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Before I get into details, this month was awesome! Krav Maga was everything I expected and more. The people were great. The workouts were great. Everything about it was great. Month one was a huge success and I can’t wait for every activity that’s to come!
For everyone that is reading this for the first time, my month one activity of My 12 Month Journey was to learn the basics of Krav Maga. My 12 Month Journey is an experiment in which I do a different activity every month for the entire year of 2016 with a goal of inspiring people to break out of their comfort zone or pursue something they’ve always wanted to try.
Thank you Strike Krav Maga for allowing me to use your gym to train!
When I first started this training and journey I thought I was just going to go to Krav Maga a few times a week and then write a blog post about it. I didn’t realize how much I would learn or enjoy it. I can honestly say now, that after just one month of practice, Krav Maga has increased my confidence, improved my stamina, and given me a new hobby. I’ve not only learned how to protect myself, but I’ve also made some new friends that I plan on staying in touch with.
The number one reason for picking Krav Maga was to learn a fighting style. I’ve always thought it would be cool to know how to fight but I’ve never taken the time to learn. I’m not a very aggressive person by nature, so learning to fight was really out of my comfort zone. For the second half of my training I focused on learning combinations and techniques that would allow me to protect myself. My favorite was learning how to incorporate kicks with punching combinations. When I first started I could barely deliver a side kick because of my lack of flexibility, but by the last day I was able to deliver a pretty mean side kick or at least I thought so.
One of the biggest reasons I loved Krav Maga was because there really are no rules. Even if you mess up your technique, it is okay. You aren’t learning Krav Maga to earn style points. You are learning Krav Maga to protect yourself from dangerous and unforeseen situations. Since it isn’t a sport for competition, the techniques taught are meant to protect you at all cost. Unlike most fighting styles, it is actually recommended that you go for the groin because delivering a groin kick or knee to the groin is one of the most painful feelings and best ways to get away from an attacker.
Here are some of the moves I learned:
Besides focusing on the training and learning the fundamentals of Krav Maga, I tried to get to know the people at the gym. I wanted to know why people practiced Krav Maga and what they were trying to gain from it. What I found surprised me. Some people were there for exercise. Some people were there because they loved Bonnie. Some people were there to train and level up. Some people were there because they wanted to learn how to protect themselves. Every person that I spoke with had their own reason for coming out and training but regardless of their reasoning, everyone benefitted in their own way.
And the people that attend Strike Krav Maga are quite diverse. There are teenagers and there are 70 year olds. There are super fit athletes and there are people who are trying to lose weight. There are boys and there are grown women. There are beginners and there are people who have mastered Krav Maga. I was so amazed that Krav Maga could bring together people of all ages and skill sets.
Due to my schedule, I trained in the mornings and every morning a wonderful lady by the name of Lora would train with me. She is the nicest person and always encouraged me. One of the things that really hit home with me was her passion for protection. She has two girls in college, who both train at Strike when they can. She wanted them to learn Krav Maga so they could always protect themselves and defend against attackers. Throughout the month, I realized the importance of Krav Maga and all of the good it can do for someone. While some might see it as unnecessary fighting, I see it as a way to save your life.
As I get ready to conclude this post and put month one behind me, I want to share my biggest takeaway from Krav Maga. Krav Maga, while it is great exercise and a lot of fun, should be taught to every child. I hate hearing stories of child abuse or rape or bullying and if children learned the basics of Krav Maga, they would not only be able to protect themselves in these situations but also they would have more self confidence. Krav Maga won’t guarantee you or your child getting away from an attacker, but it will definitely increase your chances to protect yourself and in some cases save your life.
Whether you are a child, parent, spouse or athlete, I highly recommend that you try Krav Maga. (Most gyms give you your first class FREE, so no excuses).
I can’ t believe month one of 2016 is already over, but I can’t wait to get started on my month two activity. The journey is just beginning, but I can already tell the impact it is having on my life and the people I encounter. Month two is hip-hop dancing, so get ready for some hilarious videos and watch me prove that white men can dance.
Next up: Hip Hop Dancing!