Krav Maga Illinois


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A Case Study of one of our Fans:
Krav Maga Illinois

First Floor - Krav Maga IllinoisSue Garstki has operated Krav Maga Illinois since 2009, and is currently located in Highland Park, IL – United States

Krav Maga Illinois focuses on teaching Children and Adults, the art of Krav Maga, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kali, and has been in business since 2009.

Currently Krav Maga Illinois has roughly 235 active students.

School Description:

Krav Maga Illinois, is the ONLY officially licensed training facility of Krav Maga Worldwide, on the North Shore and one of only two facilities in Illinois. We are dedicated to providing the finest in self defense, fitness and fighting and are on a curriculum with over 150 Krav Maga Worldwide Training Facilities nationwide.

We offer Krav Maga Reality Self Defense/Awareness training, weapons defense, heavy bag, boxing, brazilian jiu-jitsu, kali and fitness classes.

Our KMI Kids program consists of reality self defense training, situational awareness and bully-proofing.

All of our instructors are officially certified through Krav Maga Worldwide, and knowledgeable in their area of expertise.

We offer family, military, law enforcement, and student discounts.

Krav Maga Illinois offers group, private and on-site training, as well as monthly seminars, providing you with the tools needed to “Get Home Safe”


Established in 2009.

Krav Maga Illinois, is an officially licensed training facility of Krav Maga Worldwide. The purpose: to bring realistic self defense and awareness training to the men, women and children of the northshore and entire midwest area, and to spread the word about the practicality of Krav Maga reality self defense training. Since our grand opening on October 1, 2009 our facility has grown to over 300 students, offering over 50 classes per week. Krav Maga Illinois also offers a quality boxing, brazilian jiujitsu and strength and conditioning program to complement your self defense training or to prepare for competitive fighting. Call for a free trial class or tour of our facility – 847-433-0405

Sue, the owner has an accomplished martial arts background. Owner/Instructor Sue Garstki

Sue Garstki is a certified Expert Level Kravmaga Worldwide Instructor. She traveled to the Kravmaga Worldwide National Headquarters in Los Angeles, and was certified as an instructor by the best Krav Maga instructors in the world. She is presently the highest level female Krav Maga Instructor in the midwest. Sue is a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Shorei Goju Karate and is certified and ranked in Hagannah, Commando Krav Maga, Raven Tactical, Apache Knife Fighting, Pressure Point Fighting, and others. Sue was recently nominated Female Reality Self Defense Instructor of the Year by the Global Network of Reality Based Self Defense Systems. In 2012 she was nominated Civilian Close Quarter Combat Instructor of the Year. Sue works with the Chicago Police Department as well as schools and other organizations spreading awareness in Self Defense, Women’s Self Defense and Domestic Violence issues. In June 2013 Sue was inducted into the U.S.A. Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

Q & A With Sue Garstki

Do You Have a Black Belt Club/Master Club/Leadership Program (etc.)? – Yes

Are You Currently an AMS Member? – No

Do You Currently Use Any School Management Software Applications? – No

Do You Currently Provide Transported After School Programs?
– No

Do You Currently Provide a Student Newsletter to Your Students (and Prospects)?
– No

Do You Use the “Enrollment Card” Promotion to Drive New Students into the School Each Month?
– No

Is Your Martial Arts School Website Optimized for Lead Generation?
– No

How Many Leads Does Your Website Generate Each Month?

What Are the Biggest Successes and Breakthroughs You’ve Had Growing Your School? – We have developed a program and schedule for all persons, (our oldest is 84) of all athletic abilities to have fun, get fit and healthy, socialize and learn how to protect themselves, all at the same time. The diversity of our students is overwhelming and proves that Krav Maga is indeed for everyone. During the 5 years we are open, we have had students progress up to Level 5 in Krav Maga, an accomplishment of which there are very few students throughout the world.Second Floor - Krav Maga Illinois

What Have Been Your Most Successful Marketing Systems/Strategies Over the Last 12 Months? – The Chat Lead on my website has brought a lot of leads to my door. Incentives to bring a friend.

What Are Your Developmental Goals for the Next 5 Years?

To open another facility and be THE most well know Krav Maga Training Facility in Illinois. To Continue building my brand! To have a group of extremely talented Krav Maga instructors.

Biggest Challenges You Face Growing Your School

Increasing student enrollment on a consistent basis.