Rising Phoenix Gym works to help teach self-defense throughout Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) – A local gym is teaching Krav Maga to community groups in Tucson.

Rising Phoenix Gym is near the corner of Speedway and Swan.

And they offer community classes to Jews, LGBTQ+, and women in the community.

“We have a no toxic people policy at this gym in general,” said Victoria Suchanek, director of the women’s program. “You don’t have to be a member of that group to train, it’s open to everyone.” As long as you know that, you don’t have a hateful attitude toward that group.”

Classes are donation-based and designed to be beginner-friendly.

“If you come here for an hour, you will leave with skills that you can put into practice right away,” Suchanek said.

Krav Maga is a self-defense technique that originated in Israel and focuses on real-world situations.

Suchanek says it is designed so that everyone can use it.

“If your attacker is bigger and stronger than you, I don’t want to go muscle by muscle, if I just don’t, I’ll lose like every day of the week, right,” Suchanek said, “but if I start going after the weak points , where no matter how big or how strong your attacker is, you can still do damage.”

Classes are donation based. You can find more information about the classes on their Facebook.

Blake Phillips is a KGUN 9 reporter. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Blake grew up in Sierra Vista. During his time at the Missouri School of Journalism, Blake worked for KOMU-TV, an NBC affiliate in Columbia. He is excited to return to a place he calls home and contribute to the community in which he grew up. Share your story ideas and hot topics with Blake by emailing him. [email protected].