Krav Maga has been a part of my life for almost 15 years. What started as a cool and different way to work out and learn how to defend myself, eventually became my job, and is now the backbone of my life.
My life has evolved in many ways over these years. Most dramatically, when I became a father 15 months ago. Before this life changing event, I never talked about time in "months" - but as a parent, I now see time so differently. Every moment counts, and I value my time here on this earth so much more than I ever imagined was possible. It was in this metamorphosis that Krav Maga became more than just my job, my workout, and my hobby.
When my son was born, I was overwhelmed by the feeling that it was my job to protect him and keep him safe and happy in our sometimes difficult and dangerous world.
I no longer do Krav Maga just for me. I do it for him. I do it for my family. I do it to keep my wife and child safe, and our extended circle of beloved friends and family as well. And while yes, I still do it for me, it is now to keep myself healthy and fit so I can be there for them (and with them) to enjoy this incredible life for as long possible.
There are many fathers (and mothers) out there that do Krav Maga for the same reasons I do, and today I salute you all. Know that you are appreciated for committing to keeping your families and communities safe. Know that you are doing something that will improve your life and the lives of those around you, even people you haven't met yet... because of your ability to protect yourself and others even in the most dangerous of situations.
I am so thankful to be a father, and to value my time and my life in this way. So I am truly grateful for the practice of Krav Maga, helping to empower all of us to keep ourselves, our families, and our communities safe by teaching at Krav Maga Worldwide.
From all us at Krav Maga Worldwide, HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!!
-AJ @AJDraven - Twitter
AJ Draven is a Krav Maga Worldwide™ 3rd Degree Black Belt. AJ has been training in Krav Maga since 2000 and began teaching students in 2001, and fellow instructors in 2002.