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Valhalla Krav Maga Provides Skills for Self Defense

By Kelly Church

Valhalla Krav Maga is a self-defense training facility in Oak Park, MI. The studio specializes in Krav Maga, and holds the philosophy that every student will leave every class just a little bit stronger and more prepared to defend themselves. The studio also offers kickboxing and yoga, although most of their students attend for Krav Maga.

"[In Krav Maga] we rely on instinct, gross motor skills and aggression," owner and instructor Don Lams said. "We prefer a kick to the groin and running over a prolonged fight. We are not that concerned with belts or rankings. We have them, but it's more for breaking up the curriculum into easier to digest bits."

Valhalla Krav Maga welcomes all students. According to Lams, "bad guys don't give a damn about your gender, race, religion or political views," so the studio opens their doors to everyone willing to learn self-defense techniques.

"I would say first and foremost, do not worry about what kind of shape you are in or how old you are," Lams said. "Krav Maga was designed to work with men and women, old and young, in shape or out of shape."

Lams said it's common for him to hear that athletes are nervous to start Krav Maga because they think it's too hard. Lams reassures clients that all that matters is their willingness to push their limits. Instructors focus on individuals and everyone's individual limits are different.

"In the end, you won't know what you can do until you try doing it," Lams said. "I think you'll be surprised how well you do."

The goal of the studio is to "help build a safe and stronger community." Lams said his team wants to help people be best prepared for a day that hopefully never comes, the day when students need their self-defense skills outside the studio. Instructors are there to teach and inspire confidence if students ever need to tap into those skills.

Each student's first class at Valhalla Krav Maga is free. Beyond that, memberships include a Krav Maga membership that allows students to train in Krav Maga as often as they want; a fitness membership that offers unlimited yoga, kickboxing and ground classes; and a VIP membership that allows access to all classes at the studio. For more information on these offerings, visit valhallakravmaga.com.

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