Martial Arts are practised for a number of reasons including self-defence, military and law enforcement and mental and spiritual development.  Though most martial arts are known for the fighting techniques they provide there are various other aspects included also.  It is common for people to learn martial arts for self-defense purposes.  Here are 5 ways in which Martial Arts can help anyone with a self-defense.
• Role Play
• Teaching body language and Communication Skills
• Disarming weapons
• General street-smart techniques
• Attacking and defensive striking

Role Play
Recently we have seen news of people being bullied or teased.   Children, particularly can get very nervous in this situation because they have never experienced it before.   When you have gone through a rehearsed situation before, you will definitely have an idea as for how you need to react.

Teaching Body Language and Communication Skills
It has been observed that when you are facing any conflict situation, reacting confidently will always help you.

Disarming weapons
Martial arts can teach you to disarm so that you can safely escape from a violent situation.

Street Smart techniques
In martial arts, you can also learn about various street-smart strategies, so that if you get stuck in any pressured situation, you handle the situation confidently.

Attacking and defensive techniques
In a situation where an aggressor starts to become violent, it is necessary that you know attacking and defensive techniques which you can fight back effectively.

Waking up in the morning may not be your favourite part of the day but a little tweak in your
lifestyle can make waking up a real joy!  Early morning, soon after we wake up, our body and
mind refreshed and full of energy.  Channelising this energy into doing something healthy and
fun can completely transform our life and make up for a great lifestyle that compliments our
daily schedules.

What is the first thing you do in the morning upon waking up?  Most people get up in a rush, check their phones and emails, have a quick shower, gulp down a cup of coffee and run to work or school. Well, this is the most terrible way to start your morning and probably the reason you lack motivation to start your day.  Mornings, especially Monday Mornings are dreaded because of an unhealthy lifestyle and wrong practices that most people follow.  If you want to start your day full of vigour and motivation, here are 5 fun and healthy lifestyle changes you need to bring in:

1. Time Management
Don’t wake up just a little before you need to rush out! waking up a little earlier will give
you the time to manage your day better and also give you time to start the day in a
more organized and healthy manner.  Make space for more time in the morning for
yourself and you will feel more energized throughout the day.  Waking up at the last
moment only causes more stress!

2. Breakfast Like a King or Queen!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and nothing must make you
compromise on that.  A healthy and balanced breakfast nourishes the mind and body
and gives you the required energy to go through the rest of the day.

3. Get Fit!
Even a thirty-minute morning exercise regime is enough to have a healthy mind and
body.  Get some fresh air!  Be it martial arts, a sport or a walk around the block, all forms
of fitness are most effective at this time of the day.

4. Spend time with yourself
Spend a few quiet moments to collect your thoughts, organise your day and just be
aware of your thoughts.  Reflect on things that need your attention and allow your
thoughts to flow.

5. Pep up with Music!
Listen to music you love for a high energy, pepped up and motivated start to the day.  It
helps stimulate the brain, body and emotions for a better start to a day.
Our lifestyle affects and impacts every aspect of our life.  Doing things that we love, following a
hobby and simply being aware of our physical and emotional needs helps release stress and
helps waking up every day more joyous. Rushing from one task to another, ignoring our
physical and mental needs depletes our energy and motivation.  Following these 5 easy and
effective lifestyle changes will help you live a happy and healthy life and Monday-Morning-
Blues will be completely washed out!

If you looking to learn self defence techniques or are just looking for a new exercise routine, check out Krav Maga.  You can learn to protect yourself, improve your self-confidence, tone up, and burn calories, all at the same time.

Krav Maga is a unique Israeli form of ‘combat’ training intended to build both mental and physical aspects of a person’s self defence mechanism.  Krav Maga originated from various forms of fighting techniques combined to derive a practical ‘street fighting’ style.  Since then, Krav Maga has evolved into a disciplined self-defence training system and continuously refined by the Israeli Défense Forces to become an integral part of the formal training received by military personnel.

Krav Maga is a high intensity reality based martial art that burns calories and builds muscle tone.  Like most exercise classes, Krav Maga sessions begin with a warmup and end with a cool down period, with plenty of training and aerobic exercise in between.

Krav Maga Taunton fitness classes are a great way to get you fighting fit.  Krav Maga fitness programs use cardio training, pad work, and sports conditioning techniques to burn fat and improve muscle tone.

Krav Maga is based on simple principles and instinctive movements, it’s designed to teach real-life self defence tactics in the shortest possible time.  You will learn to defend against common chokes, grabs and bear hugs, as well as against weapons such as knives, guns, and sticks.

The system is designed to teach people to function during the stress and shock of a sudden, violent physical encounter.  You are not required to have any special skills or other martial arts training in order to effectively learn its style and techniques.  Krav Maga is suited for everyone, women, men the very young or the more mature practitioner.

Krav Maga not only promotes learning how to fight but also teaches the important aspects of self defence such as personal awareness, threat evaluation and threat avoidance.

Krav Maga is a great work out and it’s fun. If you’re having trouble keeping to an exercise regime give it a try because it keeps you engaged as well as active.  Simply put it’s the best way to get home safely.  Feel Strong, feel good, feel safe.

Tips For Krav Maga Beginners Part 2

Krav Maga Taunton Slef Defence

Welcome back, guys.  As promised, enjoy.

* If you are not wearing protection let your partner before you start training with them.

* Don’t be shy – make contact with your strikes. The training equipment is padded for a reason. Don’t go mad though, it will be you defending next.

* If you make a mistake, don’t stop – keep going, move on to the next part of the technique or do something simpler (usually combatives), this becomes easier as you learn more types of strikes and their ranges.

* If you accidentally strike someone too hard; finish the technique (carefully) don’t stop to apologise. I know this sounds harsh but the rest of us are used to this happening every now and then and we make good the end of the session. You wouldn’t apologise to someone who had just tried to knife you, so don’t practise it in the classes.

* The role of attacker is vital so actually try and strike or make contact with the target area (aim for the target that you would for real), usually at slow speeds but with firm and definite movement.

* When your partner counterattacks clench your teeth, keep your hands up to protect your head and exhale so you don’t get winded.

* Try and be a realistic attacker, no throwing multiple punches from both directions at the same time as a kick. Visualise yourself as a real mugger and imagine you want to rob or assault your partner for a real reason.

That’s it, folks, now go train 🙂

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

Taunton self-defence classes

Self Defence

* 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.

 Taunton self-defence classes

It’s important to understand that Krav Maga is not a style, it has techniques unique to it but ultimately, it’s a hybrid self defence and fighting system (like MMA) but geared towards real world violence. It’s a mindset more than anything else.

You can bring any experiences you have. I had approximately 8 years of boxing experience and twenty years in the Royal Marines but several altercations and a new career in Close Protection made me realise I needed additional skill sets.

It WILL enhance your knowledge and ability to defend yourself from real violence without having to train for years!

Join in January and pay no joining fee! Learn from Somerset’s longest standing Krav Maga club! We do not hold onto traditions for the sake of it, survival is all that matters!

Benefits of training with Krav Maga Taunton

• Increased awareness and understanding preventive tactics to becoming a victim.

• Gain skills to counter extreme violence: Unarmed attacks, grabs and chokes, knife attacks, knife threats, attacks from blunt objects, ground survival including weapons, multiple attackers, firearms threats.

• Develop the mindset and aggression needed to deal with the above.

• Understand the psychology of stress in conflict and what principles will give you a better chance.

• Increased fitness and conditioning oriented for combat.

• Increased confidence and self assurance.

• Make great friends

• have a hobby and skills that are useful for life.

Book a FREE taster session TODAY visit https://www.krav-maga-taunton.co.uk or contact Mark on 07986 516337, limited places available.

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