Stacy is a full time dad who enjoys teaching our Kid’s Krav classes in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast.
1. How did you get started in Krav Maga?
After studying and then teaching a traditional martial art for several years I realised that much of what I was teaching was outdated or impractical so I started to look around for something better. Naturally, my research lead me to Krav Maga, but it didn’t interest me at first. Based on the videos I had seen online, the system looked quite brutal and aggressive. That’s not how I saw myself so it didn’t seem like a good fit to me. I kept looking, but every time I searched for an effective, practical self defence system that was easy to learn, the name Krav Maga kept appearing so finally I decided to try it out. From my very first lesson with InDefence, I was hooked. The self paced nature of the classes meant that I could push myself as hard as I wanted, with no pressure to do more than I was comfortable with. I was challenged, but I never felt out of my depth. The instructors were friendly, humble, and knowledgeable. The atmosphere was welcoming. As for the system itself, during those first few lessons I started to understand just how different it was from anything I had studied before. Here is a system where the primary goal is to get yourself to safety as quickly and efficiently as possible. It is not about “beating” the other person, or “winning” an encounter. It is about removing yourself from danger. Krav Maga has nothing to prove. It is not about show or ego, it’s about being safe. I’m glad I decided to give it a try, because it turned out to be exactly what I’d been looking for.
2. What were your initial impressions of the training?
At first I was quite surprised. I was expecting lots of theoretical explanations, students standing in rows practicing strikes or techniques, and forced separation of students based on rank or experience. Right from the warm up it was clear that this was a much more dynamic style of training than I was used to. Demonstrations were clear, but concise with the emphasis on getting started and then improving as you go. There were always instructors nearby to help or explain if you needed it, but most of the time, you were moving. I remember walking out of those early classes completely exhausted, but impressed by how quickly I seemed to be improving.
3. How long have you been training in Krav Maga?
I started training Krav Maga in 2013. I received my Kid’s Instructor certification from Zeev Cohen in 2015 and my full Instructor certification from Ilya Dunsky in 2016.
4. What other experience do you bring to Krav Maga?
I am a personal trainer with a particular interest in helping people transition into a more active lifestyle.
5. Have you trained in any other combative systems/martial arts type systems?
As I mentioned above, I have previously trained in Japanese and Brazillian Ju Jitsu, along with Judo. I appreciate the understanding that these systems gave me of how the body moves (and doesn’t move!) under certain circumstances. I have found that blending that knowledge with the no-nonsense mentality of Krav Maga has been a very rewarding (and sometimes challenging) endeavour.
6. What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start Krav Maga?
Give it a try!
Research is good, but nothing beats turning up to a class and experiencing what Krav Maga really is. If you’re worried, bring a friend to your first lesson. I did.
Try not to be self-conscious. Everyone is different, and we all started at the beginning. If you’ve never done any kind of combative or martial art, it’s normal to feel a bit uncoordinated at first. Don’t worry, it soon passes and the rewards are spectacular!
If you’re unsure of anything, give us a call or send us an email. We understand that trying something new can sometimes be a bit daunting. We’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
7. What are your goals for Krav Maga?
I am passionate about helping people to become safer. To that end, I am always looking to improve my own understanding of Krav Maga and its application. I like it when a student asks a question that I can’t answer. It is an opportunity for both of us to learn something! I still have a long way to go on my Krav Maga journey so ensuring that my training is sustainable is also important. If you’re looking for a specific, personal, goals then in the short-medium term my goals are continuous improvement both as a practitioner and as an instructor.
Krav Maga Global General Instructor Course 2016