Krav Maga Institute Reviews

Kids Martial Arts Fort Collins

Where to start?

Three and a half years ago if you told me that I would be shipping out for the Air Force on may 1st 2018 I probably would have laughed at your silly comment. If you had said that I'd be shipping out for special forces I’d have laughed even harder…….. but here we are. I recently physically qualified to join the United States Air Force as a Tactical Air Control Party Specialist, I could not have achieved this without the large, correction, HUGE amount of help I received from Chet, Tina, and the KMI community.

I started at KMI after previously training in Denver with a gym that fell out of sorts. I immediately liked KMI more, the training and instruction was just so much better and I learned so much faster. I had never exercised in this way and I have come to love it. Push yourself while being part of a team, you’re all in this together. It planted seeds that have grown. Since I decided to join the Air Force and specifically to try out for Special Operations all that I have learned and experienced at KMI helped make it an achievable goal. Also, the community had I not been at KMI I would have never known a fellow student that was a collegiate swimmer. Through the community, I met someone who could teach me to actually swim, and because of that, I stood a chance at qualifying for Special Operations.

KMI laid the foundation for me to succeed through instruction, critique, expectation, encouragement, friendship, and community. For all those involved at KMI that have helped me I hope to make you proud.

Kids Martial Arts Fort Collins

Before I joined the Krav Maga Institute, I had been thinking about it for years. I really wanted to learn self-defense, feel confident about my movements, and get into shape. I thought it was my obesity that held me back, but it was really just fear. My first class was about 2 months ago. The owners and instructors were welcoming and encouraging. I apologetically explained that I may not be able to complete all the exercises, embarrassed about my current weight. They were friendly and accepting, willing to modify things for me to help get me in better shape without injury. When I need exercises modified for me, they make sure to help me in a very respectful manner so as not to bring attention to my modifications. I’ve lost 25lbs since coming to class and have built a good foundation of muscle. My balance has improved significantly. I’m conquering fears and facing the world again in ways I didn’t think I would again. At this point, I can’t imagine my life without Krav Maga or the wonderful people at the Krav Maga Institute in Fort Collins!

Jessica Graham

Kids Martial Arts Fort Collins

I started Krav Maga reluctantly. A new co-worker had been wanting to try it and tried for weeks to convince me to go with him. The thought of learning self-defense intrigued me, but the thought of exercise scared me. Before starting I hadn't worked out in 3-4 years. My perception of exercise was having to run. I hated running because all I could concentrate on his how bad I didn't want to be running. I was never the type to lose myself in thought while running.

My co-worker finally convinced me to go with him and to my surprise I was hooked right off the bat. The instructors were not as intimidating as I expected, they were really patient with us. What I didn't realize after all these years was I needed an activity that distracted me from realizing I was exercising. Well, it worked! I didn't start Krav with the intent to lose weight, I was really enjoying learning a new skill. But after a few months my wife started seeing a change, not just physically but mentally. Once I started to see the results myself it kicked me into overdrive. The longer I did Krav the better I felt and the better shape I was becoming. This change gave me the confidence (and guts) to attempt Tina's conditioning class (SPEC). SPEC is incredibly challenging but I was able to prove it to myself that I could do it. As I continued just more weight kept coming off.

Eventually, I started to plateau and I started to work with Tina on a nutrition plan. Tina taught me how to eat better, make better decisions, and not skip meals. The plan actually allowed for tasty food and I didn't go hungry. I was concerned that it would be a lot of baked chicken and rice crackers, but it wasn't bad at all. I'm sticking with the diet and I'm still losing weight. To date I'm down 35lbs and I'm feeling great. My goals are now shifting from losing weight to just maintaining my weight and staying lean, which shouldn't be hard with Tina's without program grinning.

Steve Pacheco

Kids Martial Arts Fort Collins

I didn’t come to Krav Maga initially with fitness on my mind. I work third party security and there was an incident. I had my pistol but the ‘bad actor’ in this case was drunk and very disorderly and he was huge.  I was out of shape, overweight and completely outclassed. We can save the results of that incident for another time. In the after action briefing a former US Navy SEAL was present and he sent me to Krav Maga to get some hand-to-hand combat skills. After three years of hard work I was in better shape and had received life saving training in everything from de-escalation techniques to prevailing in a fight. I hit a plateau with weight management. That’s when the nutritional counseling and the SPEC Warrior workout helped me push through this plateau. I dropped an additional 30 pounds and more importantly gained strength and muscle mass. It wasn’t just a fad diet. It was actually a comprehensive program that was improving me on a number of dimensions. I wish I had started the nutrition program and the SPEC workouts sooner!

*This client just completed a 10 day course for Instructor Training in Santa Clara, CA and passed!

Satisfied Client

Kids Martial Arts Fort Collins

Last January('15) I felt like I was in a big deep rut. I spent many minutes, hrs praying. I sat in the parking lot of the Krav Maga Institute for 1/2 hr psyching myself up to go in. After meeting with Tina, we decided to start this crazy journey! I transformed my diet, exercise with goals (physical not weight loss, although that has been the biggest surprise-weight loss). Confidence that I actually could defend myself! My balance has become, well balanced! I really need to figure out the mental journey. But I'm on my way! Thanks for all the support, God & Rhyne family, and the mental & physical support that I take weekly from Krav Maga Institute! Thanks everyone! Tina you are the best! Thanks for putting up with me week after week!

Milly R.

Kids Martial Arts Fort Collins

Have to admit I was very nervous about attending due to my age and being so out of shape, but I absolutely loved the class and was amazed at how much I learned from the instructor. I hope to be able to continue the classes as I lose weight and build up my strength. Every single thing the instructor said was important in self awareness and self defense. I have raved to all my relatives across the country about my wonderful experience and with the professional instruction. Thank you for making the experience positive.

Ms. B.

Kids Martial Arts Fort Collins

I honestly do not have a bad thing to say about KMI. Having just started learning I was happy to see such a focus on real practical self defense. The workouts challenge me and will help to get my stamina and physical fitness up so I can continue to improve. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable, and have the patience and a way of teaching that makes it impossible to not improve your technique. They correct when you need correction and support and encourage you when you succeed. They push you when you think you can't be pushed anymore, but still focus on your own safety. I love this school and look forward to a long learning journey with KMI.

Elias Gorecki (New Student)

Kids Martial Arts Fort Collins

I joined the Krav Maga Institute in August of 2016 and I haven’t looked back since.
I had recently gotten out of a long-term relationship and as a single college student with no vehicle; I realized I did not have the skills to protect myself. In addition, my self-esteem was low and I did not have a good sense of self-worth. It was about that time that my roommate suggested I give Krav Maga a try. Having done it for a couple of years, he told me it would provide me with skills to protect myself as well as improve my self-image. He was right. While I initially began Krav to learn self-defense, I have also found that I am in the best shape of my life. Along with Krav, I started attending Tina’s SPEC classes which are both challenging and extremely satisfying. I am stronger than I have ever been and for the first time in my life, feel confident in my abilities to take care of myself. I am more confident and it shows. I have been told by many people that I carry myself differently now and that I act happier and more confident. Now that I am done with school, I am excited that I will be able to dedicate more time to Krav, learning more about how to defend myself as well as keeping myself healthy and happy.

Megan DeMasters

Kids Martial Arts Fort Collins

In December 2016 my wife convinced me to try working out with Chet Barnett at the Fort Collins Krav Maga training gym. It was 6 months since a knee surgery at 46 years old. I felt over the hill. I barely made it through the 1st 2 workouts. I made a decision at that time to give it 100%.

Chet and Tina modified some exercises for my injuries, helped me understand the physiology of endurance training and eating to fuel my body. After a year of training, I summited Mount Aconcagua at nearly 23000 feet without taking any supplements. The self-defense training enabled me to wander around the city in Argentina at night by myself with confidence. I have a new lease on life. I now consider myself an athlete and plan to continue climbing big mountains in Colorado and hopefully the Himalayas soon.

The atmosphere at the gym has been very laid back yet absolutely serious about self-defense and combat. The workouts are very creative and often combined with Krav Maga training. The training is very consistent, and I always leave feeling as if I improved.

I you are thinking about self-defense training I highly recommend talking about it with Chet and Tina Barnett

Jae Brewen

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