Where are Krav Maga Schools Located in San Diego & Can I Try a Free Class?



Krav Maga Schools in San Diego


The list of Krav Maga schools below is a list of schools that offer Krav Maga classes that are closer to downtown San Diego as opposed to schools in the North County.  I would recommend visiting each school and seeing which one is best suited to your needs.  Most Krav Maga schools in San Diego  have a way for you to try a free class or two before you make a commitment.

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1)       impactsandiego.net - 2545 El Cajon Boulevard, Suite A, San Diego, CA 92104

(858) 480-5473

2)       mmaacademy.com - 3962 Sorrento Valley Boulevard #900 San Diego

(858) 564-8800

3)       kravmagasd.com - 4126 Executive Drive La Jolla

(619) 682-7090



Before you commit to taking Krav Maga, you must understand the underlying philosophy behind Krav Maga. The  main objective is to protect yourself and loved ones and get home alive.  Krav Maga emphasizes the need to  finish fights quickly and decisively and how to diffuse impending threats before they escalate. Unlike mixed martial arts (MMA), attacks are aimed at the most vulnerable parts of the body such as the eyes, neck/throat, face, groin, ribs, knee, foot, fingers.  [I’ve researched many self defense systems and I’ve concluded that Krav Maga is the best all around self defense system – unfortunately, I do not have enough space; nor do you have the patience to read a lengthy thesis on Krav Maga.



During training, protective equipment such as hand-wraps, gloves,shin guards, mouth guards, groin protection, and head-gear limit the risk of serious injury. In the beginning stage of learning Krav Maga, students are heavily supervised and are often warned to be “in control” at all times.  Nothing is worse than a student who “goes crazy” thinking they are the next Chuck Norris or Bruce Lee for that matter. They may seriously hurt their fellow student.  However, students are allowed to go full-force when working with kick shields and punching bags.

In keeping with the philosophy of Krav Maga, students are taught to defend against multiple modes of attacks and counter in the quickest, efficient and effective way. This is important because Krav Maga assumes that you must be able to defend yourself at any time; any place; and against every weapon that you will likely encounter and be able to nutralize the threat.


Not surprisingly, Krav Maga deals with defenses against guns, knives, sticks, or whatever weapon happens to be used against you – as previously mentioned. Practitioners of Krav Maga overtime maintain a heighten sense of awareness at all times because attacks may originate from all sides; frontal, side, behind.  Additionally, you must be aware of potential escape routes.  This is especially important when you are facing multiple attackers or when you decide it is wise to escape the threat rather than face it - Krav maga is not simply defend/attack it is about assessing the situation and being wise about how to react to it.   It may be best to flee, or hand-over one’s personal possessions instead of engaging in a fight.  Fighting should be the last resort.  In fact, the most impressive aspect of Krav Maga is perhaps it’s intentionally deceptive nature – an aggressor will never  be able to tell that you “know” Krav Maga.  This is because Krav Maga has no telegraphic motions – you want to be able to surprise your attacker.  Think about how a boxer; an MMA fighter (t0 a lesser extent); or a Karate practitioner fights.  They have a “style” one can see when fighting.  This is not the case with Krav Maga.



As a practitioner gains more experience, they may we awarded belts or patches (perhaps more common) to indicate their level of experience. The patch system was developed by Imi Lichtenfeld after the belt system in the late 1980s. The grades are divided into 3 main categories: Practitioner, Graduate and Expert. It is important to note that, unlike “martial arts” there are no competitive tournaments or meets that are held to demonstrate skill.  Using Krav Maga to stay alive or protect loved ones may be your ultimate test.  That is why it is extremely import to train with vigor, intent, purpose and  have the right mindset. Try to visualize circumstances in which a potential threat may occur – bars, parking lots, etc.  This will help you to train more realistically.  Additionally, it is important that you train consistently. Lastly,  there’s nothing more frustrating than taking some time off training and subsequently realizing that you have gotten “rusty”


Stay Motivated; Train Hard; Stay Focused; Be Consistent:

“All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of
us, they’re behind us…they can’t get away this time
- “Chesty” Puller, USMC