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Old 08-14-2014, 04:12 PM
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Looking into it as a way to work out and burn some fat, so I would love to hear if anyone here has experience on it and if you liked it....

Good? Bad? Ugly?
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Old 08-14-2014, 04:49 PM
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I like it very much. If your mainly using it to lose weight (my opinion) there are other more effective weight loss methods.
I boxed in the Army, took BJJ for several years, and I'm an MMA judge. Krav has added another dimension to my bag of tools.

Good: It's very effective. If you don't think like it now, it will change or alter your mindset on street fighting and being prepared for it. You will train extensively against multiple attackers and crowd situations. You will also train a lot with weapons. The tests to go to the next levels will be the most physically demanding tests you will take in your life. It's not used as a sport like other martial arts, it's designed to finish people now, violently. There are no chess type moves. Your encouraged to wear street clothes to train in, which I really like. You can wear a suit and tie if you desire. Nothing like fighting in the clothes you train in.

Bad: I wish they would teach ground DEFENSE a little more. However, they don't intend for you to STAY in a fight on the ground. I'm saying that from a perspective of someone with a lot of BJJ experience. When I get someone in class on the ground they can't recover. HOWEVER, it also turns into a bad habit for me, when I control someone on the ground one of the instructors will come along and kick me in the face or ribs. A reminder of what happens on the street. I suppose against someone on the street with no BJJ back ground the ground work would be sufficient. Your taught to get up ASAP.

Ugly: The classes will NEVER get easier. Make sure you attend a sanctioned school. You will get injured. It's inevitable you will catch a stray elbow or punch to the face, toes will get smashed in training, etc...before you have geared up.

Hope that helps.

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I wish there was an instructor close to me. I've never heard of it, but it looks like exactly what I've been looking for.
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by The Revenge View Post
I like it very much. If your mainly using it to lose weight (my opinion) there are other more effective weight loss methods.
I boxed in the Army, took BJJ for several years, and I'm an MMA judge. Krav has added another dimension to my bag of tools.

Good: It's very effective. If you don't think like it now, it will change or alter your mindset on street fighting and being prepared for it. You will train extensively against multiple attackers and crowd situations. You will also train a lot with weapons. The tests to go to the next levels will be the most physically demanding tests you will take in your life. It's not used as a sport like other martial arts, it's designed to finish people now, violently. There are no chess type moves. Your encouraged to wear street clothes to train in, which I really like. You can wear a suit and tie if you desire. Nothing like fighting in the clothes you train in.

Bad: I wish they would teach ground DEFENSE a little more. However, they don't intend for you to STAY in a fight on the ground. I'm saying that from a perspective of someone with a lot of BJJ experience. When I get someone in class on the ground they can't recover. HOWEVER, it also turns into a bad habit for me, when I control someone on the ground one of the instructors will come along and kick me in the face or ribs. A reminder of what happens on the street. I suppose against someone on the street with no BJJ back ground the ground work would be sufficient. Your taught to get up ASAP.

Ugly: The classes will NEVER get easier. Make sure you attend a sanctioned school. You will get injured. It's inevitable you will catch a stray elbow or punch to the face, toes will get smashed in training, etc...before you have geared up.

Hope that helps.
THANKS a million for the info!!!!

What I meant about using it to loose some weight was that I have tried going to the gym, running, crossfit, etc for several years... and eventually I get bored and it becomes harder and herder to bring myself to do it... when I stopped doing crossfit, i started to play tennis, and I quickly noticed that I would run, sweat and workout more and longer than before without even realizing. I now understand that I do not have the ability or mindset to go out and "just" workout, I need to do some thing that happens to require physical activity so I can stay motivated.
I'm playing soccer on Sundays, tennis on mondays, wednesdays and fridays, and trying to fit Krav Maga on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Yesterday was my second day and your experience since to be spot on the impression I had.

The ground thing. I did some Judo long time ago when I was 18, so fighting on the ground was something I would have some experience with so I was somewhat bummed they do not go into that area.
I was also surprised that being such a practical self defense method, the chance of having to fight on the ground is so overlooked.
I was told that there will be some ground work maybe after the first year...

Training in plain clothing is a big plus!!!
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Your in good shape for fat loss with all those activities.

You will find some of your Krav classes to actually be counterproductive as far as weight loss. They will tear you down that much. Make sure you stay fueled up.

You will get into some ground techniques like they told you. I wished they did focus on some ground defense techniques for new students too though. Even some good take down defense.

You also won't spar for some time. It's coming though and it will be intense.
We often spar with red man suits. It's cool because there are no rules. When you wear one you get to take on an attacker with a bat or night stick.

Have fun. Mouth piece and cup even starting out.
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