FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions for North Branford Classes

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Krav Maga FAQ's

What kind of physical shape do I need to be in?

Any! We have Krav Maga students who are in great shape, and others who aren’t. Everyone has a great experience, and learns a ton in every class. Those who start out in not-so-great shape often get in shape very quickly. So if this is you, have no fear! Just come and enjoy Krav Maga.

What should I do if I have a medical condition?

If you have a medical condition, a past injury that required surgery and still troubles you from time to time, or anything else that may be of concern… Please speak to a medical professional before joining our classes. Chances are you’ll be more than able to come and enjoy learning Krav Maga. But there may be certain exercises that you’ll have to take it slow on. Just let us know what your doctor says!

Are these classes violent? Can I get hurt?

People often associate martial arts with violence. After all, you’re learning self-defense techniques. However, there’s a big difference between self-defense and violence. Self-defense means you seek a peaceful way of life, only defending yourself is you absolutely have to. Violence means seeking out hostile situations. While injury is possible with any form of exercise – we’re proud to say that injuries are very rare here. We go to extreme lengths to make sure you learn Krav Maga in a safe, effective way.

Are these classes fun? Serious? Strict? Etc.?

All of the above! Every class ranges from fun & light-hearted, to focused and serious. We’ve found that a good balance of both provides the most enjoyable and effective learning environment.

Fitness Kickboxing FAQ's

Is the 28 Day Balanced Habits Kick Start program included in the cost of the Kick Start Bootcamp Membership?

The 28 Day Balanced Habits Kick Start program is run 3 times per year and is priced separately from the Kick Start Bootcamp membership, which is offered all year round.

How many people are in a group class?

At peak times, there’s between 15-20. Some times have more, some less. But we make sure to have enough instructors to match the class size. That way you always get the attention you need.

Are there other beginners like me?

Yes! Our classes cater to people of all experience levels, and in every class there are people all over the spectrum.

Do I Need To Be In Shape to Start?

Most people who come to us have not worked out in a while or are trying to start a healthier lifestyle. Our program is designed for you to gradually build up your endurance and we do this by offering modifications and having you go at your own pace. You do not need to be in shape to start, but you need to start in order to get in shape.

Will your classes help me tone up?

Definitely. Our entire program was handcrafted to help you get lean & toned. Literally every thing you do here helps you achieve this goal.

What’s a good number of classes per week to attend?

We suggest 2-3 times per week. However, coming just once a week will still get you results, and coming more will get you results even quicker!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu FAQ's

What kind of physical shape does Brazilian Jiu Jitsu require?

You can start BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) no matter what kind of shape you’re currently in. Because it’s a great workout, you’ll get in awesome shape in no time.

I have a past injury / medical condition. What pre-cautions should I take before getting started?

Just talk to your doctor, and see what he/she says. If you get the green light, come on in and get started. If there are conditions around your training – just let us know what your doctors says you can / can’t do. We just want to make sure you’re safe and sound.

Are there women in the classes?

Yes! While the majority of our BJJ students are men, there are women who come and have an awesome experience, too.

What’s the class-environment like here?

In a nutshell: supportive, fun & focused. BJJ tends to have a “family-like” vibe. After all, you’re constantly challenging yourself, and striving to be your best in every class. This creates a real sense of camaraderie & team – which is part of the awesome BJJ experience.

Are these classes only for competitive BJJ?

Not at all. We have a good blend of competitive guys, hobbyists, and people just looking for a kick-ass workout.

I’m a competitive fighter. Will these classes help me in my matches?

Definitely. Our expert instructors will work with you to strengthen your weak points… boost your strong points… get you in amazing shape… and prepare you mentally for your matches.

Do I have to be athletic or flexible or anything?

Not at all! In fact, many of our students are people who just never liked any other sports. They were never athletic before joining this class.

Now though, they’re in better shape than just about anyone else they know! They’re lean, fit and feeling great. So if you’re not athletic, don’t worry. We’ll help you get there!

Will this be really hard on my body?

The exercise involved may be tough for you at first, but you’re welcome to go at your own pace. We’re here to support you and see you succeed. It may be a little hard on your body, but no so hard as to cause injuries. Just hard enough for a great, calorie-burning workout!

Is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu violent?

People who do Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are never the ones to start fights. They’re the ones who do everything in their power to avoid fights, but if a fight has to happen, they’re ready to defend themselves. So no, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is not violent.

 

Will I get hurt?

Any physical activity can lead to injury – and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is no exception – but because we place such are in keeping you safe we hardly EVER see any injuries here. We guide you through the perfect way to do each technique. That way you don’t do it in a way that harms your body. We also show you how to stretch properly, reducing your chances for injury even more. You also go at your own pace. That way you don’t force your body to do anything it isn’t capable of. Students who pick up on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu quickly are just as valued as the ones who need to slow down, and learn at a different pace.

Kettlebell Fitness FAQ

Where is CT Krav Maga & MMA Strength and Conditioning Located?

We are located at CT Krav Maga & MMA fitness facility in North Branford, Connecticut! The address is 5 Foxon Road Suite 6, North Branford, CT.

Do I Need Any Prior Kettlebell Experience?

Not at all! Our bootcamps and classes are completely progressive – meaning we teach you exactly everything you need to know to safely and effective workout with kettlebells! We take great pride in being a “movement first” based system – meaning our first priority is safety and to help you develop perfect form.

Most people who start our bootcamp have never even touched a kettlebell – but quickly fall in love with it!

What If I’m REALLY Out Of Shape?

When you join our Strength and Conditioning class, you become a part of something much greater than just a workout program. You become part of an incredibly supportive and encouraging community. I have helped literally thousands of people of all shapes and sizes get into the best shape of their life. Our system is progressive and will work for ANYONE who commits to it. You will never be expected to do more than what you are currently capable of, and unlike most other group fitness classes you will never feel embarrassed or left behind.

Do I Need To Bring My Own Kettlebell?

Nope! The CT Krav Maga & MMA is fully equipped with all of the equipment you will need – including the best kettlebells that money can buy! All you need to bring is yourself and a positive attitude!

Can I Bring a Friend?

Absolutely. Actually, we’ve found that beginners that start with a friend tend to get better results faster!

Youth Martial Arts FAQ's

Is martial arts just for boys? Or can my girl take martial arts too?

There are just as many girls in many of our classes as there are boys. Girls love martial arts just as much, and get the same fulfillment out of it as boys do. Also, if I’ve learned anything in my years of teaching, its that girls are just as tough as boys. Many are even tougher!So you don’t have to worry about your little girl getting hurt, or feeling scared because she’ll be practicing with boys. In fact, the boys may even be the ones who are scared.

Will my child have fun? Will they want to stick with the program?

When parents take their kids to appointments – normally the parent has to run around and do everything in their power to get their children to the appointment on time. “Hurry up!” they shout, “We’ll be late!” (How many times have you said this?)

With martial arts, something fascinating happens – often the children are the ones yelling these things! They don’t want to be late, and they never want to miss a class. In fact, I know of many parents who use martial arts as an incentive to get chores done. If the kids are good, do their chores, and do their homework – they get martial arts as a reward.

That’s because your child will have a ton of fun. He’ll be laughing and smiling throughout the entire class. And because He’ll constantly be setting and reaching goals – He’ll want to stick with the program. It will become a part of his life as if it was always there.

What age is appropriate for martial arts?

We have programs for kids who are 4 years old all the way to teenagers. And we even have programs for adults. So to be honest – every age is appropriate. No child is too young or too old. We have a class that fits just right.

Will my child get hurt?

I’ve had children come to my program for years without ever obtaining a single injury. This is actually the case with most children.

Have children gotten injured in my martial arts class? Yes, some have. But the injuries were no different than those which kids who play baseball and other sports get. In the words of a parent I recently spoke with, “The instructors pay attention to detail when it comes to safety.”

From padded floors, to proper gear, to step-by- step instruction , we do everything in our power to insure your child’s safety. I can’t guarantee your child won’t be injured, but I can tell you that almost no children receive injuries in my program, and that’s because we take your child’s safety very seriously.

Will martial arts make my child violent?

Absolutely not! We don’t teach kids how to kick and punch so they can go down the street and beat up the neighbor’s kid. Instead, we teach kids self-defense as a tool for personal growth and development. Kids learn to treat others as they want to be treated. They learn to respect all living things – from their parents to pets.Often, kids who were violent before they joined our class changed, and became non-violent. So no, martial arts won’t make your child violent!

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