I started training at REACT/Krav Maga of Phoenix about 3 months ago after reading that they wonv AZ Central Reader's choice Best Martial Arts/Boxing Gym in Arizona. I had no self defense training and out of shape.I signed up with the month to month option but after a few months switched to a 1 year . Since then I have lost almost 15 pounds and have learned how to defend myself and know I can survive if attacked. Many thanks to the outstanding instructor's!!! Wish I started years ago!
Posted: 7/19/2011 • Link to this review
I have been a member at this gym for about 2 years now and I am shocked to see the rating some people have given this place. But after reading that half of them have not trained there at all, or the other half probably skiped them on their contracts/trained one day, it is no suprise that they took the spineless route and ranted annomyously on the internet and tried to drag down the reputation of a truly wonderful and cutting edge training center. So lets get some things clear. This is NOT a MMA gym, so if your looking for that its not here. What it this place IS is a SELF-DEFENSE training center. If your are interested in training that will SAVE YOUR LIFE then this is the only place to do it. The classes are intense, and designed to get you in top shape, which they will do if you come consistently. I myself have lost 20 pounds since joining and gained 20 in muscle. The self defense classes are quick to pick up on thanks to their great instructors and teach you how to truly defend yourself and your family. Their Tactical Black program is out of this world when it comes to real firearms training (coming from someone who has done SGG and Shooter's Worlds Programs). In closing, the people posting here are nothing but ignorant and blind to what this place is, a true Self Defense Training Center. Do yourself a favor and try a class to see what I mean.
I have read some of these reviews and I feel like I need to say my part on the training at REACT defense systems. It seems like these people are talking about a totally different school. The staff is friendly, professional, and VERY knowledgeable about the training they offer. I have been a student there for 6 years now, and have enjoyed every minute of it. The comment about being an MMA fighter is laughable. If you have trained there for even 1 week, you would know that they are NOT training people to fight in the cage, and in fact I have seen many "MMA" fighters that are sick of just sport fighting come here to train because they want REAL self defense. They train for the street where the REAL scenarios can happen and when it really counts to save your LIFE, not win a cage match. The last point I want to make is about the complaints about contracts. Being a business owner myself I use contracts in my line of work, as well as MANY other companies. It is an agreement that they guarantee they will be there to teach the classes and you will attend said classes. If you don't go, its your fault, not theirs. In fact I know they have a month to month contract which you CAN cancel if needed. High pressure sales? really? Do you not have a brain of your own that can let you make a decision to sign up or not. NOBODY forced you to sign up. It just seems that all these people are just upset at their own lives and taking in out on everyone else. PLEASE try it for yourself.
i heard good things about krav maga before i joined , but my mind changed soon after, im not sure about other locations but i regret signing up at this one , not to mention the fact that i was pressured into a contract , which is designed to rob you of alot of money , as the martial arts, its nothing you cant learn at an average self defense school , they claim they teach state of the art defense but that is a lie , i do not recommend this to anyone but elderly people who have money and time to dispose of , anyone who is looking to learn how to fight can join any MMA gym , which is much cheaper and they teach you real mixed martial arts, the woman at the front counter was very rude and very full of her self and their "chain of facilities". During my membership i could not wait till my contract was up , it was the biggest waste of money and time i have ever signed up for , dont believe the hype any gym will get you in shape and turn you into a cage fighter , krav maga certainly wont. Just know if you sign the contract you burned about 3 thousand dollars.
I've heard terrible things about this place, like scam and total rip-off. Beware of anyplace that won't quote you a price until you come in for an "intro". Timeshares and pyramid schemes come to mind......
Posted: 8/17/2009 • Last edited: 7/19/2011 • Link to this review
My first day of class we lined up in the mirror as the owner/head instructor described the program and the world class fighters and athletes that trained there. Here? Behind a McDonald's in a strip mall? You can learn all you need to know from the owner's car which is a rolling billboard. The instructors are culled from the ranks of dedicated students in a defacto multilevel marketing scheme. (Check out the record of one of their best instructors once he tried to practice what they were selling inside the ring). Simply stated, their intention isn't to teach the masses to defend themselves from shadowy figures but to line their pockets and expand their Valley KM empire with multiple locations and unbreakable contracts. You buy their clothing, their fight supplies and are constantly pressured to attend weekend seminars. On a positive note, the conditioning classes (ALEET)are challenging
Posted: 8/02/2009 • Last edited: 2/03/2010 • Link to this review
As a former student I think I can help with a review here. The instruction is good. They know their stuff. However, the combatives are nothing you couldn't learn in other martial arts. The instructors attitudes could be better. The head guy is very arrogant and can be a little condesending. The contracts are impossible to break (even if you loose your job and can't pay. There seems to be a weapons or REACT seminar every week (which also cuts into weekend classes)and you spend hundreds of dollars on something you did in class. It's a money making machine for sure, but if it is something you want to do and experience, do a short term contract (3 months) to see if you like it.
Posted: 1/12/2009 • Link to this review
As in the Olympics,you throw out the big score and the low score.The reviewers that gave 1 star are probably disgruntled customer; fat, unable to do what was needed, etc. The 5 star guys are probably the owner or the instructors. The thing is this place is okay.The instructors can throw a mean punch.But, there is alot of hype here. No one is saving lives here. NO ONE!! I doubt if any of the instructors have EVER, EVER, EVER used this in life. If contracts were removed, lots of students would stop attending. The place is small and always cramped. I know, I'm one of those former students that quit going after my contract ran out and only went because I had to pay. You'll get a workout. It beats aerobics and you'll make some friends. Just don't get carried away with this stuff. If you need defense, buy a Glock!
Posted: 9/14/2008 • Link to this review
I have been a member of Krav Maga Phoenix for 4 years and this training has changed my life. There is no doubt in my mind that the training I have received at Krav Maga Phoenix is the best training in the state/country for self-defense, core workout, strength training and fighting. The knowledge and strength that I possess now, after 4 years of training, has allowed me to walk in peace. My current fitness and health far surpasses any expectations I could have had when I started. Each day that I train I learn something new, something life changing. The workout is intense and unfailing. The instructors work with you, they know you, they want to teach you, they will give you the tools, you just have to use them. I don't have 7 different "belts", I don't wear a Gi to class, Bruce Lee is not my hero, but I promise you... mess with me and I'll kick your a**.
Posted: 9/02/2008 • Link to this review
If there is any question about the quality of instruction at the Phoenix facility, then why would the classes be full to capacity, as one of the posters here have said? Or why would professional athletes and fighters come to their facilities for training? Yes, classes are full and they are busting at the seams in all of their four locations, and it is because the training is so good. Not to mention that Krav Maga of Phoenix is highly involved in the law enforcement community, committed to helping them save their lives. Krav Maga of Phoenix has been the best self-defense/exercise facility that I have ever come across in my long journey of self-defense schools. I think it is a horrendous abuse of the Internet by taking advantage of anonymous postings websites such as Kudzu, to lead other people who need this training astray. Krav Maga of Phoenix is the number one Krav Maga School in the nation and is a regional training center, meaning that instructors come from all over the country to be certified by the instructors from this school. Krav Maga of Phoenix is the best training there is in Arizona, hands down, don't let these two idiot posters influence your decision to train there. But if you don't believe me, go there and try a class, the training speaks for its self, as do all of the awards they have received posted in the waiting areas in their facilities.
Posted: 9/01/2008 • Last edited: 1/12/2009 • Link to this review
After surfing the local business here on Kudzu I discovered the two posts about Krav Maga of Phoenix and the gross inaccuracy associated with their postings. Now I have been a member at Krav Maga of Phoenix for 5 years, and I must say that the other posters are dead wrong in their "experiences" at their facilities. In my time there, they have had the absolute best instruction and most hardcore workout there is to be had in the valley. Their one and only goal is to save lives, not to pinch people's wallets, contrary to what others might believe on this website. And after experiencing many other "ultimate" self-defense facilities in Phoenix, none of them come close to the experience, knowledge, and passion that the instructors and owners have the Krav Maga of Phoenix. The only reason I can see for someone giving such an atrocious score for this facility is the fact that they are a competing business and can't draw in their own members themselves. Obviously neither of the two posters have never really trained there, as you would of seen the level of education and effort put forth by the owners to provide people with the means to save their lives. The chief instructor, Jay Ackerman, has over 30 years of martial arts experience and is one of the highest-level law enforcement instructors in the country. And every instructor at the facility is certified under him to give the same level of instruction as the chief instructor himself.
Posted: 9/01/2008 • Link to this review
Contracts are required. Avoid contracts. Most of the better schools have no contracts and you pay by month. That said, if you must see for yourself, sign up for 3 months only. In 3 months you will learn the core of what they have to teach. After that you have to pay extra if you want more and there isn't that much more to learn here. Starting from the first introductory class you will have to pay. Oh, and the classes are often filled to capacity. Of course, this is my opinion. Which leads to an important point; be ready to defend your wallet. Be careful, they will bully you into taking many of their seminars; many of which are trivial and entertaining at best but really don't make you a master of much. They prey on the novice athlete. React Defense has some athletic instructors but their pedigrees are suspect and except for one or two, most of them don't come from a hardcore martial arts background. And some of them are just plain rude and arrogant. Oh, and don't expect to be allowed to just watch and see for yourself how they teach. You won't be allowed. It is top secret unless you pay up front. Yeah, they'll work you out and if you are out of shape, you might throw up, but you can get a great workout without having to dish out $$$. But, don't believe me, and go see for yourself. And do yourself a favor, visit some of the top notch MMA schools in the area instead of this. You won't be sorry.
Posted: 8/31/2008 • Link to this review
You would think that they would like to get business, however they were rude and rushed me out of the facility because they were on the phone and wouldnt let me look at the workout floor?? I was sincerly thinking about joining until now.
Posted: 8/12/2008 • Last edited: 8/15/2008 • Link to this review
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