Choose to be fitter. Choose to be stronger. Choose to be safer.

Choose Krav Maga.

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Welcome to First Defense

Learn how to protect yourself with the experts

First Defense is Northern Virginia's leading Krav Maga school and we’ve been instructing men and women of all ages and all abilities in this dynamic form of self defense for more than a decade. Not only does Krav Maga provide a workout that is second to none, it quickly equips you with the practical skills you need to prevent, control, defuse and resolve conflicts and defend yourself against physical threats and attacks.

Get fit. Stay safe.

Prepare to eclipse your fitness and self defense goals. Check out these ladies training HARD!

Affiliated with the best

We’re extremely proud to be closely associated with Krav Maga Global (KMG), the internationally recognized leading Krav Maga organization. When you train with First Defense you are training with instructors who are certified through Krav Maga Global and have trained directly under Eyal Yanilov and the KMG Global Instructor Team. To find out more about KMG please visit their website.


Begin training and start gaining:

Krav Maga: so much more than just a workout


Practical self defense moves and tactics


Unbeatable fitness levels, agility and flexibility


A massive boost in confidence


Increased strength and stamina


Decision-making skills and clarity


A welcoming, like-minded community

These people recognized the power of the world’s fastest growing martial art

It’s time to join them!

Why train at First Defense Krav Maga?

It’s where passion and commitment meet
practical and tactical self defense

  • Northern Virginia's home for elite Krav Maga training
  • We teach Krav Maga as a system - not an add-on fitness class
  • We have some of the highest ranked instructors on the East Coast
  • We have a direct connection to the roots of Krav Maga through our affiliation with KMG
  • Our lead instructor is KMG's US Coordinator and is on the National Team of Experts
  • We frequently hold specialty workshops on topics from related fields
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