Tonight was my first Krav Maga class. I am exhausted and sore. But I loved it!
Krav Maga is a self-defense system developed for the IDF (Israeli Defense Force). The name literally translates out to “contact combat.” The best I can do description-wise is to tell you that it’s basically down-and-dirty street fighting, where you strike hard and fast to neutralize your opponent. It’s quite vicious when you watch it, but highly effective. And if you want a more detailed description, I’m sure by now you know how to use the all-knowing Google 🙂
Beginning something so rigorous and physical made me quite nervous, because I am horribly out of shape and have exercise-induced asthma. I was certain that I would be pushed to my limit, and possibly further. And I was.
When the class started I was tossed in the deep end with the rest of the students, and then forced to sink-or-swim. This training center doesn’t go easy on newbies, which is both a curse and a blessing. The skill of the others pushed me to work past what I thought I could do. My performance and technique were by no means flawless, but I didn’t die, so I consider that a win!
I’m not the type of person to get into physical altercations. I prefer to fight verbally – a skill which does me no good in krav maga. With that being said, punching and kicking my sparring partner (and her doing the same to me) was quite a rush! Thankfully none of our blows actually made contact, but it was still a weird experience. The girls I sparred with all had more experience that myself, but they were very patient with me, and for that I am eternally grateful.
The perfectionist in me doesn’t like to be bad at anything. I like to get things right the first time around, but as we all know, that rarely happens. With krav maga I am learning to accept my “newness” and simply shrug/laugh it off when I make mistakes. Goodness knows I will have enough practice!
Did I almost get kicked in the A-frame multiple times? Yes. Were there punches that almost made contact? Yup. Should I have taken my inhaler before the class began? Oh yeah.
But I am so going back!