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Kicking into Combat with Krav Maga

Written by: Communicator StaffApril 07, 2017

Black belt instructor Jen Gleed is coming for the first time to Ascent Krav Maga in Fort Wayne on April 22.

Krav Maga is a self-defense, hand-to-hand combat system. It was designed to prepare for realistic attacks and is used worldwide.

“Krav classes could literally save your life,” said Ascent Krav Maga instructor Meghan Horn.

The seminar will consist of two sessions, one from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and the other from 2 to 5 p.m.

The focus of the morning session will be women’s self-defense, and the afternoon’s focus will be ground fighting.

According to Horn, the Krav Maga aims to teach how to get out of an attack as quickly and safely as possible, unlike the focus of most martial arts systems.

The program trains everything including striking, ground fighting, using weapons in defense, self-defense against specific assault tactics, and more.

“Typical participants are any and everyone,” Horn said. “Ranging from law enforcement officers, college students, stay-at-home-parents — anyone can learn Krav Maga.”

Horn said there are not many college students currently attending Krav Maga classes as the program is new, but they are hoping to expand.

The goal of Ascent Krav Maga is to help students rise to a higher level, implied in the name “Ascent,” Horn said.

“Everyone who comes into our classes has a story, a challenge, a struggle, and when they learn how to protect themselves and experience their full potential, then they rise to the next level,” Horn said.

Ascent Krav Maga is the premiere Krav Maga location in Fort Wayne, and everyone leaves feeling more confident and better prepared after attending, according to Horn.

Both sessions are open to the public with no prior experience necessary.

The cost is $30 for the women’s self-defense seminar and $35 for the ground fighting seminar until April 7 when prices increase.