Momma said “knock you out!”

Krav Maga
Don’t mess!

Don’t mess with me. Ok, wow, that came out a little harsher than I expected it to. What I meant to say is that you, well… shouldn’t mess with me!

I am pretty good – but not the best – at the martial art that I take. Krav Maga is a form of self-defense that takes moves and defenses from countless other martial arts. In Israel, it is considered mandatory to be trained in Krav Maga if you are in the army. I honestly think that a trained black belt in Krav Maga would win in a street fight against the likes of a black-belt in Karate or Taekwondo.

Ok, so obviously, when you’re a kid you’re not actively thinking about attackers – normally. Taking Krav Maga helps me to see the realities of life. There are upsides and downsides of being “aware.” It can be a tad nerve-racking to me that there are crazy people in this world that would do anything to a female. (Isn’t it to everyone?) Even though it may be alarming to hear stories of attacks, it’s even better to know that you will be able to deal with it. I’m not speaking off of what my parents have told me. This is actually, what I’m thinking. Some parents give their kids options. This is mandatory for me (and my sister when she gets old enough). I started taking KM when I was seven, and right before I began, my father laid out the “Terms and Conditions.” The only way I would be allowed to stop taking was if I turned 18, or if I could beat up my father. (He is a brown belt in Tracy Kempo – and now takes Krav). The “Terms and Conditions” didn’t make me feel confined, or forced into KM. It made me feel safer. When my dad told me that KM was mandatory, I said no. Not “mandatory. Absolutely irremissible.”

So far, I am a blue belt – a level 5 out of 7 levels. Recently my mother has started taking Krav Maga (KM) and she loves it. Not only does it prepare you for real-life situations, it gives you a sense of accomplishment and courage. Anyway, my mom has taken a strong liking to KM, and she intends to continue until she becomes an expert. I gotta say it is a very “likeable” thing to do. Then again, at some points it can get boring – for instance if we are just reviewing something, it can be boring.  But that’s OK – at least I will be more able to protect myself, and others hopefully.  Check out this bad-a** Krav Maga IDF instructor’s video to learn more!

“So one may walk in peace.” – Imi Lichtenfeld

 


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