My son and I both go and love it. The instructors are very welcoming. The academy has a very respectful and friendly atmosphere.
— Mr. Ron White

Krav Defense & Fitness (KDF Academy), formally known as Sovereign Martial Arts of New Castle, PA has become a landmark for helping families feel safe and empowered through Krav Maga (a real-world self-defense system) combined with kickboxing for all ages, starting and age 3.

Krav Maga Defense and Fitness is an institution of self-improvement and the home of champions. You and your family are in good caring hands with the New Castle, PA Krav and Kick Boxing Defense and Fitness team.

Unlike traditional Japanese martial arts, karate, judo, jujutsu, kendo, kempo and taekwondo, Krav Maga is not a martial art, but a real-world self-defense system. The primary principle of Krav Maga is to neutralize a threat quickly.

Benefits of Krav Maga and kickboxing include stress relief, weight loss, strength training, cardio training, overall physical fitness and better concentration. For kids, this helps with self-esteem and better focus on school work and homework.  This is especially important these days to eliminate peer pressures and bullying. For adults, this can help with normal work stress, self-esteem, better performance and work and at home, as well as overall health benefits.

Although some people think the Krav Maga is about just fighting, our program is so much more. When you train in our classes, you take advantage of the best self-improvement system in the world. As our mentor Instructor Ron from Krav Maga Federation says “Krav Maga is not a martial art, it is a real-world self-defense system. The first and overarching principle of Krav Maga is to neutralize the threat quickly.  There are no rules in Krav Maga other than get home safely. “

Through the practice of physical self-defense skills, you will follow a blueprint for a successful life based on discipline, focus, and perseverance. You will experience the satisfaction that comes not from winning over others, but from winning over yourself as you become stronger, healthier, and happier than you have ever been in your life.


"Great people and great classes! My stepson absolutely loves their classes and we couldn't be happier. He wants to go to class every day cause he enjoys the instructors and everything he is learning."

Matthew Christopher

"I have been in martial arts / kickboxing for most of my life and I must say that this school is very well versed in what they teach. I am proud to represent the school in the upcoming November competition."

Dr. Michael McMullen

"Finally a place to bring your child that will build self esteem and integrity. Get your child off the electronics and show them there’s so much more inside them to explore."

Tina Henderson



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