Krav maga is all about self de­fence

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By BEN ROGERS

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.

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