About Us

Why Roundhouse Krav Maga?

Roundhouse Krav Maga & Martial Arts opened in 2008 in Columbia Maryland. We offer convenient Self Defense classes for Columbia, Ellicott City, Baltimore and Catonsville, Maryland. 

Our mission is to teach all of our students how to truly defend themselves in the real world. We want all of our students to have the best chance possible to get home safely.

We teach the techniques provided by the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF). We also offer Hap Ki Do classes and provide fitness classes depending on your membership.

We want all of our students to get as much individual attention as possible, so classes are purposefully small. It is tough to learn when you are in a class with 30+ students and one instructor.

Brian Kushner Columbia, Maryland Krav Maga Instructor
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Krav Maga and the IKMF Federation

The art of Krav Maga was founded by Imi Lichtenfeld (Sde – Or). Imi was born in Bratislava to a renowned police officer and circus acrobat. As a child, Imi excelled in various sports such as wrestling and boxing and practiced several martial arts. When anti-Semite riots began to spread through his home town Imi and his family were forced to immigrate to Israel (Palestine at the time).

In 1948, Once Israel had declared its independence, IDF's (Israeli Defense Force) officials approached Imi and requested him to develop a system of self defense and fighting based upon his experience and his work with special forces units as the Hagana, Palmach and Palyam. During his 20 years of service as chief instructor of hand-to-hand combat, Imi carefully refined the methods of Krav Maga, Making it the official combative training for all military personnel, Israeli police and security forces. Imi developed a doctrine enabling both fit and out-of-shape soldiers to practice it successfully. Rather than rigid movements and techniques requiring years of training Krav Maga integrated instinctive and simple moves accessible to all.

In 1964 Imi retired from the IDF and continued teaching Krav Maga to civilians, as well as law enforcement units and military applications. The Krav Maga association was founded by Imi and several of his students in 1978, aiming to promote KM's unique techniques locally and throughout the world.

When the teaching of Krav Maga (KM) started to spread beyond the borders of Israel, arose a need to found an international organization. This happened mostly because the initial KM association existing at the time was divided and not functioning efficiently, due to dissension amongst the higher graded instructors. Imi resulted in forming a new international KM federation with the support of his most loyal students and respected instructors, among which IKMF's chairman nowadays, Avi Moyal.

Once IKMF was finally formed, All Expert and Master Diplomas, grades and levels issued by it, were authorized by Imi, As well as the IKMF curriculum. Imi approved this new curriculum at the time of formation of the IKMF as well as subsequent changes made in 1997.

Since 1996 The IKMF expanded and is now the largest and most appreciated KM institution worldwide.

The IKMF has branched out and is successfully active locally, in Israel as well as in Australia, North America, South – east Asia, the Far East, most EU countries, and ex-communist countries (such as Poland, Russia and Hungary). The general Structure of the organization in each country is relatively similar: A director, responsible for the growth of both the KM system and the local IKMF organization in said country, and, of course, local instructors at different grades and levels assisting him.

The IKMF trains and educates all types of trainees, with or without Km (or other martial art) background, such as civilian students and instructors, military personnel and instructors, law-enforcement officers and instructors etc.

The IKMF trains and educates civilian students and instructors (with KM and/or other martial arts background), law-enforcement officers and instructors, military personnel and instructors, as well as security and close protection officers and their instructors. All such individuals and groups are accepted into the ranks of the IKMF.

Imi Lichtenfeld | Roundhouse Krav Maga Maryland


    After School Sports & Games Class on (3rd-5th Graders)

    After School Sports & Games Class on (3rd-5th Graders)

    When: 3rd - 5th Graders (FRIDAYS) 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27 @ 3:55 PM - 5:00 PM

    Where: Thunder Hill Elementary School gym

    Price: $75

    3rd-5th Graders Playing Sports and Games.

    THES PTA Sponsored After School Class.

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    Krav Maga Testing (Adults/Teens) - Rescheduled

    Krav Maga Testing (Adults/Teens) - Rescheduled

    When: 01/13/2018 @ 1:30pm for (Possible time difference for other levels)

    Where: Roundhouse Krav Maga & Martial Arts

    Price: $50

    Krav Maga Testing for Adult and Teens.

    We will have a pre-test practice the day before testing, Friday Jan 12th from 6-7pm.
    Testing will start at 1:30pm

    If you questions you can contact us at roundhousema@gmail.com.

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    After School Sports & Games Class (K-2nd Graders)

    After School Sports & Games Class (K-2nd Graders)

    When: K-2nd Grade (Thursdays): 3/1,3/8, 3/15, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 4/26 @ 3:55 pm - 5:00 pm

    Where: Thunder Hill Gym

    Price: $75



    Sports & Games include:
    Basketball, Kickball, Non-Contact Football, Soccer, Baseball Skills (with a wiffle ball), Floor Hockey, Ga Ga, Tag Games, Capture the Flag and MORE.

    CLASSES FILL UP QUICKLY!! There is a maximum amount of students allowed per class.
    Students are signed up on a first come first serve basis.

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    Women & Teen Girls Self Defense Course - Feb & March 2018

    Women & Teen Girls Self Defense Course - Feb & March 2018

    When: February 5th - March 19th 2018 @ 7:45pm - 9:00pm

    Where: Roundhouse Krav Maga - 9190 Red Branch Road - Columbia, MD - Inside Elite SFN Boxing Gym

    Price: $159

    Our Women’s-Only "Stay Away!" program has been developed by the International Krav Maga Federation specifically from a woman’s physical and psychological standpoint.

    This is simple and effective self-defense that all women must know. It's suitable for women ages 12 and up. Topics are serious, and participants should be mentally and emotionally prepared. This program was specifically created to focus on all of the skills a woman would need in the REAL world.

    Be prepared to meet once a week for 75 minutes of a exciting and informative class.
    This is the real world.

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