What is

Core Combat?

Core Combat is not a traditional martial art. We are not a fight club, we are not purists, and we are not a sport.  We train to save our own lives and the lives of our loved ones. Saving your life isn’t just about self defense; it is about training for the strength to endure the hardships of life.  This is why we emphasize physical and mental conditioning in addition to Krav Maga, Aikido, and other mixed martial arts.


Core Combat Fundamentals

Condition: A fit body has more energy, vitality, and capacity for fighting.

Observe: Mentally train for preventive defense and for situational awareness.

React: Master a reactive defense that can be adapted to any situation.

Execute : Use the level of force necessary to win the fight.

COMBAT: If you can’t use it in a real fight, you won’t find it at Core Combat.

Who is Core Combat Geared For?

Core Combat Martial Arts

Core Combat is a flexible self defense system that meets any student's needs, regardless of size, gender, or physical capacity. Big or small, our methods will work for you. We teach a reactive defense that enables you to remove the threat and move to a position of safety.



 •  Rape Defense

 •  Barroom Brawls

 •  Multiple attackers

 •  Car, home, and street situations

 •  Ground fighting

 •  Weapon takeaways

 •  Constant situational awareness

Rules of Core Combat

(Inspired by founder of Krav Maga Imi lichtenfeld):

  • There are no rules when you are being attacked
  • Use the body's natural reflexes in the defensive motion
  • Defend and attack simultaneously
  • Everything is a weapon, not just your body
  • Strike at vital areas
  • Never put power against power
  • Move, move, and keep moving
  • Keep fighting
  • Don’t hurt your training partner


A Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting the attacker from injury. It was later refined for battle field use during the days of the armored samurai.


Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical strength, practitioner "leads" the attacker's momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks.

Source: Wikipedia

Krav Maga:

A self-defense system developed for the Israeli military that consists of a wide combination of techniques sourced from boxing, savate, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Judo, Jujutsu, wrestling, and grappling, along with realistic fight training. Krav Maga is known for its focus on real-world situations and extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks. It was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld, who began to develop a fighting style to teach the Jewish quarter to stand against fascist groups during WWII. Later he went on to develop this style into Krav Maga and taught it to the Israeli Defense Forces. It has since been refined for civilian, police and military applications.

Krav Maga has a philosophy emphasizing threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers, and aggression. Krav Maga is used by Israeli Defense Forces, both regular and Special Forces, and was adopted by many law enforcement and intelligence organizations worldwide. The style has also been an inspiration in recent cinema such as Taken, NCIS, and Borne Film Series.

Source: Wikipedia

Other Martial Arts:

We are a hybrid system that emphasizes self defense. With that as our goal we freely take the best techniques and principles from other fighting styles. Core Combat draws from Systema, MMA, Taekwondo, Brazilian Jujitsu, Ninjutsu, Muay Thai, Filipino martial arts, gun fighting, and many more.

We do not perform full contact sparring.

Core Combat Leaders


• 15 Years Self Defense Experience


• 5 Years Self Defense Experience

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Core Combat Times & Location

All club practices are held at the MSU Fitness Center. Our dues for members are $30 per month and will be allocated to keeping the club running and for maintaining required gear. For non-MSU students, you can purchase a $50 limited use pass for a semester (about 4 months). This cost replaces your first month's Core Combat fee. Parking on campus is free after 6 p.m.


If you are traveling South on S. 19th, take a left on W. Lincoln. Drive straight through at the stop sign and into the parking lot in front of the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse. The Fitness Center enterance is to the left of Brick Breeden.


Please check the Class Updates to the right for any changes to class schedule.


7:00 - 9:00 p.m.



7:00 - 9:00 p.m.


Walk-ins welcome.

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MSU Student

$30/month for 4 months

Non-MSU Student

$30/month for 3 months; 1st month is gym fee, $50/semester.

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