The Self defence side has always interested me and after doing some research into Krav Maga it sounded exactly what I wanted. Being in my 40’s I didn’t want a sport oriented martial art, just something extremely practical that I could build up a knowledge over the coming years to protect both myself and my family should they ever arise.
I found Carpe Diem via a web search and as it was the closest club to me booked up for a trail session. I wasn’t sure what to expect after having such a long break from martial arts, and found the first class a friendly fun environment and learned some techniques that were really practical. I didn’t hesitate signing up as a member as I was positive it was the right club for me to learn new skills.
“Carpe Diem is a fun, friendly environment where I’m learning practical self defence skills in each class.”
I’m really enjoying my training and feel I have learnt a lot in the past 8 months. Haitham mixes up the warm ups to keep things interesting, and each class is structured-building up the techniques slowly. Sometimes I have no idea where he’s going at the start of the class, but it all comes together and makes sense by the end.
I have learnt a number of basic techniques, both physical and non confrontational to help with a variety of scenarios. Krav has taught me that there are no rules in defending yourself, it’s not a sport, and there are a number of ways to get yourself out of trouble – whether that be fighting fire with fire, or getting away from the situation as quickly and safely as possible without violence.
I really enjoyed the first grading, and it was great to be tested on what has been learnt so far and to see what’s to come in order to progress.
I feel that I’ve learnt some new skills over the past 8 months, but I’m only at the start of my Krav journey. There’s years of fun ahead learning more of the basics and hopefully moving on to advanced techniques when I’m ready!