We are almost out of the 5th Season in the Krav Maga calander, Grading Season. Krav Maga is not a traditional martial art, heavy on the martial less on the art as they say, or a tactical combat system. but the way Krav Maga is taught and what people are learning is changing. Is the system changing, well yes and no. Most peoples point of reference for Krav Maga is a traditional martial art. However this does not really fit with the reality. It's supposed to be about reality, it's not about sport, points or perfecting a technique as an art in itself. It's about self defence, survival, getting you and your loved ones home safely. To that end, we approach it differently, there is always a time-line, when you do what you do is based on your perception of your situation (or in fact it should be the reality of your situation). Not everything can be done from a ready stance, there's a longstanding joke about moving like you are always expecting a fight, but in reality you can't! We work on avoidance, in the words of Bruce Lee, 'The art of fighting without fighting'. Project confidence, appear strong and your chances of victim are reduced. If you have awareness, you are more mindful of your surroundings and situation. If you are obliviously staring at your phone you have no idea what's going on around you. We don't just teach techniques, there is a perception, stemming from the traditional martial arts world, but that's the way it started to be taught, and some places still do. What we teach is self defence (in Aylesbury, Hemel Hempstead and Buckingham in case you are wondering), it is an art of sorts, but the art is in the way it is taught. What we are trying to build is a life skill, the proper way to handle situations depending on how that situation is unfolding. Some people want to try out with the expectation that they will be ninjas overnight. Some want to do it with the misunderstanding that they will be in their 'angry white pyjamas', and are disapointed when they find out we don't wear them (and wear black, much more slimming!). As i've said before, different people have different reasons for joining, but this is self defence, and this is what we do. What we do isn't to everyones liking, people need to understand that if you want to defend yourself, it's going to be brutal, and you have to do what you need to do. You don't have to like it, you just have to do it. For self defence there is no magic technique, you don't want to leave it until the last minute. We work on principles, easy to remember, giving you the ability to think for yourself, this is not about being spoon fed! At C S Krav Maga we are luck to be affiliated to Krav Maga Global (KMG), in my view the most progressive organisation available in its attitude to training and actually being effective, rather than, as in some clubs, having the appearance of being effective. Anything will work in the sterile environment of the dojo, you can manipulate an attacker who is not attacking properly, or allowing some technique to work. That's not the way it should be, and it's not how we do it. What we teach is a life skill. So why do we grade like a traditional martial art? Because people want to, they want to test themsleves, it's not easy, but self defence isn't easy, is it worthwhile? Absolutely, but I would say that, don't just trust me, come down, have a go and talk to other people. It's self defence as it should be, not how it often is.