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Hyderabad Krav Maga Featured in India Today

Hyderabad Krav Maga Featured in India Today

Knife Disarming Technique

A Krav Maga Session

Krav Maga in Hyderabad is getting popular each day with new people joining in almost every weekend! It is a good sign that awareness is spreading regarding self-defense and people are turning towards this practical self-defense art.

Stats apart, posting this picture here simply reflects my happiness to be featured in the picture, a session in the dojo 😀

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Training on Close-Space Combat Skills

When the ghastly rape and brutal murder of the Delhi girl left the nation in a miasma of rage, blame-game, sheepish statements and utter confusion, IKMF India efficiently organized a workshop on close-spaced combative techniques. Instead of raving on the situations with numerous attacks at every nook and corner of the country or rather the world, the need of the hour is to be prepared. To be able to defend yourself is not a luxury or extra curriculum activity any more. It has become a ‘requirement’. So, I happily jumped at the very first chance of learning these techniques and be part of an international workshop with fellow Kravists in the stalwart presence and expert supervision of Sensei Vikram Kapoor, the India head of IKMF.

While the technical details of the workshop very soon will be available at IKMF Hyderabad blog site, I would mainly concentrate on ‘the day’ as I experienced it 🙂 .

Let me begin with the pathetic search for the Kangaroo School ground, a pre-school, where the workshop took place. A constant 1 and 20 minutes search ultimately made me feel proud that I succeeded in helping the event by locating and informing our Hyderabad instructor Ajit Varma about the place accordingly. The joy was a flicker! The very next stroll dawned the information on me that the place could be reached in 5 minutes from the main road! But I chose to be happy…that’s it!

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The school ground where we practiced

The School Van

The School Van

The closed-spaced bus in which we practiced

Next is the D-day! Both me and my hubby were oddly excited to think that we’ll be meeting Vicky Sir! Odd, cause the meeting with Sensei doesn’t mean a usual coffee table meeting but a strenuous workout session and we were getting happy to be ‘killed’! And he didn’t disappointed us 😀

Vikram Kapoor, IKMF India Head

Vikram Kapoor, IKMF India Head

That’s almost similar to the look when he first met us 😀

After a full 3 hours huffing-puffing we were thoroughly satisfied and the instructors called it a day. Here are some memorabilia from one of the events in my life which left me fully happy and brimming with joy!

The Hyderabad IKMF Group and other participants after the workshop

The Hyderabad IKMF Group and other participants after the workshop

Krav Maga for life, it is!

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Krav Maga Team Outing – Part Doux

A Peep into The Historic Vijayawada With KM Team-mates

It was as if a mini election (read selection) session for the Houses, the way voting went on in our cosy little Krav Maga group on Facebook! And after loads of references Raada in Vijayawada region of AP claimed the victory. Our itinerary included historic caves, a picturesque lake and flaked out fort, this much we knew. What we didn’t know and what constituted the major fun part were the cuisines and their spellings, potential candidates for any spelling-bee contest, I would say and also the telephonic conversation with the resort guys that can any day give a steep competition to the hilarious “He is Mi and I am Yu” compilation from Rush Hour 3!!! 😀

But the trip gifted us a store-house of nice moments and loads of picture to relish again and again. Here are some…Enjoy 🙂

The ‘footfall’ of Krav-Magaites Hyderabad

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A view of the lake from our balcony in the resort

The lake and the ferry ghat to the Bhavani Island

The lake and the ferry ghat to the Bhavani Island

Undavalli Caves

A short drive away from Guntur and Vijayawada are these Undavalli caves (4th-5th century); a series of weather-worn architectural wonders that houses Vishnu temple and several rock-cut idols and of course loyal monkey guards!

The temple inside

The temple inside

Ancient Rock-Cut Idol

Ancient Rock-Cut Idol

The cameramen getting photographed!

The cameramen getting photographed!

A view from the caves

A view from the caves

Whispering timeless corridors

Whispering timeless corridors

Bhavani Island

Our next day destination after the caves was this picturesque lake and the picture-postcard estuary island. The so-called tree-houses (actually just made of wood and elevated to the height of the surrounding trees) looked really something awesome to covet for!

The scenic lake

The lake towards Bhavani Island, A.P.

The lake towards Bhavani Island, A.P.

An example of what made our time there FUN! 😉

Understood what is communicated!!!

Understood what is communicated!!!

Tree House in Bhavani Island

Tree House in Bhavani Island

Kondapalli Fort

A long winding road to the fort and oozing tension in Clarence’s mind due to the possible scratches to his car n gosh it got one! 😥  Bad, no doubt but the fort-visit was nice. This 7th C fort on the hill amazes the visitor with the very question – ‘how did they manage to construct this???!!!”

Kondapalli Fort

Kondapalli Fort

Outside the Kondapalli Fort

Outside the Kondapalli Fort

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A Bird's Eye View from the Kondapalli Fort

A Bird’s Eye View from the Kondapalli Fort

A magnificent and humongous Lord Hanuman Temple on the way!

Hanuman Temple

Hanuman Temple

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A Fun Filled Krav Maga Team Outing – Part I

It was a CW Proposal. If you are wondering what or who this highly confidential sounding CW is, then here is the answer – CW denotes Mr. Clarence Wong, the never exhaustive activity think-tank in our energetic Hyderabad Krav Maga family. Now, to catch up on the trail let’s come back to the ‘CW Proposal’ which was a quick trip to Medak Church and the nearby dam. So, on a fine Saturday afternoon, divided in four cars, we started our trip.

The group on the trip

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The journey that ensued created a string of fun-filled moments that till date we cherish. For instance the memorable detour of our Sir ji and Rahul; their pakoda picnic on the way while the rest of us was trying to get them back with us thinking they are having a hard time finding the way back!

medak2Sir n Rahul before taking off to their detour! 😀

We also did experience being ‘stranded’ in the middle of a highway, that also sitting in a moving car due a spectacular difference in speed between the three other cars! While CW’s mean-machine zoomed passed ours, there was no sign of Sir’s Yeti cause of his cautious driving 😀 . The only relief was the occasional view of Kaushik’s car which signaled that we’re on the right way!

knThat’s KN’s car; our relief!

And at last we reached! The rain started by that time creating a lovely weather but also hurrying us up on the way back. So, here are some quick treat to eyes, the places that we visited –

churchThe Medak Church, our main trip attraction.

medak4A view from the Church entrance of the rain drenched pathway.

dam 1Trip attraction No: 2; Medak Dam

dam2A lovely water bed near the dam.

And as the evening darkness was setting in fast, conniving with the cloudy weather, we had to start our return journey ASAP. But a lovely and memorable trip was this one paving way for many more in the days to come 🙂

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Krav Maga for LIFE – The Hyderabad Chapter

Krav Maga for Life – Chapter 2

Blindly believing “If you do not harm anyone, none will harm you” can work for many; may be in a lifetime they would not face any adversity. But, in a world governed by the principal of ‘survival of the fittest’, can we really be lackadaisical about our own safety? Probably not. And here comes the importance, the need of learning self defense techniques, the need of learning Krav Maga.

Why Krav Maga?

You can ask and of course, you should ask, before you commit yourself to the art. Krav Maga is an Israeli Martial Art that combines practical techniques of many other martial art forms like Muay Thai, Jujitsu etc. Basically this form teaches you 200% defense using your body to simultaneously defend against an attack thwart the adversary. You learn to defend yourself against apparently simple but potentially dangerous hand gripping to choke attacks, bear-hug attacks to disarming your opponent once you advance in the levels of learning Krav Maga. So, now you see the practicality of the training? And that’s not all; regular sessions will help you stay fit as each class opens with fair amount of warm up exercises as well.

Krav Maga Hyderabad Chapter

Krav Maga Hyderabad is a part of the Krav Maga India group which in turn is a part of the International Krav Maga Federation. Mr. Vikram Kapoor is the Chief Instructor of IKMF India and for all the centers in India. In the Hyderabad center Captain Ajit Varma, is our instructor. Classes are held in the dojo @360° Fitness, Jubilee Hills on weekend. With the rising enrollment almost every week, now there are two batches available. Beginners come in the 9am to 10:15am slot while the seniors practice in the second slot: 10:15am to 11:30 am.

The exciting and rigorous or excitingly-rigorous session starts with KIDA, the bow, and you are up for a relievingly exhaustive and enjoyable session. So, if you are looking to pep up your fitness regime with practical combative techniques or you are just simply a Krav Maga fan, just make up your mind to follow through the processes and visit the dojo.

KIDA 🙂

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Krav Maga for LIFE

I cannot remember what was my reaction when I first heard the name of this martial art form. Neither can I recall the feelings while visiting the dojo for the first time. All that unfamiliar feelings, however, are changed now; replaced with a smile, a vibe of life, cause Krav Maga has become an indispensable part of my life. Krav Maga for ‘life’, truly!

Martial art, like many other traditions of India, has always been there, embedded in the main stream of life, but passed into oblivion. I cannot but feel a bout of sadness to see that the moment ‘martial art’ is uttered, all that the common folks remember is the Far East, the legends and contemporary practitioners, not in the real life arena but in the reel life. Not that it is bad; not that I don’t respect those famous figures who have ‘earned’ their fame through rigorous practice and not by chance. But the itching part is, very few of us are aware of our indigenous martial art forms like “Gatka”, “Silambam” or “Kalaripayattu” though fortunately the last one has gained some mileage now. On the contrary, it is almost ironical to see there is no dearth of karate or kung-fu masters (at least in their words, if not in action or practice) that you’ll meet in every nook and corner in India. Finding the ‘real master’ is to find the needle in the haystack! But that’s a different story. What my point is, you will easily find many people familiar even with the names like Muay Thai, Taekwondo, various styles of Kung-Fu so on and so forth, but very few who are truly aware of our indigenous martial art forms! And it is almost a relief that I feel seeing very few people actually know of Krav Maga cause those who ‘know’, are really aware of this practical form of martial art. A BIIIIIIG relief, I would say. Call me a deterrent material on the way of popularity for Krav Maga, but I really do not wish my dearest form of martial art gaining popularity through fake practitioners. Let it be exclusive, but let it be practiced by those who love this art from their hearts and not for their ‘reel-life’ inspired portrait of martial arts.

And so, here I go again. Unlike many girls and like some, I was enthusiastic about learning martial arts during my academic life. But ‘like’ many Bengali parents cancelling the ‘unlikely’ breach of common Bengali traditions doled out for girls, I was prescribed a doze of practice – not instrumental but vocal feats of music – Classical, Rabindra-sangeet, Nazrul-Geeti and so on!!! So my dear dream of training in martial arts went into a slumber for almost 18 years before it was shaken and stirred up by the chance meeting with Krav Maga, through my dear hubby. And the story began.

It is only 5 months now, that we are practicing Krav and already in love with this practical form of self-defense techniques. And if the chance meeting with Krav Maga was not enough, we’ve got luckier to get an enthusiastic team of fellow Kravists, all training under the experienced instructor, the talented Mr. Ajit Varma, the ‘Sir’, our sir 🙂 .

We all look forward to the promising 48 hours; may be some of us begin our Monday thinking that 5 more days to go to the ‘promised hour’!!! I did it and still do it. But now I look forward to even more exciting 3 hours within that 48 hours; the 3 hours that have given a motive to my life (not that I didn’t have any; after all waiting for the next End of the Season Sale can also be motive enough :D), something without which weekends become meaningless to me and it is Krav Maga, it is the dojo, the familiar faces and the comforting, stout presence of Sir that make me feel that yes, life is worth living.

A journey that started in August 2012 at the 360° Fitness center, the location of the Hyderabad dojo of Krav Maga India, a part of the renowned International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF), is still in its nascent state; but promising enough to get me addicted and look forward to a long-term association with the art form, with the honorable instructors and with the bunch of crazy-unique fellow Kravists.

Krav Maga – bringing lives together, weaving the dreams and passions for A BETTER LIFE.

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