Connecticut Krav Maga





What to Expect

Attitude, Attire, Equipment, Hydration & Nutrition

Attitude: A good attitude is required. Learning self-defense is challenging both physically and mentally. Working closely with other members will require each us to be respectful, kind, courteous, and understanding. Members must help each other learn. 

Surviving an attack requires one to not “give up” when tired or circumstances are not favorable. Training can be performed by students of all physical abilities. Some modifications may need to be made but the important aspect of the training is always participating to the best of your ability. The point of the class is to have fun while learning valuable skills.

Attire: Athletic apparel will allow the student to train without worry of baggy or restrictive clothing. The ability to regulate temperature will also help with training. In the beginning of class you may want warmer clothing but soon after too many clothes may make you too warm. You will sweat so dress in layers! The typical dress for training consists of; yoga pants, shorts, athletic pants, athletic top, quick-dry tops, and sneakers. Sneakers must be specifically for training as no street shoes are allowed on the soft training floor (to keep our training surface clean). The bottom of the shoe should be non-marking. Some students train barefoot or in socks (with grip). 

Equipment: Each member is encouraged to buy MMA style 4oz gloves for punching and grappling. If you need suggestions please ask us. All male students MUST use groin protection! Although using groin protection is not very comfortable it is better than being hit without it. The probability is very high that you will get hit in the groin at some point during training!

Hydration and nutrition: It is the member's responsibility to be physically prepared for every class. Avoid eating large meals or no meal before class. Everyone is different but in general if you come to class without having eaten in the past hour or two you run the risk of hypoglycemia. Too large (or too heavy) of a meal and your body will be in conflict for resources which will lead to cramping. Think about your hydration as well. Two to three hours before class you must start to increase your water intake. Without the proper hydration you run the risk of hypotension and syncope. 

Risk Agreement: Please follow the link below to access the risk agreement. If you are a minor you will need parent consent.



We truly believe everyone should know how to protect themselves. Our hope is that violence or physical confrontation never happens to any of us but we know that is not always the case. Altercations almost always happen by surprise. Eliminating an immediate threat is of the utmost importance.  Preemptive attacking is only justified in the context of self-defense. If one can run away from violence safely, then one should immediately do so, but if one cannot, then they should know how to eliminate the threat immediately and disengage to safety.

Our self-defense system is not a martial art. We do not focus on the artistry of movement. We focus on swift action that will destabilize opponents immediately. Repetition and stress induced situations are mixed with an intensive physical workout all geared to preparing your mind and body for immediate reactions to danger. 

In terms of attitude, we are all welcoming and inclusive. We do not adhere or approve of macho or inappropriate aggressive behavior. We take great care of each individual because we believe in building a community of defensive minded citizens. The goal we have for our students is to walk with confidence both mentally and physically. 

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Tom Bacha


Instructor in Seymour, Stamford, & Southbury Locations

Tom Bacha started his martial arts training in 1976. He considers himself fortunate to have trained over the years with some of the best martial artists in the field. For many years, he has taught as both a lead instructor and a guest instructor at various martial arts school, as well as at seminars for law enforcement, rape prevention,etc. His extensive experience includes Boxing, Jui-Jitsu, Judo, Aikido and Kickboxing. Tom holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Tae -Kwon -Do, is a Certified Kickboxing Instructor and is presently in the “Expert Series” Instructor level of Krav Maga through Krav Maga Worldwide. He is also a certified agent for “The National Alliance of Kid-Safe,” and a corporate speaker on topics such as violence in the workplace, bumper crimes, car jacking, and home invasion preventions. He currently owns two Krav Maga schools in Connecticut.

Tom has been featured on television news specials and in newspapers articles. He was one of the first people to open a Krav Maga Training Center on the East Coast. His many years of experience have allowed him the insight to build such a great team of instructors here at Connecticut.- Krav Maga. The team regularly trains with both American and International Krav Maga Federations.

Tom recently completed an intensive Instructor Certification for The American Top TeamGrappling/ BJJ Instructor Course and is now certified through Best Way Jiu-Jitsu.

Norma Mastropietro


Instructor in Seymour and Southbury Locations

On December 16, 2001, Norma Mastropietro (Rivera), became one of ten woman in the United States to become certified to teach Krav Maga. She was the first woman to be certified in the state of Connecticut.On July 14, 2002, she was featured in the Waterbury Sunday Republican American, Accent page, featuring Krav Maga.

Before her certification in Krav Maga, Norma taught cardio kick-boxing for four years. Norma recently achieved her Blue Belt Expert Series 1 Instructor Certification with Krav Maga Worldwide in Los Angeles, CA on August 2, 2015. She is the mother of two adult children and is currently Lead Instructor at Connecticut Krav Maga in Seymour, Connecticut.

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Instructor in Southbury & Seymour Locations

Jason began his self-defense training in 2008 under the expert guidance of the Connecticut Krav Maga instructors.  Four years later he earned his instructor certifications in Israeli Special Forces Krav Maga (CT 707) as well as Krav Maga Worldwide.  Jason developed and teaches the self-defense program at Quinnipiac University where he also serves as faculty in the Health Science Department.  He earned a clinical doctorate degree in physical therapy from Simmon's College in 2004 and PhD from Nova Southeastern University in 2016.  He has been practicing orthopedic rehabilitation for the past 18 years.  


Instructor in Seymour Location

Mitch has been studying martial arts since 1991. He started training in Tae Kwon Do and earned his 2nd Degree Black Belt. Mitch briefly trained in several other styles before he started training in Krav Maga in January 2003. In February 2007 he became a certified Krav Maga Instructor with Krav Maga Worldwide. In October 2008 Mitch became certified as a Krav Maga Law Enforcement Instructor. Most recently Mitch completed an intensive Instructor Certification for The American Top TeamGrappling/ BJJ Instructor Course and is now certified through Best Way Jiu-Jitsu


Private Lessons

We understand that learning styles differ from person to person.  If individual attention is preferable, in home or in studio private lessons are available.  You provide the setting and we will provide the equipment and expertise.  In studio private instruction are often arranged if your home is not conducive to learning self defense.

Please speak to one of our instructors about your particular needs in person or contact us.

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So that one may walk in peace.
— Imi Lichtenfeld


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