Founder and chief instructor Matan Gavish found that there was a major lack in the fitness market. Real self-defense skills were only taught in “Martial Arts” places and involved full contact, bare-bone amenities and high risk of injury. The fitness market only offered aerobic boxing/kickboxing classes that, although provide a great workout did not focus on skill building, instructor quality, and proper form. Instructors are hired based on inflated social media following with no real knowledge of fight mechanics, anatomy, physiology etc. This lead to injuries and body alignment issues. Students know they were having fun but really didn’t learn anything useful.
FIT HIT is the evolution
of Krav Maga Academy.
FIT HIT delivers an electric high energy cardio class but with focus on real-life self-defense skills. We removed the risk of injuries by developing a proprietary human punching bag which gives the realistic feeling of how and where strikes and kicks should land.
Make your gym time a time for personal growth.
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Founder and Chief Instructor
A former Krav Maga officer for a special-ops unit in the Israeli Defense Forces in charge of training Krav Maga, Close Combat, and Counter-Terrorism to hundreds of Special Ops soldiers, Matan has trained US Navy Seals, US Army Rangers and is actively working with NYPD Tactical Training Unit in design, practice and implementation of Krav Maga to the New York Police Academy.
Matan believes that empowerment through training is key to success not only in violent situations but in any stressful curveball life may throw our way. Building a strong and sharp mind along with a strong body is one of the elements most emphasized in Matan’s training. In additions to Krav Maga, Matan holds 8 fitness certificates and has a BA from Columbia University in NYC.
The Best of the Best
No amateurs here — our mentors talk the talk and walk the walk. Our staff is highly trained to light up a fire in you and keep it burning well after you leave the class.
Viktoria joined KMA as a student in 2012 and quickly embraced what the program had to offer. Under the direct coaching of Matan Gavish, Viktoria earned over 15 gold medals in some of the most demanding tournaments in the country. She became an MMA fighter and is the first female to ever fight full contact MMA in Madison Square Garden.
Viktoria is the first female to be certified as a Krav Maga instructor under KMA. She is an inspiration to her students, her clients, and her fellow coaches. Her upbeat personality and impressive physical abilities make her one of the most popular trainers around.
She also likes glitter.
Omry represented Shaytet 13 in the Israeli Defense Forces Krav Maga Championship for 3 years in a row and won 1st place in 2007. In addition to Krav Maga Omry is an avid boxer. He received his Krav Maga instructor ranks under Chief Instructor Matan Gavish in 2013.
Serge joined Krav Maga Academy in 2010 and after 3 intensive years received his instructors rank directly from Matan Gavish. Prior to KMA Serge received his BJJ Purple Belt under Reyson Gracie in Brazil as well as his Muay thai credentials after a decade training in the Brazilian Chute Box, under Pride Veteran Luis Azeredo.
Our Manhattan location is a state of the art gym with the best gear, mats, and equipment on the market.
122 W 27 ST
New York, NY 10010