Krav Maga is a system of self-defense moves and techniques developed in Israel to aid their national defense fighting forces. Krav Maga is not a sport, but a system based on principles and concepts. It also happens to be a very teachable set of techniques for women and men alike to gain a foundation on how to carry yourself in a confident way and defend yourself, should circumstances come to that.
I personally don't condone fighting. Call me a hippie or a pacifist, but my heart feels that being a peacemaker is a top priority. I also recognize that the world in which we live is not ideal, which is one of the ways I justify and encourage learning self-defense.
But of course, it's also an incredible workout. Simply being in good shape and taking care of your body makes you a weapon, or at the very least makes you harder to target. Let me be honest for a minute. If I were to attack someone, I can think of a list of people I would never pick as my target: a runner, because they're too hard to catch; someone with obvious muscle tone, because I can't even win at arm wrestling; or bossy, annoying people, because once you kidnap them you're stuck with them. Obviously I haven't watched enough movies or TV to really develop a good list or reasonings, but I truly believe that you are less of a target and also more able to defend yourself when you are healthy.
So, being a woman in today's world and always being up for something new, I am trying out two weeks of Krav Maga. Two classes in and I'm loving it. It's hard, but I really enjoy the challenge, the variety, and the skills that are available to learn. Punching and kicking people is fun, too. Like any work out I do, I was sweating and starting to feel like jello towards the end of my 1-hour fitness class. The class was hard, no doubt, but then it was over, and I was curious as to whether is was one of those "hard while you're doing it but once it's over, it's over" kind of things. As I tried to turn the steering wheel of my car to pull of of the parking lot, I quickly came to the realization of what I had just done. I made it home, fixed a pot of tea, and could barely lift the cup to my lips. Now that's a good feeling, the good kind of exhausted.
Mid-South Krav Maga offers general fitness classes, kickboxing classes, and several levels of defense training. Truly a mind and body training. I really encourage runners, Memphians, women, anyone to take a few classes, even if just for the basics.