“After Fighting, Everything Else in Life Gets the Volume Turned Down”
Those of you that have seen the 1999 movie Fight Club, starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt, may be quite familiar with the title of this piece.
Now, you may be wondering why I bring up a quote from a movie that is twenty-years-old?
Well, lately it has occurred to me just how true that statement actually is.
Pushing your body to the limits.
As mentioned in the piece below, I have recently made a return to Krav Maga training. A military-style of self-defence developed for the Israel Defence Forces and the Israeli security forces.
Getting Punched in the Face Helped Me Regain My Focus
And I mean literally punched in the face.
It’s a discipline that has only one rule.
The training lasts approximately ninety-minutes, though there are times when it goes on longer than that, depending on the lesson.
A typical class would look something like this;
- Arrive ten-fifteen minutes before the class starts to stretch, loosen up and prepare for training.
- At the beginning of the class is a fifteen-minute warm-up which consists of a variety of bodyweight movements and exercises, squats, push-ups, burpees etc. which may sound simple enough, but in Krav, we train at a high intensity and I’ve actually witnessed people throwing up just from the warm-up.
- Then we begin the lesson. How it works is, the instructor breaks down, step by step, the technique that we will be learning that night. It could be anything from defending against knife or batten attacks, how to escape a choke or hold, unarmed hand to hand combat and even how to deal…