Mom + Krav = Awesome!

April 29, 2011

My mother just turned 60. She’s seen photos of my school and what we do there (she’s never been as she lives over 1,000 miles away) and, after some deliberation, she’s decided that she wants to pick up a martial art again. She wanted to know if I thought BJJ would be a good fit as a new BJJ studio has just opened up it’s doors right around the corner from her.

I really love jiu jitsu. It’s fun, it’s challenging, and it’s very useful when the fight goes to the ground. I’m just not sure if my 60 year old mother would really enjoying rolling all that much. We discussed what it is and what they do, and we started to talk about other options, such as traditional TKD or kung fu. Then, I mentioned Krav Maga.

In my humble opinion, Krav is brutal and beautiful. The workouts are gruelling. The training is excellent. The techniques are effective and easy to remember. I really, really, really loved it when I did it. So, I pointed her towards some YouTube videos, and she really liked what they were demonstrating. Back in the day, she took some TKD, and what she took away from those lessons was how the instructor stressed ‘use what you got’ – inflict as much pain as you can, as quick as you can.  Breaking the pinky finger was what she remembered! Krav is every inch the same philosophy. Use what you got to inflict the most harm as quickly as possible, and get away.

My mother is a very small woman. If she were attacked on the street, I don’t believe an assailant would expect much, if any, resistance from her, which would be a HUGE advantage if she had the right set of skills to exploit it. What she’s looking for is a good workout and to learn some basic self defense skills. I think Krav is a great fit for meeting those two goals. During my brief time in KM, there were a couple of older women in the class who were tough as nails, but you wouldn’t know it to look at them. That is a beautiful thing.

So, I’m sorry, BJJ school around the corner, but I think I’ve pointed my mom in another direction!


One Response to “Mom + Krav = Awesome!”

  1. thekravzone said

    Your mom is absolutely 100% awsome! 😀

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