Katalyst Krav Maga is The Go-To Martial Arts School in Virginia Beach For Adult & Kids Martial Arts Classes

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105+ reviews

from families and students like you... and counting

5.0 out of 5

Average Customer Satisfaction Rating

Customers served! 1422 Students Trained!

David is the only certified Krav Maga instructor in all Hampton Road area. I have visited two so called Krav Maga school and I can tell you that the instructors did not know Krav. I have be training in Krav Maga for 10 years and know what real Krav is, cannot wait for David to open up his new place

Adam K. | Member

I have trained with David locally and in Israel for a few years. His knowledge, work ethic, and teaching strategies are unsurpassed anywhere in the local area. Highly recommended. If you want to be the best, you have to surround yourself with the best!

Billy D. | Member

Highly recommend. Every class is beneficial and a great way to get in shape. David and Sara are very professional and great at what they do!

David M. Member

Why Choose Katalyst Krav Maga in Virginia Beach?

At Katalyst Krav Maga in Virginia Beach emphasizes two core self-defense principles: strike effectively then disengage or gain control for a safer position.

Starting with basics like punching and chokehold releases, our classes ensure sweat-inducing workouts while fostering dramatic improvements in physical and mental well-being through consistent training.

  • Inclusive Learning - Our martial arts school fosters inclusive learning by welcoming diverse backgrounds, skill levels, and abilities. In an encouraging atmosphere, everyone is valued, respected, and supported on their unique martial arts journey.
  • Community Atmosphere - Our school is more than an institution; it's a community that fosters positive values, creating an environment where personal growth is encouraged and celebrated.
  • Versatile Goals: - Whether your aim is fitness, self-improvement, or self-defense, our program is designed to meet diverse objectives.

Martial Arts Classes For Virginia Beach Families.

What makes us special is that we offer a wide variety of programs designed to keep you active, build confidence, stay focused, and get fit, as you learn to protect yourself.

Katalyst Kidz

At Katalyst Krav Maga, we inspire kids with a passion for fitness, responsibility, excellence, fostering fun, discipline, and strong relationships through structured, positive classes.

Adult Krav Maga

Krav Maga originated from Israel for military use, melds boxing, wrestling, Judo, and Jiu-Jitsu, focusing on practical self-defense techniques for real threats, including weapons and grappling.

Fighter Fitness

In our Krav Maga classes, we focus on practical self-defense skills while boosting fitness with 30-minute fighter fitness sessions. Strengthening body and mind for life's challenges.

How to get started

Like what you see so far? Here is how you can get more information about our programs, pricing, schedules, as well as how to get started.

Download our free starter kit.

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Join us for an assessment class.

Come join us for an assessment class to experience first hand what we are all about. Our instructor will work with you (or your kids) to figure out which program will help you reach your goals.


Sign up for one of our martial arts classes.

If you love what we have to offer, and think we can help you or your child achieve and grow, then let us know and we will enroll you into the program that fits you best.


Meet the Master Instructors Behind Katalyst Krav Maga

They are not only accomplished practitioners themselves, often holding high-level belts, but they are also knowledgeable mentors who provide valuable insights into techniques, strategies, and philosophy of Martial Arts.

At Katalyst Krav Maga, we pride ourselves on the quality of our Coaches. You can expect the following from our Masters:

  • Amazing recommendations and positive reviews
  • A commitment to creating a positive Martial arts experience for all students, no matter their learning needs
  • A love and passion for teaching and helping students grow and succeed

David Bergman

Head Instructor
Krav Maga Israel Level III Certified Coach (the highest level)

and Krav Maga Israel 2nd Degree Black Belt
2 Decade Martial Arts

Sara Bergman

Member Experience Manager

Why the Virginia Beach Community Loves

Our Martial Arts Classes

Ursula Salkey recommends Katalyst Krav Maga

via Google

My daughter started taking classes here to help her deal with bullying and self defense and she has blossomed in confidence and has learned to be able to defend herself. I love how Katalyst gives real life examples and lets everyone know this is just training in a controlled environment but with practice and with this training you’ll be able to defend yourself in unexpected situations.

Eric Denis recommends Katalyst Krav Maga

via Google

Wonderful, challenging, and inspiring atmosphere! Extremely experienced and knowledgeable staff, humble yet appropriately aggressive teaching relevant combative skills. No wasted time on unnecessary “conditioning” or techniques. Fully committed to your growth and development.

Adam Kirk recommends Katalyst Krav Maga

via Google

Amazing team and culture at Katalyst! The culture is amazing. Everyone is welcoming and helpful. David is a phenomenal Instructor who not only provides great training and techniques, but emphasizes safety first. I can’t recommend this school enough!!

Edward Lizak recommends Katalyst Krav Maga

via Google

The Katalyst approach differs from other schools, since they not only instruct on how to perform the techniques, but how to combine those techniques into a cohesive pattern, resulting in in the best possible outcome for that situation. David is an excellent instructor, who combines the “theory of the fight” with the ability to adjust his teaching methods to accommodate any previous fighting experience from zero to blackbelt. I really appreciate the division of specific fighting styles over a 4-week period, with each week breaking down complex techniques into small components, supporting repetition, leading to better overall retention.

Amanda Ripley recommends Katalyst Krav Maga

via Google

I have been coming to classes at Katalyst for almost 5 months now and I love it! I was interested in learning self defense, but had never done any form of martial arts training before. I was nervous my first class, but Sara, David, Tara, and everyone in class made the environment feel comfortable. Coach David is very knowledgeable and patient. The atmosphere at Katalyst is welcoming and everyone is supportive and encouraging. Classes are challenging but very rewarding. I love coming to Katalyst and am so appreciative for everything I have learned thus far in training. Thank you Coach David, Sara, and everyone at Katalyst!

Meg recommends Katalyst Krav Maga

via Google

I'm very happy with my experience at this gym. I appreciate that they have a flat weekly rate; you can show up to as many classes as you want that you're eligible for without the rate going up. The classes are offered at various times, which allows for some flexibility in scheduling.

The instructors are great at facilitating communication in terms of safety/avoiding injuries. They teach best practices and etiquette. With that being said, their teaching model also includes intense modes of training, such as stress testing and competitive drilling. Katalyst maintains a standard of safety even during our most intense modes of training, which I appreciate.

There is a great community of people at this gym with a variety of backgrounds. All the instructors are highly qualified, friendly, and happy to help out or answer questions. The staff clean the gym every night, so the gym is always in good condition and taken care of. Overall, I highly recommend this gym, especially for those looking for self-defense training.

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