Krav maga is all about self defence
The NZ Self Defence Academy is holding krav maga workshops this month and is inviting the public to come along.
The workshops will run on the first four Saturdays of August at the Olympic Pools gym in Newmarket.
Instructor and founder of the NZSDA Donovan Ryan is encouraging people from all walks of life to join in.
‘‘People will learn some simple techniques to prevent violent situations from occurring.
‘‘If a situation escalates you will learn the ability to de-escalate and remove yourself from that situation safely and effectively.’’
Krav maga is not a martial art but more of a self defence system, Ryan says.
‘‘Krav maga trains for reallife situations, there are no fancy belts or anything like that.
‘‘We do a lot of stuff with weapons, so you learn how to defend yourself against knives, baseball bats and even guns.’’
Ryan is a black belt in karate and tae kwon do and has more than 15 years of experience in martial arts but taking up krav maga was a real eye-opener.
‘‘I was astounded that I learnt more about self defence in the first six weeks of krav maga than I did in about 15 years of martial arts.’’
Go online to selfdefenceacademy.co.nz to register for the workshops, which are $50 each. The first krav maga workshop is tomorrow, August 2, 1pm-3pm at Olympic Pools gym in Newmarket.
Krav maga: Donovan Ryan is the founder, managing director and chief instructor at the NZ Self Defence Academy.