Teaching Krav Maga

I make myself available when I can. I love to help people become the best they can be and I believe that self-defence is really important to know. Learning self defence helps keeping in good shape both physically and mentally and acts on your confidence. Confidence is, according to me, a defining personality trait. Someone with confidence shines above all in a room. Confidence is something everyones notices.


So I've been with this organisation for slightly more than a year. News spread that I'm savvy in self defence and Krav Maga techniques and I'm often asked to "teach" these techniques to no avail. Not that I make empty promises, but most often than not it's the ones asking me for training that are not committing into taking concrete actions. 

To my dearest surprise someone actually committed and came over for a first session last week-end.  

Freeze, Fly or Fight

Fear is a very strong emotional response. When facing danger, only 3 options are hard wired in the reptilian's brain. The body response to fear will be either to:

  • Freeze. Meaning that you'll immobilise yourself and wait that the threat go away. 
  • Fly. Meaning that you'll try to escape by any means possible.  
  • Fight. Meaning that you'll face the threat and try to eliminate it. 

Both Krav Maga and Systema work on building awareness by practicing different attack vectors from passive stance to avoid the Freeze response.

We started with the basic stuff as you could read in other posts except that it was all happening in my living room. Shadow boxing, awareness building punches and some choke release techniques. 

Standing in the middle of the room, with someone throwing punches at you - without contact, its beginners class afterall - from different angles, high and low, from the front, from the sides and from the back. Adding randomness to the exercise never the same and never perfectly distributed. Raising the ante by introducing the wooden training knife and handgun.

Second exercise involved the same practice as before but allowed her to strike a response, taking time to understand how the body structure commits and understand tensions. Very basically, showing the points of interest beyond the arms, using other body parts to strike back.

Once we had worked on the awareness we worked on some techniques. 

Practice makes perfect

A few things lit up in my mind whilst working with her on techniques, but one singularly interesting. She found it useful. Right with the first few moves confidence was evidently rising. Awareness was building up seriously fast. Never seen someone being choked and smiling so much.    :-) 

I found out the following day that she was proudly demonstrating her skills at a social gathering. I guess I can feel a bit of pride for that.  

The other observation is that although I noticed it for myself when I started to train with Thierry a few years back is that the learning curve IS climbing up fast and the knowledge retention is really good. She was responding very well to the program. The sketches you saw up the page is one of the moves I taught her that day with and without knife.

The reflexes baseline for Krav Maga and Systema ( which I will discuss later on) works well. Unlike other martial arts forms Krav Maga and Systema are not based on animal movements. They were designed and developed with the human body in mind, it's capabilities and limitations, which is most likely why they are so efficient. 

Looking forward to another session when time permits. It's very good for me to get back to basic. When growing more and more advanced in a discipline we have a tendency to forget the basics, it good to come back to it from time to time. Teaching is one good way to practice the basic and build your own confidence in the subject matter at hand. 

The mind loves practicing, building habits makes it easier for the brain. Re doing the same activities often allows the brain to bring the information back to the surface, which in turns makes it readily available for you to use as an automatic response. 


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