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JAMES HOPE

“This is also a part of a larger journey I am taking, I have struggled with my weight for a very long time and have only recently started seeing real changes.. ”

I decided to start Krav Maga Training because self defence has always been in the back of my mind, from an early age my father would take me to his Karate Doh Shotokai classes where I would watch from the stage in the hall and practice what I saw however I chose not to follow my fathers idea of self defence. I decided Krav was better for me rather than Karate due to its real life translation and not a “perfect form” martial art where (in my opinion) has no real place in a “street” or free-style/hooligan situation. There was an incident 2 years ago where I froze and could not protect someone I cared for and since then the regret has followed me and changed me. My goal is to not freeze in a fight, to at least try and protect myself or a loved one.

One member of the Ely group pointed out to me that in my first week I was shrinking back a little as we started to learn to deal with various situations and was apprehensive A few weeks later we were doing basic sparring and I took a light punch to the face and all I remember is growling and throwing one right back… I can’t remember if it hit but clearly the intention was there where it was not in the earlier weeks. I do remember thinking to myself that I can no longer shrink back or be half hearted about this and since then have I really pushed myself in my involvement with the training. This is also a part of a larger journey I am taking, I have struggled with my weight for a very long time and have only recently started seeing real changes. In the last 18 weeks I have lost 1 and half stone and Krav Maga has helped in maintaining a physical fitness level.

I would highly recommend this to anyone, give it a go. You can record that program and watch it when its raining. Get off your butts and learn to defend yourself in the real world. You’ll need to learn to protect yourself for the first annual Donald Trump sponsored Hunger Games. May the odds be ever in your favour. See you in class, James

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