Welcome to Urban Defense Krav Maga. We are the leading edge in self defense and fitness for Winchester and the surrounding area. If you are looking to get in great physical shape, make new friends and learn how to protect yourself and family there's no need to look any further. We will help you build a stronger, healthier body and lifestyle through Krav Maga.


Phillips ATS Training Opportunities
(ATS - Active Threat Scenario)

An Active Threat is defined by Phillips ATS Training as: Any act of violence toward a single person, or group of people that threatens a life, or provides the risk for serious bodily injury. This is to include the use of any weapon or empty hand strike, choke, kick, etc.

Phillips ATS Training has been designed by Urban Defense Krav Maga Head Instructor, Colby Phillips to improve decision-making and provide the physical skills necessary to help you survive Active Threats in various areas of daily life.

This six-week course offers a variety of solutions to many of the Active Threats faced today.

• Active Threat Week 1: Active Shooter (Schools, College Campuses, etc.)
• Active Threat Week 2: Active Shooter (Workplace)
• Active Threat Week 3: Active Shooter (Public areas - Malls, Parks, Public Events, etc.)
• Active Threat Week 4: Vehicle Attacks
• Active Threat Week 5: Workplace Violence (Non-Shooting)
• Active Threat Week 6: Personal use of improvised weapons

No experience necessary for any of the above courses offered. This system is designed to take an individual with zero knowledge of any of the Active Threats and help them build self-protection and decision-making skills. These courses are the beginning steps of training and UDKM advanced training should be sought after completion of any course.

Cost: Single course $75.00
All courses $300
*By registering for all courses you save $150 and gain invaluable life-saving skills.
**Contact us for Educator and School/College Staff discount options.

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Class for advanced adult students.


Monday & Wednesday 6:30PM (60 Minutes)
Tuesday & Thursday 10:30AM & 6:30PM (60 Minutes)
Saturday 10:00AM (60 Minutes)

Our adult classes are for everyone regardless of experience or fitness level. If you're looking to build a strong mind and body you have found the place to start. We will help you develop through every stage of the process, from learning the basic Krav Maga techniques to becoming a Black Belt. If you are looking to get lean and toned we will help you along the way with that as well. Our workouts are a fit for everyone regardless of fitness level, as they can be modified for the novice or the advanced.

Start today and unleash the strong, confident person that you are.



Tuesday & Thursday 5:30PM (45-60 Minutes)
Saturday 9:00AM (45-60 Minutes)

Our youth classes are designed to build confidence, strengthen mental focus, improve self discipline and promote an active lifestyle, while maintaining a fun and respectful environment. Children will develop strong hand-eye coordination, agility and the strength to protect themselves if necessary. Hands on techniques are taught to always be a last resort and all other means of de-esclation should be tried first.



Saturday 11:00AM (60 Minutes)

Advanced training classes are for those that have experience in Krav Maga and are proficient with the basic techniques. These classes will pick up the pace and intensity to ensure that you are ready for whatever comes your way.



Private lessons are for those looking for a distraction free training environment. One on one training with an instructor will provide you with the ability to ask questions as they arise and allow you to focus clearly on the techniques being taught.

Contact us for more info or to schedule a lesson.



We offer a wide variety of seminars, workshops and special events designed to help keep you safe and raise awareness. If you have a need or interest insetting up a seminar or workshop for your business, church or other social group please contact us so we can discuss options.

6 Week Starter Plan

6 Week Starter Plan

Our 6 week starter plan is available to everyone. With the 6 weeks you will get unlimited access to our regularly scheduled classes. This will give you the time to develop a strong foundation in the basics of Krav Maga.

This is a great introduction into the world of Krav Maga.

If you are looking for a short self-defense course or a fun way to get in shape this is the plan for you.


Instructors at Urban Defense Krav Maga - The areas only official Krav Maga affiliated facility.


Urban Defense Krav Maga, located in Winchester Virginia is an official affiliate school of the Krav Maga Federation of America founded by Official Israeli Krav Maga Coach/Instructor, Expert Alain Cohen, authorized by the Israeli Sport Ministry Wingate Institute Netanya, Israel. Krav Maga is not a martial art but a self defense system developed by Imi Lichtenfeld before World War 2 where it later became the official self defense system of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

The core foundation of Krav Maga utilizes natural movements and reactions’ for defense, combined with an immediate and decisive counterattack. One of the key principals of Krav Maga is to perform both defensive and offensive combatives simultaneously.

Our training program teaches the techniques of Krav Maga as originally taught by Imi Lichtenfeld while incorporating the science of neurological strikes that are an integral part of the curriculum developed by Alain Cohen in his Krav Maga Security program. The instructors at Urban Defense Krav Maga are officially certified instructors under the Krav Maga Federation of America, authorized by the Israeli Sport Ministry Wingate Institute so you can be confident that you are receiving the most authentic and up to date training available. We are fully committed to our students and to our community to provide the highest level of training and instruction.

Contact Info

  •  (540) 683-4374
  •   2830 Valley Ave, Winchester VA 22601


The budo spirit which Colby, our head instructor, brings is contagious amongst students new and old. He's focused on teaching techniques which can be readily applied in day-to-day scenarios, since we don't always have the luxury to spend months and years perfecting a technique in defense of self and loved ones. Trying Urban Defense Krav Maga out was a fortunate decision and I highly recommend you try us out too.


Adult Practitioner, Blue Belt
Incredible learning experience! The maneuvers are applicable to realistic situations and the classes are also a great overall workout. The instructors are a lot of fun but take the time to make sure you learn every step correctly and will explain everything in better detail, if you are struggling with a specific aspect. Great self defense education, great people, and a great sense of empowerment at the end of each class!!!


Adult Practitioner
I've been to two of their classes. Occasionally they offer free 1 day classes they feel are beneficial to the community. I took the ladies self defense and the guns 101 class. I love these guys! Not only are they generous with these classes but they are amazing at teaching Krav Maga. They will assist and tailor their classes if you have some personal concerns. They also offer private classes so that it will fit into your schedule. They are flexible! Come out! I highly recommend them!!!


Women Practitioner


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It is very easy to check our credentials.

Just follow the link, it will take you to the official website of Krav Maga Federation by Alain Cohen.

You may also visit the Krav Maga Federation of America website at to verify instructor credentials.


Instructor credentials will also be available for viewing at the gym.

Yes. UDKM incorporates extensive ground-fighting techniques into its curriculum. While we don’t encourage taking an assailant to the ground, during a confrontation there is a high probability that the fight may end up on the ground. We don’t train for submissions or tap-out, our training will emphasize ending the confrontation as quickly as possible by executing joint dislocations or worse.

*As with all techniques covered in your training, it is the responsibility of each individual to understand and abide by the laws on the use of reasonable and excessive force and disengage once the threat of danger has been eliminated.

Yes and no. We do not have beverage or snack machines so bring your own beverage or snacks to class. (No alcohol permitted on premises).

As your training progresses, you will have the option to participate in light sparring sessions. To participate in these sparring sessions you will be required to purchase your own headgear, shin guards, sparring gloves and a mouth guard. Men are highly encouraged to wear a cup (groin protection). You may also wear chest a protector if desired.

*Talk to us about special student discounts on all sparring gear.

Wear clothing that you don’t mind getting pulled, stretched or otherwise dirty. You will sweat in class so light but strong clothing is recommended. Generally a heavy cotton t-shirt and sweat pants will suffice. Women are encouraged to wear a sports style bra under their shirt.

You are permitted to wear knee, wrist or elbow wraps/pads etc… as long as they don’t have a hard plastic or metal shell.

Outdoor shoes are not permitted on the mats. You must have a separate pair of wrestling/mat shoes to train on the mats. This is to protect our mats from damage and to help keep them clean. You may also wear socks or you may go barefoot.

*When you become an active student, you are required to wear the UDKM standard uniform which consists of a black UDKM t-shirt (which you will be given) and black long sweat or running pants.

No. Krav Maga is for everyone.  Krav Maga was designed for anyone to learn self defense quickly and easily regardless of your physical stature or those who have no self defense training. Krav Maga utilizes basic and instinctive techniques and teaches the use of these techniques in advanced applications to neutralize the threat quickly.

You’ll find your training at Urban Defense Krav Maga to be both fun and rewarding leaving you with a greater sense of self confidence and awareness.

You can obtain your KMF Technical Training Passport and the Annual stamp and ID card by clicking on the image/link below. The Annual stamp and ID are required and must accompany your Passport on day of testing.

KMF Technical Passport, Annual ID and Stamp


Yes. Belts are awarded to help instructors track and gauge a students progress.  While it is not a requirement at Urban Defense Krav Maga, it is encouraged that active students strive to master each level of the curriculum and participate in belt testing before moving to the next level.

In order to be tested students must obtain the official Krav Maga Federation Technical Training Passport and Annual stamp and ID card.  Click on below image/link to obtain your Passport and Annual stamp and ID card.

KMF Technical Passport, Annual ID and Stamp







Krav Maga uses the following belt ranking system:
1.) Yellow belt
2.) Orange belt
3.) Green belt
4.) Blue belt
5.) Brown belt
6.) Black belt (dans 1 – 10)

Belt testing is only performed by Certified KMFA Instructors holding a Black belt or higher that have passed a course for instructors supervised and approved by a certified Krav Maga coach as defined by the Israel Sport law.

Yes. You must fill out a Release and Waiver of Liability form before participating in classes. Students under the age of 18 must have a parent/guardian signature prior to participating in class.
Below is the Release and Waiver of Liability PDF that you may print and fill-out ahead of time and bring with you to class. This will save you some time so you can join in on the class when we start.

pdfUDKM Release and Waiver of Liability

Yes and no. Krav Maga is not a martial art but a self-defense system. There are no katas or choreographed routines. Krav Maga utilizes simultaneous counter-offensives using  ‘Retzev’ (continuous combat motion) as its core foundation. Krav Maga, much like MMA incorporates aspects from other martial art systems into its curriculum. Krav Maga utilizes techniques from Boxing, Wrestling, Judo, Muay Thai and Jiu Jitsu but Krav Maga has no rules. Krav Maga teaches instinctive defense techniques against armed and unarmed assailants, both standing and from the ground and also teaches the use of improvised weapons.

A very good question that we hear all the time but before I tell you what you’ll learn, let me first respond by saying this… Depending on your commitment you will learn a wide range of skills and techniques. We will teach you many things but its up to you to put fourth the time and effort to train on a regular basis. As with any martial art or self-defense system, your training should be a way-of-life, not something you do occasionally to pass the time. We understand that everyone is busy juggling careers, kids, school etc… and we’re not saying you need to train 5 days a week or even 3 days a week (although it helps) but it should be something you’re serious about and you should make every effort to train on a regular basis.

As a general overview, you will be taught and train in some of the following:

Situational awareness (i.e., avoidance, when and how to escalate and/or de-escalate)
How to strike on many angles using fists, elbows, open hand, forearms and fingers
How to kick on many angles using feet, shin and knees
Defense against strikes
Defense against kicks
Rolls and Falls (trust us, these are important)
Offensive and defensive techniques from the ground (e.g, strikes, kicks, chokes, escapes, arm-bars, knee/ankle locks, small joint manipulation etc…)
Defense against multiple forms of chokes (front, side and rear)
Defense against multiple forms of wrist grabs
Defense against multiple forms of headlocks
Defense against multiple forms of “bear hugs” (front and rear)
Defense against various gun threats (front, side and rear)
Defense against long weapon threats (e.g., stick, pipe, bat, machete etc…)
Defense against multiple forms of knife threats
Defense against single and multiple attackers

Remember, we want and will teach you everything you need to help protect yourself and your loved ones but in the end its really up to you. You get out of it only what you put into it.

Krav Maga is used by the Israeli Defense and Security Forces. It is also used by Military,  Law Enforcement Agencies, Corrections Services, Special Security personnel, Anti-terrorists organizations, Air Marshals and civilians of all ages, men and women both young and old.

Getting started is really very simple, it just takes few steps and your first class is FREE.

1.) Give us a call at (540) 683-4374 to schedule a time for you to come in. We do this to avoid overcrowding classes.
2.) Fill out the Release and Waiver of Liability form. It can be found further down in the FAQ section. You can print and fill it out and bring with you or fill one out at class. (Students under the age of 18 require a parent/guardian signature to participate in class)
3.) Join in on the class. All of our students and instructors are very friendly and helpful and will ease you into the process.

The basic class structure consists of the following:

1.) Brief warm-up to help get the muscles ready to work
2.) Light stretching from head to toe
3.) Brief cardio/strength building exercises
4.) Self Defense Tactics of the day

Please take a moment to read through our FAQ section for other helpful information.

Have a question not found in the FAQ section? Navigate to our Contact page and drop us a line.

We look forward to see you.