In this episode of the Civilian Weapon Tactics podcast, I chat with Jim, a gentleman who started training in Krav Maga at the age of 62, and just passed his level 7 test (second-degree black belt) at the age of 73. If you’re not familiar with Krav Maga, you need to know that the vast majority of students working never get past level 3, so this is quite an accomplishment!
Jim has a great perspective on training and on life. I always enjoy his insights, and I’m sure you will too!
Topics Discussed Include:
– Jim’s background, and why he chose Krav Maga.
– The importance of technique, especially for older students.
– How training in Krav Maga is saving his life, even though he’s never used it in self-defense.
– Why knives are scarier than guns.
– How the KM upper-level curriculum compares to the lower levels.
– The importance of training in fundamentals, even for highly experienced practicioners.
– Why he continues to progress, rather than staying at the same level.
– Why it’s so important for people of all ages to “get off the couch” and train.
– Getting past the 2-3 month training hump.
– The mental & emotional benefits of training.
– Conditioning & soreness.
– How training is just fun!
– The most important piece of advice Jim would give.