"Words cannon even begin to express the amount of motivation and inspiration you have instilled in us after listening to you speak yesterday. We both went in the hopes that we would walk away with just one little tidbit of information to take back to the box with us, but we were given so much more! We walked away with an arsenal of knowledge to utilize not only in the box, but in our daily lives. Your desire to share the knowledge and wisdom you have gained over the years is contagious, and we cannot wait to get in our box on Monday to start making positive change, and to relay the new tools and skill set we learned from you. Thank you, once again, for your hard work and dedication to this sport."

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Krav Maga

Krav Maga Santa Cruz:

Krav Maga is the official self-defense and fighting system of the Israeli Defense Forces. Krav Maga emphasizes easy-to-learn techniques that have been battle-tested in life threatening confrontations.

Greg Amundson at Krav Maga Worldwide Headquarters

Krav Maga is a street oriented self-defense program that is favored by Military and Law Enforcement Agencies around the World. Krav Maga is characterized by a logical and coherent approach to self-defense that enables one to achieve a relatively high level of proficiency within a short period of instruction.

CrossFit and Krav Maga:

At CrossFit Amundson, we like to describe Krav Maga as, “The CrossFit of Martial Art’s programs”. Similar to CrossFit, Krav Maga focuses on functional movements executed at high intensity. After all, what could be more “functional” than protecting yourself or a loved one from a violent attack?

Many of the principles of the CrossFit program, such as core to extremity movement patterns, midline stability, driving through the heels, active shoulder and line of action are directly applicable to the study of Krav Maga. Therefore, a CrossFit Athlete is able to achieve a high level of capacity in Krav Maga very quickly. Furthermore, by applying the theory and principles of  both programs simultaneously, Athletes are able to practice CrossFit while training Krav Maga, and Krav Maga while training CrossFit.

Learn Krav Maga at CrossFit Amundson

Greg Amundson is the founder of CrossFit Amundson and Krav Maga Santa Cruz. Greg began his training in both CrossFit and Krav Maga in December 2001. Greg had the unique opportunity to learn directly from the founder of CrossFit and many of the highest ranking Krav Maga instructors in the World. In 2003, Greg completed the rigorous Krav Maga FORCE Training Division Instructor Series and was subsequently invited to participate in the Krav Maga Lead Instructor Development Program. In 2004, Greg achieved Instructor Certification for Krav Maga Law Enforcement and Military Application through the Krav Maga FORCE Training Division. Greg has taught Krav Maga to thousands of Law Enforcement Officers and Military Operators from around the World. After nearly twenty years of training, Greg was appointed a Black Belt in Krav Maga from Krav Maga Worldwide on August 26, 2018, receiving certification as both practitioner and teacher. 

Greg brings a wealth of credibility, passion and real world experience to his instruction of Krav Maga. Greg served on the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team and Riot Control Team for over seven years.  Greg also worked for several years as a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent on the Southwest Border of Mexico and was the DEA Liaison to the highly effective Border Enforcement Security Task-Force (BEST) Team. During Greg’s extensive Law Enforcement career, he was involved in over fifty combative engagements in which he safely and lawfully used Krav Maga. Greg has provided expert testimony in both Federal and State Court on Law Enforcement Officers use of Krav Maga and Defensive Tactics. Greg is a California State Certified Defensive Tactics Instructor for Law Enforcement, a US Army Combatives Instructor and a California State and Federally recognized Expert Witness and instructor on physical fitness and combatives for Law Enforcement Officers.


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