Lucy Donaldson"Krav Maga is often the highlight of my week and it is great if you’ve had one of ‘those’ days at work"
What made you start Krav Maga?
I wanted a new challenge. Having done some martial arts before and found the nature of learning set drills of movements rather repetitive I wanted to try a martial art where the emphasis was on real-world applications. Krav Maga fit the bill nicely and has lived up to my expectations.
How long have you trained Krav Maga?
About seven months (Since July 2017).
How many times a week do you train?
Once to twice a week (as often as possible around work!).
What benefits have you seen since starting Krav Maga?
I have better fitness as well as a general loss of about 1 inch on legs and arms and stomach whilst gaining strength and flexibility.
If you have graded what level are you?
I recently passed my P1.
Do you have any other previous martial arts experience?
I did karate for about four years, do some kick-boxing and have dabbled in BJJ but was unable to continue BJJ due to an old rib injury.
If yes, how does Krav Maga compare to other martial arts?
I enjoy that it is a contact martial art but at the same time I’ve had no real injuries other than a bruise or two since I started. There is an emphasis on learning the correct techniques although there is also a certain amount of flexibility for using instinctual reactions to the most effective advantage.
What do you like about DDKM?
It is a great, friendly group. Adam knows his stuff and pushes everyone to work as hard as they can to push their own limits.
What is your favourite Krav Maga technique?
I’m a fan of the hammer punch but I’ve yet to find a technique I don’t like (even if the odd one does feel slightly awkward on the first try).
Have you had to use Krav Maga in real life?
Describe a typical class?
Around 20 minutes of warm up which is tailored to the topic of the day, 10 minutes of stretching and an hour of working on techniques for variations of scenarios. Also, typically fun.
What have you achieved since starting Krav Maga?
I have made a commitment to improving my fitness and Krav Maga is enough fun that I’m achieving my goals without feeling like it’s a chore.
What is your favourite thing about Krav Maga?
I enjoy challenging myself. The atmosphere in class allows you to push to your limit in a safe, friendly environment.
Would you recommend DDKM to a friend?
I already do.
I genuinely get frustrated if I can’t attend a class at least once a week. Why shouldn’t my friends know the same joy?!
Can you say a bit more about why you like training with DDKM?
Joining DDKM was one of the best decisions I made. Adam is a great instructor and all the ‘regulars’ were friendly from the first session. I haven’t walked away from a session yet without a smile on my face and a satisfying fatigue in my muscles. Krav Maga is often a highlight of my week and it is great if you’ve had one of ‘those’ days at work. I can not recommend it highly enough.