This weekend I had the opportunity to go back to the motherland for some seriously fun krav training in Oslo. It was a course that I’ve been eagerly looking forward to: the new KMG Ground Fighting Course developed by Rune Lind, KMG Expert level 5, Global team instructor, and MMA coach.
A guest blog post by Sarah
It's just one week left until this year's intensive training weekend kicks off!
Thanks to everyone who came to the pub brawl this weekend. It was a lot of fun, and great to watch the energy and enthusiasm you all brought to it! I hope you all learned something useful, and just as important, had a great time.
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So to save yourself some work down the line, here's how to attach your patch like a pro.
Here are a few videos, articles and books related to self defence that you might find interesting.
This will be a high-energy one hour class, with the simple, kick-ass techniques that make krav maga an excellent self-defence system, and plenty of cardio and functional strength development in the process. So whether you're looking for self-defence or fitness, or both, you've found what you're looking for!
In September I'm starting a new morning class, Wednesdays 10:00–11:00, at the Crags Centre in the Old Town of Edinburgh.
It’s now just over a year since I started Rencounter Krav Maga, and to be honest, it seemed like a crazy decision at the time. But a year in I've not regretted it.
It's been a fun year, though there's been many challenges and the learning curve has been steep, it's not been more than I've been able to figure out how to solve, with support in small and large ways from many people.
Yep, that's correct, boardgame workout. Those two words can be used together, and very effectively too it turns out.
This week we had a visit from STV Edinburgh to do a highlight about women’s self-defence. There isn’t much time to go into details in a short interview like that, so here is more information about Krav Maga and self-defence for women, which didn’t fit into the programme.
Rencounter Krav Maga women’s self-defence course on STV Edinburgh
On 4 and 5 July we held a two-day intensive course for beginners.
7 hours of training, split over two days - a solid dose of krav maga to spice up the weekend! Everyone who took part showed impressive progress, some well beyond what could be expected in two short days! This was so much fun to teach and those who took part seemed to have a good time. I say it was a success!
I'm happy to see that the group of members has grown steadily, and most are regulars that come to almost every class. This is a great development, and I'm happy because it tells me that people must like the classes. But it also means that very soon there won't be enough space in the room that we have!
So I either get a larger space, add more classes, or turn down new people who want to join. I don't want to be left with the last option, so I've chosen the other two: getting a larger space and adding more classes.
At our pub night this week someone (who has asked to remain anonymous) mentioned the song-based drills that we have done a couple of times. I believe he said that they were great fun and that we should do more of those (at least that's what I heard, but I'm a foreigner, so I may have misunderstood ;-) But there definitely was a suggestion for a variation on a drill, which we will try out in a class in the near future. In the meantime, here are the ones we have done so far:
More Time and Space!
In September we'll be starting a new class in a larger room at the North Merchiston club, in the sports hall downstairs. So we'll have more space to move, and space for more people!
With all the practical things sorted I can now start thinking ahead and plan new Rencounter events. The first thing I want to do is to hold a krav maga introduction course for ladies only, hoping to introduce more women to the awesomeness that is Krav Maga.
We are now into the 5th week of krav maga classes at the North Merchiston club. There have been new people at the induction classes almost every week, and a fair number of people have joined the club. I’m very happy with the group we have so far; it’s a good mix of people, men and women, different ages, and different occupations (except for a surprisingly high number of computer scientists/IT people). They’re all good people who help each other learn and make the classes fun to teach and to take part in.
Linn Haraldsvik: owner, manager, CEO, head of marketing, and janitor at Rencounter Krav Maga. Certified Krav maga instructor (Krav Maga Global), Primal Move instructor (a.k.a Ground Force Method), and MSc International and European Politics.
I started building up the krav maga school Rencounter in Edinburgh in Jan/Feb 2015. Here I will be writing about the process, challenges, joys, and detours involved, about my classes, krav maga, fitness, confidence, and about anything that comes to mind. It’s an exciting journey for me, and I don’t know where it will end, but I’m enjoying the experience and learning tons of cool and useful things along the way.