Archive for March, 2010

Mar 31

KMW Training Centers™ Member Takes Bronze at the FILA Pankration World Championships in Poland

Conan Mastrangelo at "Fight Night" Presented by Krav Maga Worldwide™

Congratulations to KMW Training Centers™ member Conan Mastrangelo, who took the Bronze at the FILA Pankration World Championships in Poland!

Conan has been working hard, preparing for the competition and training in most of our fight classes.  Conan was also a participant in the first ever "Fight Night", presented by Krav Maga Worldwide™ last year.

Congratulations Conan! We're looking forward to seeing your future development!

Mar 31

Krav Maga Techniques: To Test or Not to Test?

Part 1 in a series.

So you've been training hard - you're just a little bit addicted to Krav Maga and hitting those pads (just go ahead and admit it, it's okay) and you're on the mat every chance you get.  You've been putting in your time and keeping your eye on the prize - your next Krav Maga Belt!  Only one thing stands in your way: the workshop and test you have to pass to get there.  Actually, there's a second thing: Your instructor who has to sign you off so you can test.  But we'll deal with that in the next entry.

Krav Maga Worldwide Black Belts

Congratulations to Our Newest Krav Maga Worldwide™ Black Belts

This week's post is here to get you over the first of those hurdles and ready for your big day!

Every Krav Maga level has a curriculum which contains a list of techniques.  You should have a copy of this list from when you first signed up; if you don't, ask at the front desk (Thomas can get you a copy).  You're responsible for all of this material on your test, although you probably won't be tested on 100% of it.  You are also tested on commitment and fighting spirit; it's not only a test of technical proficiency, but a test of heart.  Finally, you must fulfill an overall component.

As Krav Maga Worldwide™ Official Testing Instructors, we look at the bigger picture as well - if you're testing for yellow belt to move up to Level 2, do you "look like" at least a yellow belt?  How is your overall movement and sharpness?  As you might expect, at each level we demand a higher level of overall performance.

At higher levels (starting at Green Belt), you're also responsible for all of the previous levels' material as review -- but at a higher level.  It factors into your "Overall" grade.  For those of you gearing up for this, take it to heart.  It's important.

Here is your tip of the week around testing and advancing in the system:

The test is always there for you.  Fools rush in.

I would say that about half of the members who ask me to test are trying to get signed off way too early.  For instance, Level 1 has a minimum baseline of 40 classes, which is about 4 months on average.  Let me stress something here -- it's a minimum baseline, not an automatic right to test.  Some people need more time; others are good to go earlier on.  Don't make the speed of your advancement significant.  Just train hard and you'll get to where you need to be, on whatever pace you need.

By the way, we deliver each level's curriculum on a 4 month (for Level 1), 6 month (for Level 2) or 9 month (Level 3 & 4) cycle.  This creates the best likelihood that you'll have gotten the training and technical work you need throughout the cycle.

I can tell you from experience: coming up though the Krav Maga system as a student many moons ago, any time I had to delay a test for any reason - schedule conflicts, readiness, etc., I was always thankful in the end because I felt that much more prepared going in.  It's never a bad thing.  Plus, there's always another test date around the corner.  Just look at the testing schedule and you'll see what I mean.  Trust me, unless you work 80 hours a week over 7 days (in which case you're probably not finding much time to train anyway), you'll be able to find a test date within a reasonable time.

So review your curriculum and make sure you'd be comfortable executing any defense or combative on that list, in any order, while under stress and fatigued.  Even keep the list as a training log - check off items as you see them in class and add an additional check when you see something again.

In the next few entries in this column, we'll start to get into the do's and don'ts of test prep and the test itself.  Stay tuned!

Mar 23

How to Be a Bad Partner in a Krav Maga Class

Krav Maga Class

Photo courtesy of Mario Alaniz

Part 1 in a series.

It happens.  You're done with warm-up, the music in class is pumping you up, you've done your push-ups, stretched out a bit, and you're ready to rip.  The instructor tells you to partner up with someone.  Everyone looks around in a slightly awkward moment, hoping to pair up with the person they wanted to work with -- or to avoid specific people.  Suddenly, you realize everyone in the room has a partner... except for you.  Then, either the instructor puts you with an existing group or you find one yourself in a moment that might remind you of being picked last for dodgeball.

Statistically, half of all classes will have an odd number of students (go figure), and if there's an odd number that often, it stands to reason that sooner or later the odd one out is gonna be you.  But if you suspect that you're getting more than your fair share of classes where you're working in a threesome, have a look at the following list and see if anything hits a little too close to home.  If not, and if you're a glutton for punishment, you might consider adopting some of these big "no-no" moves when you come in to train.

1. Correct your partner as if you're their personal instructor.

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Mar 22

An Interview with KMW Member Gizelle Torres

KMW: Before we begin, tell us about yourself.

GT: My name is Gizelle Torres and I'm 26 years old. I got my undergraduate degree in Psychology and last year I finished my Masters of Science in Counseling for Marriage and Family Therapy.

I currently work with children with autism and special needs. My company provides behavioral therapy for them, and I manage each case with the client and therapist and create their treatment plans.

KMW: How long have you been a member?

GT: I had been taking KMW classes sporadically for the past year. But I never really went as consistently as I have now. I needed a new hobby and didn't know what to do. [KMW Instructors Marcus Kowal and Kristine Ho] talked me into it. They really believe in it, so you think, "I want to give it a try."

KMW: So now that you're training consistently, do you have any fitness goals?

GT: I didn't just want a hobby. I also wanted to be more active and fit. I just really don't like working out. I really hate it. But KMW – I really enjoy it. It's really weird. And I was the least active person prior to KMW. But I just love the classes, the instructors, and the whole atmosphere. It's a little bit biased because I know people that work there, but that's why it's become social as well. I come to class and I get to see people I know.

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