Krav Maga is widely popular…to date, it has been taught to thousands of civilians, law enforcement and military personnel. It is considered to be the best defensive tactics system in the world because the techniques are simple, easy-to-perform and extremely effective.
Danny Caudill was exposed to Krav Maga for the first time in the Kentucky State Police Academy. The Kentucky State Police adopted Krav Maga as their defensive tactics system several years ago. Krav Maga is a battled tested proven self-defense system, perhaps gained the most respect in the martial arts community for its weapons defenses. The seeds of the unique Krav Maga Self Defense and Fighting System were planted back in the late 1930s in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia by a young man named Imi Lichtenfeld. Krav Maga has since spread to the civilian population and is now taught throughout the world.
“I love Krav Maga and the United States Krav Maga Association,” Caudill said. “After learning some Krav Maga techniques in the Kentucky State Police Academy, I sought out private instruction in Lexington. I have been training Krav Maga since 2007.”
Until recently Krav Maga was only offered in Lexington and Louisville. Now there are Krav Maga gyms in Harlan, Richmond and Florence.
“Another aspect of Krav Maga which people love is the fitness. Our Krav Maga classes are a fun, fast paced workout which promotes weight loss,” Caudill said. “You get a great workout, lose weight and learn a skill which could possibly save your life.”
Caudill said he keeps people moving, get their heart rates elevated, teach them a skill then test that skill under a certain amount of stress.
“Our classes are really designed to get people into great shape. It’s a different type of workout, but it gives people the opportunity to have fun while getting fit,” he said. “There are people in my classes, who have lost nearly 40-50 pounds and kept the weight off. I believe fitness is part of self-defense and self-preservation.”
Caudill said as a police officer, and having used Krav Maga, he believes it is the best, easiest to learn, most street proven, real world self-defense out there.
“We don’t wear uniforms; we do not train Krav Maga as an art, but as a tool to face real world violence,” Caudill added.
He said he has a passion for keeping people safe. He has worked as a law enforcement officer for approximately 16 years. He also has been teaching self-defense for more than three years.
“We want to teach people to be safe. If you can avoid a dangerous encounter, then do so, if the safest thing to do is to run, then run.” Caudill said. “We want to train people to survive and surviving is a victory. Krav Maga is all about being safe. We teach Home Invasion Seminars, Safe School Seminars, Self-Defense Seminars and can tailor our programs to meet the needs of many organizations.”
There are only approximately five USKMA Certified Instructors in Kentucky. Along with Caudill, he has trained two of the other instructors in the state and they teach for him at his school. Caudill a life-long martial artist hopes to test for his black belt later this year or early next year.
Caudill Krav Maga and Fitness offers Kettlebell fitness and Krav Maga classes at the Kentucky National Guard Armory currently on Tuesday and Thursday at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. respectively and are looking to add additional classes throughout the week in the near future.
Caudill said during the month of February his classes will be free to all employees from Harlan County Schools, Harlan City Schools and Southeast Community and Technical College.
To learn more about Krav Maga visit caudillkravmagaandfitness.com or you may email Caudill at firstname.lastname@example.org.