DANIEL REGELE

1. How did you get started in Krav Maga?
I’d been long considering starting some sort of self defence or martial arts classes.I grew up in Hungary, was a big soccer fan and part of the underground hardcore-punk movement. These saw me narrowly escape some violent situations. When my brother started training in Krav Maga he used to tell me stories how great it was. It was around the time I moved to Australia so when i got here I did my research and went down to an introductory class.

2. What were your initial impressions of the training?
We had all sorts of people there. Young, old, skinny, chubby, fit, unfit, male female, everything. Training was hard but so much fun in the same time. It got me how effecient the moves were and how everything ‘made sense’. We were encouraged to ask questions or challenge the techniques anytime. The instructors were real friendly and helpful. I learned how to defend a haymaker, a choke and some basic combatives in my first class. I even made friends!

3. How long have you been training in Krav Maga?
I started training in September 2007 and gained my instructor certificate in July 2011under Ilya Dunsky former head Krav Maga Instructor of the IDF’s Counterterrorist School.

4. What other experience do you bring to Krav Maga?
I have a strong mindset an uncompromising attitude and a nice thick Hungarian accent.

5. Have you trained in any other combative systems/martial arts type systems?
I did judo for about a year when I was 7 or 8 and I used to play Mortal Kombat all the time. Seriously, I only trained in Krav Maga so far but I did my research to see what else is out there. I also enjoy swinging my kettlebells and generally keep myself fit.

6. What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start Krav Maga?
Give it a go. Come down and I guarantee you’ll have fun. Krav Maga is for everyone regardless of gender, fitness, age or coordination skills. It’s self paced so you don’t have to worry about your fitness level. You’ll learn effective self defense for real life situations. Your fitness and self confidence will boost through the ceiling. So what are you waiting for?

7. What are your goals for Krav Maga?
As a Krav Maga student I’m constantly striving to improve my skills and to learn more and more.
As an instructor I want to channel the knowledge. Equip people with all the necessary physical and mental skills to be able to protect themselves and their loved ones but also to become better people through Krav Maga.

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