Member Spotlight: Shelly

Name: Shelly

Rank: P2 

Years of experience: September 2017

What do you do for a living? Lead Marketing Strategist

What Training Krav Maga means to you: 
Freedom. 

What made you want to start training Krav Maga?
As a runner I always felt vulnerable during my runs. The dense trees on either side of the road and off-peak hours intensified the feeling that if a car pulled up next to me and the person inside decided to hurt me, I couldn’t do anything about it. I was always paranoid. My head was constantly on a swivel. I couldn’t even get a good workout in because if I focused on my run, I wasn’t focused on my safety. 
I decided I didn’t want to feel helpless anymore. A friend told me about owner Wayne Helms and Elite Krav Maga and the rest is history. 

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

Intense in the best way possible. It’s different than any activity I’ve ever done for multiple reasons.
First, the people. Our team wants to see you succeed. Which means they’ll slow down when we’re drilling but amp it up to test you mentally and physically during pressure testing.
Secondly, the fitness. There’s an amazing balance of conditioning, strength training, and Krav Maga self-defense. I used to work on cardio and weight lifting every work out with no plan, no program, and no goals and definitely no direction. The professionals at Elite Krav Maga Training & Fitness give you all the tools you need to be in the best shape of your life and to meet your individual goals. All focused on functional fitness.
Third, the freedom. The freedom to feel confident walking to my car at night. The freedom to go on a run after work and focus on my strides, not the potential attacker behind the tree (although that’s always in the back of my mind). The freedom to always have a game plan in case the worst happens. The freedom to know that if someone wants to take me to another location, they’re going to have to kill me first.
Lastly, learning about myself. I never knew how strong, mentally and physically, I truly was. The knowledge you gain from training is incredible, but the resourcefulness you find within yourself is priceless.

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

Not even close. Team sports weren’t my thing so I devoted my high school years to dance (ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, you name it.)


Is this type of training for everyone?

Yes and no. Everyone has the ability to train in Krav Maga. It’s designed to make a civilian a fighter in the least amount of time possible. Ability isn’t the issue – especially if there’s already a solid layer of fitness. It’s the commitment and self-confidence needed to be successful here and part of the team. You get humbled at Elite. And if you can’t handle that, Elite Krav Maga isn’t for you. 

What has been the biggest benefit of training Krav Maga?

The incredible freedom you gain feeling prepared, not paranoid. 

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

What’s Krav “Magra?”
What do you like to do when you are not training?

When I’m not training, I’m either working with my husband on our fixer-upper or sitting on the beach.   

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