7 tips for your first Krav Maga class

So, you’ve signed up for your first Krav Maga class! Good for you!

Feeling a little apprehensive? Don’t worry! What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger (or some equally motivating slogan designed to make you feel less like you’ve signed up to be thrown into a pit of snakes…)

I can promise you there won’t be snakes. I can also promise that you will sweat and you will be sore the next day.

In any case, here are some tips to make your first Krav Maga class as successful (and hopefully as painless) as possible!

  1. Drink lots of water the day of your class.
  2. Drink lots of water the day of your class.
  3. Drink lots of water the day of your class. Hydration is extremely important when you’re exerting yourself. By drinking plenty of water, you can ensure your body is running at peak performance.
  4. Don’t eat any major meals within an hour of class. I’ve eaten a banana or a granola bar 15-20 minutes before and been okay. Anything more than that and you’ll seriously regret it.
  5. Let the instructor know if you have any injuries before class starts.
  6. Start breathing even breaths as soon as you walk into the gym—in through your nose and out through your mouth. If you can start breathing early, you’ll be better prepared for the intense workout.
  7. Never stop breathing. When you throw a strike, breathe out as you make contact. This will make your strikes faster and stronger, because your body will be more relaxed.
  8. Try not to be too self-conscious. I can assure you the only people who will have the time or energy to notice you will be the instructors and your partner. That’s one of the beautiful things about Krav Maga, you literally can’t think about anything aside from what’s happening at that moment. I’m convinced it’s physically impossible.
  9. Give it all you’ve got. Hitting the pad is not the goal, just like punching someone in the face is not meant to hurt their skin. You want an assailant to feel it in their bones. Hit the bag like it’s the outer layer to something you want to penetrate. You shouldn’t hurt your partner if they’re holding the pads correctly (which they’ll teach you) and paying attention.
  10. Oh! And come prepared with water.

If after the first class you ask why anyone would ever want to endure that, go one more time. If the cardio totally kicks your butt, imagine how great you’ll feel in a month or two when it doesn’t.

The first class is hard. The second class will be hard too. But if you stick with it, you won’t regret it.

3 Replies to “7 tips for your first Krav Maga class”

  1. It’s also ok to be a little apprehensive.
    Don’t worry about slowing the class down, or looking clumsy. Everyone feels that way at first, and almost all other students will be understanding.
    Be prepared to be suprised when you hit or kick someone in class, and they tell you, ‘Well done’. It’s ok to hit and be hit.
    That feeling after the first class…. Where you think “you know that Kravazon was right!”

  2. Kevin – I hope anyone who goes to their first Krav Maga class finds these tips useful! I REALLY hope they come back and tell me all about their experience and if/how my tips helped! 🙂

    Thanks for the suggestions too! I was unbelievably apprehensive the first few classes, but now I go in ready to kick butt!

  3. THANKS These tips were helpfull. Everything from worries about my previosu injuries (Torn ACL & dislocated shoulder). being a not so active guy I can’t begin to stress the breathing is (In through the nose & out the mouth). Also in regards to hitting the pads or hit holding the pads. My view is put into it what you want to get out of it and practice as close as you can comfortably get to being in a real world scenario. Thanks.

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