FAQ About Asheville Integrated Combatives
How do I get started with weekly classes or seminars?
You’ll need to sign up for an orientation and a free trial week to start with our weekly group classes. Orientations are most Mondays at 5:30 pm. The first trial class will follow from 6:00-8:00 pm.
Keep in mind that new student space sometimes fills up quickly. You can call the instructor (Steve) at 828-761-1570. If you prefer, sign up online. Someone will call you to confirm your date and time.
You don’t need to come to an orientation for a seminar. Simply go to our seminar page and find the date you want to attend. Click the “registration open” link for the one you want and sign up. If the registration isn’t open yet, you can “Like” our Facebook page or sign up for our news list. That’s where we announce event openings.
Do I need martial arts experience to train with you?
Absolutely not. In fact, most of our students have never taken a martial arts class in their life. Of the ones who do have some martial arts background, most of those only dabbled in their teens.
Our weekly classes and seminars are taught so that any- or no- experience level can be successful if they are willing to put in the work.
What ages do you teach?
We are an adult-only school. Students in our weekly classes must be 17 or older. Yes, sometimes we will fudge by a month or two. But, for that to happen, we need to meet with the student and a parent and decide together if they are mature enough.
Our seminar age limit is a little more relaxed. Students can be as young as 14 to attend a seminar. BUT, a parent must attend with anyone under 17.
Do you teach men and women together?
Yes we do. The only exception is our Common Sense Defense & Women’s Empowerment seminar.
Many women ask if they will be the only woman in a seminar or the weekly classes. With seminars, it’s hard to say. Most times there are other women. Sometimes not. But, don’t let that discourage you if you are a woman. All of our seminars are taught in a way that allows you to work at your comfort level. And if anyone does something out of line during a seminar, they will be asked to leave immediately.
We have several women who train in our weekly classes. Yes, they train right alongside the guys. We have a great group of students who work well together and have a mutual respect for one another. After all, most people will never even get the courage to step into a class. So, when you do, you’ll be a part of a close-knit family that takes care of each other.
What is C.O.R.E. Krav Maga?
C.O.R.E. Krav Maga is the defensive system we teach at Asheville Integrated Combatives. It was developed by our head instructor, and evolved from the original CKM curriculum. What we teach is still based on the ideals of the the organization we were once part of. We have spent the past several years filling in some blanks. You’ll find additional joint locks and throws, as well as more weapons and ground survival training.
C.O.R.E stands for Conceptual Offense, Resistance, and Escape. How we teach the curriculum sets us apart from most other Krav Maga schools. We do teach techniques against attacks. However, our goal is to help students understand the concepts behind each technique. Ultimately, there is no technique- only what is needed to survive in the moment.
Krav Maga is a military combative system from Israel (by the way, Krav Maga is simply Hebrew for contact combat, or hand to hand combat). Most of our students have never been, or no longer are, active military. That means the rules of engagement are different. The C.O.R.E. Krav Maga curriculum includes variable response levels to each threat: hit & run, control, or “finish the fight.”
How much does it cost to train?
It depends. Seminar prices vary based on subject matter and course length. Half day seminars are typically $50. Cost is higher for full day and multi-day (like our annual Blue Ridge Combatives & Survival Camp).
Fees for the ongoing weekly classes are paid monthly and vary as well. We have both contract and non-contract options. Before you make any long- term decision, take part in our free week and 30-day, no-obligation trial.
Here is the blunt truth about ongoing classes. If you’re only looking for the lowest price, we’re probably not it. We’re not the highest either. But, ask yourself why you are training. Is it just something to do?
Or do you want to have the ability to go home to your family after an attack? Do you want to be able to protect your spouse? Your kids? If the answer to those questions is “yes,” then don’t shop around for the lowest cost. Find the best value. The only way to find the value is to see for yourself what you gain from our classes.
We can give you the skills to survive violence. Some of our students have had to use what they learned from us to protect themselves. We can teach you the same- for a lot less than your life is worth.
Should I get in good shape before I start?
This is a common question. The short answer is… No.
You could walk out your door and face violence tomorrow morning. Should that happen, you have to fight back in the shape you are in now.
Our classes and seminars are designed to teach you skills you can use to survive. Weekly classes will also help you get in better shape as you learn. You start at the pace you can keep now. Push yourself a little more each week. Before you know it, you will be in better shape.
We do believe fitness is an important part of surviving violence… even if survival means running for your life. Our weekly classes have a fitness component to them. The instructor is a Certified Personal Trainer who has worked with many clients over the years. He has also served as the director for the Elite Combat Fitness program.
In other words, we can put the tools to getting in shape at your disposal. No need to wait.
When do you start new students?
If you want to take a seminar, just sign up and show up. It’s that easy.
Group classes meet weekly and have a rotating curriculum. That means that there is no true starting point. Wherever we are when you come in is your beginning. We’ll go back and cover the stuff you “missed” in a matter of a few weeks.
The only restriction is that you need to attend an orientation first. Orientations take place on most Monday nights at 5:30 pm (just before class). You do need to sign up for one, and spaces are limited each week. Call us at 828-761-1570, or get signed up online.
Do you have belt ranks?
They aren’t the focus of our training, but we do.
All new students, regardless of martial arts background, start at white belt. Beginner students progress to gold belt 1, gold belt 2, and green belt 1. You become an intermediate student when you achieve green belt 1.
As an intermediate, you will progress to green belt 2, then to blue belt (1 & 2), brown belt (1 & 2), black belt candidate, and finally to black belt.
Once you earn your black belt, you are an advanced student. Now you have earned the right to work through the 5 levels of black belt.
How long does it take to learn in C.O.R.E. Krav Maga?
This one is kind of tricky. What do you mean by “learn?” We teach a new technique each class. But learning and being able to perform under stress are different.
Our focus is on being proficient under stress (hence the famous Krav Maga pressure tests). The truth is, everyone progresses at a different rate. And that’s fine. There is no hurry. The important thing is that what you get out of training is what you need. Proficiency will come with time and persistence.
We do have minimum time requirements for each rank. That means some students may take longer. Here are the average times we see for student progression through the ranks.
Beginner level (white belt through green belt 1): 9-12 months.
Intermediate level (through black belt): 3.5-4 years past beginner level
Advanced level (through black belt 5): this one is so individualized, it’s really hard to say. Since we only test black belts once per year, you can figure at least that amount of time between each black belt level.
One thing is for sure- there are no short cuts. Every student who learns enough to progress at our school has no doubt earned it. We absolutely will not promote someone just to make them feel good about themselves.
We don’t train for trophies. We train to keep ourselves and our families alive and safe. That’s why you won’t hear us talk much about belts and ranks. Come to class to learn, not to get a belt.
Where is your school?
We do most of our training at Carrier Park on Amboy Road. We don’t keep a brick and mortar location for that reason. Sometimes we will train in other areas around Asheville, including indoors at other schools if the weather is dangerous.
Seminars are usually hosted at schools and other facilities in Asheville and the surrounding area (some are held outdoors). Contact us if you would like to host a seminar at your facility.
Why do you train outdoors?
Environmental stressors are an important factor in survival skills, including self defense. Mental toughness can mean the difference in going home alive or not going home at all. Training outdoors gives students constant access to that kind of training environment. The fortitude to push through environmental factors is developed by actually doing it. It can’t happen in a climate controlled, padded classroom.
That training mindset falls in line with the same theories that produce pressure testing of techniques.
Don’t worry… we’re not completely mindless. We have indoor places we can train in the event of dangerous weather like bitter cold or lightning storms.
The vast improvement we see in students’ survival instincts from training this way far outweighs the lack of a traditional school.