Defensive Fighting Systems


defensive fighting systems provides a Customized Krav Maga Self-Defense training experience especially focused for women, children, and working professionals.  KRAV MAGA IS A STREAMLINED SELF-DEFENSE TACTICS SYSTEM THAT FOCUSES ON using our body's natural reflex response to AGGRESSIVELY NEUTRALIZE A THREAT.  Defensive fighting systems makes self-defense ACCESSIBLE to all people regardless of physical limitations.


Training Center of Middlebury


Tribury Karate & Fitness
984 Southford Road
Middlebury, CT 06762


Adult Krav Maga (ages 13-65) from 6:30 pm-7:30 pm


Adult Krav Maga from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Interested? Please contact us with any questions!


Training Center of Woodbury


The Monkey Bar Gym (next to Woodbury Diner)

125 Main street North Unit 4

Woodbury, CT 06798


Kids Krav Maga from 6:00 pm-6:45 pm

Adult Krav Maga (ages 13-65) from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm


Adult Krav Maga from 9:00 am to 10:00 am

Kids' Krav Maga from 10:00 am to 10:45 am




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 and neutralize opponents. Defensive Fighting Systems' training consists of skill building and realistic stress inducing scenarios, which are integrated with cardio-reactive physical demands, that are all focused on preparing your mind and body for immediate reactions to danger. 

Our hope is for a violent-free world; we know that this is not always the case. We truly believe everyone, regardless of perceived limitations, should have the opportunity to learn self-defense.  

Defensive Fighting Systems strives to create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive. We do not tolerate inappropriate aggressive behavior. We value our relationship with each member because we believe in building a community of defensive-minded citizens.  The mission of Defensive Fighting Systems is to provide a Krav Maga self-defense training environment that is welcoming and accessible to all, adaptive, and customizable, which strives to meet our members where they are.  We do not bend our member to fit the system; we bend the system to fit the member.  

Please visit our Curriculum section to view a small representation of what our members learn.  Exposure to the complete curriculum (levels 1-5) allows students the opportunity for mastery of techniques vs. unarmed, armed, ground, and multiple combatants. 

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. 


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Jason began his self-defense training in 2008 under the expert guidance of the Connecticut Krav Maga instructors.  Four years later he earned his Krav Maga instructor certifications from 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 Biomedical Science Department.  He earned a clinical doctorate degree in physical therapy from Simmon's College in 2004 and a PhD from Nova Southeastern University in 2016.  He has been practicing orthopedic rehabilitation for the past 18 years.


Michael has trained in Krav Maga since 2009 and earned his instructor certification from Krav Maga Worldwide in 2014.  He came to Krav Maga with a wrestling background and he is an avid enthusiast of BJJ.  He has a versatile skill set and a tactical approach to teaching the fundamentals of self-defense.  Michael is an administrator and teacher with degrees from Syracuse University, SUNY Purchase, and University of Bridgeport.  He is currently employed at Ridgefield High School in Connecticut.

Doug Van Hollen

Doug has studied several different forms of krav maga since 2013. He has trained at Fight Tactix in Danbury, with David Kahn's IKMA organization in New Jersey, and has been certified through Nir Maman's CT707. He has studied and practiced mathematics, philosophy, music, experimental cognitive psychology, quaternary geology, and theatre in a sprawling career from Maryland to Massachusetts. Doug currently works as a software engineer at FactSet Research Systems and is a contributing writer to the blog. He lives in Southbury."


Private Lessons

We understand that learning styles differ from person to person.  If individual or small group instruction is preferable, in home or in studio private lessons are available.  You provide the willingness to learn and we will provide the equipment and expertise.  Cost for private individual or private group (up to 4 people) is $70 per hour.

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


Grand Opening Pricing: If you join DFS in the months of April, May, or June you will only pay $50 per month to train at both locations and take as many classes as offered!

$50/month unlimited training

Drop-in fee is $20/class

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