Member Spotlight: Felicia

Name: Felicia
Rank: P3
Years of experience: January 2018
What do you do for a living?  Digital Forensic Analyst 

What Training Krav Maga means to you: 

Confidence. Looking back, I may have been well aware of what happens in the world for a long time, but I had a false sense of security in my abilities. I have never been in a fight and didn’t realize exactly what a situation was like until I started training. Not only am I more confident in my abilities, but I am also confident that I can protect a loved one should the need (hopefully never) arise. We train today so we can walk with confidence tomorrow.

What made you want to start training Krav Maga? 

When I first started at Elite, I had just moved back to the East Coast after living overseas. Staying in the Philly area, I needed something active to do while I was waiting to start my new job, so I started looking for a jujitsu gym. As I was searching, I happened past an ad for Elite and the Beginners Krav Maga Camp. I remembered a friend who was in the Army telling me about his training in Krav Maga and he told me how beneficial it is for a woman as she will be able to defend herself. I figured the Beginner’s Krav Maga Camp would be just enough of a taste to see if I liked it. A year and a half later, I’m so hooked that I drive an hour and a half one way to train with Wayne and the team 2 to 3 times a week.

What has your training experience been like at Elite Krav Maga Training? 

Phenomenal! Wayne is a great coach, he knows so much about Krav Maga, wrestling, other combat activities and general real world incidents and he does a fantastic job imparting that knowledge onto his students. He demonstrates the technique as per the curriculum, but he will also discuss a better way, especially for those of us who are not physically 6’5 but who insist on fighting like we are.. He uses his training, knowledge and skills to help us be better Krav Maga practitioners. Wayne and the rest of us who train at Elite, we’re not just a team. We’re a family. And I, for one, love that.   

Have you ever done this type of training prior to coming to Elite Krav Maga Training and fitness? 

No. I was never a gym person and the closest I came to taking an organized gym class or martial arts was a semester of Judo in college. 

Is this type of training for everyone? 

Yes and no. Yes, in that not only are you getting in shape and exercising (welcome to Krav Maga, we warm up like you workout!), but you are building the confidence and situational awareness that is so needed in this day and age. That said, it is not for those who are unable to leave ego and machismo tendencies aside. You must be able to control yourself, mentally and physically, and be capable of handling and tolerating high stress situations. We spar and we love it. You will get punched. But, we all have families, work and lives outside of the gym to go home to and no one wants a broken nose.

What has been the biggest benefit of training Krav Maga? 

Obvious fitness and self-defense benefits aside, the biggest benefit for me has been psychological. Both in handling ongoing and high stress situations, and knowing that I can protect loved ones if necessary. 

What do people say to you when you tell them that you train Krav Maga? 

The most common things people say to me are: “so, you’re trained to kick my butt?”, “when are you going into the octagon and doing MMA?” and “wait, you willingly let people punch you in the face?!”

What do you like to do when you are not training? 

When I’m not training or working, I love cooking and baking, taking the motorcycle for a spin and spending time with friends and family.

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