Hello everyone! Finally it’s the weekend! Hope everyone had a great week! Mine started off pretty good. Monday I began Krav Maga. For those who do not know what Krav Maga is, “it is a military defense and fighting system… that focuses on dealing with real-world combat situations against one or more opponents with or without weapons.” Yes, you read that right. I am learning self defense. No, I am not looking to just walk around a challenge anyone to a fight.
I took self defense when I was about 4 or 5. My parents were huge about me being able to defend myself from an early age. I didn’t use it for good back then but I think I can handle it now. 😉 I wanted to look into real life self defense, not just karate when I was looking for classes. I wanted to be able to channel my anxiety and aggression in a practical way. What better way than to be able to defend yourself against potential threats that we face everyday? For example, there are classes that show you how to escape a knifepoint situation, kidnapping situations, someone choking you, and the list goes on.
This week I learned what to do if someone is choking me. I was really nervous. I was nervous because I am the ONLY girl in the class. (GREAT!) Second, a CHOKEHOLD! What if I pass out ?! I might’ve not looked nervous to everyone else but it was like ok, we’re jumping right in! I practice for about 20 mins the technique in a less aggressive and controlled way. This way I could really slow it down in my head. I am a visual learner so I watch and I can do whatever you ask me. I did very well according to my instructor. I finally got the hang of fighting off my attacker, right? Wrong. This wasn’t even the hard part. Now it’s time to use technique under stress. Under stress meaning I would have to boost my heart rate and get surprised attacked. I think the thought of it stressed me out more. Now I’m really afraid I’m not going to be able to take down the 180 lbs male “attacker” in front of me. The “attacker” is my partner who has done this many times. So I begin to run in place, my heart rate starts going, and I’m starting to get tired. (Uh-Oh.) My partner puts me into choke and i can’t get him down because I’m trying to think about it. So we stop. My instructor then says an attacker may come at you when you’re tired, you maybe just finished working out, you have to escape with you life.
Something about him saying that really motivated me. I’m ready now. I begin getting my heart rate up again. My “attacker” comes at me and all I remember is my partner ending up on the ground! Everyone in class is clapping because I am a 125 lb female that was just able to toss this 180 lbs man to the ground. I was really happy because no one took it easy on me because I was a girl and I was really able to defend myself. My instructor was really impressed. Class ends. I couldn’t believe it! I know I have the strength to do certain things but to really get in the zone was exciting.
This was such a great experience! If you had the chance to try something new this fall, what would it be? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for sticking with me!!