Krav Life: 60+ in years, 100% in Krav

Quora Question: I’ve been intrigued by your mentions of Krav Maga. I am looking for something interesting to re-ignite my fitness commitment…which has really sadly lapsed over the last 18 months. But I’m 60-plus & no longer fit…are there baby steps?

I’m so honored, thank you. Krav Maga is most definitely intriguing and amazing and interesting. It’s one of the great passions of my life now.

So, the answer is that you don’t need baby steps. You just need a good teacher who can help you learn in the most challenging and safe and appropriate way.

My teacher Raz maintains that Krav Maga is for everyone. He has taught pre-schoolers and he has taught people in nursing homes who can’t even walk, and everyone in between.

Everyone can benefit from Krav Maga, we have people in their seventies who are working out.

However, just because Krav Maga is for everyone doesn’t mean that every move in Krav Maga is for everyone.

Krav Maga is about efficient solutions to problems, but often those solutions are dependant on many factors (just a few are location, level of threat, attacker’s goals, attacker’s size, number of attackers) and one is your own skill set.

Some moves work better for tall people. Some require more stamina. Some require more training. A good teacher will work to help you find what works best for you.

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Imi Sde-Or, our founder was elderly and badass

You might not be able to run initially, so you might have to warm up on a stationary bike. You might not be ready to spar, and need more time. I can’t speak to your individual needs, but a good teacher can modify the curriculum so that you are safely challenged, and help you build the stamina and strength and skills required.

A good one won’t make you do anything your body can’t take, they will show you how to use your body to make it the best it can be.

The only step you need to take is finding a good teacher and following their instructions and give your time on the mat your best effort.

Now is the perfect age to start.

Writer, lawyer, Kravist, friend

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