“[Krav Maga is] built on simple principles, instinctive movements, and practical techniques. [It] started as the official self-defense system of the Israel Defense Forces. To this day it remains a favorite among law enforcement agencies, military personnel, and anyone who is interested in making the transformation of a lifetime. That’s right — anyone.” (Krav Maga Worldwide Website description)
Tough. Focused. Aggressive. Clear. Strong. Powerful. These are words that come to mind as I think back on my Krav Maga class observation. My friend recently passed a belt advancement test into the next level in this world class self defense and fitness training. Over breakfast this morning, she trusted me with her story of attending a weekend de-escalation conference with elite Marine physical and martial arts trainers. I’m awed and excited at her courage.
Conference leadership were men that she deeply admires and looks up to. These people are the “creme de la creme” of the people she admires most in life. Each leader demonstrates the discipline, skills, mental focus and “grit” to move into some of life’s toughest interactions, and move the interaction toward a safe resolution. Each resolves real life and death emergencies, tough human interactions, as well as training elite forces of our US military in self defense and near range combat. This caliber of leadership was the group that this amazing friend spent time with.
Her mentors mentor is mentored and trained by these leaders. (That’s an awkward way to saying that because of her mentor, she had access to down-time and experiences with the leadership of this elite event.) She witnessed interactions, heard conversations and evaluations other participants weren’t privy to, over dinner and drinks. She came home awed at her own courage, the experience and the level of privilege she’d been granted.
I’m curious. Did the connection with a higher level of excellence and performance also leave her wondering what new paths might be available to her, if she chooses to continue to cultivate the greatest version of herself? Her mental focus and force of will is established. She already gives these permission to grow and evolve.
She’s in the process of looking at potential impediments to stepping more fully onto the path that delights, excites and challenges her; her personal hero’s journey “next step.” She’s looking at variables and counting the cost of each one. Smart woman.
She’s already a champion, calling her own shots and selectively discounting comments of discouraging naysayers outside of her “wonder woman” tribe. She’s facing one of the many phase gates life’s journey contains, and taking time to ponder.
Blessings and wisdom as you assess and determine what best nourishes your passion and grows the powerful, inspirational spirit God packed inside of you. Go Go Go! Thanks for sharing the passion, the story, and the complicated conundrum. I’m excited to walk alongside, whatever path you choose.