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Getting started in Krav Maga

Written by Hannah

Getting started in something like Krav Maga can seem overwhelming to many at first. There is a lot to the system what with it being self defence – you are introduced to de-escalation, avoidance, the law, stand up combat and a range of strikes, weapons, ground, multiple attackers – how are you ever going to learn it all?

Well something to think about is the instructor at the front was once a beginner – they had their first class and they had to learn everything you are about to learn. They have most probably been through the same thought process at some point – relax your mind, turn up, have fun and you will start to learn more week in and week out.

Train regularly. It is likely there is a programme in place, we certainly have one at StandStrong so we cover topics across the week. The more classes you attend , the more exposure you will get, and in turn the more practice – thus improving your knowledge.

Ask questions – don’t be afraid to ask the instructors to explain things again to you. Or to ask questions around the technique if you are not sure. We all learn differently and at different paces. You may have missed something the first time, so if it doesn’t make sense ask again.

Research – ask your instructor if they can recommend any good resources you can study outside of class. Youtube is a world of knowledge, but you never really know the validity of who you are watching. Best to get the instructor to recommend sources at the start , as it is likely they have some good go to spaces.

Lastly turn up and have fun. Krav Maga is an incredible system, and in the right club you can find yourself an incredible community who make you feel right at home.

StandStrong Krav Maga sparring

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