About Us

Want to get fit, have fun, and try something new?

CT Krav Maga & MMA has a class for you!

Our Story

Dennis grew up in West Haven, CT and  has been training in martial arts since the age of 7. Ironically, at one point he wanted to quit but his mother encouraged him to continue and work toward his goal of black belt. He followed his mother’s advice and decades later is still studying and growing his skills.

Dennis opened his own school in  November 2000 as Aiki Academy of Self Defense, LLC with a 1700 square foot suite and a dream to offer the best instruction available in mixed martial arts and fitness.  The studio has since grown to over 6,000 square feet with 3 training areas.

Dennis also has a passion for health and wellness. He minored in nutrition at SCSU, where he earned his B.S. degree in Business Management. Dennis also earned an MBA at Quinnipiac University.

Connect with Dennis on Facebook here: Dennis Hill


Get Results You Want – Fast!

No matter the class you are interested in, we can GUARANTEE that you will not be disappointed. We have top-notch instructors for every class, and our supportive groups will motivate you to keep going – and to keep coming back! We truly care about your progress and helping you reach your personal fitness and health goals.

Meet Dennis Hill, Owner & Chief Instructor

Dennis Hill, Chief Instructor has trained military personnel, police officers and detectives. He is a 5th degree black belt and Master Instructor in Combat Hapkido, a black belt in Judo, a 1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), and a black belt and certified instructor in Israeli Krav Maga.

Dennis also trains in Kali with Paul Kischkum.  He earned his certification in Kettlebells from Pavel Tsatsouline and has trained in Wrestling for 8 years with Master of Sport Joseph Vigdorchik, Russian Freestyle Wrestling.

Dennis is a certified Metafit and MetaPWR coach and certified NRA instructor. In addition, Dennis is very interested in health and wellness and is a certified Precision Nutrition Coach and Certified Personal Trainer.

  • We Want You to Have Fun

    Our staff here at CT Krav Maga & MMA in North Branford, CT has the confidence and belief that anyone can succeed in any of our programs while having a great time doing so. CT Krav Maga & MMA is committed to providing the highest quality training available and is proud to say that we will give a positive learning environment in which individuals of all ages can benefit from.

  • We Welcome All Levels

    No matter what your abilities may be, we guarantee you that you will be treated with common courtesy and recognition. We strive for our student’s happiness and we do everything in our power to make sure our students are learning, building endurance, and gaining a great deal of self-defense.

  • Safe, Friendly Environment

    People choose to train here because we provide a non-intimidating, safe and clean atmosphere which allows our students to fully get the most out of our programs. Our training programs are comprehensive and balanced, allowing our students to gain the ability in learning technique, strength, and increasing their self-confidence tremendously.

  • Visible Gains

    We believe that all of our programs should be serious but fun at the same time. We want our students to feel comfortable in class and to really get the most out of their time spent here. Our students will train, progress, and achieve. Our staff are well qualified and individuals that become part of our training program will have the opportunity to learn from some of the greatest trainers in the field.

Our History & Studio

Our North Branford Krav Maga studio offers training in multiple self defense arts such as Krav Maga classes for men and women, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ), and Combat Hapkido. Our fitness group classes include Kickboxing, Small Group Circuit Training, Kettlebells, Metafit (HIIT Training) and Fit Tribe 30 minute classes. All our fitness programs provide strength, cardio and resistance training to develop lean muscles, burn fat and increase flexibility.

We also offer a full youth martial art program for children ages 4-6 (Little Ninjas), 7-11 (Krav Kids) and Teens (12+). Our modern facility with over 6,000 square feet and 3 training areas has a large comfortable waiting lounge with free coffee and tea and a large adjacent playroom for younger siblings.

CT Krav Maga & MMA is affiliated with Kore BJJ, which is also an American Top Team Connecticut training facility. Hundreds of members have selected CT Krav Maga & MMA for their self defense and fitness needs because we offer a supportive and friendly environment. We often hear that our members think of our facility as an oasis from all the stress of their day, where they can feel refreshed and rejuvenated after a training session.

Our kickboxing program offers a fantastic workout for burning tons of calories and reducing stress. Our kickboxing classes are based on hitting heavy bags and learning correct punching and kicking techniques. Kickboxing is a ton of fun and the 60 minute class will fly by. Safety during training is always a high priority for our facility. We offer a professional environment in order to provide the best experience for our clients.

If you live in West Haven, North Branford, Northford, New Haven, East Haven, Branford, Guilford, North Haven, Hamden or Madison, then you will have easy access to training at our facility. CT Krav Maga & MMA offers over 100 classes per week, including early morning BJJ classes, and convenient class times where parents may even be able to take one of our fitness classes while their child takes a class. Our Krav Maga, BJJ & Kickboxing classes offer you the opportunity to not only learn practical self defense with martial arts but also as an added bonus to get an incredible workout. We have had students join for the primary reason of learning a martial art and their training resulted in a significant weight loss as an added benefit!

We have been voted one of the top martial art and kickboxing schools in Connecticut by the New Haven Advocate for over 10 years.

Offering Mixed Martial Arts & Kickboxing Classes in New Haven County since 2000.

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