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You’re familiar with the famous movie quote “The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club.”, right? Well, what a lot of you may not know is that I am actually in a fight club of sorts. Yes, really.
For the past three years or so, I have been taking Krav Maga classes. Krav Maga is a form of self-defense, which was first developed by the Israeli army. It combines techniques and philosophies from various martial arts and fight training by using quick, explosive movements. In addition to learning fighting skills and how to defend against things like punches, kicks, choke holds and headlocks, we learn defenses against weapons such as sticks, knives, and guns.
I love Krav because it’s realistic fight training. We train to know how save our own lives and the lives of the people we love should a situation arise in which we need to do so (and I hope it never does). Krav Maga is perfect for any age, shape, or size and you do earn belts and move up in rank (if you can demonstrate that you know your techniques) along the way.
Eventually, there comes a time in your training when you know everything there is to know. Once that time comes, it’s time to through the process of testing for your black belt. I am going through that process now.
At my dojo, there is a very well thought out process designed to help the people testing do their best during the actual tests, of which there are three. Twice a year they hold boot camp qualifications and if you pass, you move on to boot camp. Once you’re in boot camp, you attend extra training with the instructors once a week where you learn what specific techniques they want to see on which phase of the black belt testing (there are a lot of different techniques, so they break it up over the three tests). Then ,once a month over three months, you test.
To qualify to get into boot camp we had to demonstrate several techniques, run a timed mile, do 25 push ups without stopping and 50 sit ups, also without stopping. Here I am with my partner the day of qualifications:
I’ve been working with my partner Meghan for a long time now. In class, you need partners and you can partner with anyone you want, but her and I just sort of gravitated towards each other. Working with her has been so good for me and I can’t even imagine going through this process with anyone else. After working with each other for so long, we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses & we motivate each other a lot. Plus, she only lives about 5 minutes from me, so we get together to workout on our own once or twice a week.
We’ve been in boot camp for the last month and this past Saturday was our phase one black belt test. I really had no idea what to expect other than it was going to take hours. I had heard that it was usually anywhere between 3 and 4 hours, so I was really worried about having the energy to keep myself going for the entire time.
So, I stopped by Walmart to pick up some EAS Complete Protein products to help me make sure I was in tip top fighting shape. EAS products are part of a healthy lifestyle that includes fitness, so it sounded like it was exactly what I needed.
I started drinking the EAS Complete powder, which is a great source of protein, a few days before my test. I love that it has sealed top and scoop located right in the lid so I didn’t have to put your hand in the powder. How cool is that?
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I made sure to bring one of the Complete Protein Ready to Drink bottles along with me on test day. Like I said, I wanted to keep my energy up!
Meghan and I got to the dojo early and we were both as ready as we were gonna be for our test. I’m not gonna lie – it was hard. Really hard. But then again, if it were easy everyone would be a black belt.
During our test we did drill after drill as well as running our timed mile, doing 100 push ups, 100 sit ups and three 2 minute sparring rounds each. It took about 3.5 hours and even though I was beyond exhausted, I felt amazing by the time the test was over.
There are three of us going through the process and I am happy to say that we all passed phase one. Phew.
Phase two is coming up the last weekend in August, so I will be working hard to prepare for that over the next few weeks.
So now it’s your turn – what are your plans for reaching your fitness goals and becoming a healthier you?