So it’s a few weeks since the KMG national student grading in Scotland and it’s time to reflect on the events of the day. It was a big day for me on a couple of fronts, firstly I had guys testing on the day and secondly I had been asked to assist KMG global team instructor Rune Lind with the testing.
Is it ever OK to cheat?
I was asked recently by an adult karate student if they were allowed to grab someone’s arm and pull it down while punching them in the face- during sparring of course! At first I was confused as why would anything NOT be allowed and then I remembered I was thinking Krav Maga and not Karate.
Something I get asked on a regular basis from people, students, and other instructors is how do I get rid of this?? (Grabs belly and gives it a shake). It’s normally just before a grading or a training camp or a holiday. The problem with that is the time frame. Weight loss, fat loss, building muscle! It all takes time and there is no quick fix to solve it. People looking for a quick fix in my opinion are not ready for a lifestyle change; they lack the commitment and the drive to adopt a healthier lifestyle and will ultimately fall off the wagon time and time again. This is the reason you rarely see people on weight watchers, Herbalife and those crap juice diets actually transforming their bodies. The idea of replacing meals with Juice or shakes is ridiculous and in my opinion promotes issues with eating real food which can have dire consequences. How often do you hear people saying oh i need to get back to weight watchers I’m at minus 600 Points, I’m definitely going on the cabbage diet….Face Palm.
On Sunday I held my first ever Strong First Kettlebell workshop roughly 6 months after completing my instructor’s course. Better late than never I suppose. It was aimed at beginners and covered the hard style swing and the Turkish Get up (TGU). I had been meaning to put something on for a while but life and work got in the way, but anyway I am really glad I did and will be doing a lot more!
I get a lot of emails, posts, private messages on Facebook and also text messages from people asking about the Krav Maga classes we teach at Shield. The majority of those people say that they are going to come and give it a try. I’ve even had close friends tell me how they need to come and give it a go because it sounds awesome… (It is by the way)!
I started training Karate when I was 5 years old, my dad was an instructor and I would train 2-3 times a week. I would go up a hall doing punches or kicks or blocks, turn and then go back down a hall again. I would do this all whilst learning to count to ten in Japanese. I have to admit that I didn’t enjoy it very much at that age and was often made to go. As my dad was the instructor I stuck at it and progressed up the belts quite quickly and was eligible to go for my black belt at the age of 9. I enjoyed sparring but that was about it, Oh and I could count to 20 in Japanese….very important when you are a 9 year old living in Morayshire. Due to my dad taking another job and most of my family living there we moved down to East Kilbride, just outside Glasgow. I joined several clubs but never really stuck at it after the move. I started doing freestyle karate at the age of about 16 which incorporated a more kick boxing style. Again I progressed quite quickly at that and often helped to teach the kids classes however it was still the same old martial arts format of up and down the hall over and over again.
Krav Manga? …. Krav Mcgraw?…. ‘Kravmaggaaaa? I have heard just about every variation of the system I teach. It is actually called Krav Maga which simply means Contact Combat. There is a link at the end of this blog which will give you more information on the system.
There are many forms of martial arts, from the traditional styles like karate, aikido or tae kwon do to the more modern hybrid systems such as mixed martial arts (MMA) and they all have one thing in common: they all have all been altered from the original teaching to include a sporting element.
Almost all martial arts started out as a means of self defence but a lot of what we see today is geared towards competitive sport, grading’s, belts and fitness rather than being able to defend yourself. I studied karate for a number of years then moved onto kickboxing and Thai boxing which I still do today and have every respect for the dedication and hard work that all martial artists put in, however there is a problem when it comes to selling them as self defence.
Hi guys and welcome to the first post from Shield Krav Maga, we want to take this opportunity to introduce our new brand and to give you an insight into where we are and where we want to be. During our time as krav maga Lanarkshire we have opened and established clubs in East Kilbride and Bellshill which we intend to grow and improve upon. We have also qualified as the only two KMG kid’s instructors in Scotland to which we have developed a specific programme that is being successfully integrated into the schools in Lanarkshire and also through council diversionary programmes which are proving really popular with over 20 kids a class. For this to happen we had to develop a specific child friendly brand that would not only appeal to children but their parents too. This brand is Kid Shield.