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JAIME PARKER

“I feel I am fitter and more flexible than I have ever been, gaining awareness of situations and how to deal with conflict. ”

When I was younger I’d always wanted to do a martial art but could never really find anything that seemed to suit me or that seemed any real use in the outside world for protection. I had tried kick boxing but it felt so male dominated and the atmosphere in class put me off.

As I got older and started working in London, I became more aware of my own vulnerability and the increase in crime and street attacks lead me to search for some form of self-defence skill. I also had aspirations to join the Police Force and wanted to find something that would be suitable in this line of work.

After a brief search on the Internet I stumble upon Krav Maga and read up on how it focused on real life situations, improving fitness, awareness and confidence. It sounded perfect and after downloading the free guide I knew immediately this was what I had been looking for. I booked the 3-day trial with KMG Elite in Hertfordshire where I was living at the time. I was nervous at my first lesson and worried about not understanding or being about to pick up the techniques. However, my instructor Garry was really helpful and welcoming, and after the first class I was hooked. Great teachers and students made the classes enjoyable and I was learning so much straight away as well as gaining some new friends.

Fast forward two years and I am still loving it. I have reached level Practitioner 3, made many new friends and even moved locations to Essex where the team have also been massively welcoming. I have learnt valuable new skills which gave me the confidence and awareness to protect myself. I’ve also joined Essex Police as a volunteer, knowing that with the skills Krav Maga has given me I can protect myself and others in the line of duty.

I feel I am fitter and more flexible than I have ever been, gaining awareness of situations and how to deal with conflict. For anyone wanting to join and, especially females wanting to protect themselves, I feel these skills will give you the strength, knowledge and confidence to do so.

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