So now we are here, you decided to take responsibility for yourself and took the first step inside this training facility. You’re ready to learn how to defend yourself and your family.
Now that you’ve done what is arguably the hardest part, we have to choose what direction you want to go in.
Krav Maga has a variety of uses, which are truly only limited by one’s imagination. When one really starts to think about it, all of a sudden it becomes a little trickier to know where to start and what questions are the ones that need to be asked.
So to help you out, in this article I’ve decided to address the first few moves that you should ask your Krav Maga instructor about.
The first move/skill that you should ask your instructor about is how to recognize dangerous situations. It is basically guaranteed that through this martial arts journey your instructor may have found himself in a couple of not so great situations. Whether he found himself there by accident, or through an escalation of events. At one point or another, he either had to defuse a situation or find an alternative solution to it. A certain level of mastery is needed for this skill, one that your instructor achieved through either trial-and-error or common sense.
Everyone’s trying to learn the latest move on YouTube or trying to mimic the greatest knockout compilation they’ve ever seen. But the truth of the matter is that when it comes to a true combat or self-defense situation, identifying the situation for what it is, is much more important than knowing the latest move or having the hardest strikes. Learning from your instructor how to identify and completely avoid those situations is one of the first moves you should ask about, and focus on.
The second skill that you should ask your instructor about is how to defuse a situation. There’s a reason that the saying the pen is mightier than the sword exists. Words usually precede actions and based on what you say, you can either make your day or break it. Understanding body language is also very important in situations where one might be at risk. If your words don’t match what your body is saying, or vice versa you could be setting yourself up for a potentially bad situation. Learning what to say and how to stand when saying it could clear up a misunderstanding or dissuade a possible attacker.
It’s always important to remember that Krav Maga is a martial art that has a large emphasis on self-defense. With that being said one must first learn how to recognize and act in situations where one might need to defend himself or herself. The moves and skills that one usually sees on YouTube comes later in the journey and only serves the purpose of better rounding you out as a martial arts fighter and keeper of the peace. Before reaching that point, one should ask the master and focus on the two moves mentioned above.