Here is a quick tour of Katalyst Krav Maga

Here is a quick tour of Katalyst Krav Maga

Katalyst Krav Maga, partnered with Ron Engleman and Krav Maga Israel, embodies the motto "Confidence Through Competence."

Our dedicated team at Katalyst Krav Maga is committed to assisting you in your journey towards mastering this confidence. Through martial arts, practical self-defense techniques, and physical fitness training, we equip you with the skills needed to navigate confidently through life's challenges. Whether you're in Virginia Beach, VA, throughout Hampton Roads, or anywhere else in the world, our goal remains the same: to empower you to walk in peace and security wherever you may be.

Meet Our Instructors

David Bergman

Head Instructor

David Bergman, our instructor holds the highest level of instructor certification and a second degree black belt with Krav Maga Israel. Level III certification and a 2nd Degree Black Belt, boasting two decades of martial arts expertise. Passionate about imparting Krav Maga skills, David continuously explores inventive teaching methods.

Sarah Bergman

Member Experience Manager

Sara, driven by her passion for excellence in facility management and training, actively engages with her local church community while relishing outdoor activities, embodying a vibrant and multifaceted life.

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Why the Virginia Beach Community Loves

Our Martial Arts Classes

Ursula Salkey recommends Katalyst Krav Maga

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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