It's summer, the kids are on holiday, parents try to keep them busy. At C S Krav Maga we have been keeping busy during the holidays teaching adults and kids classes. We have also been teaching at various locations at summer camps. What we try to do is give the kids a flavour of what we do as a club, and to help them understand stranger danger and what to do if things start going bad! There is only so much you can do if you only have an hour to teach, so we try and give them what we view as the most important aspects to assist in keeping them safe. Hopefully we inspire a few, if not we hope they have at least learnt something that might come in handy in the future.
As the holidays go on, the thoughts turn to the next school year. Some are going up a year, and some are going to new schools. It can be daunting for both parents and children. The unknown, the lack of confidence, the horror stories of bullying. A good way of soothing both the fears of the child and the parent is by getting them to do an activity such as Krav Maga. The reason being that we are reality based, what we teach actually works, if it doesn't work it's not used. There is a big difference between saying that something works, and actually proving that it works. With Krav Maga we are not burdened with the tradition, we are not trying to perfect the technique, we are trying to keep ourselves safe. We know when it all goes noisy, it will not be perfect, but it will still work, which is our aim. We don't claim to be a traditional martial art, we do claim to teach self defence, real world self defence. If you are thinking of getting your Kids into something before they go back to school, get them into something that will not just give the allusion of safety, but actually give them safety.
In the words of Rory Miller,
'To Manage Fear you only need to believe you can do things. To Manage Danger you MUST be able to do things'
That's what I see as the big difference between Krav Maga and other martial arts. We are working from a reality situation. In a sterile environment of the dojo anything will work, but will it work in reality? We only teach self defence, we don't teach a martial art as such. We teach self defence. We see people who have studied a traditional martial art struggle with the stances and activities, why? Because of the conditioning they have had.
Fighting or a physical response is always our last resort. We teach both adults and kids, don't get into that situation, keep distance, and get away before anything happens. But if something does happen, finish it and finish it quickly and in your favour.
Come along and have a go, what's the worst that can happen? I look forward to seeing you soon.