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Free Krav Maga Class? Here’s what you need to know.

Krav Maga free trial information
Krav Maga Illinois Know before you go

Krav Maga Illinois is proud to offer FREE trials in our Krav Maga Reality Self Defense and Boxing classes.  We get many questions on how to go about this, and what is required for the free trial. We have made it simple, by breaking it down into the attached,  “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO” information sheet.

If you are interested in the Krav Maga experience, simply give us a call at 773/775-5201, to set up your free trial appointment.

Train in a friendly environment with zero intimidation factor. We are all in this together learning to protect ourselves and our loved ones.

Violence does not discriminate.  Krav Maga Illinois self defense training is for EVERYONE. Come in and see for yourself, it could change your life!

        You’ve booked your free trial class at Krav Maga Illinois, now what?


  • Trial classes are held on Monday/Wednesday 5:30pm, Thursday 6:30pm, Saturday 8am, Sunday 9am. Call us to schedule appt.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your class
  • Wear something comfortable to work out in
  • Bring some water
  • Street shoes are not allowed on the mat.  Socks or wrestling/boxing shoes are appropriate
  • A mask is required for the duration of the class
  • Please bring your phone in with you in order to scan our sign in
  • Our address is 5201 N. Oketo, Chicago, IL 60656  – 773-775-5201
  • We have ample parking in our lot on the side of the building
  • This is a one hour adult group reality self defense class
  • During the class you will be paired up with someone your same size and experience level
  • You will learn combatives, (punches, knees, elbows, kicks, etc.) and self defense techniques, along with awareness, reaction and response training


Krav Maga Illinois has been selected as Best Self Defense training by Chicago Magazine.

Founded in 2009 by Sue Garstki, a lifetime martial artist with over 40 years of martial arts and teaching experience.  Krav Maga Illinois has served thousands of students looking for realistic self defense and awareness training, confidence, empowerment, physical fitness, and mental toughness.  Our Krav Maga Training practitioners include moms, dads, students, professionals, military personnel, law enforcement, anyone interested in protecting and improving their quality of life.  Krav Maga Illinois is a proud licensee of Krav Maga Worldwide, and is on a nationwide curriculum with over 150 KMW training facilities all over the world.

Krav Maga Illinois Krav Maga Kid’s Program is for children 10 and up.  This is a program that focuses on reality self defense, anti-bullying, strength and confidence building.  It is a hands on program in a safe and supportive environment.  

All of our instructors are officially certified through Krav Maga Worldwide and USA Boxing.  They are  knowledgeable and recognized in their field of expertise. What we do is self defense, and that is clear through the level of instruction given by our talented instructors. Instructors can answer questions you may have by calling directly at 773/775-5201. You can also visit our website at

About Sue Garstki: Sue Garstki is a certified Expert Level Kravmaga Worldwide Instructor, 2nd Degree Black Belt in Okinawan Shorei Goju Karate, and official USA Boxing Coach.  She has been certified in Commando Krav Maga and the Haganah/F.I.G.H.T. system. 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. Sue was nominated Female Reality Self Defense Instructor of the Year by the Global Network of Reality Based Self Defense Systems, and Civilian Close Quarter Combat Instructor of the Year. Sue has worked 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, where she was named Krav Maga Expert of the Year.  She is a certified personal trainer under NDEITA and was one of the first instructors be be certified to teach the National Association of Professional Martial Artist’s (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 can be reached at any time for more information or to answer any questions by calling 773/775-5201.

The Krav Maga Illinois headquarters is at 5201 North Oketo, Chicago, Illinois 60656 773/775-5201