December 25, 2014, Israel
One of my students asked me to write this blog. Thanks Yael K.
Sometimes a student will join a Krav Maga class, and then, for a variety of personal reasons, not be able to continue.
Some time will pass and the student wishes to return but now he or she is worried; the rest of the class has moved up, advanced, I have been left behind, better forget the entire idea.
No, there is no need to do this.
Our approach is we are always going back to the basics, the fundamentals. It is the basics that will save your life. We all need to review the basics, all of us, advanced students, instructors, everyone. We must go back to our building blocks. The fundamentals are the basis of everything we do.
When we train we always start with the basics. The more advanced students can build on that, work on alternative endings and explore various options. The beginners in the group will remain focused on the basics while still being exposed to what the more advanced students are doing.
While working on the basics the more advanced students will notice a little nuance that they missed, an extra little twist or turn of the hips that will make a technique more powerful, the teacher will perhaps observe a little mistake he had not previously noticed. There is always room for improvement.
So we are all training together but each one of us is also working on what he or she needs to improve.
So if you have been out of class for a while, we understand, and you are welcome back at any time. Come in when it suits you. You will be paired up with a suitable partner.
Moshe Katz, in the middle, back in the day at the old dojo. Sempai Sakai and Sempai Terrao.
After eight years in Israel I returned to the United States for a visit. Naturally I went to visit my teacher Saiko Shihan Shigeru Oyama and the gang. I just joined the class as if I had never been away.
After a while Saiko Shihan came up to me and said, "You missed a few classes?" (nothing gets by him).
"Yes", I said, "I moved to Israel and have missed eight years of classes."
But it did not matter, a kick was still a kick, a punch was still a punch, and the training continues.
So remember, it is never to late to come back to class and the door is always opened to a sincere student.
The welcome mat is out! Come in and get on the mat. Time to train.
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