Archive for May, 2010

May 24

An Interview with KMW Training Centers™ Instructor Ryan Yatman

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.

May 21

After Your First Krav Maga Belt Test: The Dangers of “Yellow Belt Gangsta” Syndrome

Congratulations to all of you who have taken -- and passed -- the Krav Maga Yellow Belt test! I know it wasn't easy.  For those of you who are working towards this goal, you have a truly amazing experience to look forward to. I remember my Yellow Belt test as a new student many years ago and felt the same way.

As a new Krav Maga Yellow Belt, you should be proud of your accomplishment. Plus, your Level 2 Krav Maga training will be full of more knowledge that builds on what you already have, plus lots of new concepts and applications. However, I want to caution you about something: Too many times I've seen people swagger into a Level 2 Krav Maga class ready to take on the world, thinking of themselves now as registered lethal weapons.  It's good to be confident; in fact, that's one of the great side benefits of your Krav Maga training. But I've also heard stories from members who've only been training for a few months in situations where their knowledge and training could have potentially gotten them in big trouble had the situation gone a different way.

The stories change, but the underlying theme remains the same -- some kind of disagreement occurs, and the Yellow Belt takes an aggressive or even threatening position in the matter in order to gain an upper hand.  But what the student has in his head basically amounts to a false sense of security and bravado.  The student knows what it's like to go full out on a pad.  He's done the belt drills, worked to exhaustion and learned his fundamental self-defense principles. My name for this guy who's going out ready to rumble is:  The Yellow Belt Gangsta.

What the YBG doesn't know might easily get him killed, though. And what he doesn't know is Read More

May 18

Swedish Celebrity Anna Anka Trains at Krav Maga Worldwide

Anna Anka working on her punches

Anna Anka and KMW Training Centers™ Instructor Marcus Kowal

You might not have heard of Anna Anka; there's enough celebrities to gossip about in Los Angeles. However, across the pond, in the mighty Sweden, Anna is one of the top celebrities.

Anna has been the talk of the tabloids for the past year and has been featured in shows such as: Swedish Hollywood Wives; Anna Anka's Christmas; Anna Anka looking for an Assistant (where she was also the Executive Producer). You might have also caught a glimpse of her in movies such as "Dumb and Dumber"; "The Specialist";"The Drop Zone"; or "Baywatch".

Even if Anna's name hasn't caught your attention, you might have heard of her husband: Paul Anka. The 60s Heart throb wrote songs such as "Diana" and "Lonely Boy". He also wrote the English Lyrics for Frank Sinatra's song "My Way" and Michael Jackson's song "This is it". In addition, Paul wrote the theme for "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson."
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May 7

What is the Difference Between Krav Maga and MMA Mixed Martial Arts?

First and foremost, Krav Maga and Mixed Martial Arts are 2 VERY different things: One is a sport and the other is self-defense; for MMA, you have to become a fighter and fight by the rules, whereas for Krav Maga, you're learning how to defend yourself and the ONLY rule is to go home safe.

Now, in many aspects, Krav Maga is one of the ORIGINAL Mixed Martial Arts. How? Because the creator of Krav Maga, Imi Lichtenfeld, realized that no one system is complete and perfect. One has to always strive to improve and find new and better ways of fighting.

But if you want to give MMA a try, we DO have a Fight Program.

Who can do it? Who should do it? Well, the answer is that very few people want to become professional fighters; it's gruesome. 95% of the people that come through our doors have no intentions of becoming fighters, period. They have full-time jobs; school; families; other priorities in life.

However, for you that want to try it out, we have an "Intro to Fight Program" that eases you in to fighting. In fact, we even have professional fighters, who represent Krav Maga Worldwide™ and KMW Training Centers™ when they fight. You may see them every now and then at one of our centers.

Still interested? - what does it take?

Here's the answer: enormous amounts of will; discipline; heart; stubborness; perfectionism; and most importantly - work ethics. The willingness to work hard will beat the gift of skills everytime. Make no mistake: every single professional fighter (boxing, kickboxing, MMA) that you've ever seen has worked their behind off to be where they are today. In order to be the best, you have to be willing to do what noone else is willing to do; to sacrifice what others are not.

Would I recommend anyone to become a professional fighter? Absolutely not.

Still want to do it? Come see us!