah/F.I.G.H.T. instructor. Sue most recently worked with Moni Aizik at an instructor certification here in Illinois and has become one of only two female Commando Krav Maga instructors in the Midwest. She is also a Level 4 instructor in the Raven Method Close Quarter Defensive Tactics System, having had the honor of working with the Chicago Guardian Angels. This year, Sue was nominated Female Reality Self Defense Instructor of the Year by the Global Network of Reality Based Self Defense Systems. In 2012 she was nominated Civilian Close Quarter Combat Instructor of the Year. Sue works with the Chicago Police Department as well as schools and other organizations spreading awareness in Self Defense, Women’s Self Defense and Domestic Violence issues. In June, 2013, Sue was inducted into the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and again in 2015, and 2017, where she was named Krav Maga Expert of the Year.
Sue has over 40 years of teaching experience, is an Official USA Boxing Coach, and a 2nd degree black belt in Shorei Goju Karate. She was also certified under NDEITA to be a personal trainer and was one of the first instructors to be certified to teach the National Associations of Professional Martial Artists (NAPMA) Kardio Karate program. She is the founder of the Women’s Martial Arts Alliance, member of the National Women’s Martial Arts Federation, and the American Women’s Self-Defense Association.
Sue has consistently trained in many different arts including Jiu Jitsu, Boxing, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Taekwondo, Arnis, Jeet Kun Do, Pressure Point Fighting (member of The Dragon Society) Israeli Tactical Knife, Aikido, Capoeira and weapons defenses to name a few. She is also a personal trainer specializing in, self defense, stamina, strength training, endurance, and fight preparation.
Why Choose Krav Maga Illinois?
Violence in our community is not going away any time soon. Get the tools needed to GET HOME SAFE
Everyone deserves quality self defense training. Whether you are an athlete or non-athlete, Krav Maga training is for you. No experience is necessary. All classes are one hour long led by instructors who have been officially certified through Krav Maga Worldwide. In each class you will learn combatives, punches, kicks, knees, elbows, along with self defense techniques against common chokes and grabs. Reaction, response and awareness are also components of each class. What are you waiting for?
Let our Instructors teach you how to protect yourself and your family
Krav Maga training will prepare you for the worst, while increasing your stamina, strength and self confidence. We strengthen your entire body in order to survive a violent encounter. Krav Maga training is for everyone, it is another form of life insurance. Don’t Let Self Defense be an afterthought!
LISTEN TO WHAT OUR HAPPY STUDENTS ARE SAYING
I was 24 years old and in the worst shape yet. I was hesitant to join at first. It was something completely new and the free trial really gave light into what we would actually be doing in the lessons. Now I am 8 months in and feel like a completely different person. I have more energy, newfound strength and feel more confident in my abilities to fight and defend against attackers. They call it realistic self defense for a reason and the trainers have drills and the training to make you ready for anything. The trainers not only prepare you, they mentor you and nurture you to being better at your technique and placing more power in your strikes/defenses/counters. They are all truly fantastic trainers and the students are proof of that.
This was one of the best decisions I have made towards my physical well being. I look forward to continue my training and rise through the levels in the future. I strongly encourage anyone who is curious about joining to contact them to discuss any questions/concerns you have and they will talk you about the program and potentially see how the classes run. You WILL NOT regret it. "Protect yourself and your family, while getting in the best shape of your life."
For me, this is serious stuff: learning self-defense skills I may need to depend on to protect my family or myself from harm in a dangerous world. I chose Krav Maga based on my own research into different styles. I checked out every Krav Maga school in the greater Chicagoland area, and attended free trial lessons at all the schools that made my short list. The clear winner was Krav Maga Illinois. I've been attending now for eight months, and I'm just happy I made the right choice. It's quality instruction by quality teachers, in a solid program. I travel 30 miles in from the 'burbs to the Chicago location twice a week, and it's worth every single mile I drive.