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Krav Maga Illinois Kid’s Self Defense Testing

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Congratulations to our Krav Maga Illinois Kids! Last weekend some of our Level 1 students tested for their next Level in Krav Maga.  It was a very challenging testing which lasted up to 3.5 hours.  These students really proved that they can “get home safe”. The testing consisted of aggressive combatives, self defense techniques, multiple attacker and stress drills.  Each child handled this beautifully.  They all did their very best, not just for their next level, but for themselves and for their parents.  The students taking this testing understand that their Krav Maga training is all about self defense and awareness.  They understand that this is something that can potentially save their lives. Once they have this understanding, then they take their training literally up to the next level.  We are so proud of our KMI Kid’s here at Krav Maga Illinois, where it is all about the self defense.

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Krav Maga Illinois Kids

This training and testing  gives parents peace of mind that their child has gained confidence, strength and the skills to survive a dangerous situation.  Our Krav Maga Illinois Kid’s self defense classes are for children
ages 10 to 14.  The classes are held on Wednesdays at 4:30pm and Saturday at 10am.  We offer a free trial in either of these classes.  For more information on how you can help your child feel more safe and secure, give us a call at 773/775-5201.  



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 information and 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, and 2017, where she was named Krav Maga Expert of the Year. In 2021 and 2022, she was again inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame.  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.