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Thu, Apr. 19th, 2007, 05:27 pm
How I spend my balmy summer evenings

For the next couple of weeks I'll be taking my gradings for Krav - the ultra violent Israeli martial art I do  due to the fact that I loathe gyms.  I place these here for posterity, so that in the future I can look back and saying "WTF was I thinking?" and so that, should I drop down dead somewhere the police won't think I was being abused or something.

Anyway, I present the results from the first night. It turns out to be surprisingly difficult to take pictures of your own bruises.

Left bicep

Left BicepLeft Bicep 2Left Bicep 3

Right bicep

Right inner wrist (blocking punches and "ice pick" style over arm knife stabs) - this one didn't really come out well ...

Right outer wrist (blocking punches, straight knife thrusts and protecting the face whilst someone's straddling you and trying to punch you)

Left leg (blocking kicks) - I took a nasty knock to this when me and my sparring partner both went up for a roundhouse kick at the same time and he was wearing shin pads and I wasn't

And right leg. I think I got these from a knee strike I did during my 3-on-1 pressure testing that nearly accidentally broke preachermuaddib's ribs  :(

Not shown - swollen right fingers from a gun disarm gone wrong (stupid trigger guards) , bruises on left inner and outer wrist (couldn't get a good photo), misc others in inaccessible places. No black eyes yet to spoil my otherwise ruggedly handsome (*cough*) good looks - touch wood.

Off out again tonight and then twice next week which should be ... interesting.

As a bonus - a couple of krav videos which sort of show where the bruises come from (excuse the cheesy death metal).

Originally posted on deflatermouse.vox.com

Thu, Apr. 19th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)

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Fri, Apr. 20th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)

Despite appearances to the contrary I actually love it.

I've done other martial arts before but have often found them too stylised. There was too much kata and you never really started leanring the good stuff till you hit black belt.

The things I love about it are that it's an entirely practical system. In essence whatever works, goes. In the nearly 2 years I've been doing it our techniques have changed considerably as the the instructor has learnt new things and real world experiences have been incorporated.

The other great thing about it is - practically zero dicks in class. Because of the nature of stuff we do (lots of arm and leg twists, elbow strikes, chokes, 5 minute loing pressure tests which are exhausting) if you really wanted to, or you weren't paying attention then you could really hurt someone. People who turn up and start throwing their weight around are a liability and somehow always seem end up sparring wiht the unassuming guy in the corner who just happens to have been doing it for 5 years, or the tiny girl who can quite easily kick their arse. Either their egos get bruised and they don't ever come back or they learn quickly.

One of the best bits of the class is that a bunch of people (with all assholes weeded out) tend to head to the pub afterwards and natter and I often go and do some training with friends in a park over the weekend. The other benefit of that is that if ever I'm feeling like I can't be bothered to head to class then I know that if I don't go my friends will take the piss out of me which is a good motivation :)

So yeah. I think it's brilliant and, despite the bruising I've very rarely been injured or even seen a serious injury.

Fri, Apr. 20th, 2007 12:35 am (UTC)

You still owe me drinks fucker


Fri, Apr. 20th, 2007 05:28 am (UTC)
tildequinn: ooooh, purrdy.

man, i totally should have taken pictures of my krav bruises from a few months ago. all i have is this one picture of a bruise i regularly get from air hockey.

i play air hockey for keeps.

Fri, Apr. 20th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)

WTF were you thinking?

Actually when Steven works on the LeMons car, his arms look the same way. He like to wear thirts and tell people that I beat him.

Fri, Apr. 20th, 2007 11:33 am (UTC)

I've been starting to learn Wing Chun recently. I had a bruise on my forearm when learning how to block kicks with it...

I think the bruises are an essential part of learning martial arts. (Though I've never been entirely sure about Krav being an "art" in that sense).