Member Spotlight: Boris

Name: Boris

Level: P1

Years of experience: January, 2018

What do you do for a living?
Pharmacy at a local hospital

What Training Krav Maga means to you:
Getting stronger, both mentally and physically. It’s extremely hard to fight several attackers at once while I have sweat going into my eyes and I’m out of breath (yesterday’s class, actually). But it’s so much better to be in that situation in a gym surrounded by friends than on a street surrounded by thugs.

What made you want to start training Krav Maga?
Back in college I took karate and BJJ and was looking for a local place to start training again. I tried a couple of classes with Wayne a few years ago when he was teaching in Bryn Mawr area. I liked how he focused on a practical self-defense – what actually works on a street, but unfortunately at that time location and timing didn’t work for me. When I saw Wayne has a new gym in Newtown Square it was a no-brainer for me to join.

What has your training experience been like at Elite Krav Maga Training?
I was a bit surprised that my prior martial arts training didn’t really prepare me for this Krav Maga gym. Yes, I could hit a punching bag very well, but it’s completely different to punch a moving target while that target is trying to punch me back at the same time, while also trying to be aware of what is happening around me or behind me. And all of it while I’m out of breath and my muscles are aching. I like how the classes challenge me mentally and physically and prepare me should I have a high-intensity situation on a street.

Have you ever done this type of training prior to coming to Elite Krav Maga Training and fitness?
Was taking various martial arts during my younger years, but haven’t done much since graduating from college.

Is this type of training for everyone?
I would encourage EVERYONE to try martial arts and see if you like it. And if you are serious about becoming stronger, not afraid of an intense workout, don’t mind occasional bruises and able to punch your partner while maintaining mutual respect toward each other (after all, we are here to learn, not to injure each other), then we’ll definitely have a spot for you! 

What has been the biggest benefit of training Krav Maga?
For me I see two major benefits of my training. First, I’m learning to become more aware of my surroundings, becoming stronger and developing skills to protect myself and my loved ones. The second reason is it’s definitely a great workout and a nice way to lose weight (or in my case, to keep my current weight while enjoying iced caramel macchiato and a chocolate-stuffed croissant at a local Starbucks).

What do people say to you when you tell them that you train Krav Maga?
“I’ve heard the name somewhere, what is it?”

What do you like to do when you are not training?
I enjoy reading, outdoor activities (hiking, skiing, camping) and travel

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