Middle East Fighting System Captures Sydney Fitness Goers
It’s a long way from Israel, but Krav Maga has captured Sydney fitness enthusiasts who are claiming it as the newest way to get into shape while learning real skills.
“The added strength and fitness we get in Krav Maga is a great side benefit, but the key reason people stay is because what they’re learning changes them.”
Krav Maga is great way to get fit while learning real self defence skills.
“There are lots of high-intensity and scenario drills that challenge how you deal with stress, and people are enjoying the practicality of what they’re learning,” said Urban Kombat chief instructor Garth Montgomery.
Urban Kombat member Allan Dawson trains daily in a gym, but says his Krav Maga training is exceptional for cardio and learning to protect himself.
“Im loving it mate, it’s great cardio, the fitness is a lot of fun and Im learning some practical skills,” said Allan Dawson, 42, Kings Langley.
Mr Dawson said he enjoyed the mix of high intensity drills that tested endurance while ingraining technical skills for self defence.
“It’s my new favourite thing, Im learning really practical skills that I can use every day and Im getting fit,” Mr Dawson said.
“[Each class is] a lot of Self Defence, moving, awareness, body position, and I’m getting fit doing it.
New recruits to the Krav Maga Black classes said they were initially concerned about needing prior experience to join a self defence class.
“You come to these things and think ‘ooh what am I going to be like, will people be looking at me thinking ‘they can’t do it’?’ But it’s definitely not like that. It’s a very supportive environment,” said Karen Macphail, 32, Mascot.
Ms Macphail agreed that the mix of fitness and real skills training ensured their was motivation against boredom that can set in at the gym.
“It’s good fun, good exercise and we’re learning lots of ways to defend ourselves,” she said.
“There’s always something new to take away, it’s never boring,” said Ms Macphail.
At Urban Kombat all comers are welcome and will be supported.
“The added strength and fitness we get in Krav Maga is a great side benefit, but the key reason people stay is because what they’re learning changes them,” said Mr Montgomery.
“It’s very empowering to feel physically secure, and people in Sydney are now starting to look to things like Krav Maga to have some certainty about their abilities to handle any situation,” he said.