Hi! My name is Cheryl and I am a brand new member at KRAV MAGA OC (KMOC) in California. My goal is to share my journey with you into the world of Krav Maga, and maybe even entertain you a little, too. As you read, perhaps you will be able to relate, or maybe you have had a completely different experience, but regardless if you are new like me, or are a seasoned veteran, we all have a story to tell and our connection will be our passion to better ourselves in this unique and fascinating discipline!
So a little about me. I'm a 42 year old woman (who is not afraid to reveal her age, ha!) who moved to Orange County about 4 years ago from Seattle, Washington. Due to a series of traumatic life-changing events, I had become seriously overweight and unhealthy, and about a year ago my doctor urged me to find an exercise program I could stay consistent with. I found out quickly I am not a person who enjoys treadmills, spin class or any type of mind-numbing repetitive gym routines. After almost bursting into tears one day on the treadmill from sheer boredom, I went home and logged onto my computer in search of a solution. Boxing. Kickboxing. Mixed Martial Arts. Hmmm...THAT sounded interesting! So I promptly hired a personal trainer to help me. I sucked at all of them. Badly. But, as time went on, I started to lose weight, get stronger and I realized I was actually having fun doing it! Unfortunately, my trainer moved up to Torrance, CA - over an hour away - and so I found myself looking again, for a solution. Enter Krav Maga OC!
It took me about 20 minutes to research what the heck "KRAV MAGA" was, and how to SAY IT. I started asking around and although some people knew about it, mostly I got the "Krav what?" response. I loved the fact that it seemed even more interesting than the standard Boxing/MMA stuff, and I have to admit I secretly found the words "combat tactics" exciting. I was also super interested in learning self defense - something useful while getting in shape! Learning punches, kicks and other movements is fun and certainly a great way to get in shape, but what I was really looking for is how to USE them in a real-life situation - because you know, you probably won't have your boxing gloves on when the guy with the mask is mugging you at the ATM, nor will you be in your "workout" mindset. I want to know how to instinctively MOVE and give myself a fighting chance! There have been times in my life when I was in danger and these skills would have been invaluable to have. Hopefully I will not have to use these skills to defend myself in the future, but I sure do want to be a bit more prepared if I do! Do my friends think I'm crazy? Maybe a little. But my joining in sure has created a buzz in my circle and I am so excited to get started!
So there you have it. I am not young. I do not have six-pack abs. I'm just an average girl looking for a more meaningful way of moving and challenging my mind and body. I have a found a new passion!
If you are interested in reading more about my life, see my other blog at http://crazydogmama.blogspot.com/