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RICHARD PARKER

“I’m fitter and more confident than I thought I could be at 50. The variety of the training is a credit to the quality of the instructors that we have at Krav Maga Elite,”

My earliest memory is playing football in the kitchen with my mum (who was in goal which was the doorway to the lounge) when I was 3 or 4. Since then I have always been a very active and have always done something to keep on top of my health and fitness and trying many activities, but seemed to jump from one to the other as I found myself getting bored quite quickly.

Because I liked to keep quite fit I always felt that if I ever got into a situation where I had to protect myself, I’d handle it, however… when this did happen to me, I did… and didn’t handle it.

Without going into too much detail, my wife and I were on the way to an evening out when a group of young men thought it would be funny to insult my wife. Before I knew what happened, the situation ended up with my having to defend myself, I managed to keep myself safe and also restrained one of them until the Police arrived.

After the incident, what I realised quickly was that I had suffered seriously from the effects of the stress that such a situation can put on the body and the mind. I realised that I had quickly got focused on only one of the people who were causing the trouble (I now know through Krav Maga training this is called Tunnel Vision) which ‘could’ have made the situation a lot worse as I was not aware of what the others were doing… however, this was not the main issue… I had completely lost awareness of where my wife was during these difficult few minutes and therefore I was not protecting her.

“I’m fitter and more confident than I thought I could be at 50. The variety of the training is a credit to the quality of the instructors that we have at Krav Maga Elite,”

When I look back on the situation, it was life changing in a number of ways. I had been living complacently that at 47 years old, the chance of ending up in a situation that threatened the safety of my wife was slim. Also, I realised that I was not mentally equipped to understand how to protect us against more than one person as let’s face it, we live in a environment where people seem to congregate in groups.

I’d heard about Krav Maga from a colleague and subsequently joined Krav Maga Elite with some very clear goals that, I did not want that situation to happen again, yet if it did… I’d be better prepared!

In Krav Maga training you notice immediately how realistic the training is as they prepare you to deal with difficult situations. All techniques are broken down at the start of a class and clearly explained, which then culminates at the end of each lesson with some scenario training where you have to make the right decision. The training combines building confidence, improving your fitness as well as learning very practical self defence skills to protect yourself and others. I was soon hooked on Krav Maga training and decided to take my first grading in the system to assess how I was progressing. I was pleased to say that I passed and this then encouraged me to increase the amount of my time I was investing in training, and ultimately myself…. I am now proud to say that after dedicate some time, I am at grading level 4.

I’m fitter and more confident than I thought I could be at 50. The variety of the training is a credit to the quality of the instructors that we have at Krav Maga Elite, and it’s this that really helps me to stay motivated to keep going week after week. Basically, I never get bored (remember what I said at the start). I hope I’ll be able to train for at least another 10 years or more and amazingly my wife has now joined so she now understands why I enjoy the training so much!

I really hope to meet you in class soon and talk to you more about the benefits of Krav Maga training, I highly recommend it.

Best Wishes

Richard Parker

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