When I moved out of my parents’ home to the Live Music Capital of the World, my dad insisted I take a few Krav Maga classes to learn self-defense. I conceded it was a good skill to have and began the search, despite my intense desire to avoid anything involving physical activity. I stumbled upon Fit and Fearless, signed up for my one free class, and had the experience of a lifetime.
What Is Fit and Fearless?
Fit and Fearless opened in 2002 to provide self-defense and fighting classes to the Austin public. The local business offers programs that inspire and instill self-confidence in students of all ages, while giving them knowledge on how to defend against real-world threats. With over 60 classes a week, the facility allows students to take classes that match their current skill level and go at their own pace.
Beyond weekly classes, Fit and Fearless hosts seminars every quarter to address scenarios such as active shooters or attackers with weapons. Once a year, when possible, the venue invites world-renowned Darren Levine to a seminar, to teach the latest and greatest Krav Maga methods law enforcement officers are using.
Fit and Fearless focuses on creating a safe and welcoming environment for all who walk through the doors, from those new to Austin or military personnel.
Krav Maga Self-defense
Fit and Fearless is well-known for its Krav Maga program. Krav Maga is the official self-defense system for the Israeli Defense Forces, as well as some of the elite military and law enforcement agencies in the United States. Krav Maga students learn strikes, how to defend against common threats, and physical conditioning. And, boy, it is a total body workout! You may be a little sore the next day (I was!), but the end result is great.
Classes are split between youth sessions, where children as young as four can participate, and adults. Fit and Fearless also provides a Women Only class every Wednesday.The first Wednesday of the month is a special free session open to the public, for anyone who identifies as female.
If you’re not ready to take on Krav Maga yet, there are other options for you. Fit and Fearless offers a variety of group fitness classes that are just as much of a workout, including combative conditioning, kickboxing, and KravFit training (Crossfit without Olympic Lifting).
The facility also provides a Yoga and Mobility & Meditation class, that focuses on improving flexibility of the muscles and core stability.
Mixed Martial Arts
If you want to learn fighting skills outside of Krav Maga, then you should check out the mixed martial arts classes (MMA) on site. Classes range from ground fighting (Jiu Jitsu), to sparring, to kickboxing. These MMA classes really help build your body strength.
With its recent move to an 8,000-square-foot facility, Fit and Fearless offers plenty of room to fit all of these different programs into your schedule. The grand re-opening is Jan. 27, 2018, with free children and adult classes.
If you can’t make the party, don’t worry. Fit and Fearless lets you test the waters of the program you’re interested in with one free class.
3701 Drossett Dr. #140 – Website
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