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Personal Training, Self Defense and Martial Arts lessons. A specialization in Krav Maga, but also teach Brazilian Jiu JItsu. Kickboxing and General Strength and conditioning and fitness.

Whether you are just looking to be a better version of yourself or are looking to give you skills to build your confidence, Jonathan the Lead instructor at UTKM can help you with what ever it is you need.

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Peter Sun

19 July 2019

I've been at Urban Tactics for over a year as well. Jon and Borhan are very knowledgeable, proficient fighters who are excellent and qualified instructors who I trust. The classes are very informative, we are given enough time to practice, and they are constantly on alert to see that we are doing it correctly and safely. They definitely have my recommendation for anyone who has an interest or want to learn Krav Maga. More...

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Artem Biloborodko

19 July 2019

These guys are the real deal. If there is one place that does self-defense properly, it's this one.

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Karen Castro

19 July 2019

Fun environment, good for fitness and it's something you can apply to real life! Good coaches, and easy going. Would recommend to my friends.

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Jennifer Kelly

19 July 2019

Instructors are great! Classes are challenging yet I feel supported. There's a noticeable sense of community and comradery amount students and instructors. If you're feeling unsure or intimidated to try it out, don't let that stop you because everyone is friendly and welcoming. More...

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Jonathan Webster

19 July 2019

Love this school! Lots of great regular weekly classes plus monthly workshops teaching a wide range of skills. If you want to learn to increase your confidence in self defence come check it out!

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Lacey Dawson

19 July 2019

Just want to let you know how happy and safe I felt learning Krav Maga with the head instructor. He is a fantastic teacher and can only imagine the great service from his staff as well.

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Al Larson

19 July 2019

I have been training with UTKM off and on for over a year now. Jon and Borhan are both extremely knowledgeable, and passionate about what they do. I've learned a lot, despite missing more classes than I care to admit. Would highly recommend them for anyone who wants to learn Krav Maga. More...

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Judge N Jeary

19 July 2019

After 3 months of regular training I can very confidently say Urban Tactics Krav Maga is a Legit School and is exactly what I was looking for. This is not a fitness class although you WILL improve your fitness. I’ve lost about 10lbs and gained muscle and definition in a way I did not see by going to a gym 5-6 days a week. My reflexes are quite fast, my physical endurance has improved exponentially and I see things differently when I am out; that is, I am aware of what is going around me as situational awareness is a constant part of the curriculum.
The school founders, Borhan and Jonathan are enthusiastic leaders and serious about their profession and craft. Both have a military background and learned from the best in Krav Maga overseas and they have trained an excellent instructor staff while maintaining a constant role in student instruction from beginner to advanced. This also is not a “belt factory” and they don’t skip to advanced technique just to sell the popular Hollywood stuff of Krav Maga. They build a solid foundation first and when you “prove up” you know you earned it.
They have classes for Kids and all are welcome. I’m a mature (not young :-) ) business professional and train at this gym with men and women in law enforcement, military, teachers, college students, landscapers, truck drivers, etc… Borhan and Jonathan have created a very welcoming community of likeminded individuals regardless of background or profession. I signed up for a year but I believe I’ll be training for many years to come with these guys as I have found nothing like what has been created here in Vancouver or the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD).
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Roger Chao

19 July 2019

I was once afraid of being hit. During my first sparring session, I blocked and ran instead of confronting my fears. Now, I face my fear, I worked to become mentally and physically tougher. Urban tactics teaches real life situations and what happens when things go wrong. Its straightforward but still requires finesse, and you will improve here through every class. Try it out, turn yourself from lamb to lion. More...

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Qmall Mathew

19 July 2019

It's an amazing atmosphere with an amazing group of people. The instructors are all very knowledgeable and know how to suit a class to you personally even in a group setting.

The focus on real life situational awareness was what got me there.

The instant sparring is what kept me.
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Lee Miller

19 July 2019

Bilal is a great instructor of muay thai. He teaches valuable techniques and practical theory. The classes are tough and challenging which is exactly what I wanted. Can't wait to try the other classes too. More...

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Andrew Ferguson

19 July 2019

Practical. Simple. Ruthlessly effective. Also fun! UTKM has the best combination of effective self-defense and competent, friendly instructors I've seen in years of training. I liked it so much, I brought my family with me.

If you want to learn useful, save-your-life techniques from veterans in a welcoming atmosphere that encourages you to do so, Urban Tactics is absolutely worth your time. I recommend -everyone- at least try it, especially since the price is so reasonable. Could save your neck one day...or keep your kid out of -that- situation. Check out a class!
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Mitch Parker

19 July 2019

This school is the LEGIT krav maga. The most realistic form of self defense is taught here. From kids to seniors, we accommodate anyone, and we have classes all week. Come and try for free, i guarantee you'll want to stay, because the feeling of being able to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, is the best feeling possible. Plus we have a great group of people. I will be here for life :) More...

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Kallie Hu

19 July 2019

Practical, realistic, and efficient Israeli self defence training with instructors who have the utmost respect for students and their safety. Emphasis on real world survival teach students to be quick and effective critical thinkers. I had basically no martial arts training before joining but have gotten to study Krav Maga and BJJ alongside students with different fighting backgrounds. I also highly recommend taking part in monthly seminars or in UTKM's tactical firearm training programs -- they are clear, comprehensive, and valuable life long skills to learn. Overall, I wouldn't want to learn Krav Maga anywhere else in the lower mainland! More...

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Andrew Clark

19 July 2019

Alright. Honesty first. Haven't had a lot of time to attend a session with Urban Tactics. I'm a busy father and many many weekends are eaten up by Army Reserve functions. However, I have had the pleasure to deal with a fellow from this organisation through training nights and will attest to the knowledge and understanding demonstrated by this individual. Nights when physical training is granted to him have always left me feeling muscles I never knew existed and wanting more. More...

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Bonnie Miksa

19 July 2019

These guys are developing an outstanding team of instructors and students. They care about their students' safety from making sure the techniques are clear and within the level of the class, to checking in, and making sure we are geared up. These guys work hard at creating an experience that gets your heart rate up while making sure you can still do the techniques. There is an ethos to their approach to training that I respect and is what drew me to the school. It seems to attract some really easy going people too. I ask a lot of questions and they are very patient. Other places might have a slick corporate approach but I doubt you will meet a nicer group of kickassery elsewhere in BC. More...

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Mario-Marian Schiopu

19 July 2019

This is a good school to get initiated in krav maga Israeli's self defense. I have more then 35 years experience in martial arts and self defense and I am certified krav maga instructor on 4 different organization. And I know what is real and what is fake in this market.
Plus Jonthan and Borhan are fine quality instructors that put "their soul" on what they do.
Keep up the good job guys .
You gained my respect long time ago.
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Benjamin C

19 July 2019

Urban Tactics Krav Maga is exactly what I was looking for. If you want fitness, this aient right for you, but if you want to learn to fight on the streets and protect yourself & others, then come and do this. Instructors are honest & straight shooters, no BS kinda guys. They're great guys & really have your interest in mind. One drawback is that the richmond studio is a little cramped, but it makes you feel like your fighting with your back to the wall so it makes it more realistic. Overall, great teachers, great students, great lessons. You'll learn a lot! More...

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Rani Shew

19 July 2019

This decision to join krav maga is the best thing i have ever done in my life. It helps with past trauma (ptsd) confidence when i step outside, its helping me in every area of my life. The instructors are amazing. You may feel like a lamb when you first join but will be a roaring like a lion as you learn!!! More...

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Jeffery Scott Joseph Dyble

28 June 2019

John is one of the best instructors for real Krav Maga in the lower mainland. He not only focuses on the physical but the mental parts of Krav and how situations and aspects may or may not be realistic in a real life situation. This is also the only IKF ( International Kapap Federation) certified gym in western Canada. As a student under him for almost two years now and having eight plus years of Krav Maga under my belt I wouldn’t go anywhere else! Come train! More...

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Marwan Kanj

1 March 2019

(Translated by Google) Hi to all of you,I discovered Krav Maga through a video posted on Facebook. The hypothetical efficiency of this discipline attracted me directly. In the perspective of having an athlete's body, and in addition to my two to three days of bodybuilding a week, I tried the shot without having any real expectations in addition to my goal exclusively sports.To be honest, the practicality and sportiness of Krav Maga far exceeded my expectations. We let off steam, we spend calories and we learn to be sane, mentally strong and physically fit. After some lessons, we feel a growing confidence in our ability to ensure our own safety because what we learn is an efficiency that makes it practicable at any time. This sport does not stop at the art of being able to defend oneself but also plays games during the training sessions, in order to improve our ability to understand our environment. To summarize, I can say that we have fun too.Urban Tactics is a human-sized school where you learn, in a really solid way, to defend yourself.The atmosphere is friendly, respectful and the teaching is provided with finesse and in consideration of the abilities, the physical and the needs of each of us.I recommend this discipline and especially Urban Tactics as a school if you seek, as they say, to join the useful to the pleasant.The first class is free and the first month is only $ 80. After a month, I had the right to participate in WARRIOR CLASS, and frankly I can say that the level is multiplied by 10 as well as fun.(Original)Salut à toutes et à tous,J'ai découvert le Krav Maga grâce à une vidéo postée sur Facebook. L'efficacité hypothétique de cette discipline m'a directement attirée. Dans la perspective d'avoir un corps d'athlète, et en complément de mes deux à trois jours de musculation par semaine, j'ai tenté le coup sans avoir d'attentes réelles outre mon but exclusivement sportif. Pour dire vrai, le côté pratique et le côté sportif du Krav Maga ont largement dépassé mes attentes. On se défoule, on dépense des calories et on apprend à être sain d'esprit, mentalement solide et physiquement en bonne forme. Après quelques cours, on sent une grandissante confiance en notre capacité à assurer notre propre sécurité car ce qu'on apprend est d'une efficacité qui la rend pratiquable à tout moment.. Ce sport ne s'arrête pas à l'art de pouvoir se défendre mais aussi on joue à des jeux pendant les séances d'entraînement, dans le but d'améliorer notre capacité à comprendre notre environnement. Pour ainsi résumer, je peux dire qu'on s'amuse beaucoup aussi. Urban Tactics est une école à taille humaine où on apprend, d'une façon vraiment solide, à se défendre. L'ambiance est amicale, respectueuse et l'enseignement est procuré avec finesse et en considération des capacités, du physique et des besoins de chacun d'entre nous. Je recommande cette discipline et surtout Urban Tactics comme école si vous cherchez, comme on dit, à joindre l'utile à l'agréable. Le premier cours est gratuit et le premier mois est à 80$ seulement. Après un mois, jai eu le droit de participer au WARRIOR CLASS, et franchement je peux dire que le niveau est multiplié par 10 ainsi que le fun. More...

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Marwan KANJ

25 February 2019

Salut à toutes et à tous, J'ai découvert le Krav Maga grâce à une vidéo postée sur Facebook. L'efficacité hypothétique de cette discipline m'a directement attirée. Dans la perspective d'avoir un corps d'athlète, et en complément de mes deux à trois jours de musculation par semaine, j'ai tenté le coup sans avoir d'attentes réelles outre mon but exclusivement sportif. Pour dire vrai, le côté pratique et le côté sportif du Krav Maga ont largement dépassé mes attentes. On se défoule, on dépense des calories et on apprend à être sain d'esprit, mentalement solide et physiquement en bonne forme. Après quelques cours, on sent une grandissante confiance en notre capacité à assurer notre propre sécurité car ce qu'on apprend est d'une efficacité qui le rend pratiquable à tout moment.. Ce sport ne s'arrête pas à l'art de pouvoir se défendre mais aussi on joue à des jeux pendant les séances d'entraînement, dans le but d'améliorer notre capacité à comprendre notre environnement. Pour ainsi résumer, je peux dire qu'on s'amuse beaucoup aussi. Urban Tactics est une école à taille humaine où on apprend, d'une façon vraiment solide, à se défendre. L'ambiance est amicale, respectueuse et l'enseignement est procuré avec finesse et en considération des capacités, du physique et des besoins de chacun d'entre nous. Je recommande cette discipline et surtout Urban Tactics comme école si vous cherchez à joindre l'utile à l'agréable comme on dit. Le premier cours est gratuit et le premier mois est â 80$ seulement. Après un mois, jai eu le droit de participer au WARRIOR CLASS, et franchement je peux dire que le niveau est multiplié par 10 ainsi que le fun. More...

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Marwan Kanj

25 February 2019

Salut à toutes et à tous,
J'ai découvert le Krav Maga grâce à une vidéo postée sur Facebook. L'efficacité hypothétique de cette discipline m'a directement attirée. Dans la perspective d'avoir un corps d'athlète, et en complément de mes deux à trois jours de musculation par semaine, j'ai tenté le coup sans avoir d'attentes réelles outre mon but exclusivement sportif.

Pour dire vrai, le côté pratique et le côté sportif du Krav Maga ont largement dépassé mes attentes. On se défoule, on dépense des calories et on apprend à être sain d'esprit, mentalement solide et physiquement en bonne forme. Après quelques cours, on sent une grandissante confiance en notre capacité à assurer notre propre sécurité car ce qu'on apprend est d'une efficacité qui la rend pratiquable à tout moment..

Ce sport ne s'arrête pas à l'art de pouvoir se défendre mais aussi on joue à des jeux pendant les séances d'entraînement, dans le but d'améliorer notre capacité à comprendre notre environnement. Pour ainsi résumer, je peux dire qu'on s'amuse beaucoup aussi.

Urban Tactics est une école à taille humaine où on apprend, d'une façon vraiment solide, à se défendre.

L'ambiance est amicale, respectueuse et l'enseignement est procuré avec finesse et en considération des capacités, du physique et des besoins de chacun d'entre nous.

Je recommande cette discipline et surtout Urban Tactics comme école si vous cherchez, comme on dit, à joindre l'utile à l'agréable.

Le premier cours est gratuit et le premier mois est à 80$ seulement. Après un mois, jai eu le droit de participer au WARRIOR CLASS, et franchement je peux dire que le niveau est multiplié par 10 ainsi que le fun.
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Peter Rae

31 December 2018

Excellent instruction translating to real life situations. A great community to be apart of.

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F A

26 November 2018

Polite, professional, kind and encouraging! Also the students/instructors that you traine with are.amasing!! Definately coming back and highly recommended!

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Ludwin Barbin

21 November 2018

This is real krav maga, not just fusion martial arts.

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Zousky

16 November 2018

Great environment to learn Krav MagaFriendly instructors and teaches you actual Krav Maga and not just a belt factory

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Vladimir Karukes

6 November 2018

No groin, no Krav Maga! This is the best KM school by far in BC. The sessions are always fun but also a lot of hard work. If you want to learn about self-defence and perseverance, this is the school for you. And you will get a nice cardio workout as an added bonus, especially at Warrior Classes. The best part is that you can sign up for a try-out and see if it is for you without being locked into a contract. And yes, the first class is free. More...

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wei xiang

20 October 2018

Best place to learn Krav Maga. Classes are well constructed and fun. Instructors are amazing. Come to train with us.

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Gustavo Amador

20 October 2018

Been in and out of martial arts all my life.. this is the most effective and the instructors are extremely knowledgeable and friendly I would recommend this gym to anyone that wants to learn self defense.

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Ashley Chen

16 June 2018

I decided to learn self defense because I was 87lbs and walking home from work was a constant worry. I was just going to the gym and trying to gain weight but I wanted to learn something so I had a goal to work towards. I started with Krav Maga. It's been about a month and I feel Confident from within, I've gained 11lbs and im always so excited to go to class to learn something new. It's not just a physical workout, a lot of it has to do with critical thinking and i really like that. I like the challenge, to figure out what to do in any situation. I gained awareness and i also feel that it's okay to be small, I can still protect myself and the people around me. I started Brazilian Jiu-jitsu because I feel like it comes hand in hand. Plus I heard it's an advantage being small. If I'm standing up and there's a conflict I have krav maga skills, but if I get pinned down I have Brazilian jiu-jitsu skills. Then I tried Muay Thai and I keep going back for the endurance. They're different types of tired and I feel like i should know them for an all around skill. That way in any situation I won't be worried that I can't figure it out. My classmates have all been super supportive ive met some great friends already! In return, I try to help the new students feel welcome too. I love the culture in the gym, it's a great place to be! More...

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Warren Chow

16 June 2018

I've been going to Urban Tactics since the first day they opened their school, back in 2013. Within a few months I felt my confidence increase and have been attending ever since, and have also recommended other people to try it out. What I like is that the other students come from all walks of life but have one thing in common, and that's to learn to be able to defend themselves in very normal situations. The instructors are supportive and not pushy, and because there are no Krav Maga competitions it removes a lot of the "I'm better than you" attitude that you find at some of the other traditional martial arts schools. I plan to keep going to classes and progress, as it's a good way to keep fit and a practical way to learn to defend yourself in this crazy world. More...

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Vladimir Karukes

30 May 2018

No groin, no Krav Maga! This is the best KM school by far in BC. The sessions are always fun but also a lot of hard work. If you want to learn about self-defence and perseverance, this is a school for you. And you will get a nice cardio workout as an added bonus, especially at the Warrior Classes. The best part is that you can sign up for a try-out and see if it is for you without being locked into a contract. And yes, the first class is free. More...

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מיכאל בן-יא

8 April 2018

Amazing trainers. Very knowledgable. Welcoming atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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Sarah Third

16 June 2017

I highly recommend Urban Tactics as the best place to learn Krav Maga in the lower mainland. They're incredibly welcoming to any skill level and I learned an incredible amount even within my first class.

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Oli J

16 June 2017

Urban tactics is definitely my first choice for Krav Maga in the greater Vancouver area. The verity of instructors provide uniqueness to every class, which give helpful perspectives on new techniques an situations. The attention given to new students is great, whether from instructors or more experienced students there is always someone there to help. More...

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Kathleen Chiu

30 May 2017

Great, supportive environment to learn self defense that pushes you towards your limit but never more than you can take. Highly recommend.

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Andrew Ferguson

30 May 2017

Awareness - first stage. Krav Maga will teach you how to avoid fights, defuse the ones you can't avoid, win the ones you can't defuse and survive the ones you can't win. Urban Tactics Krav Maga is a friendly, safe, healthy place to learn these essential principles for Possible Bad Times. Better to be prepared than not and best to have fun learning that preparedness. I took my family and it's been a blast. Check out a class today! More...

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Quinn Temmel

31 December 2016

Skilled instructors, varied and challenging training and convenient class times. What you get is entirely worth what you pay,

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Kathleen Chiu

22 December 2016

Great and supportive environment to learn self defence. Highly recommend �

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Gigi Ambrose

10 November 2016

Awesome school with awesome instructors. Fact not opinion!

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Bryan Hui

31 August 2016

For someone that's never done martial arts or combat sports before, this school is definitely beginner friendly. Awesome instructors with diverse backgrounds in Krav Maga. Definitely recommend checking out their seminars too. More...

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Andrew Ferguson

2 August 2016

Practical. Simple. Ruthlessly effective. Also fun! UTKM has the best combination of effective self-defense and competent, friendly instructors I've seen in years of training. I liked it so much, I brought my family with me. More...

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F CP

16 June 2016

Best Krav Maga school in Vancouver. The other schools like to blend crossfit or fitness/cardio into the class, so it's hybrid krav maga. Urban Tactics expects you to be fit to come to class. They teach relevant skills to protect yourself & others. The instructors train you to have the muscle memory so that when it comes down to it you can fight under stress. Their warrior class is great for those who want to spar. Defense class is a fantastic way to learn the technical skills & practice them. I really enjoyed learning from these guys, I hope you will too. More...

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James Tan

16 June 2016

I've trained with Borhan for a long time. He's a great training partner and teacher and hes enthusiastic and passionate about his craft. The school is great and the instructors are the real thing. Come check it out! More...

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James Alexander

16 June 2016

Professional and well run classes. Fun yet challenging in a way that pointed out my weaknesses and my strengths and left me with confidence and curiosity to persevere! Instructors are top-level fellas who I know have my safety and best interests in mind! More...

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Kenny Wong

16 June 2016

Urban Tactics is the best place to train for Krav Maga in Vancouver. Both instructors Borhan and Jon are experienced instructors who learned the art in Israel and bring real life experiences from their military backgrounds. Their curriculum and training methodology is very focused and precise, allowing the individual to learn proper form and technique. The sparring sessions are intense but gives you the practical experience needed in the event of a fight. More...

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Forge Vancouver

16 June 2016

Urban Tactics is a top-notch Krav Maga school and certainly the best in the Greater Vancouver area! I have been to other Krav Maga schools that were good, but Borhan and Jon's ability to relate their experience in the military and their attention to detail when instructing are second to none. UTKM has an atmosphere of 'serious fun'. One of the things I liked most about it is the welcoming nature of instructors and other students. There is no machismo feel as there are in some martial arts schools. If you have any interest in Krav Maga try UTKM - you will be happy you did! More...

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pablo lozada jr

16 June 2016

Couldn't have found a better school. My only regret: not knowing about Krav Maga sooner. I learned valuable street ready and proven self protection techniques that are simple easy to learn and very effective. Although I'm still in the junior belt ranking, my confidence has slowly increased over the almost 2 years now since I joined. FTI, this is not for the faint hearted. The sessions are intense but if you are really serious about personal safety then you will make the effort. . More...

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Qmall Mathew

12 June 2016

It's an amazing atmosphere with an amazing group of people. The instructors are all very knowledgeable and know how to suit a class to you personally even in a group setting.

呂紹安

3 January 2016

超棒的 學到很多東西

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Clint Scarth

17 November 2015

Awesome place. Been training here for 2 or 3 years. Great crew and the seminars are packed with information and training on specific things like knife defence, pistol disarms, etc. Check it out

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Steven Huang

16 June 2015

Been taking Krav Maga Classes with Jon and Borhan for the last few months.They're both excellent at explaining and demonstrating the techniques and you get lots of practice in each class to spar and practice what you're learning. Great for people of all skill levels, from beginners to people with martial arts experience. More...

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Dundie Dun

16 June 2015

Best Krav Maga school in town, by far! The instructors are legit. Trained in Israel and Serbia, and seriously know their stuff! 2 free classes with this school and you'll want to sign up, i guarantee it.. it happens every week. The curriculum taught is real life situations, so if you want to say "screw the points system, i just want to know how to defend myself, end the fight within seconds, and leave the area immediately", then this is the school for you! More...

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Jonathan Webster

16 June 2015

Glad to be part of this school, they have a great vibe and create a good community atmosphere. I'm stoked to have found a school in vancouver!

Q&A

Initially I will assess you to see where you are at physically and mentally and then develop a plan for you. I use a mix of styles to keep your training exciting and fun rather than sticking to some strict set of work outs to be repeated endlessly. While training can be hard sometimes if it is fun it will help keep you motivated to keep coming and achieve your goals.

There is no secret, any one who says other wise is trying to sell you something. Its simply a matter of staying consistent and eating reasonably well.

Seeing the progress in my students and clients because with out this it might not be worth it.

The freedom to make my own schedule doing what I enjoy.

The variety of skills I posses is more than just a regular trainer. My martial arts background allows me to change things up a bit making things more interesting. While I am not a certified nutritionist I can also give you tips on your diet and lifestyle outside of your training sessions. Do not just train with someone who can get results, train with someone who lives the lifestyle as well.

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I have been doing Krav Maga since 2008, and have a military background. This is my specialty. If you are not sure what this is just know it is Israeli Self Defense often considered the best in the world for self defense. If you don't trust me just look it up.

I can help train you to get the body you have always wanted and make it fun as well. Though I won't lie the key is to be consistent.

Don't like just lifting weights, try a kickboxing session with lots of variety of conditioning drills and pad work.