I took my first Krav Maga course today. Yikes! I’m in rather good shape (yeah, yeah…for a man my age) but I was ready to throw up after the exertion (and the experience of having the simulated stuffing kicked out of me). I’m ready for more — lots more. I’ll be taking private instruction, as well as group lessons, and am very much looking forward to it. I hope to focus on knife and gun disarmament and knife fighting, as well as hand-to-hand combat. I was very impressed and already feel more confident (not to be confused with complacent) for my trip to Iraq. One of my colleagues is fairly advanced in Krav Maga and has recommended the program to me, as has my brother, who is an instructor in Tai Chi, but who recommended Krav Maga as a survival skill.
Note: Posting this note is also a way for me to precommit to being successful in my training, as I would be greatly embarrassed were I to have written this and then dropped out.