What is Krav Maga/Self-Defense?

Krav Maga translates to “contact-combat” (close quarters combat). It is a military self-defense and fighting system developed for the Israel Defense Forces and is also utilized in police and military tactics all over the world. Krav Maga takes the most simple and practical techniques of other fighting styles (including Boxing, Wrestling, Japanese and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Judo, Taekwondo, Karate, Muay Thai, and modern Mixed Martial Arts training) and makes them rapidly teachable to military conscripts.

Krav Maga has a philosophy emphasizing aggression, and simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers. It is known for its focus on real-world situations and its extreme efficiency. It was derived from the street-fighting experience of Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld, who made use of his training as a boxer and wrestler as a means of defending the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in Czechoslovakia, in the mid-to-late 1930s. In the late 1940s, following his migration to Israel, he began to provide lessons on combat training to what was to become the IDF.

What can I expect in class?

Each class is designed to give you fast and functional self-defense skills and knowledge. This includes stand up tactics, ground fighting, third party protection, weapon disarming (offensive weapon training available with Chance Ward at a discounted drop-in rate for members). Classes start with a functional full body work out designed to increase your fitness and get you ready for action. Come ready to hit pads and learn how to handle modern day real world attacks.

  • choke holds
  • punch and kick defenses
  • active shooter scenarios
  • multiple attackers
  • weapons of convenience/using your environment to your advantage
  • wrist grabs
  • restraining holds
  • hair pulls
  • and much more!

Although we take our training very seriously, this is a non-intimidating class that invites you to have fun while training with other members who are dedicated to supporting each other’s mental and physical growth.

What do I bring?

  • Wear comfortable workout clothes
  • Water bottle
  • No outside shoes allowed on the mats. You are welcome to bring clean-bottom gym shoes to wear on the Krav Maga mats only (no shoes allowed on the Jiu-Jitsu mats)
  • Because your first class is free, bring a date or a friend



You get Personal Training too

Every member at Tucson’s Rising Phoenix receives complementary personal training based on your goals and needs. You will be provided with a workout guideline and instruction in proper form and use of equipment to assist you in meeting your personal goals. At Tuscon’s Rising Phoenix, we encourage you to push yourself in these specialized workout sessions. Whether you want to lose weight, gain mass, work though and injury, or increase your fight stamina, you will be provided with exercises and workouts to guide you. All complimentary sessions must be scheduled in advance with Jesse James Tucker.