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Krav Maga Training for Mom

Krav Maga Training for Mom

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Krav Maga Moms learn to increase strength, confidence and self defense skills.

Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 7th.  Just because we are deep in the middle of a pandemic does not mean that mom should not be honored on this day (and everyday!)  For all the days mom has taken care of you, for all the days your wife has taken great care of the children, here is a great chance to give it back.  There is nothing more important than her safety.  Krav Maga Illinois is offering a discounted rate for one month of reality self defense training or two private lessons for just $120.  You can purchase a coupon now, to be used anytime in the future.

Krav Maga Training is more than Self Defense.  At Krav Maga Illinois you will learn to protect yourself from chokes, and grabs, defend against weapons, and learn combatives such as kicks, punches, elbows, etc.  Along with this physical training, you will also increase your self confidence, build strength, both mentally and physically and get all the skills needed to deal with potentially life threatening situations.  This Krav Maga Training is for almost everyone, and no experience is necessary.  It is the most simplistic and practical style of self defense in the world.

Introduce mom to a new sense of strength and empowerment through Krav Maga Training.  Though we are in the middle of a difficult situation in the world right now, once we are out and about, violence will still be there.  Krav Maga Training is a way of life, violence is NOT going to go away so we must stay prepared. Give yourself and your family peace of mind.  Get them in to train!!! Give us a call at 773/775-5201 to purchase your Mother’s Day coupon. For any questions, please email me at info@kravmagaillinois.com

Mothers Day Coupon

Hoping everyone stays safe and Healthy!

Sue Garstki, President – Krav Maga Illinois, Inc.

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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 or be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at info@kravmagaillinois.com or call directly at 773/775-5201. You can also visit our website at KravMagaIllinois.com

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 at info@kravmagaillinois.com.

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

 

Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Techniques

Individuals take martial arts training for a multitude of reasons. Some do it simply to get physically fit. Others prefer it as their means of attaining a better connection between mind and body. However, one of the reasons why many women look to martial arts training is to learn self- defense techniques they can use should they be attacked or assaulted. It’s a sad fact that rape and sexual harassment continue to plague American society. As a woman, it has never been more important to be prepared for such an unexpected attack, regardless of how scary it may seem. Knowing the proper responses could save your life or that of a loved one.

When an individual displays aggression towards a potential victim, if untrained, victims commonly freeze in fear – capable of neither fight nor flight, simply because they do not know what to do. Martial arts training helps individuals calm their minds during these periods, keep their wits about them, and put into effect counter-measures. Typically, a victim might have just a brief moment to perform a self-defense technique before becoming overwhelmed by superior strength. What is important to remember is that these techniques are particularly designed to provide you with an opportunity to escape the situation you are in.

Integrated training

Self-defense techniques are developed keeping in mind a number of factors, such as one’s environment, biological processes, and speed of thought. If one is able to keep these factors in one’s own control, it is possible to escape a serious situation such as rape. The first thing to realize is that if you are being attacked, the situation has already escalated beyond the point of non-violent reasoning, and you should be prepared to defend yourself physically.

Self-defense techniques need to be performed quickly, so that you are able to take your aggressor by surprise. Most self-defense techniques incorporate just two or three simple moves that work toward disabling, immobilizing, or disarming an aggressor. When performed correctly, you can guarantee a speedy escape.

Battling fear

The truth is the most difficult part about putting training into practice is dealing with the fear. Regardless of how much training you have performed, it is impossible to actually know for sure how you will react in a real-life scenario. As such, the aim of martial arts and self-defense training is to allow you to learn techniques so well, that when a situation arises, your adrenaline will let muscle memory and automatic reflex take over, leaving you with no time to think about fear.

Growing in Fitness for Self-Defense

Before you can understand how martial arts and combat training can help improve your fitness and health, it is important to understand what “fitness” really is. There are two essential aspects to your personal fitness.

The first relates to your physiological well-being. In order for this aspect to be actualized, it is important for individuals to adhere to the right kind of diet, do some form of physical activity regularly, get the right amount of sleep on a consistent basis, and as much as possible, refrain from harmful habits like excessive drinking and smoking. This will ensure that most or all of the systems and parts of your body are functioning at maximum capacity, which helps you avoid painful, costly, and prohibitive medical conditions in the future.

Physical and mental fitness

The second aspect of fitness actually relates to the physical capabilities of your body. This aspect of fitness is also intimately linked with sharpness of mind as well. Apart from being able to use your body to perform difficult and exhausting physical feats, your mind must also be able to assess and evaluate a threat or a life-endangering situation quickly enough for you to take measures to protect yourself. You must be able to endure monotony, even pain sometimes, to push your limits and reach your goals – which requires both physical and mental stamina. Martial arts training is particularly well-suited for self-improvement training for this reason.

An important thing to remember about martial arts training is that it is ultimately geared toward self-defense. Do not begin training with the intention to cause someone else harm; you will instead learn respect. This kind of training is designed so that you are able to properly handle yourself during a confrontation that could potentially threaten your life or those of your loved ones. As such, martial arts training is designed to help you maneuver yourself out of a violent situation in the most practical and quickest way possible.

Martial arts can be beneficial if the practitioner can use them properly in a street fight, but the real key to self-defense is keeping your body and mind healthy. Studies have shown that athletic training in martial arts can do wonders to stave off conditions like osteoporosis, obesity, joint problems, and neuro-muscular problems. The idea behind this alternating high and low impact training is not to grow to the size of a body-builder, but to allow you to control your own body weight in the best possible manner. In doing so, you will be able to build strength, speed, flexibility, and agility to extremely high levels without compromising the physiological balance of hormones and chemicals in your body.

Krav Maga is Modern, Close Quarters Self-Defense

Krav Maga is roughly translated from Hebrew to mean “close quarter fighting.” It is a highly effective martial art that utilizes a combination of strikes, grapples, throws, locks and holds. Krav Maga originated from street fighting techniques of Jewish gangs defending themselves in the tough ghettos of Bratislav in the 1930s. Krav Maga was developed in Czechoslovakia in the 1930’s by Imi Lichtenfeld. After the nation of Israel was born, Krav Maga was adapted and further developed by the Israeli security forces.

Krav Maga is more effective for close quarter combat than many other styles of the mixed martial art. Unlike most Asian martial arts, it was born in the modern era. This makes it a very “applicable” system of self defense. While Karate and Kung Fu were developed to for individuals to defend themselves while traveling the dangerous highways of feudal Japan, Korea and ancient China, Krav Maga was designed to be used in the tighter confines of an urban setting.

Being a modern martial art, it also provides reliable techniques for defending oneself against an opponent armed with a gun or knife.

Close quarters fighting in Krav Maga is about using simple, direct movements to neutralize an opponent quickly. It is a fighting style developed on the streets and perfected on the battlefield. There is no sporting federation or points system involved. Groin strikes, joint breaks, eye jabs are all legitimate close quarters fighting techniques that can be learned and used in Krav Maga.

Close quarters defense in Krav Maga is reliant on several factors. Technique is of course essential but so is awareness, discipline and aggressiveness. Unlike many martial arts that are embodied with a non-violent code, aggressiveness is vital in it. Close quarters fighting in Krav Maga is about ending an encounter quickly and when necessary, brutally.

Discipline is key because without it is impossible to master Krav Maga; and awareness is key because it allows you to head off or avoid conflicts before they arise. In worse case scenarios, awareness can help you determine when it may be necessary to launch a preemptive strike.

The training is meant to be realistic in nature and to prepare students in the event they should find themselves in a close quarter encounter with an assailant. Many of the techniques used in Krav Maga are popular with mixed martial arts competitors for their effectiveness in bringing down an opponent.

Close quarters defense in Krav Maga is not really something you can learn by just reading about it. In order to really learn the techniques, you need training from qualified professionals.