731 W. Hargett St., Raleigh, North Carolina 27601


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About Krav Maga Raleigh (KMR)

Krav Maga (“contact combat” in Hebrew) is an effective, modern, and dynamic self-defense and fighting system. It is practical and intuitive for people of any age, shape or size. Training in Krav Maga is intended to help avoid and survive worst case scenarios. There are no uniforms, traditions or elaborate choreographies. According to Krav Maga Founder Imi Litchenfeld, we train in Krav Maga “so that one may walk in peace.”

Ken Richstad opened the first Krav Maga studio in Raleigh on October 13, 2008. Krav Maga Raleigh (KMR) is not just martial arts; it is a friendly, supportive community. Krav Maga is the easiest form of martial arts to learn, yet it provides a really intense workout. Staff members are trained at the Krav Maga Institute in Los Angeles, ensuring that staff are tested and approved to teach across the various student levels. KM levels mirror a belt system. By level 7, students have achieved the coveted “black belt.” Krav Maga classes are co-ed and offer students the flexibility to rotate in and out of different level classes that they have mastered. KMR also offers a series of women’s self-defense classes, as well as workshops. Additionally, KMR offers weapons defense classes, with the most popular being handgun defense. KMR also provides law enforcement and military classes and workshops, which further sets apart KMR as the go-to studio for advanced training and fitness.

“Embraced by the FBI and SWAT teams alike, Krav Maga is also a staple of high-end gyms across the globe, where a faster-paced and less-combative version provides a workout that could literally save your life.”

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Tune into KravCast! KMR delivers weekly segments covering news, celebrity Kravists, Groin-A-Gram (a humorous jab) and all the latest and greatest in self-defense and fitness news. KravKast! is available on iTunes, as well as the KMR website.

Our Staff

We have the friendliest, most capable staff and the most enthusiastic, hard-working members anywhere! We offer daytime and evening self-defense and fitness classes seven days a week to accommodate your schedule. You can come to get fit and pick up a valuable skill while you’re at it, or you can come to learn self-defense and accidentally get in the best shape of your life.

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  • Ken Richstad

    Ken Richstad Owner and Lead Instructor

  • Cassie Rhodes

    Cassie Rhodes Women’s Program lead instructor Krav Maga instructor

  • Scott Harris

    Scott Harris General Manager, Krav Maga Instructor

  • Quintin Byrd

    Quintin Byrd Krav Maga Instructor

  • Chip Slade

    Chip Slade Lead groundfighting instructor

  • Thomas Patterson

    Thomas Patterson Groundfighting instructor

  • Mary Gowland

    Mary Gowland Krav Maga Instructor

  • Craig Sower

    Craig Sowers Athletic Development Director, Krav Maga Instructor

  • Dwight Henderson

    Dwight Henderson Fitness & Krav Maga Instructor

  • Alec Spinelli

    Alec Spinelli Fitness & Women's Self Defense Instructor

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