Krav Maga Illinois 2021 Challenge Series

Krav Maga Illinois – Coach Joe and his jump rope!

Its been a long and difficult year so far, and 2020 was one of the biggest challenges we have faced. We are getting through it, since we have no choice but to go forward. It’s almost as if time had stopped. We stopped being active, stopped gathering with friends, eating out, traveling and just plain taking care of ourselves. We saw no way out, and had no idea how long it would go on. There was no end point to look forward to, since things kept changing.

Now that it seems things are easing up a bit, it is time to get back to business. We can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel, and are quickly trying to move toward it. It’s time to jumpstart ourselves back to where we were, and in fact surpass that.

Krav Maga Illinois has been open for some time during the pandemic, adhering to multiple changing restrictions. We have settled into the idea of wearing masks while training and keeping our distance. We could fight it all we want, but in order to stay safe, and keep our Krav Maga Illinois community safe, we must be responsible. Krav Maga training in general, teaches you to be comfortable with being uncomfortable, and adding a mask to the mix brings up your level of “uncomfortableness”. It will only make us stronger.

In order to jumpstart our mental and physical fitness, Krav Maga Illinois is introducing a Challenge Series. As if the Krav Maga class was not challenging enough, our Krav Maga Illinois Challenge series is a way of being more accountable, accomplishing goals and rising to the next level.

We have had a burpee challenge, an all around fighting challenge, (21 three minute rounds) and are now in the midst of our Krav Maga Illinois Jump Rope challenge. We will also be introducing, kicking challenges, class challenges and others throughout the rest of the year.

The challenge series is a great ride-along with our Krav Maga classes. It produces more camaraderie with other students, pushes you to your limits, motivates you and gives you an end time and end result. It gives you a basis to excel even further in the next challenge. It has the power to change you, to create healthier habits, set new goals. Through consistency and repetitive effort, you can achieve almost anything, and with a daily plan and goal, there is no telling how much you can accomplish.


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.