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  • Krav maga Illinois was beyond what I expected. The facility is very clean the people are kind and helpful. The instructions had a great passion to teach. I love it! Thank you for everything! 🙂

  • Best Krav Maga school in the Chicagoland area. High level and certified instructors that have years of experience. Taking classes here gave me confidence, strength and self-defense knowledge and skills.

  • I started Krav Maga just a few weeks ago and I can’t get enough of the training. The staff are extremely friendly and they do a great job of adjusting the class to meet the abilities of the participants. They’ll push you, but only because that’s what it’s going to take to improve your skills. This is truly an environment where people help each other out and work together, and there are students from all levels and age ranges. There was absolutely no pressure to join or buy anything- signing up was a very pleasant experience. As someone who has worked in gyms for many years I really appreciated this approach. All in all if you are even remotely interested in what Krav Maga Illinois offers, make an appointment for a free trial, these trainers are the real deal.

  • KMI has been a life changer for me . Some of the best workouts i have ever had in my Life !!!!! Sue and her staff are the greatest !!!!!!!

  • My adult daughter went for her first class at Krav Maga Illinois
    Sunday. It was the most organized activity that my daughter has ever
    been a part of and she has been a part of many! The facility itself
    was incredibly clean and the self-defense class was awesome. Students
    were active and involved 100% of the time. There are many choices of
    facilities that teach Krav Maga in the Chicagoland area, but we will
    not even investigate any of them, as we were so impressed!

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • I always wanted to learn how to defend myself and the people that I care about. I looked into different disciplines and I liked that Krav Maga incorporates real life situations.
    I took my first class in 2011 and continue to take classes. It’s great to learn new techniques and it’s an excellent workout.
    Anyone can take these courses and go at a pace you feel comfortable with. The instructors are great. They make you feel comfortable and are very encouraging.
    I highly recommend Krav Maga Illinois for self defense training and encourage anyone to try it out.

  • 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.

  • My daughter who is 10 joined Krav Maga Illinois (KMI). About 2 months ago. KMI offered a one day trial and in the 1st 10mins my daughter decided it was not for her. Frustrated as a parent and running out of activities to introduce to my 10 year old is running its course. Knowing how important it is in today's society (which is unfortunate) people have to learn how to defend themselves. Fast forward to the trial day, I told her to finish the trial and we can later discuss why she did not want to continue. She agreed and got back in. I watched as her instructor, who in my eyes thought that there were too many students in the class, was able to teach techniques and dedicate a one on one with each student who's form needed to be tweaked to achieve proper techniques to defend and strike, was quite amazing. These kids as well as my daughter, who was new to the class, was picking up the movements, the blocks, and the strikes. Class was over and as I walked over to my daughter who was sweaty, was expecting her to say can we go now. Instead, she said she was ecstatic and wanted to come back! So after speaking with the manager Ashley, who was awesome and gave us a tour and explained the program prior to the trial, I explained that I was going to give it a couple of days and talk to my daughter about joining. Long story, short-my daughter is in her third month with classes offered twice a week for kids. My daughter's eagerness to go to both classes is something I thought would never happen.
    Sue, the owner often teaches the class is pretty awesome, all of the instructors are but what's refreshing is that Sue, when she teaches-she doesn't just go through the motions. She is teaching technique and making the students put in the work! I stay and watch the class and I've seen the progression my daughter has made since starting.
    This place is not just for kids. They offer classes to adults. The adult classes are before the kids class. We get there 10 minutes before my daughters class. I watch the adults and they are also putting in the work everyone of them are in a full flop sweat and breathing heavy. Would love to join but a pre existing injury will never allow me. Sadness! As my daughter says.
    Give this place a shot, you can't beat they give you 1 free class-you won't be disappointed!

  • As a seasoned savate veteran, immersing myself in the world of Krav Maga with KMI has been truly enlightening. This practice consistently empowers me with fresh skills to handle unexpected situations, strengthening my self-confidence. The club's friendly atmosphere among students and approachable instructors create an environment that's both welcoming and enriching. Looking forward to test my next belt!

    Thank you

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