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Krav Maga

Krav Maga

Krav Maga is a modern hand-to-hand combat system developed by the Israeli military for one purpose: To be the most effective and efficient self defense system in the world. The system borrows techniques from all the most devastating martial arts in the world, and merges them into a fluid and explosively potent art that will neutralize, or deter even the most aggressive attacker. The beauty of Krav Maga is it only focuses on what works to get you out of a dangerous situation. This makes Krav relatively simple to learn, and is extremely effective with even large size and weight differences.

Rolando Haddad, founder of Core Combat Sports, is also a Krav Maga black belt, BJJ brown belt, and successful MMA, grappling and kickboxing competitor. Rolando pioneered Krav Maga in the region over a decade ago, making Core the only true self-defense facility in Louisville. As a result of our rigorous standards, all of Core’s elite Krav Maga Instructors are required to go through national grading, and to have proven themselves as an extremely adept student of Krav Maga.

Krav Maga and Law Enforcement

Krav Maga was developed as the official hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli Defense Forces, and is now used by more than 100 U.S. law enforcement organizations. Core Combat Sports introduced Krav Maga to the Louisville Metro Police Department and Kentucky State Police, where Krav is now part of the curriculum for defensive tactics. Core is also proud to be the go-to training center for local law enforcement, as well as national, elite military units and specialized law enforcement teams. Designed for intense real-life attack situations, Krav Maga is a potent self-defense system, rather than a formal sport with hard-and-fast rules, which is essential for law and military personnel in the field. Adaptability, situational awareness, standup fighting and ground fighting are drilled, while training sessions intentionally simulate stressful environments, so students are conditioned to respond instinctively, and effectively to a physical confrontation.

CORE offers basic and advanced programs as well as Combatives classes that can be used as a fitness program, or as a complement to the Krav Maga self defense program.

In the Level 1 Krav Maga class, you will master the following self-defense techniques:

  • Situational awareness and How to present yourself as a difficult target
  • How to strike with knees, elbows and hands
  • How to effectively defend against grabs, bear-hugs and chokes
  • How to keep from being taken to the ground
  • How to fight from the ground and get back up to your feet

Preparedness is 90% of the battle, so get your fight on and sign up for your free class today.


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