When I stepped through the doors of the dojo into the Krav Maga class, I had no idea what to expect.
The instructors James and Louisa, explained how Krav Maga differs from other martial arts and that they would be able to teach everyone in the room how to defend against attackers in a variety of situations no matter what your size or strength.
Several of the attendees seemed a bit skeptical at first, however, after Louisa flipped James over her head in defense of an imitated attack, they were immediately engaged.
Krav Maga is an Israeli martial art with a focus on realistic fight training. It is meant to serve you in real world situations and is extremely efficient.
By targeting the weak spots of your opponent and using their own strength against them, you are able to overpower your opponent and escape an attack.
There is a focus on maximizing efficiency in order to neutralize the opponent as quickly as possible while simultaneously maintaining awareness of surroundings in order to look for escape routes, further attackers, and objects that could be used to defend or help attack.
“This is real world, real life, stuff that we will teach you.”
Instructor James describes it as “real world, real life stuff “. The class includes instruction on how to deal with multiple attackers, weapons, and a variety of scenarios to best represent the unpredictable nature of an assault.
By the end of the class I witnessed students successfully disarm the instructor in a simulated gun assault, escape a headlock, and incapacitate an attacker.
The skills were simple, easy to learn and very effective. Even as a bystander watching, I felt like I gained valuable information and knowledge about what to do in a hostile situation. The instructors offered hands on assistance to ensure that everything was done safely and correctly.
Krav Maga is unlike any martial art I have ever seen and the class would be a valuable asset to anyone looking to stay active and learn useful skills to stay safe. The registration deadline for instructional classes is January 15th and this class fills up quick. Reserve your spot soon!