Krav Maga Illinois

Krav Maga Outdoor Training

Outdoor Krav Maga Illinois
Krav Maga Illinois Oudoor Experience

Krav Maga Illinois is happy to announce that we are open and following all safety requirements as set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health, the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago.  Our classes are primarily held out doors, with up to 15 students.  Classes are by registration only, (registration is via phone, email, facebook post, or facebook messenger).  Social distancing is in order so students are working on their own at distances of 6 feet away from other students.  Since we are outdoors masks are encouraged, but not required.  This is based on your own comfort level.  Each student is given their own equipment, which has been sanitized by Krav Maga Illinois staff, and sanitized again before and after class by the student.    Classes are 45 minutes long in order to give students time to disinfect and clean up.

Although due to safety measures we are working on our own (without a partner) we are still able to have a productive,  informative and purposeful class.  Students at our Krav Maga Illinois outdoor classes are increasing awareness, working on reaction and response, and learning how to develop power and skill in their combatives and self defenses.   Strength building and conditioning are also included in this training, as we strengthen your entire body in order to survive a violent encounter.

Outdoor Krav Maga Illinois
Outdoor Krav Maga Set up

We are inviting prospective students to join us for FREE trials in this new Krav Maga Illinois experience. Many people are interested and eager to start self defense training.  Just because we are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, does not mean the violence is going to go away, it is still here, in fact the incidences of violence are beginning to increase everyday.  Krav Maga Illinois will help you stay prepared and be prepared for the worst.  We are so happy to be able to offer this potentially life saving self defense program.

Our schedule is modified for the time being giving you the option to train on different days and on the weekend.  As the safety requirements change we will also change in order to try to get back to some sort of normalcy.  Until then, we are ecstatic to be able to continue to offer an outlet, a stress reliever, a workout, a life saving skill.  Please bear with us as we navigate through this in the safest way we can.  Krav Maga training is all about being safe, so it makes sense that we would follow all necessary requirements of keeping our students and community safe.

Thank you for your support!

Sue G., President, Krav Maga Illinois


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 Shorei Goju Karate.  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