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The Bay Area Martial Arts Podcast

Dec 12, 2017

In Wade’s mid-30s, he knew he wanted a change — he wanted to begin training in a Martial Art. He did his research, he tried a few different styles, but hadn’t quite found the fit he was looking for. When he discovered Krav Maga, he was intrigued. And as the saying goes, ‘When the student is ready, the teacher will arrive.’ So he went to his first Krav Maga class where he met his instructor — and guest today — Barny Foland.


Barny Foland has run the Krav Maga studio in San Francisco for the last 18 years. He has a colorful background and is extremely passionate about self-defense. Barny began training in the Martial Arts as a way to work out when he was 40, starting with Chinese Boxing and then branching out into Krav Maga. After getting into Krav Maga, he opened up his studio with his instructor at the time. Barny’s school, Krav Maga SF, is one of the first schools that opened up in San Francisco — originally founded in 1999 — and now holds over 60 classes per week.


Join Wade and Barny in this episode as they discuss Barny’s background in Martial Arts, the unique attributes of Chinese Boxing — the Martial Art Barny has practiced, his love for Krav Maga, the process of how he started his Krav Maga school and how he maintains it to this day.


Key Takeaways:

[:41] An introduction to this week’s guest, Barny.

[2:04] Wade welcomes Barny to the podcast, and Barny provides some background on himself and how he met his wife.

[5:00] Barny’s background in the Martial Arts and his motivation to begin training.

[6:40] The unique attributes of Chinese Boxing.

[8:16] Progressing beyond Chinese Boxing and about Barny’s instructor.

[11:22] Partnering with his instructor and opening up their Krav Maga studio in San Francisco.

[13:29] What Barny enjoys about Krav Maga and the problem with traditional Martial Arts.

[14:41] The benefits of the ever-evolving Krav Maga.

[17:42] The history and early beginnings of Barny’s Krav Maga school.

[22:31] The process of how Barny progressed his instructors.

[23:59] The joys of learning and teaching Krav Maga.

[27:30] The diverse mix of people who train in Krav Maga.

[28:25] Krav Maga: Self-defense; not a sport.

[29:21] Barny’s Krav Maga seminars.

[33:02] Where Barny sees Krav Maga going and how he sees Martial Arts, in general, progressing.

[35:20] Barny’s favorite stories from his times teaching, resources he recommends, and things he has personally and professionally gained from training in Martial Arts.

[41:05] Where to find Barny and his school, online and in person.


Barny’s Links:

Krav Maga SF




“A big problem with traditional Martial Arts is you may have 3, or 4, 5, 6 things you can do against 1 specific attack. And if you have to think about it, it’s too late.” — Barny Foland