One brown belt cost me $18.00 at Old Navy but the other brown belt cost me three months of intense training including bruised ribs and a bruised right quadricep.
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.
This belt test was the toughest one yet. Our instructors pushed us through a four hour class. We had to perform different choke defenses, headlock ground defenses and arm bar submissions. We also did some light sparring to demonstrate several kickboxing combinations of punches, elbows, body blows and knees.
We passed our test on June 20. Now, we’re working towards our 1st red belts.