“ It’s fantastic to learn a set of important skills, whilst getting fit in a really fun environment. ”
I have always kept relatively fit and for as long as I can remember. I have done British Military Fitness, Triathlons, Mud runs etc. 4 years ago, we had our first child, so I had to cut back. 15 months ago we had our 2nd child, so I did no exercise for 6 months after. BMF was no longer practical due to start time and proximity to where I live and if I can avoid running by myself I will, as it is dull. I haven’t done a martial arts class since Kickboxing in my early 20s. I’d heard about Krav for a long time and honestly, the reputation put me off – however, when I saw a local class I thought I’d give it a try. I am now almost 42, I don’t want to be a fat Dad and actually want to do something that gets me fit and teaches me something useful. After my first trial, I signed up straight away.
Even going just twice a week for a couple of months, I can physically see a difference in my body tone. I’ve never been fat – I/m 6’1″ and weigh 13 stone, so “fat” me is only about 13.5 stone. But I have lost a few pounds in the process. I am more conscious of my body position when sitting and standing. I also seem to assess the world around me more, call it heightened awareness if that doesn’t sound too grand. I have to remind myself that I am not Jason Bourne and just a beginner, but I hope that if I got into a situation, even if my techniques were all over the place, I’d be in a better position to assess a situation and act accordingly – but I hope I never have to.
What would I say to someone who is thinking about trying it?
Do it. Don’t let the “aggressive & violent” reputation, that Krav may have had put you off. I was amazed by the all ages, all shapes and sizes, male & female mixture of the groups. Experts in other martial arts and people who have never thrown a punch in their lives. It doesn’t matter what your size, shape, age, background is – everyone is very welcoming. Our instructors Paul & Aidan are amazing, no question is too stupid and they take time to explain everything. What I also like is that the more experienced class members are always willing to help new people. It’s fantastic to learn a set of important skills, whilst getting fit in a really fun environment. I even find myself advising newer people!!!
What other discipline would teach you to fend off a knife attacker, whilst simultaneously attacking them, all whilst having fun as you learn??? Strange but true!