Instructor David & Instructor Tanya are proud to announce our Rebrand of SMA New Castle. We are now Krav Defense & Fitness Academy aka KDF Academy. Same Instructors, same vision, same place, same schedule just a new name.
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Krav Defense & Fitness (KDF Academy) formerly name Sovereign Martial Arts has become a landmark for helping families feel safe, empowered and grow in leadership within New Castle. Instructors David and Tanya Patxot lead an extremely transformational Kickboxing and Krav Maga program for youth (starting at 3) and adults.

Krav Defense & Fitness is an institution of self-improvement and the home of champions. You and your family are in good, caring hands with the Krav Defense & Fitness team.

With their focus on creating a POSITIVE, safe, injury-free training environment, Krav Defense & Fitness has earned the reputation in New Castle as well as Neshannock, New Wilmington, Wilmington, and Shenango, of being the top Kickboxing and Krav Maga school and character development center in the area.

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 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



Youth Self-Defense

Our exciting Self-Defense Program for youth ages 3 to 17 years can develop your child’s focus, self-esteem, self-confidence, and overall sense of purpose the way NO OTHER sport, hobby, “activity,” or program can. We come along side parents to instill values, honor and leadership. We mix Kickboxing and Israeli Krav Maga to help them create boundaries, gain confidence and build self-esteem in who they are.

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Krav Maga-Self Defense

 Krav Maga is a combination of the art of self-defense entangled in a hardcore fitness program, as well as the art of Kickboxing. Our self-defense classes were created to teach anyone how to effectively protect themselves in the case of a threatening situation. This program focuses on mimicking real-life situations so that you are accurately trained when you need to be most. We alternate days with Kickboxing to ensure the best result and peak fitness.


Xtreme Kickboxing

Our one of a kind “Lean and Mean” Xtreme Kickboxing class is the fun way to look leaner, feel healthier, and gain some impressive new skills while losing weight and gaining strength. Each class involves fun fitness games, partnering heavy bags and education to reach your personal goals so it’s never boring. Our unique combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercise can be modified to your level of fitness so your experience is like a private class.


If you’re looking for information about the best Kickboxing and Krav Maga programs in New Castle and surrounding areas (like Neshannock, New Wilmington, Wilmington, and Shenango), you’ve come to the right place. Krav Defense & Fitness will empower you with the self-defense and self-improvement programs you’ve been searching for!

You, your friends, colleagues, and entire family can train in a convenient, safe, clean, professional, welcoming environment.