“One of the best instructors I’ve had in my life!”

“I love coming to class! Classes are awesome and fun!”

“I never thought martial arts were for me until I felt threatened and concerned for my safety. I wanted “self defense on steroids” and what I’ve gotten so far by taking Krav Maga classes is beyond my expectations!! The confidence gained and calories burned are SO worth it! I highly recommend it to all my friends!”

“As I keep telling everyone I know, if I had known how much I would love this type of class, I would have signed up a long time ago. The coaches do a fantastic job of accessing each individual student within a class and adapt the curriculum to meet each person’s level and ability. I enjoy the classes so much that I try to always make time for them every week.”

I started coming here because i was bored and needed something that would fill my schedule and encourage me to be consistently fit, but it turns out I’m getting more than just a good workout. I’m actually being taught technique and practical skills that im confident in using in the real world. I’ve been going here for about 5 months now and since the beginning, all the coaches have made each class a comfortable experience. It’s literally the best workout I’ve had.”

“Great training and exercise. Coach Dennis is very knowledgeable, assesses your fitness level and pushes just a little above that. Makes it a great workout and coach explains the reason for the mechanics and position of the holds/moves, which helps it all make sense. Great clean facility too!”


“This school thrives off it’s students. The owner and instructors come off the mat between every class to talk to the parents and other students. They are very involved with their students and know every single student by name right away!”

“I’m a lifer! The coaching staff are awesome and treat you like family. They push you to succeed and celebrate when you do. If you have any desire to be better, stronger, leaner, healthier, or if you just want a place to punch out your frustration, JOIN!!”

“I realized what I didn’t know and have started empowering myself with awesome skills, thanks!”

“What every woman should know, he explains situations, response moves in a way that is easy to understand and fun!”

“Very positive, upbeat and practical. You can learn a lot in a short amount of time”

“What a great blend of family and discipline! Master Dennis, Coach Karen and his team are awesome! Couldn’t have picked a better place for my kids and I to train.”

“What an amazing place to learn! I enjoy each and every class and look forward to my future growth.”

“Been training here for a year now, made some great friends, learned some cool techniques, and got back in better shape than I’ve been in years!”

“Great place with an excellent staff. I just joined with my daughter(7) and son (6). They look forward to the weekly classes already. I highly recommend Alpha Krav Maga in Malden.”



“This is a wonderful place, I have my 4 kids (9,7,7,5) coming here and they love it . We started with the trial class thinking it would be something different with no intention to do Krav Maga full time, and everyone fell in love with it, even my girly girls who had no desire to do martial arts. They really encourage my kids to do their best and stay confident while still maintaining the discipline of a martial art class. It is amazing to watch them progress, I couldn’t be happier with our experience here.”

“Awesomeness in a can. Coaches are great and very nice. Great all around for me and the kiddo.”

“Our 14 year old daughter started taking classes here a year ago. I cannot speak highly enough about the instructors and what they have done for our daughter. She walks into a room with confidence and now knows she has the strength and skill to take on any situation. As parents of a beautiful, tall, and 100 pound young lady…we find comfort in the fact she could protect herself. We’re very proud of her and excited as she progresses through the next levels. In addition to great instructors the facilities are very nice and well maintained.”

“Awesome Malden Martial Arts gym, very, very clean, absolutely beautiful, the instructor and coaches are very nice, and the instruction is awesome. Great place to train at.”

“We LOVE Krav Maga Boston! Being a black belt myself, finding a school for our daughters after we moved to Malden was tough! We tried a few places, found Master Amato and knew right away this would be home! It’s like one big family!”

“Professional, nice, clean studio, and great coaches!!!! Luv it”

“The absolute best around. My daughter loves the classes and her instructors!”

“Since the first day my son stepped in Alpha Krav Maga Boston, he felt confident that this was the place he wanted to be training to achieve Black Belt! Everyone is so positive but yet serious about teaching the proper techniques. Every week he looks forward to training.”

“The teachers are incredible, the facility is always clean and my son loves attending his classes. His attitude has greatly improved since starting and respect is a huge thing for our family. Love, love, love Krav Maga Boston!!!!”

“My 3 year old daughter loves going to class. The instructors are very patient and they know how to provide instructions while keeping it fun.”

“My 4 yr old son loves the time he spends there and his instructors. He enjoys showing off what he has learned and it is helping with his patience and focus. Thank you!”

“Humble, very informative, he knows what he is saying and doing”

“Do this program, it could save your life!”

“He’s funny! Great instructor, tells it like it is.”

“Amazing. Extremely knowledgeable.”

“Great with his communication and demonstration of techniques”

“This program is empowering”



“Very informative and energetic.  Useful information for every woman to have”

“Great guy, very passionate, he is teaching a program that could save lives.”

“Well worth the time and money, do it has it helps prepare you for real life situations!”

“I have never felt so confident and strong. I love these classes and learn things every class. Every class is different and I enjoy every minute. It is a great workout, and a great way to learn some practical defense!”

“We have the whole family in training here with the youngest in kids program and the rest in Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. The Kids Program is great for great for developing discipline, respect and self-confidence in the younger kids. For older kids and adults the Krav Maga training is outstanding for real-world self-defense training.”

“I started with Master Amato in his new Krav Maga program about a month ago and absolutely love it! The combination of many different arts rolled into one, while getting a great… and I mean GREAT workout; leaves me wanting to come back for more. I am recommending this class to all my friends. Thanks Sir!”

“Great to have the elevator plus the red man plus the partnering defense information”

“Creative learning environment, enthusiastic instruction, emphasizes the mental aspect of safety”

“Amazing, I  feel empowered!”

“Honest, humble, good at what he does”

“Awesome and thorough, take it!!”

“Great instruction, great to be prepared”

“Very charismatic and informative.”

“He truly knows his stuff and cares.”

“He is very professional.  He cares a lot about what he does and it is obvious.  He’s very personable and does a great job teaching.”



“I’m in my early 30s and came to this gym in decent shape, doing cardio 4-6 times a week. I hike a lot and ran 50-70 miles a week but got injured a lot, and a combination of a badly strained IT band and stress fractures made me give up running, which I thought was the love of my life.

One year into training at Alpha Krav Maga, I am in the best shape of my life and have been healthy without injury. I don’t even miss running any more, training here is just that amazing. What makes Alpha Krav Maga great is a trickle down effect from the head instructors Dennis and Karen, who are outstanding coaches and who have recruited a sizeable number of strikingly excellent instructors, each of which I have learned an enormous amount from.

Under Dennis and Karen, the instructors have instilled a culture of hard work, both in terms of conditioning but also refining technique; respect for others and safety; and helping others in the gym. This, in turn, has trickled down into the members at Alpha Krav Maga. We train hard, seriously, and safely. The instructors teach and give personalized attention, and so do my training partners here. “You drop your hands after your third punch”; “Let me show you a trick with that armbar”; “Check your stance”. I do the same and give pointers when I can. We all train each other and respect each other here. There are people in all age groups; there are kids-only classes and in the adult classes you’ll find adults in all decades from the 20s to late 60s, with the balance of men and women.

It’s been a great blessing for me to be a part of this gym. If you want to learn practical self-defense, get in the best shape of your life, and can respect the people around you, you’ll love it here.”


I started training at Alpha Krav Maga Boston at the tender age of 56 years old in 2006. I had taken martial arts, like Judo, Karate, and Kickboxing from between the ages of 15 and 39. However, they were all sports oriented with little to no reality-based self-defense.

My interest in learning Krav Maga was sparked from reading a Tom Clancy book while on a flight. The main protagonist in his Splinter Cell series, Sam Fisher, was an expert in Krav Maga. I had read about Krav Maga in Black Belt Magazine back in the ‘80s, but I had not heard or read anything about it since then. When I returned home, I Googled Krav Maga and found out that there was a school just a few blocks away from where I was working. I visited the school and met Dennis Amato and Shawn Burgo. That was the beginning of my Alpha Krav Maga Boston journey. Nine years later, I received my first-degree black belt. Two and one-half years later, I received my second-degree black belt. I entered my thirteenth year of training in March and now at the age of 68, my journey continues. By the way, I train four days a week and my commute to the evening weeknight classes is 1½ hours to 1 hour and 50 minutes long. It is worth the drive!

Dennis Amato and his great instructors, provide a wonderful school culture and a safe training atmosphere. They take you beyond what you think are your physical and mental limits. You will get into great shape and learn reality-based self-defense. The school is very diverse relative to age, gender, and ethnicity. You will be welcomed into the Alpha Krav Maga Boston family with open arms.

-Kurt Holzendorf

MORE TESTIMONIALS / Self-Defense training with Master Amato

“I’m a lifer! Absolutely love it. I am in law enforcement and I have to say this is the best close quarters combat training I’ve ever received. It is 100% applicable to LEO’s daily operations. I’ve used several techniques in recent encounters and they were extremely effective. The coaches and classmates are very friendly and it feels as though you join a Krav family when you walk through the door. This is highly recommended!!”

“This gym has great instructors and great workouts. I learn something new with every class I go to!”

“Amazing class this morning. Just don’t kick low. 2 weeks in and I have seen and felt a transformation. First workout in a long, long time that I look forward to. Everyone is energetic and supportive.”

“If you like learning new techniques, working your @$$ off, and having fun all at the same time, come here!”

“Going here is the best! Everyone feels like part of the family. The coaches know everyone by name, notice when you aren’t there and truly miss you, and most importantly, are constantly pushing you and encouraging you to work your hardest AND be proud of what you have accomplished at the end of a particularly tough class. I can’t imagine my week without my regular destress sessions now!”

“Awesomeness in a can. Coaches are great and very nice. Great all round for me and the kiddo.”

“I am now very confident and I feel less vulnerable and more powerful. This was a great experience.”

More prepared, less scared, confident. I feel better prepared for real life situations.  I want to tell others what I learned and would come again to learn more.”

“I really liked learning and practicing the techniques and my favorite part was the fake fight (red man) because I could apply the techniques and I liked dealing with the adrenaline rush. It feels good knowing I can defend myself.”

“Fun, interesting, enlightening, made me feel safe, made me want to try martial arts, satisfying.”

“It was great! I know some techniques and skills needed to defend myself.”

“Loved the talking, empowerment portion, talk on bullying”

“I learned a lot of useful stuff I can use in the future to help me be more safe, thanks!”

“He made the skills easy to learn but still fun and challenging. We learned lots of different defenses, not just one.”

“Everything was about defense (S.A.F.E.) not attacking”

“The class made me feel a little bit safer, especially if something bad happens”

I learned a lot of useful information and the demonstrations showed how the skills were not hard to perform.”

“I thought that the mentality of raising awareness, your life is worth it and your life is on the line is important! And I think that it is great men and women now can really benefit from these types of classes. Thank you.”