Denise Jones first became interested in martial arts at young age; however her background in traditional sports kept her out of the fighting arena. In 2011 she was first introduced to Krav Maga via a TV episode of Fight Science on the National Geographic Channel. The natural, aggressive, dynamic flow of the system appealed to her.
Over the next year she researched the aspects of the self defense system to determine if it would be a viable option for her and searched the St. Louis area for gyms that taught legitimate Krav Maga. She located Xtreme Krav Maga & Fitness in Fenton, Missouri that had a Women’s Only Self Defense course on its schedule. It was the perfect opportunity to “experience” what they had to offer. After four hours of drills, a few bumps and some bruises she was hooked.
In February 2014 she officially signed her agreement as an Xtreme Krav Maga student; a decision that has dramatically change her life. Initially, she joined to increase her physical activity and learn a few techniques that might aid her in an attack but quickly found much more; an indescribable empowerment. One year later she was invited to become an apprentice instructor, and continued training to achieve her Phase A instructor certification and is continuing to advance as an instructor.
Denise enjoys witnessing the transformation process of her students. One of her favorite sayings is from Krav Maga founder Imi Litchtenfeld “So that one may walk in peace.”
Outside of XKM, She delves in other physical activities such as running 5ks and scuba diving.
“I love Xtreme Krav Maga. It helps me. I feel more confident in other things that I do. I play hockey and it helps me to be confident enough to out there and be aggressive to go get the puck.
Krav also helps me get physically and mentally stronger and helps me get fit. It helps me let everything out.
Ms.Denise is one instructor though that has helped me get to the point that I am. She has helped me become tougher, and stronger.
She works me hard to help me get tough and fit, but we always have a little fun with it.”
– Alaina, Youth Student
“I’ve been doing Krav for well over five years now and have known Denise for over half my time at the Xtreme Krav Maga.
Her classes are enjoyable, a great workout, and fun while making sure you still leave the gym having learned something new.
The rapport she builds with her students is immeasurable, and you can see the confidence light up in students eyes after a correction or critique from her.
Kids, men, and women alike all should take her classes if given the opportunity!”
– Mike, Student
Classes Taught: Women’s Self Defense, 6 Week Fitness Challenge, Youth Krav Maga, Krav Maga Beginner
Krav Maga Worldwide Phase A Certified