New Mexico Krav Maga‘s lead instructor, Heather Rider, started taking classes at Worldwide Los Angeles in 2002. In 2007, when John Whitman opened his own gym she went with him and started teaching bag classes. Heather moved to Santa Fe, NM in 2010. She looked everywhere for Krav Maga classes but none were in existence here. John Whitman suggested she get certified to teach and so she did. Since then we have had three four class members who came to us as beginners, go to Alliance to get certified to teach and one member who is now certified to teach Young Warriors. We are the only Krav Maga alliance affiliate in New Mexico. Our emphasis is on teaching every beginner the fastest ways to defend themselves and encourage them to move on to more advanced training. We also love to make them work hard and get a great workout in. Our hope and vision is for anyone to be able to walk in for their first class and walk out knowing the basics.we want to constantly expand our knowledge and share it with our members. We also frequently teach seminars for women’s self defense to raise money for certain centers that care for victims of domestic violence.