“There were no big egos on show, each lesson was different and well structured!”
I spent my prime athletic years playing rugby to a reasonable standard. A combination of dodgy hamstrings, age and work brought my playing career to an end in my mid thirties.
I had always said I did not want to don a blazer and become an ‘old fart’ on the touchline and thus looked for something else. For the next few years I drifted in and out of gyms just trying to keep some level of fitness but missed the competitive edge and motivation to improve/learn I had got from rugby.
Being an ‘armchair’ boxing fan and interested in martial arts I decided to try a traditional style and trained with mixed success for a few years-I was only able to train once a week for a good part of this and in hindsight that was not enough.
There were no big egos on show, each lesson was different and well structured!
This came to an abrupt halt due to an illness which knocked me sideways physically and mentally. After a long period of recovery I found myself again searching for something to motivate me-combining the physical with the satisfaction of learning new skills and improving. By chance my daughter was swimming at Basildon Sporting Village and whilst waiting for her I found myself watching a Krav Maga class. I was fascinated by the pace, movement and ‘real’ nature of the techniques. I had no idea what it was but made sure I followed someone out and without being too obvious read the back of his club t-shirt!
Having found the website I signed up soon after for the trial classes and was immediately impressed by the welcoming, friendly and interesting classes. There were no big egos on show, each lesson was different and well structured and there always seemed to be a ‘big finish’ that left me knackered but with a feeling of achievement.I have found it is a good way of relieving work pressures as you soon forget problems when learning to defend yourself, the training keeps you focused on what you are doing right there and then otherwise you might not react at the right time!
I recently passed my P1 and hope to get through a few more gradings before my body gives out. In the meantime I will continue to train as much as I can and enjoy the experience.