Krav Maga

Looking for an excuse to hit things? I’ve got one for you: come train with us. I’m the co-president of Krav Maga @ JHU, a club dedicated to training in Krav Maga. We live in a city, we know the risks, and we know we can minimize those risks through SELF-DEFENSE training. We believe self-defense is a vital piece of any person’s security, so we definitely suggest you come check out KM@JHU. Not only will you leave each class safer, you’ll also meet some great people and get a terrific workout.

The most common question we’re asked when people come across our club is, “What is Krav Maga?” Krav Maga is an Israeli close combat fighting system. It was originally developed for the Israeli Defense Force in the late 1940’s, and has since been adapted from a military fighting system to an easy to learn, street-tested, and highly effective civilian self-defense system.

Krav Maga @ JHU is open to everyone. About half of our members have previous combat training, in either Krav Maga or another martial art, but the other half have NO previous experience. It does not matter how physically fit or “athletic” a person is; Krav Maga is designed to work for every individual. That being said, if you do have previous martial art, Krav Maga or sport training you are encouraged to use what you know and play to your strengths.  Krav Maga is all about one thing: getting home safe at the end of the day.

We currently train with instructors from Krav Maga Maryland. ( Once a week, for an hour and a half, they train us in new techniques, strengthening basics, and “stress” drills, which recreate conditions of adrenaline and fatigue, in a safe environment. In the future we hope to expand to multiple sessions a week.

Krav Maga at JHU, though fairly new, is an active club­– we currently have 35 full time participants, as well as a handful of per-class participants. All members of the JHU community are welcome, including undergrads, grad students, faculty, and staff.

It can be intimidating to join a new club, especially one where the other members are going to be “fighting” you, but I want to emphasize that our training is so valuable because it is as effective for a 4’11 female as it is for a 6’6 male. Everyone trains at their own pace, which means someone who is not as physically fit or advanced will be able to keep up, and a person that is a varsity athlete and has years of training will be challenged.

We hope to see a bunch of new faces next semester! Come try out a class– we’re confident it will speak for itself. KM@JHU would love to be a part of your Hopkins experience. If you’re interested in training with us or just want more information don’t hesitate to contact us at! (We’re working on an official website, so look for that link in the future.)

All best,

Leanne Gossels