Krav Maga

Welcome to Carolina Self Defense & Krav Maga, the Triangle’s best Krav Maga and self defense school! As a self-defense system, Krav Maga is well-known for its brutal counter-attacks, training for multiple attackers, and the ability to end fights quickly. It is designed so that anyone regardless of age, gender, and fitness level can use these techniques and defend themselves successfully.

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Fitness is a key component of self-defense, as well as overall health. Our instructors are there to guide you through your fitness journey to challenge and push yourself to the best shape of your life. This training is a full body workout that will make you stronger and faster through resistance training, cardio and calisthenics. 



The best way to win a fight is to avoid it in the first place. Alongside the rest of your training, classes will educate you in situational awareness, fighting tactics, how to identify and avoid dangerous situations, and how to de-escalate conflicts effectively before they become violent. 



“SELF DEFENSE 101” seminar

Saturday, November 9, 2-4:30pm - $49

You’ve just gotta love a fitness center whose tagline is “Zombies Run from Us!”...

My family has dabbled in Tae kwon do and other martial arts, but nothing has grabbed my kids’ attention like Krav Maga. We first visited Carolina Self Defense and Krav Maga several weeks ago, not quite sure what to expect. To be honest, I was picturing a bunch of beefed-up military types with bad attitudes!

Nothing could be further from the truth. My son and daughter’s trial class was in fact taught by a young woman (there are several female instructors), and everyone in attendance was friendly and outgoing. Class began with a warm-up, and then dove right into some training, drills, and self-defense techniques. There are no fancy, acrobatic kung-fu moves, just instinctive movements such as punches, elbows, and knees to deflect attacks and protect yourself. Class was fast-paced and intense, yet lots of fun, based on the smiles I saw on students’ faces. Oh, and it is a workout. You will be killing some major calories!

Every class is unique, which keeps it from becoming boring, and each instructor has his or her own style. They’re all talented and passionate about Krav. It’s readily apparent that there is a real sense of community within the center, among students from all walks of life. And Krav Maga instructors do not encourage fighting; rather, they teach students to diffuse a fight, if at all possible, and then walk away.
— Amy G.
Amazing group of folks! This is THE place to get fit and dangerous!
— Scott D.
A wonderful facility that incorporates open space with caring instructors. Here at CSDKM you’ll find instructors who really want to help you learn the many techniques of Krav Maga. During your training, they demonstrate how to execute successfully and the dynamics involved. This isn’t a thing where strength is needed. It’s about implementing the concept slowly at first . . . then with increased speed. The whole process designed to solidify what was taught into memory. Only repeated execution reinforces that. With today’s world, you never know when you’ll need to react; not think. And that . . . could save your life. It’s fun, it’s a great workout and the people are all understanding there. Water/recovery of breath breaks are given so you don’t run out of fuel. Great facility with so many talented people who earnestly want to help you protect yourself should the need ever arise
— Bob C.
Things I love about this place: everything! The instructors, the atmosphere, the workouts, and the sense of community that develops as you get to know everyone that you train with. Of course, the higher you go, the more you learn and the more intense and applicable what you learn. I highly recommend Carolina SD.
— Luis R.
I LOVED it!! I had to sit down a few times at the beginning to catch my breath lol. I’m so out of shape, and I also had a few past injuries that I had to watch out I will take it slow and steady.

As for the class itself, WOW!!! Very professionally done! You folks created an atmosphere that allowed us to lose our self-consciousness so that we could get serious about it and I saw so many of us timid ladies getting right into it which was awesome!! I’m definitely going back next weekend to start the 1 of 3 class trial (already paid for). So yes, I’m psyched! I think I’m going to be a slow learner, but that’s okay.
— Nancy S.
I have been wanting to take a self defense class for years but never made it a priority. Then several weeks ago, I kept hearing other women talk about Carolina Self Defense & Krav Maga and how much they loved it so I decided to check it out. I’m a person who always reads over reviews before trying anything and, I’ll be honest, I was very skeptical with all the reviews being 5 stars. Every single one of them. Can a place really live up to all the hype or did they just pay random people to give it great reviews? Well, I was going to find out. Yesterday I had my first self defense class and it was everything and more than what I imagined. The instructors were very knowledgeable and incredibly helpful. Each and every one of them have a strong passion for the skills and will spend time with you showing you exactly how each move works. There is zero pressure to do any of the moves if you don’t feel comfortable and the energy they bring to the class is infectious. I loved everything about it and will be signing up for more classes. I can’t get enough of Krav Maga. So, long story short, if you are like me and skeptical when you see all positive reviews. Don’t be, this place lives up to the hype. Go and have fun!
— Randi C.
I’ve been a member at Carolina Self Defense & Krav Maga for over a year now. I’ve come to expect that every class will be a challenge and that I will leave feeling exhausted but accomplished. What a great group of people - both the students and instructors. You’ll receive no slack, but at the same time the instruction is positive and fun. The workouts can be intense. With a little consistency in attendance I’ve been able to get in the best shape I’ve even been in, have learned how to throw a decent punch, and I feel better than ever about my ability to defend myself or my family if needed.

They’ve recently added kids classes to the weekday schedule, and my 7-year-old LOVES it. They teach appropriate self defense and general athleticism in a really fun atmosphere.

I highly recommend CSD if you are looking to improve your self defense, fighting, or general fitness level. Kida!
— Scott S.
I’ve been at Carolina Self Defense & Krav Maga for a little over a year and I can honestly say it’s one of the best decisions I have ever made! I would never have thought I’d find myself doing something like krav but it has been a great way to push myself out of my comfort zone and has resulted in me feeling stronger, empowered, and more confident. You are pushed to your mental and physical limits, but in a safe, positive way.

Every instructor there is great, each one has a slightly different style, and that diversity of approaches definitely benefits you as a student. It is obvious that the instructors sincerely care about how we’re doing and want to give us the tools to protect ourselves if we ever find ourselves in a dangerous situation.

It was a pleasant surprise that there is no macho posturing or competitiveness among the students, but that it is a fun, friendly, supportive community. If you’re curious about krav, give it a try, you may love it and CSD is the best place to go to train.
— Mary C.

Carolina Self Defense & Krav Maga does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin (ancestry), religion (creed), gender or gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, age, height, weight, physical or mental ability, disability, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.