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Trauma-Informed Self-Defense in Stillwater, Minnesota

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Code of Conduct

This is not a checklist of behaviors to police, but a way that we honor the journey and personhood of everyone that steps onto our mat.

Respect, discipline, integrity, honor, safety: these are the ways that our community cares for one other and for the St. Croix Valley area we are a part of.


Treat all IKMF members, instructors, staff, and members of the public with integrity and respect.

  • Treat IKMF members, instructors, and staff with respect, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, political beliefs, and socio-economic status.
  • Give due respect to instructors and staff, and abide by their authority in the school and with regards to Krav Maga.
  • Do not publicly criticize or denigrate other IKMF students or instructors.
  • Follow the guidelines for Grading / Level Testing, especially the minimum training requirements for each level. If your instructor does not authorize you to test for any reason, do not negotiate or insist on grading. Rather, seek to improve and meet the requirements for the next round of testing.
  • When visiting other schools, whether IKMF or not, be respectful of their rules, instructions, and training culture. Do not insist on your way.
  • If you are undergoing financial hardships but wish to continue training with us, please inform your instructor or school owner immediately.


When in the gym, students are expected to be mindful of their behavior before, during, and after class.

  • Be on time, be in proper training attire, and be ready to train.
  • Be a good training partner.
  • Practice only what you are taught, and always follow the directions of the instructor.
  • Do not use the training space or equipment without authorization or for your own personal training, unless you have the specific permission of your instructor.
  • Do not borrow another person’s equipment without his/her permission.
  • • If you come into a class in progress, be respectful to the students and instructor training.
  • INTEGRITY AND HONOR Be humble. Be disciplined. No egos, no posers, no ‘tough guys’, no unwarranted
  • showmanship, no over-confidence – which can get you killed on the streets.
  • • Do not use the techniques you are taught to show off.
  • Respect the distinction between student and instructor. Avoid “teaching” other people Krav Maga techniques, whether in casual or formal situation unless asked by an instructor for assistance.
  • Avoid any circumstances where there is a potential for a real or perceived conflict between your personal interests and those of your school and Instructors.


Be mindful of safety in training, both for yourself and for fellow students.

  • Maintain good hygiene. Come to class clean all the time, and do not come when sick.
  • Remove all jewelry, watches, and hardware and keep pockets empty when training, for your own safety and the safety of others.
  • Declare any injuries prior to class to the instructors and classmates to avoid further injury.
  • No sparring / fighting unless in a Fighting Class supervised by an Instructor.
  • Never lose your temper in training, especially in fighting / sparring.
  • Consumption of alcohol is not allowed prior to participating in classes, events, seminars, or any other activity.
  • Illegal drugs are strictly prohibited from our premises. If an instructor has reasonable suspicion to believe that someone’s use of drugs and/or alcohol, the instructor or owners may dismiss the student or staff member from participating in activities.


Valley Self-Defense is dedicated to providing a safe and inviting experience for everyone, regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion (or lack thereof).

  • We do not tolerate harassment in any form and reserve the right to remove anyone from the Valley Self-Defense community who engages in harassing behavior, including but not limited to unwanted advances, stalking, verbal threats, inappropriate statements or gestures, sustained disruption of speakers, and disrespectful comments that go beyond the boundaries of civil disagreement and civic discourse. This may include remarks or actions that target people based on certain characteristics that include but are not limited to race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability status. This may also include remarks or actions in person within or outside Valley Self-Defense, or online, including on Facebook, Instagram, text, or direct message.

We're here to help you walk in peace. Empower yourself today!

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