Student Stories - Kevin Reilly

Our students at Krav Maga Maryland come from all different walks of life. We asked them to share their stories of how Krav Maga has helped their change their lives for the better.

By: Kevin Reilly

I’ve been in and out of Krav Maga Maryland since it first opened in 2005 in Owings Mills.  I am a 65 year old retired high school physical education teacher and coach.  I’ve spent my entire life around exercise & sports.  As I have aged, I have found it more and more difficult to find the means and motivation to exercise.  Some joint issues have greatly added to that difficulty.  Krav Maga has helped me tremendously in my efforts to continue to be active. I wanted to provide this in hopes that it may help others gain an understanding of what participating in Krav Maga might do for them. These are just a few of what I feel are my most significant thoughts:

1. Krav Maga is completely self-pacing.  I have seen men and women of all ages and ability levels consistently participate in Krav regularly.  It is demanding—but it is structured to bring all students along at a pace at which they feel comfortable and to keep them safe while doing so.

2. Krav Maga is not only exercise; it teaches people a skillset.  A skillset that could just save their life.  Since becoming involved in Krav, I believe I have a more realistic view of personal self-defense.  

3. It has helped me develop a more realistic worldview.  Not bad, honestly; probably better because I feel I have a better awareness and a better understanding of violence.  I really believe my family and I are safer because I have trained Krav Maga.

I don’t believe you will meet a finer group of people than the students and instructors at KMMD.  I know the physical nature of Krav Maga can be intimidating, but in all my time practicing I have never encountered a malicious person or anyone who wasn’t willing to help me get better—instructors or students.  The people you meet there are just fantastic.  The instructors are well trained and just great people. It is my hope to practice Krav Maga as long as I physically can.

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Rachel Parker