Krav Maga is empowering… and it offers more than any other martial art or fitness class that I’ve experienced. Having been a personal trainer for 5 years and spent years doing kung fu, tai chi, kick boxing and karate, it’s fair to say I’ve a fairly broad experience in martial arts and fitness but Krav Maga has helped me the most for many reasons.
Krav Maga helps boost self confidence… I’m quite introverted generally and I used to find it extremely difficult to speak in front of large groups of people, or even walk into a room with a whole bunch of strangers. In fact I would freak out totally when my husband would disappear at social occasions like weddings when I didn’t know anyone, and on more on one occasion I made my excuses and quietly slipped away I went home to my kindle. Now I’m able to teach large groups of students and stand up and speak in front of people I’ve never met, which may not sound like much if you’re naturally extroverted, but is a massive confidence boost if you’re not.
Krav Maga is good for your sanity… If like me you’ve ever had one of those periods in life when you feel like you’re hanging onto your sanity by your finger nails and the last you thing you want to do is get out of bed, then exercise is the very best thing.
Krav Maga delivers on so many levels, it gets your heart rate up and your blood pumping (good for providing those happy chemicals) as well as providing the satisfaction of hitting stuff to work out aggression, and mindset training to to keep you calm under pressure. Even on days where everything feels tough, in fact most especially on those days you’ll never leave a class regretting that you came.
Krav Maga helps to employ boundaries .. I used to be terrible at saying no as I was never really comfortable with confrontation and would often just say yes to keep the peace, or yes I’ll do it would just pop out of mouth before my brain caught up, and I’d be left wondering what I’d just agreed to. Krav Maga helps you improve your decision making when under stress which in turn transfers to many other daily activities like work life. Now when I get asked to do something if my first response isn’t “hell yeah” then I’m quite happy to say no without feeling guilty.
Krav Maga helps with goal setting… I’m a big fan of challenging myself and setting goals to work towards. Like other martial arts Krav Maga has levels of proficiency so you can bench mark your skills, and being a personal trainer I can also bench mark your progress against your fitness goals too. As well as having goals it’s also important to reflect back on how far you’ve come.
Krav Maga community… I believe that it’s much easier to stick to your goals and make it to training on those days when you don’t really want to when you have accountability not just with your trainer or instructor but with a great community of like minded people.
“Don’t worry about what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” – Howard Thurman