Order anything (including the USKMA phone app) from our pro shop and get 2 free dvd’s…and 15% off! Use the code Christmas15 for the discount!

Order the phone app, any book, dvd or t-shirt (fight shorts out of stock) and get our new Handgun Disarms Seminar DVD and the Knife Defenses Seminar DVD free!

Knife Defenses Seminar – Seminar led by Mark Slane, lead instructor of the USKMA, covers all techniques, philosophy and drills of the USKMA knife defenses. The same seminar taught to thousands of students and law enforcement personnel. Regularly $19

-Handgun Disarms Seminar – Seminar led by Mark Slane, lead instructor of the USKMA, covers all techniques, philosophy and drills of the USKMA handgun disarms. The same seminar taught to thousands of students and law enforcement personnel. Regularly $19

Go to and click on “Store”. Or;
Nothing extra to do, just order anything between now and Monday night at 11:59 pm and we will add the free dvd’s.




FIT & SAFE IN 6 COMING TO YOUR AREA!; After the first of the year search for a USKMA affiliate near you and get in on the new Fit $ Safe In 6 program. Six weeks of fitness and self defense training. Not the usual workout…it is actually fun to do and you will be learning skills that could save your life! More info in next month’s newsletter!

UPCOMING EVENTS; Keep an eye on the events page of Facebook and for upcoming training including;
– Level 4 Instructor training Ft. Myers, FK Nov. 4-6
– Be Safe Seminars at Elite in Richmond, KY Dec. 3
– Black Belt Testing at Hahn’s in St. Louis. Jan. 21

KRAV MAGA VIDEO BLOG; The Walking Dead and Self Defense!

MONTHLY STAFF MEETING ON OUR AFFILIATE PAGE; The staff meeting this month is on Talking With Customers.

SELF DEFENSE QUOTE OF THE MONTH; “The problem with bad self defense advice is you won’t know it’s bad until after it’s gotten you into deep shit.” Marc MacYoung




USKMA affiliates get a proven system including how to run classes, intros, market, talk to customers, etc. as well as social media ads and content made for their gym weekly, the affiliate page of (includes videos and resources for everything you could want to run a Krav Maga & Fitness gym), ongoing training, a landing page on and unlimited consultation. Hit us up with questions and anything you need at!


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The U.S. Labor Dept. tells us that of all small business start ups, ninety percent fail within their first year. Of the ten percent that make it past the one year mark, ninety percent of those fail before their fifth year. We are happy to report that we have dozens of affiliate gyms who are in that “one percent” of businesses that make it! Our system is proven across the country in gyms that we have helped to grow!

A recent nationwide report found that “Krav Maga” ranked third, behind only “Fitness Kickboxing” and “Martial Arts For Children”, in internet searches for martial arts or self defense. People are looking for good Krav Maga! Like most Krav Maga organizations we will teach you and your staff excellent real world self defense techniques. Krav Maga is easy to learn, easy to remember and extremely effective. Law enforcement and military groups throughout the world seek out Krav Maga because of its reputation as that of real-world, no-nonsense self defense. What separates the USKMA from other organizations is the business and marketing side. We will show you exactly how to use awesome marketing to get people in, lead awesome introductory lessons that will get people to join, and teach awesome classes that people want to keep coming back for! We will show you every aspect of how to run a Krav Maga gym…everything from how to answer the phone to providing you with social media copy to giving you class lesson plans with videos. We will share everything with you that we did in our Ohio gyms to go from start to over 700 members. The great thing about our marketing is that it is done with integrity. No used car salesman techniques!!

We start you out with our instructor training. Four days of intense classes in which you will learn the level 1 techniques, how to teach and how to run a Krav Maga gym with an emphasis on marketing. We do not bring you in to show you how tough we are, to flunk as many as possible or to let you leave at the end not knowing if you passed. We believe that Krav Maga is good for people and that it will keep them safe. Our goal is to teach others this system to spread it throughout the U.S.

When you are finished with your training and ready to run our system we help you every step of the way. We will design for your gym a landing page that is linked to from and ranks high on search engines to allow anyone looking for a Krav Maga gym to get great information on what Krav Maga is, what they can expect when they attend classes and, of course, lead anyone in your area to your gym. When they fill out the information form they get several e mails sent to them in the following week that show them the benefits of Krav Maga. You will get their info e mailed directly to you so that you can follow up as well and have them on your e mail mailing list for seminars, specials, etc.

We have done everything over the years for advertising and have come to realizing that social media is where it’s at right now. Over 1 billion people are on Facebook! We have teamed up with the social media gurus at Social Media Dogo who work with major companies to get them noticed! We will show you how to run ads, boost posts and (a USKMA exclusive) give you content to use on your social media platform several times per week. We design the ads for you with your logo and gym info, articles, blogs, videos, etc…and you get them several times per week, every week.

We schedule level one instructor trainings at gyms across the nation several times during the year, check “events” page of for training dates. You will leave our instructor training with a great knowledge of all of our level one techniques as well as some level two and weapon disarms. We will then give monthly video staff meetings, drill of the month, technique of the month, marketing material, etc. and show how at our Ohio gym we were signing an average of 48 adults per month over a two year period. You will also be given access to the affiliate page of one of the top web sites in the business. This site is your one stop shop for running a Krav Maga gym. On the site are videos on how to run intros, classes, cardio classes and drills as well as lesson plans, how to write a press release, marketing material, ad photos and much, much more.

We would love to include you in our upcoming training. Call or e mail with any questions.
Mark Slane
614 301-9825

ABOUT USKMA’S LEAD INSTRUCTOR; Mark Slane is a retired firefighter who has been in the martial arts for 30 years. He started with Taekwondo and is a 4th degree black belt in that art, coached many national champions in Olympic style TKD and is a former light wt. sparring national champion (executive sr. division). In 1998 Mark was in the first group ever brought to Krav Maga Worldwide in LA for instructor training and opened one of the first half dozen krav maga gyms in the nation. In 2003 Mark tested for black belt, one of only 20 or so in the United States at the time and is now a 4th degree black belt. Mark is the author of four books on krav maga (see his author profile on Amazon) and has had an article published in Black Belt Magazine.

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PS, here are testimonials from a few of our affiliates;

“I am running your system to the tee and I’m 130 members in less than a year, and that is starting from 0 and in a city where I knew no one.” Juan Acosta, Ft. Myers FL

“I have traveled around a lot ,, and trained with some of the top trainers … We were truly blessed to find a great instructor ,, my group truly enjoyed all the training .. I feel it was the best program we have ever had presented to us ,,,it was the real deal and we were very honored to have you down and look forward to a great training future ahead thank you again”

– Alex Azar, Longview Martial Arts

“February is our one-year anniversary as a USKMA Affiliate. I am really excited about the future of CKMF and the USKMA. I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how much I appreciate you and the USKMA. We truly have a very friendly, customer-oriented Krav Maga association. A great network of people. I am so looking forward to growing with the USKMA and being a part of a truly great organization. Thank you for all you have done for us!”
-Danny Caudill Kentucky State Police Officer

“My name is Manny Cabrera. I am a life-long martial arts practitioner and instructor. I have studied a variety of diverse martial arts over the past 43 years and have made martial arts instruction my chosen livelihood. For 16 years I was the National Director for the United States Taekwon-Do Federation, based out of Little Rock, Arkansas where I assisted instructors and school owners from all over the country in developing their schools and businesses. I also spent two years as the Chief Business Consultant for the National Association of Martial Artists (NAPMA), which at the time was the largest martial arts business organization in the world. I have trained in TaeKwon-Do for most of my life and have achieved the rank of seventh degree black belt and the title of Master Instructor. As a competitor, I was honored to win several championships including a European Karate Championship in 1977 and 1978. In 1982 I won a kickboxing national title and a Jiu Jitsu national title. In addition, I was fortunate enough to have won several regional, state and local contests as well.

Several years ago I decided to pursue an education in Krav Maga because of all that I had heard about it being a superior self defense sstem. I felt that adding Krav Maga to the menu of my martial arts school would be of great benefit. I began to research the many different organizations offering instruction in Krav Maga and, after looking closely at several I decided to join the United States Krav Maga. I made that decision because I felt that the USKMA and particularly it’s President and Founder, Mark Slane had views and opinions on self-defense that were similar to my own. The USKMA offers its members a complete curriculum designed to be effective and easily implemented. Slane’s previous experience as a fourth degree black belt in Taekwon-Do has allowed him to experience, first hand, the transitions needed to add Krav Maga to an already existing martial arts school.

I have continued to be pleased with the on-going support we receive every month. Class drills, business advice and daily reminders are very helpful with the development of our program. I would recommend the USKMA to anyone who is considering adding a specialized self-defense program to their school or gym. The instruction and support provided by Mark Slane and the entire USKMA staff are second to none!” Manny Cabrera, Sidekicks Family Martial Arts Tampa, FL

“I have trained in Martial Arts most of my adult life, earning multiple Black Belts in traditional arts. Throughout my time as a Martial Artist and while serving as a Federal law Enforcement Officer and as a United States Marine Corps Officer I have had the opportunity to train in many martial arts and self defense programs. To say that I was greatly impressed with the staff of USKMA would be an understatement. They have taken what we are all looking for in self defense and have put it in an easy to understand and logical format. The curriculum and staff will challenge you while maintaining a safe and friendly atmosphere. Be prepared to sweat, learn sound defense and be safer upon leaving their gym. The atmosphere created at USKMA is one of encouragement to anyone who is interested in learning self defense, regardless of your age or ability. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is serious about learning true self defense.” —Maj. Paul Oppedisano

“Mark Slane has the blueprint for running a succesful Krav Maga gym, and his team of professional instructors expertly execute that plan. I have been training in various martial arts for over thirty years and teaching fellow police officers to survive on the streets for the past seven years. I know from experience that finding instructors who bring the ‘total package’ is rare. Mark and his instructors are not only expert Krav Maga practitioners, but they are capable of effectively translating their knowledge into great results for their students.
My gym, Force 3 Krav Maga and Fitness recruited more students in one week after incorporating Mark’s marketing strategies than we had in the previous three months. Our mission is to create a safer society through education and training, and we are far more capable of getting that training out to good people thanks to Mark’s strategies and methods. If you are interested in incorporating Krav Maga into your gym or starting a Krav Gym, it would be a mistake not to consult Mark Slane. John, Aaron and the others at USKMA are great people who are passionate about Krav Maga and the positive impact it can have on people’s lives. Follow the leaders folks!” —Brannon Hicks, SWAT ATL, Law Enforcement Defensive Tactics Instructor, Force 3 Krav Maga and Fitness, St. Johns, FL

Bama Krav Maga – Big Announcement!


Fitter, faster

We have some great additions to our classes at the Tuscaloosa YMCA! We are adding level 1 and 2 Krav Maga lasses on Wednesday evenings as well as adding CardioMMA classes. CardioMMA is a bit like Taebo, just ramped up. Five 5 minute rounds of striking bags, fight training, aerobics, etc. A great workout guaranteed to get you into shape and help you lose weight! New schedule is;

-Mon; 6:20 – 6:50 CardioMMA 7:00 – 7:50 Krav Maga level 1
-Wed; 5:30 – 6:00 Krav Maga intro 6:10 – 7 Krav Maga level 1
7 – 7:45 Krav Maga level 2
-Thurs; 6:20 – 6:50 CardioMMA 7:00 – 7:50 Krav Maga level 1
-Sat. a.m.; 9 – 9:30 CaredioMMA 9:40 – 10:25 Krav Maga level 1

Schedule starts Oct. 7


Call or e mail for info. 614 301-9825

GET the 2nd Edition of American Krav Maga (and a Free Book) For Christmas!

THE 2nd edition of the USKMA’s curriculum manual is now out!

American Krav Maga has now been completely updated. The curriculum is up to date with all additions and changes and over 800 new photos have been added. This is THE instructor manual of the USKMA! The book includes curriculum, drills, lesson plans, philosophy and much more.

Newsmax, in their article “Israel self defense, 4 essential books on krav maga” says “American Krav Maga focuses not only on the teachings of Krav Maga, but also its overall philosophy. At a hefty 352 pages, it is packed full of useful information for those looking for a complete guide to mastering Krav Maga. It is a useful volume for both fine-tuning Krav Maga skills as well as teaching them to others.”

Go to’s “store” page and order by Dec. 18 and we’ll throw in our book ADULTS IN THE DOJO, WHERE’D THEY GO…and how to get them back! for free! While you are there stock up on our cool t-shirts (including our new USKMA Thin Blue Line T), dvd’s, other books and fight shorts.

Again, order the updated AMERICAN KRAV MAGA and we’ll throw in a book for free…a $22 value! This offer is valid through Dec. 18th.



The USKMA has a new book out! DEFENDING THE BARREL & THE BLADE; THE WEAPONS DISARMS OF THE UNITED STATES KRAV MAGA ASSOCIATION with a forward by Rory Miller! We are giving away a dozen of them on October!!

DEFENDING THE BARREL & THE BLADE includes every weapons disarm in the USKMA system, the same ones we teach law enforcement and military, including car jacking, third party, weapon retention, etc. These are the easiest to learn, most battle tested, most effective and easiest to recall techniques we can teach. We take saving lives seriously! Our no BS approach, putting everything under stress and exhaustion, showing how to train, being about philosophy not techniques and knowing what realistic attacks the scumbags are using on the streets are is what makes this Krav Maga!

We will enter your name into the drawing for the dozen book giveaway when you like this Facebook post, when you like our Facebook page (if you haven’t already) and will enter your name five times when you share this post. You will be notified via Facebook message on Oct. 18.

If you weren’t one of the twelve to win a free copy you can order at’s “store” page! Buy a copy for every law enforcement officer, bouncer, security professional and anyone else who’s job has the potential of going up against a weapon that you know! BE SAFE!!


Get the USKMA’s instructor dvds for free, the whole curriculum levels 1 through 5! Order any three of our books on the “store” page of and we’ll throw in the dvd’s for free. The dvds were made for USKMA instructors and include the USKMA’s entire curriculum taught by USKMA black belts and lead instructor, Mark Slane. Anyone can learn Krav Maga with these complete and easy to follow lessons. Level 1 introduces basic combatives, ground and choke defenses. Level 2 continues with combatives & ground and introduces defenses for bear hugs, carotid chokes, etc. Level 3 introduces more advanced ground, combatives and attack defenses. Also, knife, stick and handgun defenses are introduced. Level 4 continues with advanced combatives, ground and weapons. Takedowns and sweeps are introduced. Level 5 covers judo throws, takedowns, ground and advanced weapons including long gun disarms. This offer includes the Weapons Disarms DVD as well.

This sale package includes the books AMERICAN KRAV MAGA, the manual for all USKMA krav maga techniques, BE SAFE; SELF DEFENSE FOR WOMEN IN THE REAL WORLD, KRAV MAGA FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT (co-authored with SGT Brannon Hicks) and our newest DEFENDING THE BARREL & THE BLADE which covers all of the weapon’s defenses of the USKMA. Sold separately the six dvds come to $114. This offer includes reduced shipping (only $5).

To order simply go to’s “Store” page and order any three book. We will throw in the dvd’s, no code required. The link is;

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While on our site check out the “events” page for upcoming law enforcement and level 1 instructor courses as well as Barrel & the Blade seminars!


In 1999 Mark was a member of the very first group of outside instructors ever trained at the Krav Maga National Training Center in Los Angeles. He then went on to open one of the first half dozen Krav Maga schools in the United States. Mark became a black belt in November of 2003 with Krav Maga Worldwide, tested with the USKMA to Second Degree Black Belt in 2009 and to Third degree in 2012.

Mark has studied the martial arts for thirty years. He started his training in Tae Kwon Do and holds a fourth degree black belt in that art. In Olympic style Tae Kwon Do he won a national championship in sparring in the light weight division – 33 to 40 year old age group. He has taught martial arts to hundreds of students in various schools over the past thirty years and has coached and trained dozens of national medalists, national champions, U.S. team members and World medalists. He has also trained in boxing for several years with Olympic Gold Medalist, Jerry Page and has studied Muay Thai, BJJ, and Mixed Martial Arts as well.

Mark is also the author of Be Safe! Self-defense for Women, American Krav Maga and Krav Maga For Law Enforcement with SGT Brannon Hicks as well as Defending the Barrel and the Blade; The Weapon Defenses of the USKMA’s (due out in November) . He has had an article on handgun disarms published in Black Belt Magazine as well.
Mark retired early from his firefighter/paramedic job to devote his life to making others safer.
Mark founded the United States Krav Maga Association to spread Krav Maga throughout the
U.S. the right way. No politics or egos…Just real world self-defense training.

Mark lives in Ohio with his wife Tina and their son Shae.

Mark can be contacted at