|Charles Garza and I warming up with mitt work|
In the real world, however, not all fights end amicably, and if you manage to get involved in one by mere happenstance, there are no rules and most don’t come with a bell that let’s each party know it’s time to go to the corner where you can take a swig of water, spit it out, all while getting your shoulders rubbed. You won’t have a trainer there barking commands for you to stick and move, and there won’t be a bell there to let you know it’s time to get back in the fight again.
In a real street fight, your life will flash before your eyes in the span of 30 seconds, during which time you might get thrown against a concrete wall, tackled down to the floor when you’re not looking, and if you think of the worst case scenario, get knocked unconscious, or much worse.
|In real life, a man this size will try to tackle a |
much smaller person to the floor.
An immediate burst to buck and roll him
will help avoid getting choked unconscious.
|After completing the buck and roll, |
a quick escape is the best option
with an attacker this size.
This class is a mix of students and instructors, who are placed in real life scenarios and then are made to defend against an opponent for a span of 30 seconds, before the next drill starts again. 2nd degree Black Belt Instructor, Pete Hardy, breaks every technique down and then puts it all together when the drill starts. What I love best is the level of improvisation one must do when placed in different situations.
Winded, tired, bruised and beaten, I was asked to keep going in spite of the level of stress I was placed under. That’s the true concept of Krav Maga, learning to survive under stressful situations, and if one can keep going even after the tiredness has set in, it’s a great indicator for survival. The one thing I love about these drills is that it really puts my life into perspective. Training to handle this level of stress in a controlled situation, might save my life when placed in a real world situation, or as my instructor loves to say, "The way you train in here is how you will react out there. Bleed now, and and you won't have to bleed out there."
|My first bloody nose battle scar. Thank you |
Level 5 student, Charles for always pushing me
beyond what I think I can do!
~Krav Maga Mama