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Krav Maga revisited

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Last Saturday I did my first Krav Maga class in about 5 years. Today is Monday, and I’ve still got a very store strip of muscles around the middle of my back, from armpit to armpit, from throwing so many punches.

So a bit of history is in order. I had my last KM class back in 2010 (I think). I should research that. But my xyphoid process was broken in a training accident where I was holding a medicine ball to my chest and my training partner was supposed to throw hook and uppercut punches into the sides of it. Sadly, he didn’t know how to do those punches yet, so he just threw straight punches. The medicine ball focused all the power of those punches into a single point – the bone protruding below the end of my breastbone (xyphoid process).

Recovery from that injury took about 4 months or so. By Summer 2011 I was ready to train again, but I had moved to Thousand Oaks and cancelled my enrollment in KM, so I decided to try a summer class at UCLA – Intro to BJJ. That class went very well, and by Fall I was ready to continue. Unfortunately, the transition class (from intro to regular) was taught only on Saturday mornings, and I wasn’t about to make that drive, so I simply dove into the regular class. Well, that didn’t last long. I suffered a rib injury during a drill and it put me out of action for months. By April 2012 I was again able to exercise, but I didn’t train martial arts again. Just exercise, until I demolished my right hip while walking around England and Paris in the summer of 2013. That got rid of the exercise and caused a serious depression that lasted for a year. I gained 50 pounds and lost all my healthy habits and was just resigned to my unavoidable degradation and impending death.

Now I’m mostly over that, and I’m ready to get back to training and exercise and all the good habits I used to have. I’ve got a week of free Krav Maga classes at Simi Valley Krav Maga before I have to commit to paying in advance for my training. I’m going to probably start with a month and see where that gets me. The skills seem to have persisted fairly well, but my stamina and strength is gone.