What looks like a fitness class in Powell is more than a calorie burner. And it's much different from martial arts.
"We're not going to wear a pretty belt. We're not going to win a shiny medal. That's not what we do. Our members are looking for the most efficient and effective way to protect themselves and their families. And that's Krav Maga," Jamie Bailey explained. He's a Krav Maga instructor at Overdrive Krav Maga.
It appeals to Brittany Cooper. She's been taking classes at Overdrive for about six weeks.
"I go to UT and I take a lot of evening classes so I walk to the car by myself so I wanted to be able to defend myself in case anything ever happened. I'm not out looking for a fight but should it happen I want to be able to fix it," Brittany Cooper said.
Instructor Jamie Bailey said Krav Maga recognizes that real world street fights don't follow rules.
"In here everything's fair. Eyes, throat, groin, we go for those all the time because that's what's going to equalize it, especially for the smaller individuals in our class," he said.
Hand to hand combat is not the first option.
"If you can avoid it we're all about avoiding it. I would rather not get involved in a confrontation if I can because of the damage I'm going to cause to myself just from hitting somebody, hit them in the head, you're going to break your hand. I would rather avoid that at all costs," he said. "Escape is first and foremost. We want you to get out of there and avoid it if you can. If not, we want to neutralize it as quickly as possible, do as much damage as possible in the shortest amount of time and then get out of there."
Students learn and practice defensive moves in class. The instructor explains a specific move then the students pair up and take turns being the aggressor and being the one who fights back.
"I've learned how to punch, how to kick, how to choke, how to defend myself against all that stuff," Brittany said.
Bailey said, "Basic choke escapes, if a bad guy pins you to the ground how you get up whether it's face down or face up. We look at weapons, the weapons bad guys use today. We don't do anything with Samuri swords and bow stabs it's all things they actually use today so we train with them and against them."
The class ends with drills.
One student. One minute. To fight off the rest of the class.
Pads give them the freedom to fight back full out to mimic the strength and endurance needed in a real situation that perhaps is a life threatening situation.
A word to the bad guys: don't mess with Brittany.
The first Saturday of the month Overdrive Krav Mag offers a basic free hour long women's self defense class at noon.