Krav Maga — the self-defense training program that strengthens your body, sharpens your mind, and transforms your life. At Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts, we aim to provide the highest level of self-defence instruction to all our students, as well as empowering people to be safe, healthy, physically fit, and confident.

OAMA is one of the larger combat martial arts organizations within North America and a leader in the techniques of martial arts, fitness, and combat. Krav Maga is the official self-defence system of the Israeli Defense Forces consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from boxing, savate, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, wrestling, and grappling, along with realistic fight training. It is based on instinctive movements, which are easy to learn and easy to remember under stress. The techniques are not dependent on size, strength, or ability, all techniques can be used effectively by men and women of all ages.

Philosophy behind the training:

  • Counter attacking as soon as possible (or attacking pre-emptively).
  • Targeting attacks to the body’s most vulnerable points, such as: the eyes, neck or throat, face, solar plexus, groin, ribs, knee, foot, fingers, etc.
  • Maximum effectiveness and efficiency in order to neutralize the opponent as quickly as possible.
  • Maintaining awareness of surroundings while dealing with the threat in order to look for escape routes, further attackers, objects that could be used to defend or help attack, and so on.

Training can also cover situational awareness to develop an understanding of one’s surroundings, learning to understand the psychology of a street confrontation, and identifying potential threats before an attack occurs. It may also cover ways to deal with physical and verbal methods to avoid violence whenever possible.

Krav Maga has expanded across the world and is now employed by law enforcement agencies, military personnel, and the average citizen looking to learn practical self-defence and get in shape.

Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts’s goal is to provide others with the skills, mindset, and knowledge to improve their lives.

We’re proud of our Krav Maga program and its skilled and talented instructors. At OAMA, our team of professional instructors are committed to providing students with the most in-depth and practical exposure. Our instructors are knowledgeable and passionate, they teach some of the most comprehensive combat martial arts classes within the Ottawa area.

Our program offers something for all students. Whether your goal is self-defence, building a stronger body, or developing a better sense of self-confidence, our classes can help you reach your goals.

If you’re interested in beginning Krav Maga training or advancing your skills, contact us to learn more.