Use It Or Lose It
by Amy Horn
Self Defense, just like any other skill like CPR or the Heimlich maneuver is very much a "use it or lose it" sort of practice. It's like anything in life, honestly. "Practice makes perfect." "Use it or lose it." "You are what you practice most." These are all quotes about continually pursuing the things you are interested in and not giving up. Just as Krav Maga is always changing and adopting new and better techniques, when you study Krav Maga, you should be willing to pursue it and grow with it. Taking a few workshops or a couple of months of Krav Maga to "get by" is not enough. Self defense is a "perishable" skill and while those workshops are informative, it should be a part of a continuing education. With the New Year here, look at your training like you would the diet and exercise programs that are being vastly marketed right now. Eating right and working out for a few months certainly gets you on the right road to living healthy, however that can't be it. We've heard it before, "It's a marathon, not a sprint." If you choose to make the change to a healthy lifestyle, that's what it needs to be-a lifestyle.
By now you're probably as sick of hearing about "healthy lifestyles" as I am. However I need to remind myself that this is the perfect opportunity to evaluate where you are in life and where you want to go. I've made goals-simple changes I want to make. Among eating dark leafy greens once a week and travelling more, I've made goals in my Krav Maga training as well. I want to commit to as much training as I can and getting physically stronger so that my strikes and kicks can be more effective. I can't achieve these things with a half-assed attempts. I will lose the skills I've learned if I don't use them.
Just like doctors and lawyers take workshops and classes to continue to grow, so do you need continue your education of Krav Maga. I can personally attest to forgetting what you've learned, even after a few weeks! I've taken many gun and knife defense workshops in the 4 years I've done Krav but if you were to ask me how to defend myself from a gun attack from behind, I would be baffled as to where to begin. In life, if I don't use a certain word all the time or read about a subject every day, I'm going to forget it. The same applies for Krav Maga. If you're going to take it, really commit. Commit to coming at least once a week and growing. Use workshops as supplemental education and practice at home so you don't forget all the things you've studied and learned.
Don't become one of those people who lets the hard work they've put in so far go by the wayside because things got busy. Focus on what you've learned and how you can grow in 2015 and you'll never be added to the growing list of people who don't make good on their New Year's resolutions.
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