My fastest interview, by far. If interviewing was an Olympic event, this was my Usain Bolt moment. When I met up with Ryan Yatman, he told me we had 10 minutes before he had to teach a private training session, and that his students hadn't arrived yet.
Before I could offer to do it later, we were already sitting on the floor in the Marni Room, when — as we were about to start — his students walked in. The pressure was on. The clock was ticking. And I wasn't sure how much info I was going to be able to get from him in 10 minutes, but we started anyway.
As you'll see, it turned out great. We talk about why he started training in Krav Maga, why he thinks you shouldn't rush through your training, and how his 3-year-old daughter confirmed what he was always told about Krav Maga.
KMW: Before we begin, tell us about yourself.
RY: My name is Ryan Yatman and I'm 38. I grew up in L.A. and I've lived here all my life. I went to the University of Southern California, where I studied Business with an emphasis in Finance. I work as a commercial real estate broker.
KMW: How long have you been training in Krav Maga and how long have you been an instructor?
RY: I started teaching 4 years ago, but I've been training here for almost 8 years now.
KMW: So why did you decide to start training in Krav Maga?
RY: I always felt wimpy. I thought if something were to happen, I wouldn't know what I would do. I hadn't been in any street fights as an adult, but I just didn't like feeling that insecurity. So I started talking to a few friends, trying to figure out what martial arts I should try. I was looking for something a little more aggressive and combat-oriented. Then a friend told me he was taking Krav Maga. He said it was Israeli and it sounded cool so I tried it. I've been doing it ever since.