Fox29 News Featuring FitMax Krav Maga
Founded by Imi Lichtenfeld, Krav Maga is an Israeli form of self-defense designed with a wide range of real-life threats in mind, such as strikes, chokes, grabs and various other weapons. Krav Maga is natural and highly instinctual, focusing on neutralizing or eliminating the threat quickly, using force if necessary. Our system will also give you the tools to overcome the psychological trauma that may come with a violent encounter. With direct training in Israel, and direct ties to Imi Lichtenfeld, FitMax Krav Maga founder Jack Szychtel offers unparalleled quality training in self defense.
With great physical conditioning that will push your limits and an integrated skill set from a number of fighting styles, FitMax Krav Maga strives to make you a complete and skilled defender, while making you more confident in the streets!
For over 8 years, Jack has been teaching self-defense in Delaware County. As a certified Krav Maga instructor, Jack continues to train and earn even more certifications and specializations while dedicating himself to creating a vibrant, positive community that embodies the values of dedication, respect, leadership, mental fortitude, and conscientious citizenship. He has dedicated his life to these values, and enjoys passing them on to like-minded, enthusiastic people. With black belts in Tae Kwon Do and Tang Soo Do, he continues to use his background to hone his skills of self-defense, combat mindset and third party protection.
Before finding Krav Maga, Chris faithfully served as a Chief Master Sergeant with the United States Air Force and retired after thirty years of service. As a way to protect himself and his daughter, Chris started to train with Jack in 2014. His commitment to Krav Maga continued to grow, leading him to earn his Instructor Certification. Chris continues to bring dedication and passion to his classes using creative ideas from the numerous amount of seminars he continues to attend. He also continues to serve his local community as Assistant Chief with the Newtown Square Fire Company, with previous ties to the Elmer Fire Department, Willow Grove Fire Department, and the Elmer Ambulance Corp with the positions of Second Lieutenant, First Lieutenant, and Captain.
A native of Delaware County and a proud wife and mother, Leah Hoopes has used her passion for empowering women in developing a successful women’s program at FitMax, while earning her Instructor Certification. With a background in competitive Crossfit, Muay Thai, and boxing, as well as licensed physical therapy for over 10 years, she has brought her own brand of enthusiasm for the past two years. Today, she continues to augment her training with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu to compliment her Krav Maga skills while mentoring under Jack and Chris. When asked what motivates her to teach she said, “I love to empower women, honestly knowing that women are more conﬁdent and aggressive when they leave my class and can handle themselves out on the streets, motivates me to keep teaching and gives me purpose.”
As a parent, Dylan has brought his enthusiasm as a positive role model into FitMax for over three years. A passionate instructor, he continues to bring contagious energy and creative workouts to each class while striving to continue learning, training, and teaching the principles of Krav Maga to the teen class and his peers. In addition to teaching, he consistently trains to further improve his skills both physically and mentally. Dylan is always searching for ways to push his boundaries with Krav Maga and encourages his students to do the same in class.
When Dylan is not working, teaching or training self-defense, he enjoys spending time with his family and working on their garden. An avid fisherman, his hobbies also include snowboarding and listening to music.
Designed for those age 18 and over, our adult classes can help you achieve your physical fitness goals, alongside teaching you the techniques and tactics needed to keep you safe and confident on the streets! Whether you have previous training or are just getting started, our programs are catered to meet your needs. We also offer Rank Testing for those who are interested.
Geared specifically with women empowerment in mind, this class will teach you to defend yourself against threats that specifically target women. This class is focused on providing a safe environment for women who are more comfortable training with other women, or for those that want a more focused experience from a female perspective.
Gain the high-level conditioning you need to defend yourself with confidence! Striking class is for everyone, including those that have little or no previous martial arts training. Krav Maga includes some striking sequences that are unique to its system and can’t be found elsewhere!
Designed for ages 12-17, this class teaches teens how to be confident and true to themselves in a safe and welcoming environment while learning the responsible use of self-defense techniques. Testing for teens is optional, but available for those interested.
Designed for children ages 7-11, this class teaches children to use their minds in order to help them recognize when a situation is not safe, all through the use of play and fun exercises. We work hard to build children’s self-confidence and teach effective anti-bullying techniques in a safe environment.
Whether your goal is getting fit, moving up through the test ranking system, losing weight or just wanting to learn pure self-defense, our private lessons are designed for busy professionals that prefer a one-on-one or small group setting. Serious inquiries only.
34 West Baker Street, Media, Pennsylvania 19063, United States
Look for us right below Ocean City Coffee in Media, PA. 484-243-0206
Monday - 4pm - 9pm
Tuesday - 1pm - 9:15pm
Wednesday - 6pm - 9pm
Thursday 1pm - 9:15pm
Friday: 2:15pm - 7pm
Saturday: Special Occasions
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