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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: Taka Hayakawa

I grew up in Japan, where some of the most popular martial arts have originated. Martial arts such as judo and kendo were part of the public school curriculum. My grandfather was a kendo instructor, and as a child, I remember watching him take care of his antique katana and admiring the strength that it represented.

After finishing my education, I did not get involved in any martial arts for nearly 20 years. What drew me back to the arts of “fighting” was the birth of my first daughter in 2014. Holding my little baby girl in my arms, I felt a strong urge and a sense of responsibility to learn how to protect her. I researched all the popular martial arts until I found Krav Maga. I was attracted by its real life, scenario based training, approach which made sense to me if I were to protect my wife and daughter from someone who may try to hurt them.

I have been a student of Krav Maga for almost a year now. My progress has been slow as I can barely make it to the training once a week being a full-time nurse and full-time dad. Even though I am still level one, Krav Maga helped me build a sense of confidence that I will be able to protect my family.

Also, in this age of in-discriminatory violence and terrorism, it is becoming our civil duty to learn to fight for ourselves and to protect those who cannot defend themselves. To show the aggressors that ordinary citizens will no longer be just victims of their violence, that we will not go down without fighting back.

I look forward to continuing to learn and improve my skills, and perhaps someday I will be able to come to class alongside with my wife and children.

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