As we turn the corner toward the holidays, and look at Halloween in our rear view mirror, we have a chance to either allow the snowball effect to take hold of us or take control of our behavior before we let the holidays take control of us. It would be very easy for me to fall into a pattern of bad eating and no exercise with the intention that “As of January 1st, I am on the wagon!” However, a lot of damage can be done in that short amount of time. So I choose to manage the situation before it gets out of control.
I have been a member of Krav Maga Raleigh for over two years now. I enjoy the classes, the instructors, and the mission of Israeli self defense. For those who are unfamiliar with Krav Maga, it is Hebrew for “contact combat” and it is a form of Israeli self defense deriving from Judo, boxing, and wrestling. Krav Maga focuses on efficient, effective, techniques that will allow a person to defend themselves and neutralize an attacker as quickly as possible. In Krav Maga, unlike in other Martial Arts, it’s not about making the move look pretty. It’s about removing yourself from a dangerous situation in the safest way possible. It could be that the safest method is running away, using their weapon against them, taking adavantage of their weakness, or a personal favorite, striking them in the groin. There’s no fair fighting, there are no rules; it is all about survival. And that’s why I have come to love it. Unfortunately the last couple months I haven’t had the opportunity to participate as much as I would have liked. A sprained ankle, illness, travel, and overall fatigue have caused me to miss out. Luckily, I was able to attend my first class in almost 2 months last week. I had a blast. I was able to do a Level 2 class and my personal favorite, ground fighting, with the incomparable, Chip Slade. I am thrilled to be back and I can’t wait to return.
So my goals are simple from now until the end of the year. I plan to attend at least one class a week at Krav Maga Raleigh. I would set my sights a little higher but I don’t want to overcommit. So my intention is to attend classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday. But my goal is just one.
In less than two weeks, Rex will begin its annual “Maintain, Don’t Gain” incentive program. This is a wonderful program that has kept a lot of members from overindulging during the holiday season. While I don’t get any points for participating as I am a coworker, I will still participate in order to keep my “head in the game”. Part of my plan will include participating in Krav classes. We all have our “go to” workout, the thing that keeps us motivated, and the workout that we enjoy. If you haven’t, I encourage you to try all different types of physical activity. You are bound to find one that you enjoy; something that doesn’t feel like work, more like a hobby. Mine is Krav Maga.
For more information on Krav Maga, please feel free to message me. Krav Maga Raleigh offers new students the opportunity to try their first class out for free.