Patty shows off her bruises and new brown belt from months of hard work.
Patty and I joined a martial arts studio in the summer of 2013 to learn Krav Maga, an Israeli military self-defense system that mixes techniques from boxing, Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu, and wrestling. Although Krav Maga students try to avoid confrontation, we are taught skills to finish a fight quickly with vicious attacks to the most vulnerable parts of the body including the face, throat, ribs and groin.
For our brown belt test this semester, we had to perform different ground defenses including a standing arm bar and triangle choke. We also had to demonstrate several kickboxing combinations of punches, elbows, body blows and knees.
This belt test was the toughest one yet, much more demanding than our green belt test. Our instructors pushed us through a three hour class that completely exhausted us. Then, before we could catch our breath, they ran us through a conditioning workout of push-ups, sit-ups, burpees and mountain climbers.
We passed our test on March 28. Now, we’re working towards our 2nd brown belts.