Guitar Krav Maga
By Moshe Katz
Israeli Krav International

April 11, 2016, Israel

Last night I was at a wedding, one of our students got married, to a sister of another student. I do not dance and in general I find weddings kind of a bore. So I was watching the band. They were quite good and it made me think back to my days in the band, before Krav Maga.

The band was sharp, the transitions, the tempo, the shift from one musical section to another, all so fluid and...natural.

Watching them I thought to myself this is the kind of flow that can only come after a long time. The instruments, the guitar becomes a part of you, an extension of your body. You know it like your own body. You do not need to look at it, it is a part of you.

This does not depend on a particular period of practice, this is the result of "living the guitar" for years, so it becomes so fluid, natural, a part of you.

If someone were to ask, "How long until I can play like that?" the answer would be, do not ask, it will come when it comes.

It is the same with Krav Maga. Today I had a new group, pre army guys. Naturally they thought they can do a technique a few times and they are ready to face terrorists. I explained to them that they are not even ready to face little girls. Krav Maga is the fastest system in the world to learn but even this requires time. The more time you spend on it the more natural it becomes.

Like the musicians in the band last night, like a good chef, there is no substitute for time. Things need to jell, a good soup, a good wine, takes time.

So train, work hard, come to class, but don't focus on the end result right now. Let it flow, let it happen, let the guitar become part of you, let the Krav Maga techniques and concepts become a part of you. In time your body will feel it and know it and it will feel right, and you will have no more questions.

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