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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring?

Your badass self
Water bottle
Hand wraps (optional, you may purchase in class)
Mouth guard (optional)
Groin protection (men, highly recommended)
Dress appropriately (work out clothes and shoes)

Where and When are classes held?

Alive Center:  500 W 5th Avenue, Naperville, IL 60563
Prime MuayThai MMA:  5100 Academy Drive, Suite 100, Lisle, IL 60532

Alive Center - Tuesdays - 6:00 - 7:00 pm Level 1
Alive Center - Tuesdays - 7:00 - 8:00 pm Level 2
Alive Center - Thursdays - 6:00 - 7:00 pm Level 1
Prime MuayThai - Sundays - 9:00 - 10:00 am Level 1

How much are classes?

Monthly Fee:
$60 1x/week
$85 2x/week
$115 3x/week

LEO: $10/month discount
Drop-in: $20
Punch card: $170 for 10 classes

Payment types accepted:
Cash, Check
Paypal or QuickPay ([email protected])

History of Krav Maga

The origins of Krav Maga can be traced to pre-World War II Czechoslovakia (present-day Slovakia) and a young Jewish athlete named Imi Lichtenfeld.

Imi was a nationally and internationally renowned boxer, wrestler, and gymnast. Beginning in the mid-1930s, fascist and anti-Semitic groups rose to power in Czechoslovakia and began inflicting violence on Jewish communities. Feeling duty-bound to protect his neighbors, Lichtenfeld organized a group of young men to patrol his community and defend against would-be attackers. He quickly learned, however, that his training in sport martial arts was no match for the anti-Semitic thugs he encountered.

Fighting for points in a match and fighting for your life in a street fight require a different mindset and different techniques. To effectively defend himself and his community, Imi began synthesizing his martial art knowledge and started placing an emphasis on attacks that quickly disabled and neutralized a threat.

By 1940, Imi found himself living under a Nazi-allied puppet regime and decided to head for Palestine to join the Zionist Movement and fight for a Jewish state of Israel. When he moved to Palestine in 1942, he joined the Haganah, a pre-Israel Jewish paramilitary organization with a mission to protect Jewish settlers from locals who did not welcome the new arrivals.  Israeli military leaders quickly noticed Imi’s fighting skills and his ability to teach those skills to others. They put him in charge of training the military’s elite fighting forces, including the Palmach (elite strike force), the Palyam (marine commandos), and the Haganah.

After Israel gained statehood in 1948, these separate fighting forces were merged into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and Lichtenfeld was named the Chief Instructor of Physical Fitness at the IDF School of Combat Fitness. It was in this role that he developed what today is known as Krav Maga. Lichtenfeld needed a combative system he could teach new military recruits in just three weeks — one that was simple, efficient, and effective, and could be applied in a number of lethal situations. To create such a system, Lichtenfeld combined the most effective techniques of boxing, aikido, judo, wrestling, and jujitsu into a single, fluid, fighting military discipline that emphasized continuous motion, simultaneous defense and attack, and attacks to an assailant’s soft tissue and pressure points.  Later in the 70′s he called his self-defense system “Krav Maga,” meaning “contact combat” in Hebrew. It quickly became the official combative of the IDF and continues to be today.

After retiring from the IDF, Lichtenfeld began teaching Krav Maga to Israeli citizens.

Imi taught what’s now known as Krav Maga for nearly 20 years in the IDF. After retiring from military service in 1964, he began devoting his time and energy to modifying and teaching the self-defense system to civilians. Imi opened two Krav Maga studios in Israel where he taught thousands of students and instructors, all while continuing to add and improve upon the fighting discipline he had developed in the military.  In 1974, Imi founded the Krav Maga Association, a non-profit dedicated to promoting and teaching Krav Maga in Israel and throughout the world.

Krav Maga is still the official combative system of the Israeli Defense Forces.

A few of Imi’s early disciples brought Krav Maga to the United States, and it quickly became a preferred close-combat system in many U.S. military and police forces.