I walked into the Krav Maga Salem gym with a mixture of emotions.
Like most females my age I am very aware of the potential risks I face even going to the store by myself in the evening. This fear is something I have carried around most of my life. But despite this and how much I like people and trying new things, I was scared to actually go out of my comfort zone and attend a self defense class.
But after reading enough articles of trafficking scenarios targeting moms and their children in my area, I finally reached a point where my desire to learn outweighed my fear of putting myself out there.
I am almost positive my first class I looked like a cat being forced to take a bath. The only fight I have ever been a part of was online and to say I didn’t know what I was doing was an understatement.
But I left that class feeling a sense of self confidence I haven’t felt in almost 10 years.
That first class was back in May. I have been taking Krav Maga classes for about 6 months now.
And yeah I have learned how to throw a punch( take a punch) block an attack and how to avoid dangerous situations altogether. But I think the most valuable thing I’ve gained is getting my sense of self back after I went from “Ashley” to “Mom”. And I am so grateful my children get to reap the benefits of a healthier happier mom.
If you are thinking of taking a class I would so emcourage you to take that step and try. For those of you who are local (Salem Oregon) feel free to message me if you want to join me for a class! Let me know in the comments what you have done out of your zone of comfort that you ended up loving.