Getting in a street fight sucks. Getting hit sucks. Even hitting another person sucks.
But learning to fight, training fighting, sparring, mock fighting, wrestling, all of these can be fun – to us, they are amazingly so.
More than they are fun, the above are key to building a fighter’s mindset: all the skills and technicality in the world won’t do, if the first time you face physical adversity is in the street.
At X Fighting we believe that combat sports, where you learn how to strike, defend and counter, where you face an opponent that’s trying to hurt you and make your life harder, can all develop a vast array of skills and abilities that are priceless for self-defence.
Aside from the obvious technicalities of the striking itself, learning to strike a person that’s actively working to prevent you from doing so, and even worse, someone that’s trying to hit you at the same time pushes your timing, speed, accuracy, precision, dexterity and power to the next level. But the real benefit of sparring and training in fighting sports is the mindset: you become desensitised to the fear of being hit, you learn to face adversity, you deal with pain and hardship, you fight through exhaustion, you gain command of your body and mind and most importantly, you get used to fear and learn to channel it.
Our X Fighting team has come to learn and love boxing as a vehicle for building the fighters mindset – the intensity, the skills, the conditioning and fighting range are a perfect match for Krav Maga training, and as such we incorporate many boxing elements when teaching.
If you think you will just poke someone’s eye out when needing to defend yourself, yet you’ve never faced someone that tried to punch you against your will, then you’re optimistic at best.
Despite our love of combat sports, they have many faults and lack many elements when presented as a “self-defence method” – from the difference between “a fight” to “an attack”, to rules and regulations that confine them, to focusing on single opponents, to not dealing with the endless arrays of protentional threats and situations self-defence must cover.
Even the technicalities themselves need adjusting – for example, if we look at boxing again, there’s a big difference in punching and defending with gloves, to doing so without.
As such, over the years we’ve learned to take the combat sport elements we believe are mandatory for Krav Maga practitioners, combine, refine and evolve them, then incorporate them into our teachings.
Learn how to fight, it’s fun.