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