“I've always been active, and for years I'd go to the gym and watch the group classes through the glass longingly.
I am a human trafficking survivor, and for years, I couldn't be physically active around other people.
I took up running, but would never join a run club, and I hated the idea of races; I tried CrossFit, and walked out halfway through my first class, not because it was hard, but because showing signs of physical exertion in close quarters among strangers was too triggering.
Yoga, with its dark rooms, and largely female student mix, was about as far as I could go, but when my husband started taking Krav Maga classes almost five years ago, I knew one day I wanted to join him.
That was five years ago. Since then, I've completed intensive therapy for CPTSD, and Caity and Alex opened Rogue Krav Maga.
Both owners understand that being a badass requires both emotional AND physical strength, and that self-defense is the ability to protect your body as well as your mind. While many Krav studios seem to only prepare you for the battlefield, Rogue also understands that what happens before and after are just as important.
So - I did it. After almost five years of wanting to take a real Krav class - I did it.
Rogue isn't about ego - it's about people. Caity and Alex are so knowledgeable in their craft, that it didn't feel like a haphazard workout, it truly felt like a lesson, and while there were times where I felt myself start to tense up, simply knowing that the instructors understand that response took the edge off.
In the flight or fight response family, I am a freezer. Self-defense for me is a small part of reclaiming my physical body; For years I was not able to fight back, but I can work diligently in this moment to ensure that past doesn't speak for my future, and I can fight back against that now on my own terms.
Part of recovery is testing yourself, and part of testing yourself is allowing yourself to what you've wanted without being held back by disordered thoughts. I needed a safe place to be a badass, and Rogue gave me that.” -Sarah O
“I have trained with Alex and Caity for the majority of my Krav experience. They consistently show a passion for teaching and drawing out the best in individuals. Caity has a skill for encouraging everyone to be fierce. She encourages and supports first timers and veterans. Alex has a talent for getting people to push their personal boundaries and do a little more than they did last time. Both of them are deeply committed to helping people learn to defend themselves, while getting fit and having fun in a safe training environment.
I have worked with Caity as a training partner and as my instructor for several years. She is dedicated to bringing out the best in her students. She encourages you to find your inner warrior and helps you strengthen that fighter. Caity has the ability to always find something that each student has improved in every class. She praises, corrects and pushes you to be a protector.
Alex has a teachers heart and the soul of a warrior. He is passionate about building skills to keep yourself and your family safe. Alex will push you to go past your comfort zone, while respecting personal needs to adapt and modify. Alex believes in teaching and training realistic and workable krav, and keeping the training environment safe to learn and grow.” -Renee E
Caity and Alex are not only wonderfully warm, welcoming individuals, but they are both excellent instructors. I picked up Krav Maga in my mid-40s because I realized I'm a "freezer." I needed to learn how to retrain my brain to act in dangerous situations. I'm petite, about 5-feet tall. I was skeptical at first that I would be able to physically compete with someone much larger than me until I saw Caity fight. We are close to the same size, and she is a fierce, agile fighter as well as a fantastic instructor! Whenever we are practicing a technique in class that is likely not suitable for someone my size, Caity always has another tactic to share so I can discover what works best for me.
Alex exudes passion and excitement that is contagious to his students. He is sincerely concerned in helping each student, regardless of skill level, not only improve every time they step into his class but also have fun and build confidence. Caity and Alex both possess a natural ability to provide feedback and instruction without undermining confidence, one of the most crucial characteristics of a good teacher. I've never left one of Alex or Caity's classes without feeling better about myself and looking forward to the next class. I'm willing to drive an hour or more to train with Caity and Alex because they offer a challenging, safe, fun environment where I feel comfortable letting go of my personal insecurities in order to learn and become more adept and confident at protecting myself in the event of an attack or dangerous situation. - Liz E