- Published: Monday, 25 April 2011 20:08
Sam and I have been taking Krav Maga classes.
If you've never heard of it, it's a fighting style from Israel. I'm not a fan of Israel but really Krav is the only self defense class you can take in the springs. It's the hardest workout I believe I have ever had. I wanted to puke a few times during class but I'm getting better.
What I really like is the feeling of hitting someone... not the hitting so much as the feeling of it all connecting. I guess a little background... I got into a "fight" at a restaurant the other day. I said some stuff to a woman about her kids (who were running around). I admit I used language that I should not have. It was one of those moments where I thought something and noticed half way through that I was saying it... Any way she left and later during our dinner her man came back and start some trouble. He basically devolved to a 8th grader and wildly swung his arms hitting me 4 times. By the time I stood up from my table he was out the door like the flash. While this incident when looked back on is quite funny it did get me thinking.
- What if he had a Gun / Knife
- What if he was a psycho and wanted to bash my head into the wall
- What if Melissa and I were somewhere and something bad was to happen
For all these reasons I decided to take the plunge.
Classes are costing $70 per month but it's well worth it. It's by far the best work out I've ever had. Sam's going with me so we get to hang out and have fun. And I'm learning how to do new things.
The oddest thing for me to get over is the standing in the "fight" position. I've never been one for dancing and guess I don't have a good sense of how my body fits in space (if that makes any sense). So I have to stand there in a non-standard position (though it is quite comfortable) in front of a lot of people and I feel silly. It's a good thing the instructor doesn't let us stand around. We are always punching or kicking or trying not to get hit by either of the former.
I guess another thing I'm not a big fan of is that is basically a cop shop. Our instructors are cops and I'm very certain 60-80% of our class is either cops or military. but who cares right? Cops are never there when you need them so let me learn from them and take car of shit myself.
I'm now hoping that if/when I learn to defend myself much better I don't start staring people back longer, or other stupid teenage shit that people do to start fights. I wanna be like that guy in the movie who tries everything to get out of the fight but would destroy the other guy if needed.
Speaking of that I've read that some Krav Maga classes even teach you how to verbally defuse a argument before it turns into a fight.
Here's a quick video of what I hope to learn
The Objective is to end a fight quickly and get away