We have daily mixed level Krav Maga based self-defense classes. Our Krav Maga classes run from 7:30pm - 9:00pm Monday - Thursday and 10:30am - 12:00pm on Saturday. All of our memberships include attending unlimited numbers of classes per month, there are no enrollment fees and all of our memberships are month-to-month. Trial classes are free.
We offer daily kettlebell classes at Crucible. These classes will mix kettlebell lifting, bodyweight exercises, and movement routines. The combination of these key strength components is that you will get stronger, use your body better and become mobile. Every student who comes in gets a free trial and learns the basics of the hairstyle kettlebell swing.
In the worlds of self-defense and fitness there is a lot of material beyond what is contained in our daily classes. To properly address these we have developed several seminars and weekend workshops that allow us to deep-dive into areas that are important such as: Escape & Evasion, Advanced Weapons Disarming, Strong Striking, Third Party Protection, Active Shooter, and more.
Krav Maga translated from Hebrew into English, as ‘Contact Combat’ was initially developed as an unarmed combat system by Imi Lichtenfeld for the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) due to its no-nonsense approach.
Krav Maga has since been adapted to meet the needs of civilians, law enforcement officers and security personnel and is widely recognized as the most comprehensive reality based self-defense system in the world today.
Krav Maga is a unique and logical contact combat system of self-defense, fighting skills and defensive tactics. There are no traditional or sporting elements in Krav Maga with all of its training methods being based on the adaptation of instinctive response through principal based learning, resulting in skills that become practical in a short space of time and useful under stressful conditions. Elevating the trainee’s capabilities on the physical, mental, technical and tactical levels, Krav Maga – contact combat is suitable for all, as each person, with the guidance of a certified instructor can reach their own goals and fulfill their needs.
Each class is planned in three parts: warming up, fundamentals building and self-defense skill teaching.
Warmin Up: This might not seem like an important part of the class, but it is actually quite key to getting the most instruction possible during the class. When a student comes in they have usually spent the day working or studying and have not had the time to focus their mind on training. During the warm up, we have the time needed to allow everyone to socialize and prepare themselves mentally for training. The warm up should be sufficient to physically get students ready to train, but not so exhausting that they are too tired. Since the warm up lasts about 5-15 minutes, we want to make good use of the time and start to having the students perform the basic movements relevant to that days lesson. For example, if they will be doing some ground training we need to ensure that the warm up properly prepares them to be on the ground during the class.
As part of the warm up we usually introduce some games that serve several functions. They allow the students to interact with others (especially important for new students) in a safe and non-dangerous manner. The games should also have several elements in them that allow the students to begin doing movements that will help them later in class, such as simple striking and blocking motions.
Fundamentals: One of the primary goals of each class is to build a base of solid fundamentals. Fundamentals include striking skills (punching, kicking, knees, elbows, etc), blocking skills and proper movement. These fundamentals cross over into a huge number of techniques and situations and should be practiced often regardless of experience or rank. The fundamentals that we cover will be relevant to the self-defense skills we are going to teach later in the class. It is our experience that this is where most training programs spend less time than necessary. We allow for at least half of each class to be spent on teaching fundamentals. This is also where we can cover tactical elements such as multiple attachers or transitioning from standing to ground fighting.
Self-Defense Skills: The final part of each class is covering a self-defense situation. We cover each situation with three basic elements in mind:
Russian strongmen and military units have been using Kettlebell for generations to improve strength, muscular endurance and burn fat.
Kettlebell classes are a mix of strength conditioning, core fitness and endurance. When swinging a kettlebell, a relatively large number of muscles are used simultaneously, resulting in a full body workout that also improves mobility and core strength. Similar to how we teach our Krav and Strike classes, courses are usually taught in interval formats, resulting in bursts of high intensity spaced with breaks. This type of training results in a body conditioned for explosive movements, but with extreme control of the body throughout the motions. Again, kettlebell training is exactly the type of training needed to get extremely toned, burn fat, build muscle and directly improves our ability to do Krav Maga as well.
A kettlebell uses the muscles of the body in a completely different manner then traditional dumbbell workouts. The shape of the kettlebell (round with a relatively thick handle) plays an important role in getting such powerful results. The off center weight of the kettlebell forces your body to engage additional stabilizers, which improves the entire range of motion. This allows the body to experience a unique development of the muscles while also undergoing significant increases in endurance and strength. The use of a thick handles improves hand and forearm function.
If you are looking for proof, the experts at Ace Fitness partnered with the fitness experts at the University of Wisconsin.
"We estimated oxygen consumption and how many calories they were burning aerobically, and it was 13.6 calories per minute. But we also measured the blood lactate, so anaerobically they were burning another 6.6 calories per minute," explains Porcari. "So they were burning at least 20.2 calories per minute, which is off the charts. That's equivalent to running a 6-minute mile pace. The only other thing I could find that burns that many calories is cross-country skiing up hill at a fast pace."
Researchers credit the brisk calorie burning to the fact that the kettlebell snatch workout is a total-body movement that is also done very quickly due to the interval-training format. "We knew it would be extremely intense," says Schnettler. "It's a quick workout, and you do get a big bang for your buck in a very short amount of time."
A Hardstyle Kettlebell workout can be designed for strength or endurance, but it is also a skill that requires correct technique, provided by trained and certified instructors. We want you to exercise safely, so Crucible has HKC, RKC and StrongFirst SFG certified instructors to guide you through the proper use of kettlebells.
Safety first! Understanding how to use the kettlebell correctly and safely is the primary skill we teach when new students join the program. To accomplish this we put every student through a Fundamentals Course that teaches Russian hardstyle kettlebell techniques in a semi-private lesson format.
Our Fundamentals Course consists of the following lessons over 3-5 classes:
Once a person has gone through the Fundamentals Course (free with your membership) we teach them how to use a number of different programs based on their needs.
Seminars & Workshops
Seminars & Workshops
We have two main types of additional training courses:
We can mix and match workshops for groups or company events. Some of the events we have done:
Please let us know! We have done countless workshops all over the country. We can host them at your location or at ours. The cost of the event will depend on where it is hosted, how long of an event you want (from 60 minutes to courses lasting multiple days are possible), and the content.
WOMEN'S SELF DEFENSE
WOMEN'S SELF DEFENSE
Women face unique issues when it comes to self defense. They face the same challenges that men face, but with many other problems that also must be dealt with.
Unfortunately, 1 in 5 women will be raped during their lifetime and 91% of the victims of rape and sexual assault are women. In addition to rape, women also face higher rates of being stalked and followed. A majority of victims are women, yet few know self defense. Furthermore, women usually have to deal with attackers larger, stronger, and more aggressive than them.
Training in Krav Maga and learning proper techniques teaches women situational awareness, and how to defend themselves against a variety of attacks and larger opponents.
Women's self defense is an important part of Crucible Krav Maga. Women make up a large portion of those victimized, yet few know self defense. We provide a welcoming environment and encourage any and all women to come train and learn self defense.
A large portion of our students are women and classes can sometimes have more women than men. The other women that train here are just like you- they wanted to learn a realistic and practical style of self defense.
We also offer specialized Women's Self Defense classes that focus on the types of attacks that tend to occur most often against women.
Mobility and Corrective Body Work
Mobility and Corrective Body Work
In order to get the most out of your training you need to keep your body moving and as pain free as possible. Working out and training in Krav can be hard on your body, so we have an in house Licensed Massage Therapist who can help you.
Our in house therapist can assess the current state of you body, and come up with a plan to get you moving correctly again. This might entail a simple 15 minute spot work session, or a longer 60 minute full corrective session. The difference in these sessions is that the goal is to fix things, not just relax you.
If you are looking to schedule a session with our therapist, please call our main line at 469-777-8288.
As part of our daily classes, and occasionally in workshop format, we teach a mobility system known as Primal Move. The goal of this is to:
Mobility is different from just stretching. Improving ones mobility has effects beyond just increasing your range of motion. We are looking to give our students the tools to become better.