Off the Cuff: The Best and the Brightest Know Training Is Becoming
By Emma Gabriel
We want to take the time to tell our members: Wow! What a group of determined and skilled students we have at KMSF. The staff and instructors–the whole crew–are impressed with you guys. It’s not just because they want to be. In fact, staying true to the Krav Maga mindset, they don’t want to see anything unrealistically. At the same time, we have a lot of members, new and seasoned alike, who are really shining though as they train and come together each day of the week. It takes every day, and in this installment of Off The Cuff, we consider where that takes us.
Developing as individuals in a healthy way takes work, commitment, and support. The job is never done. We need other people to invest time and effort to bring out the best in themselves and those around them. When a group has people with integrity, strength, and dedication, encouragement is natural. Members will grow in their fidelity and responsibility. Simply put, we see this happening at KMSF in spades, again and again.
You’ve all heard how important attitude is to success! Come in to our training center and take a look around you on a weekday evening. Every night, we see the same thing. We’re fighting through aches and pains, personal and political struggles, bruises, achievements, and even some disappointments along the way. That’s fine, because we’re still doing the work with the right attitude.
When we talk about training, it usually brings up the idea of meeting a specific goal. Maybe we have to pass a test, get a certification, or achieve a preset fitness level. However, not all training works this way. Sometimes, there’s no metric, no analogue, and no precedent. We simply have to become the best. It’s important to realize that training is being what and how we already are, and becoming what and how we will be. This is not empty philosophy or a play on words. Think of the enormous potential of tailoring your strengths to the future and limiting your vulnerabilities. Then live that potential, becoming in the everyday!
Take our combat system, for example. Krav Maga means “contact combat.” It’s a system that constantly takes new threat models into consideration and adapts its curriculum to train combatants for those scenarios. It began in the streets of the real world, and still resides there.
We all participate in this process as members and instructors. Every time we learn a new move, ask a question, or teach others by showing insight, we are innovating. Krav Maga is always becoming better–not just better than other combat systems. Krav Maga is getting better at what it does and actually is.