The Downtown LA urban revitalization arguably started at the corner of 4th and Main more than a decade ago when some of LA’s very first adaptive-reuse lofts were crafted at this corner by visionary developer Tom Gilmore. Over the last 12 years since the first loft dwellers began moving in, the Old Bank District neighborhood has been evolving into a mature urban enclave with some of the most interesting mix of independently owned shops, restaurants, and bars in Los Angeles. Recently, we’ve been hearing a lot about the new businesses opening at the Medallion Apartments (completed in 2010), located at 4th and Main, including the grand opening of Simply Salad and the announcement of Sushi Zo and Dr. J’s Vibrant Cafe (vegan) opening later this year. And now a self-defense fitness and SpeedX studio called Krav Maga Unyted has also just opened last week, providing yet another service and amenity for the residents in the area.
For those of us who have little-to-no idea what “Krav Maga” means, according to one of the co-owners of the new fitness studio, Hooman Ghaffari, it is “the official self-defense and combat technique used by the Israeli military” involving a mix of boxing, Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling. Ghaffari explains that “Krav Maga provides practical and easy to learn techniques that are ideal for urban living, and will be beneficial to all residents and workers in Downtown LA.”
Krav Maga Unyted is overseen, run, and managed by chief instructor, Jarret Waldman, who trained directly under the creator of Krav Maga, Imi Lichtenfeld, at the Israeli Defense Forces’ Wingate Institute. While instructing at the Krav Maga Worldwide studio in West LA, Waldman helped train a variety of LA’s more famous denizens including Ashton Kutcher, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt.
According to Ghaffari, “Krav Maga Unyted offers various levels of Krav Maga self-defense and fitness training, as well as MMA-style fight classes and weapons defenses. In addition, Unyted will be providing our trademarked SpeedX workout, which has been featured in print in Prevention Magazine, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, and Self Magazine, and on TV shows including The Biggest Loser and The Doctors. SpeedX was also awarded Best New Workout by Los Angeles Magazine in their 2011 Best of LA issue.”
Visit Krav Maga Unyted Fitness for more info: www.unytedfitness.com