So That One May Walk In Peace

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West Side Krav Maga is an International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) affiliated school located in Colorado Springs that is committed to providing the best self-defense training available today.  Our mission is to teach real world self-defense using a tactical system focused on preparing you mentally and physically to deal with real life threats.  Our goal is to enable you to defend yourself and your loved ones through awareness, avoidance and, if necessary, neutralizing a threat.

West Side Krav Maga is committed to continuing the vision of Imi Lichtenfield (the founder of Krav Maga and IKMF) who taught people Krav Maga so that “one may walk in peace.”  We are the only Colorado Springs school affiliated with the source of Krav Maga and the most respected Krav Maga organization in the world, IKMF.

Our instructors have experience training in Law Enforcement, Department of Corrections, US Army Special Forces, Executive Protection, battered women and of course civilian students. Since 2005, we have been sharing the Krav Maga experience with hundreds of students in a secure and safe environment.

We are about real life. We are about real threats. We are about real solutions


Dean Petersen
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Dean Petersen started Krav Maga in 2001 after separating from active duty Army service and became an instructor earning his A, B and C level certification through the Krav Maga World Wide organization in Los Angeles. He has since continued to earn additional instructor certifications with the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF), which is the original source of Krav Maga throughout the world. Along with several years of teaching Krav Maga classes, he has also trained Law Enforcement, Special Operations Military units and battered women. 

Kevin DeRemer
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Kevin DeRemer started training in Krav Maga in 2005 and earned his initial instructor certification in 2008. His drive to continue advancing in Krav Maga led him to train with the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) family and earn his Civilian Instructor Certification in 2011. To bring the best IKMF Krav Maga instruction to students, Kevin trains with the IKMF Global Instructor Team members from Israel several times a year. He holds credentials from IKMF as a Law Enforcement Instructor and Technical Shooting Instructor as well. With over twenty-two years of service in the U.S. Army, Kevin retired with extensive experience in Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) including counter-improvised explosive device operations, combating weapons of mass destruction, production of weapons technical intelligence, post blast investigation, and the employment of specialized EOD and CBRN units. 

Formerly a certified EMT, Kevin actively maintains CPR, Basic Life Support, and First Aid certifications.

Rusty Smith
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Rusty Smith began training in Krav Maga in 2012 and through extensive training with both the local team as well as the IKMF global team, accelerated his journey to becoming a certified Civilian Instructor in 2013. Since that time, Rusty has dedicated himself to advancing his knowledge of Krav Maga by attending several seminars throughout the US conducted my IKMF’s global team including; Theater Anti-Terrorism, Street Fighting, Bar Fighting, and Family Protection. Rusty is one of only a handful of instructors in the United States to train in Israel at IKMF’s headquarters to be certified as a VIP Executive Protection Instructor. A diligent athlete all his life, Rusty has an extensive background in wrestling at the collegiate level as well as studied Aikido. Rusty also has in-depth coaching experience in wrestling, volleyball and football. As an instructor, Rusty has a strong commitment and focus on technique and excellence.