The second pillar of Krav Maga is body conditioning.
A physical confrontation is fast and explosive. We need to be able to quickly delivery strong counter strikes and escape the area. This requires anaerobic fitness - this is like a sprinter... the energy is already stored in the muscles depletes fast (10-20s).
However, a typical Krav Maga class lasts over an hour so we also need endurance... cardio-vascular fitness. Naturally a class has peaks and troughs of activity over its duration so you will be hitting and enhancing the different energy systems:
- Warm-up... get the heart-rate up, strengthen the muscles and prepare the body;
- Pad drills... steadily working on exercises like strike pads to develop strength, endurance and cardio capacity;
- Group drills... high intensity scenarios and simulations of realistic self defence situations
Aaron Moore is the New Zealand Director for Krav Maga Global and Head Instructor for Krav Maga Global - Auckland.
He was awarded his Instructor Diploma by Master Eyal Yanilov and has 10-years experience teaching Krav Maga in UK & NZ