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Krav Maga


Monday: Intermediate/Advanced Krav Maga Class - 7:15pm

Wednesday: Beginner/Intermediate Krav Maga Class - 7:15pm

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Class Description:

Krav Maga is a simple, yet aggressive system of self-defense that can be accessed by all.  Krav Maga training includes cardio fitness, basic combatives, and self-defense movements against attacks such as chokes, bear hugs, ground attacks, and multiple attackers scenarios. Advanced students receive additional training with weapons, outdoor scenarios, and sparring.

Krav Maga training focuses on principles rather than techniques because no two attacks are the same. These movements based on natural instincts and address the immediate danger. Krav Maga defenses are accessible to the average person, not just athletes, and are designed to work from a position of disadvantage. They include the stress experienced in real life attacks

The goal of the program at FSK is to provide participants with a basic understanding of self-defense principles and a feeling of confidence and awareness for the future. Best of all, we have fun and make new friends all while getting a workout!

For more information visit the Fighting Spirit Krav Maga page by clicking here.


Katie Murphy (Lead Instructor)

  • 5th Degree Black Belt - Goju Ryu (Renshi)

  • Level 6 – Krav Maga (Instructor)

  • Highland, NY USA

  • 9x World Champion

  • 16x USA National Champion

  • 2012 Female Competitor of the Year 

  • Former member of Team Off The Line 

  • 30 Years of Martial Arts Training

Sensei David Kalish (Instructor)

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt – Hattatsu-Ryu Karate

  • 2nd Degree Black Belt – Shingitai Jujitsu

  • Level 5 - Krav Maga 

  • Highland, NY USA

  • Member WKC National Karate Team in 2012

  • 35+ Years of Martial Arts Training

     Sensei Katie began her training in Goju Ryu in 1991, and has continued to study the art ever since. Over the past 15 years, Katie has expanded her martial arts journey, competing internationally, training in Shotokan and Kyokushin, and obtaining rank in Judo and Krav Maga. Sensei Katie, the title she prefers,  trains in Kyokushin classes regularly at Fighting Spirit Karate (FSK) and in Krav Maga at KMNY (Krav Maga New York). Katie teaches her Krav Maga classes regularly at FSK and runs self-defense and Krav Maga based seminars locally and at international martial arts festivals.

     A former karate competitor on the NASKA, KRANE, and NYT circuits and member of two USA National Competition Teams, Katie represented the United States at World Games in Portugal, Spain, Canada, Austria, and Ireland earning Gold Medals in Traditional Bo Kata, Traditional Forms, and Creative Forms.  Using these experiences, she now coaches and trains youth students for competition on the NASKA and NY Tournament League circuits. 


“Always a student, never a master. You must keep moving forward” - C. Hall

     David Kalish teaches and trains at Fighting Spirit Martial Arts & Fitness in Gardiner, NY. He has been involved in the martial arts ever since being mesmerized by the artistry of Bruce Lee as a child.  David trained in a variety of karate styles under numerous instructors gaining exposure to Tae Kwon Do, Shotokan, and karate.  David was a member of his collegiate karate team and went undefeated in regional sparring competitions.  

     David holds black belts in Japanese Karate and Shingitai Jujitsu along with obtaining a level 4 rank in Krav Maga. In 2014 David found his martial arts home with Kyokushin and Krav Maga at Fighting Spirit Karate where he not only grows as a martial artist but also has the opportunity to give back and share with others. David is constantly seeking out new instructors, seminars, and festivals to expand his never-ending thirst for martial knowledge.  

“A Martial Arts Dream is your mind’s way of practicing without you...” – DK

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