Life Lessons We’ve Learned in Krav Maga

Life Lessons We’ve Learned in Krav Maga

Life Lessons We’ve Learned in Krav Maga

BY: TAMRAH ELLENBECKER

 

One of our advanced level students recently posted in the members group asking others to share the life lessons they’ve learned while training in Krav Maga. It was one of the most engaging posts we’ve had in our members group, with over 20 people having shared their stories on the comments thread. Some of them were not necessarily life lessons, but were praise to the experiences they’ve had during their training. Not only is it amazing to see what others have to say about the perspectives they’ve gained through being involved in our community, it’s also been a fantastic way to relate to each other. Here’s what they shared with us:


  1. The people are amazing.

Did you know you can actually become a better person just by surrounding yourself with a great community? When you’re around others that are supportive and have positive attitudes, those mannerisms become contagious and they influence you to improve your own way of thinking. It’s one of the things that consistently keeps us going when all else is failing-- even if we are injured and can’t train, our community lifts us up and encourages us to work around it or come back to training when we’re able. Sometimes that’s the toughest part, which makes our community one of the MOST important aspects of Krav Maga.


  1. You learn how to fail without quitting.

Sometimes we forget-- nobody is perfect. And we WILL fail at something. That’s a concept all of us have heard before, so why can it be so hard to keep going after it happens? As it stands, nobody is born with amazing Krav Maga skills. Every single person who walks through our doors will experience failure at some point…instructors, students...you name it. The best part is that they keep training despite those losses, knowing that continuing their journey will make them stronger, safer, and better.


  1. Confidence and humility can be gained (or experienced) at the same time.

There aren’t many places out there that provide a truly humbling experience while boosting a person’s confidence all in one training session. There is always something new to learn or a skill to refine in Krav Maga, with the possibilities being endless. Confidence in raising the ability to protect ourselves from the last time we trained is invaluable, and the humility that comes with realizing the true measure of our abilities is constant yet healthy.


  1. Size is not the most important aspect, nor does it give us the most strength in a threatening situation.

One of our students expressed, “I’ve learned that I am capable. Capable of throwing a punch, of grappling with people bigger than me which translates into being capable of dealing with people in more positions of power than me.” An essential part of Krav Maga is that it is designed for anyone to be able to learn, and for each of the techniques to be effective despite a size or weight difference between opponents. It’s amazing how this links to the confidence and humility referenced in the previous point, and to see students witnessing the effectiveness of their training during class against various training partners. We may not be able to plan exactly how a threatening situation would unfold off the mat, but we can do our best to prepare each other through proven, efficient training. 


  1. (Overall) Perception is a VERY strong influence.

Simply put: our training experience is exactly what we make it. Some of us struggle with taking criticism, while for others it’s all they look for. There might be people we would rather train with in a class over others, or maybe we think we know where our abilities are and our expectations get crushed in the process. Here’s a quote that sums up this main point: "I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous.

I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis is escalated or de-escalated, and a person is humanized or de-humanized.

If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them to become what they are capable of becoming." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


  1. You gain a form of patience that carries over to every area of your life.

Another student talked about the importance of patience and how developing this skill further with Krav Maga training has followed her into other areas of her life. She states that it has taught her to enjoy every moment, whether it’s as a mom, wife, or employee. Her patience has taught her to take the time to assess her own worth and found that it’s higher than what she normally perceives it to be. It takes patience to reach some of the most important goals-- no matter if they’re training-related or not.


  1. Replace “I can’t.” with “How can I?”.

This has been one of our favorite things to pass on to our members and throughout our community. Replacing “I can’t.” with “How can I?” is empowering when training or life feels like it’s too difficult or too much for us to handle. It us up to us to create the experience in life that we want, both on and off the mat-- even if this means we have to be creative in achieving it. We invite everyone to consider this the next time they want something that they feel is impossible to achieve. What can be done to create the experience you want? It may not be as out-of-reach as it seems.




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