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Krav Maga

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.

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Hardstyle Kettlebell

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.

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seminars & Weekend workshops

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.

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Krav Maga Self-Defense


KRAV MAGA

Krav Maga Self-Defense


KRAV MAGA

This is a summary of how we teach our Krav Maga classes at a high level.

This is a summary of how we teach our Krav Maga classes at a high level.

Imi Lichtenfeld, founder of Krav Maga and Eyal Yanilov founder of KMG.

Imi Lichtenfeld, founder of Krav Maga and Eyal Yanilov founder of KMG.

Eyal Yanilov teaching knife techniques.

Eyal Yanilov teaching knife techniques.

The History of Krav maga

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.

Eyal Yanilov teaching striking techniques.

Eyal Yanilov teaching striking techniques.

Krav Maga being trained in the military.

Krav Maga being trained in the military.

how do we teach krav maga

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:

  • Timeline - This is the time over which an attack can occur. In general your response might be very early, early, late, or very late. We will usually cover a single situation from multiple points of time, or we will stick to the same point in time and deal with different types of attacks and responses. 
  • Variations - We cannot train for every conceivable method of attack, but by studying thousands of examples over many years the approximate variations of each type of common attack is well known. We can also assume that there are several positional and tactical changes that might occur. For example, someone might grab you from the front, side or back. They might use one hand, or two, You might be ready for it, or completely unprepared. They might attack with an object or weapon, or you might have an object or weapon. These are all variations that can happen in pretty much all types of attacks and we train on as many is practical.
  • Environment - This is accounting for the world in which we live daily and might include: sitting down, being in a car, against or near a wall, on the ground, objects in a room or transitioning between any of these. It also accounts for third party protection, bystander intervention, and multiple attackers. We try to integrate various environmental variables as often as we can.

 

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Kettlebell Strength Training


KETTLEBELL

Kettlebell Strength Training


KETTLEBELL

This is an overview of how we teach our Kettlebell strength training program. 

This is an overview of how we teach our Kettlebell strength training program. 

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The History of kettlebell training

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.

Margaret is probably stronger than you.

Margaret is probably stronger than you.

At StrongFirst SFG certification with Pavel

At StrongFirst SFG certification with Pavel

why hardstyle kettlebell

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.

 

Finishing class with some rounds of slam ball

Finishing class with some rounds of slam ball

Kettlebell class doing a set of kettlebell swings together.

Kettlebell class doing a set of kettlebell swings together.

how do we teach our kettlebell program

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:

  • Mobility - We teach our students how to warm up using mobility work, rather than stretching. The goal of the mobility lessons are to teach students how to move better, become more coordinated, improve proprioception, and increase their balance.
  • Deadlift and Kettlebell Swing - This is usually the first lesson we teach as students begin the fundamentals course. By teaching deadlifting and swings first, we are able to assess and correct their ability to property execute a hinge movement, which is key to safely using a kettlebell. During this lesson we also teach how to properly plank, perform push-ups and pull-ups. There are variations of all these movements so that we can progress or regress each to the level of the students.
  • Clean and Press - Once we have a solid and safe hinge, we can progress to the clean and press. This allows us to get the kettlebell in the rack position, which then allows us to press the bell safely above the head. Once part two is finished, we can start combining swings, cleans and presses in the first Kettlebell Complex workout, which is the basis for many of our strength programs.
  • Goblet and Front Squat - Learning to squat is essential for core stability and leg strength. In the part of the Fundamentals Course we show two variations to kettlebell squatting - goblet and front squat. The goblet squat is generally done with a single bell held with two hands, and the front squat is generally done with either a single bell or two bells, each held with one hand. By teaching both we are giving different options that can be used during different programs. 
  • Turkish Get-Up - The Turkish Get-Up is a complex series of movements that require advanced coordination, while having a kettlebell overhead. We usually wait a few weeks/months before teaching the Turkish Get-Up so they can develop the core and shoulder stability required.
  • Carries - Doing carries allows students to improve grip strength, shoulder and core strength, and improve their posture, all while moving. We try to add different variations of carries to each lesson during the Fundamentals Course.

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. 

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Seminars & Workshops


Seminars & Workshops

Seminars & Workshops


Seminars & Workshops

Crucible Krav Maga gun disarming seminar.

Crucible Krav Maga gun disarming seminar.

Crucible Krav Maga self-defense seminar.

Crucible Krav Maga self-defense seminar.

additional training opportunities

We have two main types of additional training courses:

  • Seminars - these are done over a single day, are typically 1 - 4 hours and are usually a deep dive into material taught daily (typically free)
    • Examples: Strong Striking Seminar, Test Preparation, Turkish Get-up Deep Dive
  • Workshops - these are typically over a weekend, are 8 - 16 hours, are not material we teach regularly and we may bring in outside experts to help teach (typically $49 - $149 per person)
    • Examples: Advanced Women's Self-Defense, Mobility Workshop, Advanced Instructor Workshop (taught by Israeli experts), and our Deep Training System weekend workshop series (website HERE)
Corporate Event held in Santa Fe New Mexico.

Corporate Event held in Santa Fe New Mexico.

Women's Self-Defense and Escape & Evasion Workshop.

Women's Self-Defense and Escape & Evasion Workshop.

custom workshops

We can mix and match workshops for groups or company events. Some of the events we have done:

  • Customized Women's Self-Defense 
  • Law Enforcement groups
  • Corporate team building events
  • Customized security team training

 

Gun Disarming Seminar

Gun Disarming Seminar

Bar Fighting Seminar

Bar Fighting Seminar

Does your group or company want a custom workshop?

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. 

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Women's Self Defense


WOMEN'S SELF DEFENSE

Women's Self Defense


WOMEN'S SELF DEFENSE

The Importance of 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.


Issues that affect women

Issues that affect women

Statistics

  • The crime-statistics show that of female murder victims in 2005, 33.4% were killed by their husbands or boyfriends. In contrast, 2.4% of the male victims were murdered by their wives or girlfriends.
  • 92% of rape or sexual assault victims in 2005 were female
  • Crime-statistics indicate that of female rape or sexual assault victims, 73% were assaulted by someone they knew and 26% were assaulted by a stranger. 38% of women assaulted by a known offender were friends or acquaintances of the rapist, and 28% were intimate partners.
  • Females 16-19 are 4 times more likely to be the victims of rape or sexual assault. 
  • Women aged 18-24 who are in college are 3 times more likely than the general population of women to be the victims of sexual violence. 
  • 1 in 4 women report being the victims of stalking 
  • Self-Defense reduces rate of rape by 50% according to major study

Why Choose Crucible Krav Maga 

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.


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Mobility


Mobility and Corrective Body Work

Mobility


Mobility and Corrective Body Work

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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.

 
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Mobility

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:

  • Improve coordination, balance and proprioception
  • Increase range of motion
  • Lightly warm up 

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.

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