Learn And Be Safe

Individuals that are seeking information about Nashville Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu have many questions and are uncertain about what to expect. For that reason, we compiled our own “Top Ten” questions about Nashville Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. We believe that our self defense class offerings, our training methods, our level of skill, our experience, our integrity, and the cost of Krav Maga classes at Nashville Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu are the best value by far. We want you to be able to learn to be safe, be fit, and build great relationships while doing so. In essence, to have a family that encourages you along your path to “Walking in Peace”.

I’m interested in Krav Maga. What should I do?

If you’re interested in self defense and want to get started with Krav Maga classes – we’re interested in meeting you! Your first two days of classes are free. You do not need an appointment, we just ask that you arrive 15 – 20 minutes prior to class time so that we can show you around and introduce you personally to your instructor for the class. We find that seeing the classes in action helps you to understand more than words could ever explain. It also helps to ensure that we will provide you with the training that suits your needs.

Where do I start? What class should I go to first?

Where you start is entirely up to you and what you are seeking in terms of training. If it is your desire to learn Krav Maga, then a Level 1 (beginner’s) class is the place to begin your journey. If you are not quite sure you are ready for that plunge, you are more than welcome to start with any of our fitness or strength and conditioning classes. Our schedule is always posted both on our website and our Facebook page.

What should I wear to my first class?

General athletic wear – t-shirt, sweat pants or shorts, and athletic shoes are fine. You will get sweaty, so make sure it’s something in which you are comfortable.

Is it safe?

The founder of Krav Maga, Imi Litchenfeld, believed that the basis for training is simple – cut out the sport aspect, train safe, and to do so with the intent that one could walk in peace. He understood that flaws in training could allow potential injuries to occur. For that reason, you will always have an instructor(s) directing the class making sure that you are learning and demonstrating the appropriate techniques. Will you get bruised or scuffed? Maybe! Will you have sore muscles? Yes! So, is it safe? Absolutely!

Should I get in shape first?

This question comes up all of the time. The simple answer is – NO! We tell each person that comes to NKM that they start exactly where they are today – whether that means you stood up off the sofa for the first time today or you have been running marathons for years. The classes will make you work hard and the instructors will challenge you. We encourage each person to work to their capability. If you need to take a break or get a drink, do so. Remember, your potential aggressor doesn’t care what shape you are in. You have to start somewhere, why not start at Nashville Krav Maga?

Am I too old?

You are never too old to learn to defend yourself! There is only one you, and you are worth protecting. Does this mean that you might not move as fast or learn as quickly? Maybe. But you might also have some wisdom behind you that allows you the ability to think and respond in a different light. Again, your potential aggressor doesn’t care about your age.

I have certain limitations. Can I train?

Many of us are broken people. We have lived life and often have the “battle wounds” to prove it. However, regardless of our physical limitations, every person has the right and the responsibility to learn to protect themselves and their loved ones. Krav Maga was created to be simple and yet effective enough that the average person can learn it. We will be glad to discuss how you might better train with your limitation – this may be determining whether traditional group classes or private training will be more beneficial for you.

I have a hurt ______. Can I train?

The staff of NKM are not medical professionals that can assess injuries. As a general rule, if it hurts, don’t do it. However, we find that many of us are out of shape because exercise is not…well, fun! Therefore, a better rule is: if it causes risk to your health, further damage to an injury, or the doctor says no, don’t do it. Our goal at Nashville Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is for you to learn to be safe and become physically fit while doing so. Training with true injuries only hinders your progression in these efforts. We do ask that you make the staff aware of injuries prior to class. Often times, minor injuries can be accommodated to allow training while still protecting the injury itself.

Do you require a uniform?

As a member of Nashville Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, we do have an informal uniform policy. We ask that our members wear a Krav Maga shirt of some kind – we do not care if you purchase it from our retail store or from somewhere else. This serves two purposes. First, it allows our instructors to very quickly identify a visitor in class. Secondly, it provides an environment that is focused on the task at hand – learning Krav Maga – not on the visual distractions that could occur or the divisive nature that could creep in with t-shirt slogans, etc. We experienced this during the summer months and during political seasons – by eliminating those potential distracters, we can be focused on our task at hand.


The cost of Krav Maga classes will vary depending on your training intentions. We do not publish our rates simply because it is difficult to just throw figures out there not knowing very much about each person. Your training intentions help us to identify what will be best for you. We take into consideration things such as what is your training availability, what do you do for a living, and other factors that help identify what type of arrangement will fit your training needs best.

We are also of the mindset that, “If it’s important to you, you will find a way. If it’s not, you will find an excuse.” Therefore, for budgeting purposes, fees can range between $100 and $200 a month for unlimited classes. We do offer discounts to law enforcement and first responders, military, and family multiples. Regardless of the direction you choose, your first payment, which includes a registration fee, will be higher compared to your regular monthly tuition.

Payments are made on either the 10th or 25th of every month by credit or debit card. Monthly transactions are processed through our in- house system and allow flexibility to our studio. This permits us to extend that flexibility to our clients. As such, we follow all security and privacy guidelines imposed by your lending institution.