CityX tries: Krav Maga

This story is over

Krav Maga, a military self-defence and fighting system developed for the Israel Defense Forces and Israeli security forces, has classes in Lincoln, so I thought it would be worth giving it a go.

Now, admittedly, I didn’t know exactly what to expect. At 5′ 3″ I am not the tallest or strongest person in the world, neither am I someone you would necessarily associate with fighting in any form.

However, it turned out to be one of the most insightful classes I have ever been to – and really made me think about the world around me, and what I would actually do if I was faced with a situation where I needed to defend myself.

(L-R) John Richardson, Sarah Barker and Ian Deyks. Photo: Chris Curtiss for CityX

Krav Maga derives from a combination of techniques sourced from boxing, wrestling, aikido, judo and karate, along with realistic fight training and is known for its focus on real-world situations.

Classes, which are based at Yarborough Leisure Centre on Riseholme Road, take place every Thursday from 8.30pm until 10pm and are ran by instructors Ian Deyks and John Richardson.

Photo: Chris Curtiss for CityX

When I first signed up to the class, I wasn’t too sure what to expect, as a short, and quite timid person, I was worried I would feel intimidated by others in the class, but ego was 100% left at the door.

Everyone seemed to be on the same level, and although there were 6ft men in the class, they were really supportive and helped me and others in the class.

Photo: Chris Curtiss for CityX

To start, we went through some stretches and warm ups before doing some group exercises to get our bodies moving.

Next came focused groups, where we were split and I joined the beginners – learning how to defend myself if faced with different situations, including a knife attack, theft from a cashpoint and what to do if someone grabbed me from behind.

Photo: Chris Curtiss for CityX

With the help of instructor John and Steph, another member of the class, I worked through different scenarios and by the end of the class grew in confidence.

I can honestly say that one lesson has completely opened my eyes to the world around me, and if (and I hope this is never the case) I am in a situation where I could be in danger and need to defend myself, I at least know how to handle it, and with more classes would be able to defend myself completely.

The monthly training fee at Lincoln is £35, which lets you attend as many of the Thursday classes in the month as you like. For more information click or tap here.

Take a look at our video and my first Krav Maga lesson and our interview with the instructors. Video by Chris Curtiss.