Our memberships are reasonably priced and affordable for most people looking for effective Krav Maga Self Defence training in Auckland. With the weekly membership cost being less than the weekly cost of 'small luxuries' such as coffees, drinks, takeaways, scooter/taxi rides etc, training Krav Maga with us is within reach of most people. However, the affordability shouldn't be looked at only through the paradigm of the cost, because in Self Defence, similar to other areas of life, you get what you pay for. Ever heard of the saying 'pay peanuts, get monkeys'? This cannot be more true than in Krav Maga and Self Defence training in general.
Unless you don’t intend to use your Krav Maga training for actual Self Defence, you cannot afford to be complacent and seek out the cheapest or closest training option without giving thought to whether or not what you train in has any chance of being useful when you end up being confronted by violence. The truth is, going to a regular gym fitness class won't result in a false feeling of confidence about your abilities to defend yourself. And, if you enrol in classes at a 'McDojo' Krav Maga gym, where the intensity of training and techniques used are 'dumbed down' to make them appeal to a very wide audience, you'll likely to get a very rude awakening the first time you're involved in a conflict where the aggressor is intent on seriously hurting you. To avoid this, anyone who cares about whether what they learn is actually effective under stress in a real life violent situation, will do their research and look at the affordability in terms of the value they get for their training.
The value of training starts with the quality and experience of instructors, their ability to pass their knowledge to their students and whether or not these instructors are still actively training. One of the key differentiators of Krav Fighter is that with our instructors, the day when they earned their instructor certificate marks the beginning of their life-long commitment to self-betterment and continuous training in Krav Maga and other hand to hand combat systems with the most experienced and leading experts in the field of self-protection. We simply have to keep training and developing Krav Maga so that it can continue to provide answers to new criminal behaviours and the ways people fight. We keep our Krav Maga evolving so that everything we teach is current and applicable in modern times. When we find a better defence for a particular situation, we absorb it into our training programme and replace obsolete techniques that no longer have a value in today's world.
Another important thing that determines the value of the training being offered is the lineage of Krav Maga instructors and the people who trained them. It's easy to get lost in various "Expert Levels" of Global Krav Maga organisations, but what is important is the person who actually trained and certified your prospective instructor. Was she/he just a cog in the wheel of a Global Krav Maga empire, or the person who has field experience in combat and more importantly survival during violent encounters? All of the experts we are trained by and learn from have earned their reputation in the line of their work in military, police, counter-terror and other security fields and have had to rely on their skills to survive. They do not have to make up the titles of "Grand Master" to sound impressive to someone who is new to Krav Maga. All it takes is to see them in action to realise that what they teach is extremely effective. They've been there, done that and know what works and what doesn't. They have been shot at, attacked by knives, punched, kicked, had all sorts of aggression and weapons directed at them, so they understand the dynamics of violence very intimately.
An essential component of the total value of your Krav Maga gym membership is obviously the classes you can access. One should look at the number, type and duration of classes available and whether you have to travel to different parts of the city on different days of the week to partake in training on different days, or if all of the training sessions are provided in the same location, making it easier to plan your travel and parking. All our nine weekly Krav Maga & Self Defence classes are available in a single, easy to access Central Auckland location. As most street fights start with strikes and many end up on the ground, it should be clear to anyone looking for Self Defence training that solid striking and grappling skills are necessary for their Self Protection ability. Imi Litchenfeld, renown for bringing Krav Maga into the civilian domain and for making it popular worldwide was a successful boxer, wrestler, and was awarded his black belt in Judo by Gadi Skornik, Israel’s judo champion for many years, and expert in karate and jiu jitsu. However, over time in attempt to make the syllabus look easy and therefore extend their reach worldwide, Global Krav Maga organisations slowly eroded solid striking and grappling principles, and instead shifted the focus towards techniques that look fancy and are unique to their 'flavour' of Krav Maga, but offer little or no value in real conflict. We beg to differ, and in addition to striking and grappling during our Krav Maga classes, we also offer dedicated Combat Striking and Combat Grappling training sessions. These classes are accessible to all members wanting to fast-track development of their striking and grappling skills that we use in Krav Maga, or improve their existing skills in these areas.
Furthermore, all our memberships include access to dedicated sparring sessions in addition to the sparring that we do in Krav Maga classes. As sparring is very important for the development of fundamental self defence skills, we have striking and grappling sparring classes suitable for members of all level of skill, and also two advanced classes during which we train Krav Maga and MMA sparring. Sparring allows you to apply what you've learnt against a live moving target and prepares you physically and importantly it prepares you mentally. As boxer Mike Tyson said, "Everybody has a plan until they get hit. Then, like a rat, they stop in fear and freeze." If your Krav Maga training is to be of any use, you do need to train to manage fear and not freeze when attacked. Sparring is one way we can learn to understand our fear, so it doesn’t take over our actions when our life is at stake. Another way we help our members overcome their fear/freeze response in Krav Maga classes is via stress and determination drills.
While the primary value of Krav Maga training is Self Defence skill development and conditioning to increase our chances of survival when confronted with acts of violence, there is another very important benefit for those who train regularly - great physical fitness. Over the years, we've helped many people get into the shape and reach their weight loss and functional fitness goals in a matter of months. With unlimited classes for all memberships, achieving your fitness goals is just a matter of turning up consistently and training as much as you can week after week. As our training is dynamic and challenges you not only physically, but also mentally and at times emotionally, even when you're repeating a technique you've trained before, there is no place for boredom that some people get when working out at cardio or resistance machines at a regular gym. By the same token, there is that sense of belonging, similar to one people get when participating in team sports, and the whole club atmosphere is positive, with members being supported by one another in their pursuit of self defence skills and awesome fitness.
By now you probably have a pretty good idea of the affordability and value you get by training Krav Maga at Krav Fighter, but there are few more things you can do to get even better insight in our training. Check out our Facebook and Instagram posts with videos and photos of our members training, as well as videos on our Youtube channel that are also on our website. Even better, to get a valuable insight into what to expect once you start training with us, why don't you try a class or two? This way you can experience the class dynamics, intensity of training, level of resistance we train with, club culture and so on, and get a pretty good idea whether you'd like to pursue further training first hand. Click HERE and start your very affordable Krav Maga journey at Auckland's premier Krav Maga Self Defence training centre!