Focus Self Defense & Fitness
9000 Washington Blvd Fl 1, Culver City, CA 90232
(310) 558-8400Add Hours
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08/07/2009Provided by Citysearch -
This gym is fantastic. You'll learn Krav Maga from some of the most experienced teachers in the United States, one of which, John Whitman, is also the author of the bestselling book ""Complete Krav Maga"", while another, Brent Wilkening, just recently became a police officer. The classes are not overcrowded, so you get a lot of personal attention from these instructors.
Krav Maga is a system developed by the Israeli army and it will teach you self-defense for common attacks such as chokes and bear hugs, but also how to deal with higher level threats, such as attacks with knives and guns and later rifles, multiple attackers with weapons etc. It has a lot of exhausting drills that will make you sweat and at the same time teach you effective and easy to learn self-defense techniques. Once you start Krav Maga, you will get hooked very fast.
There is also Crossfit, which is an exercise method that offers different workouts everyday and is designed to improve your overall strength and agility. The Crossfit room at Focus is half open, so you can perform many of the exercises outside and get plenty of fresh air while doing it, much better than just being inside a closed gym. There is a very beautiful residential neighborhood adjacent to the gym, so you have a nice view while working out, and for some of the exercises you get to jog right through this neighborhood, which is very nice.
The Crossfit exercises are challenging, but you can scale them down to your level and then gradually build them up as you get stronger. They are fun, as the workouts vary each day and won't be repeated for a couple of weeks. When they ARE repeated, you can compare your time from the previous exercise and see how much you have improved.
There are also bag classes and BJJ classes, the latter of which also don't have too many students and you even get to work and spar with the teacher sometimes and get personal attention throughout the class. The bag classes are fun and tough at the same time.
The overall facilities at Focus are very nice as well, there are very clean, luxurious bathrooms and locker rooms, a small student lounge with a sofa and armchair and a small shop where you can conveniently buy equipment and cold beverages.
I would highly recommend this gym - the staff, the instructors, the students, all are very friendly and it's just overall a great atmosphere there. I'm very happy I found it. I actually live in Hollywood and drive a total of one hour to get there and back, but it's worth it for me, as I just prefer it over any gym I have seen in my own neighborhood.
07/14/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Amazing classes with highly experienced and respected instructors who actually pay attention to the personal needs of each and every participant.
CrossFit is based on cutting edge scientific research to cut the time and increase fitness results.
Adam Noble rocks!!!
Crav Maga will help you learn effective technigues of self defense based on real life scenarios. You will learn how to kick a.. while looking good!
John Whitman rules!!!
I love this place and its people. Highly recomeding it.
I cannot speak highly enough about the people at Focus and the stuff they do over there! They teach Krav Maga, which is what the israeli commandos learn, and they teach it in a way so that even a klutz like me can get it. The system is all about keeping oneself safe on the streets--it has a really short learning curve, and a really practical bent to it. The teachers are amazing--really nice, friendly and deadly serious about teaching us how to defend ourselves. It is by far the friendliest place I have ever been--and the funny thing is, despite my best efforts to be a slacker, they are making me fit as well!!!! You get a great work-out without even realizing it!!!