Introduction to Krav Maga

If you are looking for a no-​​nonsense, no-​​frills self defense system, Krav Maga is an excellent choice. In the early 90’s I was training exclusively in Chinese Boxing, as taught by Sifu Roger D’Onofrio. His approach to this ancient art was to pare it down to the essentials and make it a reality based fighting system. To grow the school beyond a core group of devotees, Sifu D’Onofrio realized that he needed to deliver a system that was more approachable and segmented. After researching extensively, he found Krav Maga. He and several other of the Chinese Boxing students went to the KM Worldwide Headquarters in Los Angeles, and became certified in the system by Master Darren Levine and his staff. The Chinese Boxing school has since become the San Francisco Krav Maga Training Center, now operating at 1455 Bush Street in San Francisco.

What you’ll see in this video is a sampling of a Krav Maga Level 4 (Blue Belt) class. At this level, students have covered the majority of all unarmed assault scenarios and are beginning to take on more complex threats, such as weapons and multiple attackers. Black Belt Instructor Christian Ventrano and owner Barny Foland were kind enough to let my friend and cameraman Mike Rhine and I have a long look at the workout. Enjoy, let me know if you have any questions about what you see there, and look for more Krav Maga videos in the coming months.

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