What Makes You A Black Belt?

When I started training in Krav Maga, back in the late ’80s of the last century, I didn’t know quitting was even an option. I had the honor of being trained by great people who learned directly under the founder of the system,

WHATEVER TRIGGERS YOU, REVEALS WHAT YOU NEED TO HEAL

How much attention our students give to the instructors may vary from time to time. I’ve noticed they will pay closer attention when we teach something they feel is relevant to them. 

Limits, Like Fear, Are Often An Illusion

We all know the old story of the baby elephant and the rope. Baby elephants were traditionally trained by tying one of their front legs to a peg that limits them from moving around.

How Krav Maga Changed My Academic Performance

How Krav Maga Changed My Academic Performance  Recently, one of our teen students had to write an essay and decided to write about his journey with Krav Maga Experts. This essay, written from the “student’s perspective” puts into words what academic research had proven; Learning self-defense improves academic performance¹ ², increases self-esteem², and a sense… Continue reading How Krav Maga Changed My Academic Performance

Personal Story – Self-defense trains us for many kinds of violence

There are different kinds of violence, not all of them are physical and not all motives to use violence are the same. In the gym, we train to respond to Physical Violence & Sexual Violence mostly. In fact, most of the time it’s the Emotional Violence happens, even when the ‘aggressor’ isn’t a violent person,… Continue reading Personal Story – Self-defense trains us for many kinds of violence

What Yom Kippur Is All About?

On Thursday we are observing Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur marks the end of the Days of Awe or Days of Repentance. Yom Kippur is a time of self-reflection. According to the Jewish tradition, on this day we are being judged for all we have done in the past year. We repent to God asking forgiveness for… Continue reading What Yom Kippur Is All About?

How many hours do I need to train until I can feel safe?

How many hours do I need to train until I can feel safe? The short answer is there’s a big difference between feeling safe and being safe. So perhaps it’s the wrong question to ask.  The self-defense journey starts even before you step on the mat. It takes courage to start, especially when you don’t… Continue reading How many hours do I need to train until I can feel safe?

Warning Signs and Red Flags for Sexual Violence – Rape Prevention Training

The truth of life is that we don’t get to pick when bad things happen. We don’t normally wake up and know that the events of the day will change our lives forever. All we can do is train our minds and body so that, if that day comes, we can be ready:  We can be… Continue reading Warning Signs and Red Flags for Sexual Violence – Rape Prevention Training

Love Isn’t About Protection, It’s About Empowerment

Love Isn’t About Protection, It’s About Empowerment

From The Beginning To a Post-COVID Beginning

Ten years ago I came to the US with so few resources that I sometimes chose between spending money on food or a subway ride. My lack of funds was balanced by an enormous passion to build a safe place for all to learn Krav Maga—a place where everyone is equally important regardless of race,… Continue reading From The Beginning To a Post-COVID Beginning