Krav Maga / Self Defense

Learn authentic Krav Maga from the South Bay's original training institute!

Vanguard Krav Maga® (VKM) began development in 2009 with the purpose of designing a system that would truly be relevant to people here in the United States. The developers of Vanguard Krav Maga® experienced the shortcomings of other organizations and revised the curriculum to move away from sport, theory, and tradition to provide a simple and effective system that was truly tailored to modern situations in the United States.

Whether you're an experienced martial artist or a newcomer to the self defense and fitness world, VANGUARD KRAV MAGA® offers a positive and exciting workout while learning reality-based self defense. The program is designed for people of all ages, experience, and fitness levels. We invite you to try the program free for two weeks with no obligation.

Krav Maga Schedule
As a beginner you can attend all the Krav Maga classes that are labeled Krav Maga 1 or Krav Maga All.
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Watch a Vanguard Krav Maga® class in action
Guiding Principles of Vanguard Krav Maga®
1. Simple and effective gross motor skill based techniques

2. Provide a safe training environment where every-day people of all ages and abilities can develop to their full potential and test the effectiveness of their skills

3. Teach only reality based scenarios that are relevant to what is seen in the U.S. and true to the principles of Krav Maga – No fake commandos; making "soccer moms" train like a SWAT team member; or "fantasy camps" where you'll train in situations only seen in the movies.
Age Requirements
All Krav Maga® participants must be 13+ years old.

Gear Requirements
During the Two Week Trial: MMA Style or Harbinger Bag Gloves
(25% Off Harbinger Gloves is offered during trial period.)

Level 1:
MMA Style or Harbinger Bag Gloves, Groin Protection, Mouthpiece, MMA or Muay Thai style Shin Guards (optional)
Level 2:
Boxing Head Gear, Boxing Gloves (Male - 16 oz., Female - 14 oz.), Punch Mitts, Forearm pads, MMA or Muay Thai style Shin Guards, Body Protector
Level 3:
MMA Style Gloves, Knee Pads, Elbow Pads, Training Knife
Level 4:
Training Handgun/Airsoft Pistol, Escrima Sticks, Padded Baseball Bat
Level 5:
Training AR15 or Shotgun
Krav Maga Student of the Month


Everest Pepper
Ev has been active in martial arts for over 35 years. He has earned a black belt in Krav Maga and numerous black belts in other martial arts. He is a certified CDT Tactical Master Instructor and has trained law enforcement personnel as well as U.S. military forces for the past 25 years.
Certifications: VKM® Black Belt (2005), IKMF Instructor Certification, IKMF Close Quarter Protection, Hosin Hapkido Federation Master Instructor, Hosin Hapkido 8th Degree Black Belt

Daniele McCollum
Daniele McCollum has been training in martial arts for over 10 years. As a law enforcement officer with over 24 years of experience, she provides a wealth of experience & knowledge. Daniele completed her Krav Maga Civilian Instructor Certification under Eyal Yanilov, Head of the International Krav Maga Federation. She is a certified CDT Non-Lethal Force Tactical Master Instructor. Additionally, she holds a world record in bench pressing for her age and weight class and has also completed the AR-15 Specialist Certification with the San Jose Police Department.
Certifications: VKM® Second Degree Black Belt (2013), IKMF Instructor Certification

Nabih Numair
Nabih is a San Jose native and US Marine Corps Veteran, who has trained in martial arts throughout his life. He has trained in Karate, Kickboxing, Kung Fu, and Qigong. Since joining ASD in 2007, he has trained in Krav Maga, The PIT MMA and CDT. Nabih brings his experience of over 5 years in the health industry in addition to his 10+ years in the executive protection and physical security industry to ASD. Nabih is an NRA certified pistol instructor as well as a certified CPR/First Aid Instructor.
Certifications: Certified VKM® Instructor

Amit Patel
Amit while originally from England now considers the San Jose to be his homeland after moving here 20+ years ago. He started training in Krav Maga at ASD in 2007 after having a gun put in his face on two occasions while working in a bank. Fast forward 7 years and Amit is now a Black Belt in Krav Maga. He uses his daily working experience in a corporate environment to give students the confidence and skill set they need should an attack occur in any environment especially their place of work or business. Although generally a no-nonsense and straightforward individual, Amit tries to inject some humor into each of his classes to make the learning environment fun. He continues to train in Vanguard Krav Maga and is adding Hapkido to his training regimen to further increase his skill set.
Certifications: Certified VKM® Instructor, VKM® Black Belt

Jason Stimac
Jason began training in martial arts in 1994 with Tang Soo Do Karate and Muay Thai. He has earned a Green belt in Krav Maga and a 2nd Degree Red belt in Tang Soo Do Karate. Prior to moving up to the Bay Area Jason trained in Muay Thai for 6 years. Jason also recently completed his Level I CDT Certification.
Certifications: Certified VKM® Instructor, VKM® Green Belt, 2nd Degree Red Belt in Tang Soo Do Karate, CDT Certified

No matter what kind of training or program that you are looking for, the Academy of Self Defense is sure to have something that you will enjoy. To get a better idea of what program(s) that you like the most, we are offering you a FREE TWO WEEK TRIAL! Take as many classes you want during your two weeks!