"There comes a point in most workouts where you question what you're doing and you simply wish it would end. This happens for me in longer workouts usually---one's that are over 15 minutes and/or 7 rounds or more. I'll be plowing along and in the 4th round out of 7 I'll think, "This is stupid. I don't even care about my time. If nobody were here with me I would stop." It's at that very moment that I draw on information that I received at Greg Amundson's CrossFit Goal Setting Course. I remind myself to think positive. It takes effort but I have to block out those negative thoughts and concentrate on, "Feeding the right dog....the dog of courage." Greg beautifully illustrates how to set this plan in motion and if practiced it can have an immediate impact on your outlook both in and out of workouts. I use pieces from the Goal Setting Course in my daily life and my daily workout and the results have been nothing short of amazing."

— Rob Orlando

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Krav Maga

Krav Maga Santa Cruz:

Krav Maga Santa Cruz and CrossFit Amundson have teamed up to offer Santa Cruz County residents fitness and self-defense training at the centrally located El Rancho Shopping Center in Pleasure Point. 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.

Krav Maga is divided into four different “Phases” which last between 3 and 6 months. Athletes must successfully pass their current Phase in order to progress into the next. In addition, new Athletes interested in joining Krav Maga must participate in at least one month of CrossFit at CrossFit Amundson prior to beginning their first Phase of Krav Maga.

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. 

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.

Krav Maga Santa Cruz also offers a Law Enforcement Only class. For more information on the LEO Class, please e-mail:


Monday and Wednesday 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM (Yellow Belt)
Monday and Wednesday 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM (Orange Belt)
Thursday 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM (Bag Class)
Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM (Warrior Yoga for Krav Maga)

WHERE: Krav Maga Santa Cruz (3603 Portola Drive)

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