Body Shop

Use hand-to-hand com­bat moves to build strength, power, and con­fi­dence – and re­lease pent-up stress.

Runner's World South Africa - - Contents - BY CHRIS­TINE RUSHTON

Sur­pris­ing moves for stress re­lief (and klap­ping mug­gers).

A young wo­man

moves back­ward, for­ward, left and right across the stu­dio mats on the balls of her feet. Strands of her hair stick to her sweaty face as the knuck­les of each fist rest against her cheek­bones. Her eyes track her op­po­nent as she ducks punches and kicks. She’s prac­tis­ing Krav Maga, the hand- to- hand com­bat sys­tem used by the Is­raeli mil­i­tary and many law en­force­ment agen­cies. In a Krav class, you’ll build strength, stamina, and con­fi­dence in your abil­ity to stay vig­i­lant and safe on the roads.

In­struc­tors Colleen Daly and Chris Tor­res ( pic­tured) have for­mat­ted the de­fence moves into hour- long classes. Daly, a marathon run­ner, thought she had a strong fit­ness base — un­til she tried Krav. “I don’t feel I’ve had a work­out that has chal­lenged me as this has,” she says. Be­cause Krav classes sim­u­late at­tack sit­u­a­tions, stu­dents must con­tinue each move un­til the in­struc­tor says ‘ stop’, which makes for an in­tense, un­pre­dictable work­out. So sched­ule Krav ses­sions just once or twice per week.

Tor­res rec­om­mends learn­ing to do the fol­low­ing moves with a Krav in­struc­tor to de­velop cor­rect form and tech­nique. This 24-minute part­ner work­out is a good way to hone skills be­tween classes.

In­struc­tor Colleen Daly demon­strates ba­sic punches.

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