Adult Krav Maga
Our Adult Krav Maga program (age 13+) can be tough and intense and is designed for people who are serious about learning to defend themselves.
We do not teach fitness, we teach Krav Maga. We have only one goal: that you learn skills to protect yourself so you can go back home safely to your loved ones every day. Although our class is not a fitness class, the class can physically demand (More so the warrior class) and we will constantly challenge you to better yourself. We believe that the more you sweat in training the less you will bleed on the street. While training can be hard, we take safety very seriously. Our head instructors have backgrounds that include civilian and military first aid courses and one has a background in OH&S.
The day you choose Urban Tactics as your place to train, we feel we become personally responsible for you. We feel obligated to make you ready for the possible dangers that you could face on the street and in life.
We hope to see you in class so that you too may walk in peace.
Adult Krav Maga - Defense Classes
This is the first step in your journey from Lamb to Lion. The defense class is the beginner level class for all new students. It is a class focused on the techniques of Krav Maga, as we teach them, and is where you will learn the fundamental concepts, principles, and theories that are Krav Maga.
This is a semi-contact class: groin protection is required and a mouth guard is advised. Please wear your school uniform (UTKM t-shirt) if you are a regular student.
Our Defense class is open to all levels of skill and experience.
Adult Krav Maga - Warrior Classes
A key part of Krav Maga is developing a person's mental and physical strength. This class will push your limits and boundaries and is the advanced-beginner class. Leave with sweat on your brow and the satisfaction that you come out a little better than you entered. The Warrior class is designed around the Israeli style of training that made Krav Maga so effective; it involves aggression drills and semi-contact, controlled sparring.
This class is open to all individuals with 1-month defense class training, with 4-6 classes and instructor approval. Instructor Signature must be obtained in your workbook.
Our Warrior class is the next step in your self-defense transformation from Lamb to Lion.
This is a CONTACT class. Please bring all of your gear:
• Mouth Guard
• Groin Protection
• MMA Gloves
• Krav Maga Head Gear
Warrior Class Sparring
Sparring is 100% essential to Urban Tactics Krav Maga training. Sparring does not have to be difficult or scary, and with the proper protective gear, sparring can be fun, rewarding, and, most importantly, SAFE. In sparring, students will practice aggression, power, and judging distance, as well as learning how to handle themselves under violent stress. Students also have the opportunity to put their techniques and fighting skills to the test, to see what works for them and what does not.
Remember, no one is exactly alike, and everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses. The only way that you are going to find out what works for you is through sparring with opponents of various sizes, strengths, speeds, heights, ages, and abilities.
• No Mouth Guard, No Sparring!
• Full protective gear is required – Groin protection (both men and women), MMA gloves, mouth guard, helmet with facemask. NO SHOES DURING SPARRING.
• The sparring is light contact. 10% of your power most of the time, unless otherwise directed by the instructor.
• Sparring is closely monitored by the instructor(s)
Under 16 Spar WITHOUT strikes to the head
What is Krav Maga?
Krav Maga is a practical and effective system which teaches an individual how to prevent and overcome all manner of violence and attacks in the real world where there are no mats, no rings, and no rules. Starting with Critical Thinking and Situational awareness it builds from the simplest, most effective techniques that work for the most people most of the time. It re-trains your nervous system to have the fastest, most effective response when you are under the stress of a violent physical confrontation. While also teaching you to be calm, applying controlled aggression and strategy. It not only develops your ability to handle unarmed self-defense scenarios. it also builds proficiency in armed ones.
Krav Maga is a system with a unique and logical approach. It is easy to learn and retain, with easily performed natural and intuitive movements. It is very practical to use under stressful conditions as the moves are built off the normal, untrained reactions that people generally have. The techniques employ the quickest, simplest movements, and often use aggression and surprise to simultaneously defend and attack.
Krav Maga prepares Individuals to function in all circumstances and scenarios, in all combat and fighting environments, according to their needs and risks they may face on the job or in life. Krav Maga helps individuals develop tactical, physical, and mental awareness, and encourages constant growth and improvement.
Krav Maga is NOT a martial art; it is a mentality and a SELF-DEFENSE system. There are no competitions. It is meant for real life and teaches you how to survive so that you can go home to your family.
It is the simplest, most effective form of self-defense in the world!
The man,The Legend, The History - Imi Lichtenfeld
(The creation of Krav Maga)
IImrich ("Imi") Sde-Or* is credited with opening the first public school for Krav Maga and is the main reason that Krav Maga is what it is today. While a slightly different style, called “KAPAP,” was being created in the then “Mandate for Palestine,” by the earlier Jewish re-settlers and resistance groups, we consider Imi the Founder of Modern Krav Maga. He was born in 1910 in Budapest, Hungary which, at the time, was one of the centers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He grew up in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, in a home where sports, law, and Central European education were equally respected. Samuel Lichtenfeld, Imi's father, was undoubtedly quite a unique figure; at age 13 he joined a traveling circus, and for the next 20 years engaged in wrestling, weightlifting, and various demonstrations of strength. For Samuel the circus was also a school where he met people involved in a wide variety of sports, including some quite unusual ones. These people taught Samuel what they knew - including a variety of martial arts.
With his father's encouragement, Imi became active in a wide range of sports. He first excelled in swimming, and subsequently in gymnastics, wrestling, and boxing. In 1928, Imi won the Slovakian Youth Wrestling Championship and in 1929 the adult championship (in the light and middle weight division). That year he also won the national boxing championship and an international gymnastics championship. During the ensuing decade, Imi's athletic activities focused mainly on wrestling, both as a contestant and as a trainer.
In the mid thirties, conditions began to change in Bratislava. Fascist and anti-Semitic groups appeared, determined to upset the public order and harm the city's Jewish community. Imi became the defacto leader of a group of likeminded young Jews willing to stand up and defend their community; most of whom had a background in boxing, wrestling, and weightlifting. This group attempted to block the anti-Semitic bands from entering the Jewish quarter and wreaking havoc therein. Thus, between 1936 and 1940 Imi took part in countless violent encounters in order to protect himself, and others.
A story has been told that one time Nazi hooligans came into the university hitting and punching Jews. Suddenly a young man showed up, confronted them by hitting and biting them, and then disappeared as quickly as he had appeared. The story spread and one name stood out above the crowd…"Imi". In 1940, having become a thorn in the side of the anti-Semitic local authorities as a result of his activities, Imi left his home, family, and friends, and boarded the last immigrant ship that succeeded in escaping the Nazis' clutches. The vessel was an old riverboat named Pentcho, which had been converted to carry hundreds of refugees from Central Europe to the land of Israel (then called Palestine). The gripping story of the Pentcho and its passengers is told in detail in the book Odyssey by John Birman (published by Simon & Shuster, New York, 1984). Imi's private, two year odyssey, aboard that ship and afterwards, was filled with thrilling episodes. At one point on his journey, the ship hit a rock. Imi went with a small boat looking for help and eventually was found and taken by the British to Egypt. There he underwent several surgeries due to an infection on his face that caused paralysis.
He was asked by Yitzchak Sade to help train the "Netotim" in the Hagana (one of the para-military groups, that operated in Israel prior to the founding of the state and creation of the IDF) and teach them self-defense. In 1944 Imi arrived in Palestine and began training fighters in his areas of expertise: physical fitness, swimming, wrestling, use of the knife, and defenses against knife attacks. During this period, Imi trained several elite units of the Hagana and Palmach (strike force of the Hagana and forerunner of the special units of the IDF), including the Pal-Yam and groups of police officers. In 1948, when the State of Israel was founded and the IDF was formed, Imi became Chief Instructor for Physical Fitness and Krav Maga at the IDF School of Combat Fitness. He served in the IDF for about 20 years, during which time he developed and refined his unique method of self-defense and hand-to-hand combat. Imi personally trained the top soldiers.
During his service he married a woman named Ilana and adopted her child, as he did not have children of his own. He always told his students: “I do not need children, you are my sons".
After he finished his active duty, Imi began adapting and modifying Krav Maga for civilian needs. The method was formulated to suit everyone - men and women, boys or girls, who might need it to save their lives or survive an attack while sustaining minimal harm. To disseminate his method, Imi established two training centers, one in Tel Aviv and the other in Netanya. Among his students was Yitzchak Rabin. (Former PM of Israel, assassinated by a Jewish fanatic in 1994)
Even during his last years, Imi continued to personally supervise the training of those who had attained high ranks in Krav Maga, and to spend time with the instructors in Israel and abroad. Imi monitored the trainees' progress and achievements, captivating them with his unique charisma and imparting them with his lifelong accumulation of knowledge in Krav Maga and self-defense.
Imi, a teacher, a warrior, and a great human being, passed away in the early morning hours of January 9, 1998. Thus, the legend was dead, but not his legacy.
“So one may walk in peace.”
“People respect power, and it comes in many forms, Krav Maga is power, and people will respect you for knowing it
Jonathan Fader - Co-Founder
Since a young boy, I had always been fascinated with the military and martial arts. It was not until the age of 21 when I decided that my career in Occupational Health and Safety was not what I wanted to be doing at this stage in my life. I decided to drop everything and pursue my dreams of learning martial arts and joining the military. Because of my heritage and timing, I choose to join the Israeli Defense Force. From the time I made the decision until the time I moved to Israel; it was almost a year which gave me time to start my Krav Maga journey. In 2008 I started training in Krav Maga originally under the IKMF lineage.
In 2009 I moved to Israel and served almost 2 years in the 84th infantry brigade, 424th battalion called Shaked. During my military service, I was trained as a rifleman, Light Machine Gunner, and Infantry Sniper. I also learned military Krav Maga as required by the training. I did tours of duty in both the West Bank and the Golan Heights. I was involved with everything from roadblocks to arrests and riots.
In the late summer of 2011, I returned to Canada. I felt that this was my home and where I had to be. I immediately started training Krav Maga again with my former colleagues and IKMF Master level 3 Marcus Torgerson. In order to improve my combat skills since my return, At this time I also started my BJJ Journey.
Since then I have also become a certified instructor in various other Krav Maga organizations such as IKF, Instinct IIC, CT707, CKMI, IKI and have trained with individuals from IKMA, KMG, IKMF, and others. I have done this with the goal of truly understand Krav Maga and the different approaches all while updating my skills and knowledge regularly.
My regular training in BJJ originally started under team Megaton Black belt Trevor Clarkson, but when I started teaching Krav out of Budo Mixed Martial arts I made the switch. Originally under multi-time world champion Scott Boudreau, Under West Coast BJJ founder Don Whitefield (Black Belt under De La Riva). Now I train regularly under the now owner, and 1st degree Black Belt Mike Hanson also a WCBJJ Black Belt. I have also trained via seminar or school visits the likes of Luanna Alzuguir, Lucas Lepri, Megaton, Michael Langhi, Bernardo Fario, Marcelo Garica, Bruno Malfancini, Robert Drysdale, Julio Cesar Pereira, Andre, and Angelica Galvao, The Mendez, Brothers, and locals Rob Biernacki and Matt Kwan.
I have extensive Firearms training from the IDF and other organizations and in 2019 was certified as a Canadian Firearms Safety Course Instructor.
In addition, I have dabbled in Boxing, Kyokushin Karate, Arnis, Kickboxing, JKD, and knife fighting under various individuals of different backgrounds and lineages.
No matter what martial arts I have learned I have always found that Krav Maga is by far the simplest and easiest and most effective system. Other systems take years to be able to actually use in self-defense situations while Krav Maga takes months. Without a doubt, it is the most effective form of self-defense on the planet.
I hope to see you in our classes and look forward to helping you develop confidence and learn the art of self-defense.
Jonathan Is also the local Metro Vancouver representative for: