Self-Defense Class at Krav Maga Portland

On April 3, I had the opportunity to take a self-defense class taught at Portland Krav Maga with Renee Jenkins. It was a padded attacker class, with krav staff helping with instruction and volunteers from the Clackamas County Sheriffā€™s Office as the padded attackers, aka, the guys who are graciously willing to take a beating. šŸ™‚

It was overall an awesome class full of supportive students and instructors and we all learned some valuable lessons in self-defense and how strong we really are. I also really liked that I got to share the experience with my friend Alana, who was awesome enough to come with me. I really love when my friends participate in and support the movement.

Like any class there were pros and cons . . . Here they are!

Pros:
ā€¢Very supportive staff and students. Nobody utilized fear-based tactics and everybody kept it empowering;
ā€¢They taught simple and effective techniques that people of any size can utilize successfully;
ā€¢Cost effective. The class was only $40 and all proceeds went to the Clackamas County Womenā€™s Shelter;
ā€¢Repetition. We got to practice multiple strikes against pads before going at it with the padded attackers.

Cons:
ā€¢The verbal boundary section could have been more organized with instructors running through scenarios with each student;
ā€¢The padded suits our awesome volunteer attackers wore were not completely effective. As an illustration, I delivered a knee strike and bloodied someoneā€™s nose . . . Donā€™t judge me; I was in the moment and it was an attack scenario. ļŠ However, after that happened, I wasnā€™t comfortable utilizing full force.

Overall, it was awesome. You may have noticed I love the word ā€œawesome,ā€ but rest assured, I donā€™t just give it away and this class definitely earned the distinction. I left feeling empowered and prepared. Big thanks to Renee and Krav Maga Portland for putting on such a stellar event!

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