I often get asked by new members to the club advice on starting out in Krav Maga, so I thought I would share some tips for beginners, which will help those starting out.

Six Tips For Krav Maga Beginners Part 1

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* It can be helpful to write down what you learned after the class so you can refer back to it later, the same techniques are not always taught in consecutive sessions and the volume of information can be daunting at first. Writing it down also helps you reinforce the techniques in your mind so they become more instinctive.

* Make sure you bring along a bottle of water and a towel.

* Krav Maga is a contact pass time so the odd knock (Krav tatt) is not unusual. If you have any sprains or strains from a previous session it is important to do extra stretching and preparation before the session starts to avoid, making your injury worse and be sure to let your instructor know.

* There are specific techniques for getting up from the ground, learn them, practise them and always use them at all times in the classes. It’s tricky at first, but easy once you get the hang of it.

* When you have completed a technique look around you as you move away – this is called scanning – it should become automatic. Look left and right around you at the others in the class quickly, but keep your attacker in your field of view (turn the whole of your head to scan, don’t rely on eye movement, you’ll see fewer hazards.

* Most kicks are deflected/ defended with your leg, not your hands. There is little catching or holding of legs in Krav Maga, this is difficult to get used to at first.

Hope this helps, I’ll be sharing some more tips in the coming weeks, so watch this space.

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