“Starting Krav Maga was one of the best decisions of my life.”
I found Carpe Diem after looking for Krav Maga classes in Surrey. I decided to join a trial lesson in December 2015 to see if the club and Krav Maga itself was what I was looking for. I was super nervous before my first trial lesson because I had never done martial arts in a club setting. Haitham and Jonathan greeted me super friendly and I found myself at ease immediately. While I joined the general warm-up, Haitham took me aside afterwards from the rest of the class and showed me the basic self-defence techniques, such as a 360 defence against strikes and kicks. I remember that I was apologising a lot whenever I hit Haitham but I realised after a while that this is just part of the sport. In the end, I really liked the techniques I learned in my first trial and both Haitham & Jonathan as well as all the class members made me feel welcome. I felt this was a very valuable sport to pick up and I joined immediately after my trial.
Through the training I have become a lot stronger from all the strength and cardio conditioning we are doing in every Krav session. Other than that, I am a lot more confident and not afraid to walk home by myself anymore. Not only did the instructors at Carpe Diem teach me useful techniques against many types of attacks, they also helped me develop a mindset to be more aware of my surroundings whenever I go anywhere.
What do I love about Carpe Diem? It’s simple – the people. The instructors at Carpe Diem are amazing and really know their martial arts. All come from different backgrounds and have an amazing ways of teaching everyone while making it fun at the same time. On the other hand, the Carpe Diem members are simply awesome. Everyone is extremely supportive and encouraging which makes anyone feel welcome and at ease when joining a session.
At this current time in my journey I feel great. I absolutely love Krav Maga both as a sport but also as an effective self defence system and I am really happy to be a part of this amazing Krav community 😉