I guess I had a preconceived notion of what Krav Maga would be like. I knew it was a form of martial arts but I wasn't aware than anything more than that.
I will preface my review by the fact that I had tried Brazlian Jui Jitsu for the very first time as well, earlier that week, and it was a slow start in the class but I caught on and I liked it. Brazilian Jui Jitsu was low key in that it is at your pace and the practice is more about grappling, using leverage. The Brazilian instructor Marcus was very nice, although he immediately looked intimidating.
Now back to this review..... Krav Maga was not fun. In fact, I was so intimidated by the loud noise and all the bodies running around that I almost walked out as soon as I walked in. The "Beginner" class had already began and it was in full force.
This is what I can honestly share with you from my first impression.
The sensei was strikingly good looking, and I can tell that he can be a nice person, but during the work out, it was extremely hard to follow him. He spoke very very quickly, half of the time, I wasn't sure what his command was. Seemingly, he was pretty rude. He made a comment about how children can follow instructions but adults cannot - using me as some kind of example. Also, it seemed like his directions were random albeit I'm sure he has a class structure.
Having said that, it was pretty difficult to keep up with this "Beginner" class. Ok, it was my fault that I was late to the class so I missed the introduction...... HOWEVER, I have NEVER felt SO LOST in an introductory class. The directions were short and sweet yet said nothing regarding so much technicality. We were supposed to do round house kicks, which I've only seen in movies, and he didn't break down HOW to do the kick.
Finally, Kudos to the young African American woman (also a "beginner" student) who took the time to explain to me the techniques and the process. Thankfully, she had 6 months of training (she didn't act or look like a beginner though, so I'm wondering what the heck she was doing in the class). It was almost as though sensei didn't have the time or the interest in teaching me how to correctly do anything in his class. I was very discouraged.
Hell, I almost cried when my partner had to keep stopping me, while I'm in motion, to show me the correct to do the moves. I HAD TO KEEP STOPPING FOR 20 MINUTES STRAIGHT JUST FOR MY PARTNER TO SHOW ME WHAT I WAS DOING WRONG! The only technique I learned was the fighting stance and I don't think I learned that too well either.
This class was very discouraging. The only motivation to return is to see if I can keep up but guess what, I can go back to Brazilian Jui Jitsu for that.
I felt like a fish out of water, and everyone was just watching me flop around.
The music was too loud, and I felt like there should have been beefcakes milling around because the environment was very much a la Gold's Gym.
Also, I thought I had walked into the wrong gym at first because it was located next to a medicinal marijuana store front.
I'm not so sure I will be returning to this class/venue. I don't mind a challenge but I felt like I didn't belong there. In order for me to learn best, I need visuals, I need verbal step-by-step, I need the attention paid to me to make sure I'm training correctly. I ultimately need to feel welcomed.
The young lady at the front desk wasn't interested in getting me to become a member, it appeared that she just wanted me to get out of her hair.
I think this would be a great work out for me when I was in my late teens or early 20's when I was a bit more resilient and full of anger. I'm in my 30's and my main concern is maintaining my healthy body, to include balance, but I'm not so much into learning how to snap someones neck. However, if I change my mind, I know I can attend this class.
I am almost tempted to take the class at another venue to see the difference in instruction by the sensei so that I don't feel like a partial/complete failure when I walk out of class.