Monday, 9 March 2015
BRICKS AND MORTAR
I was recently on a CrossFit level 2 course. One of the main themes of the course was the programming of movements to increase levels of fitness. Combat Ready Gym offers classes in CrossFit and Krav Maga as do many of the larger warehouse gyms in US. In fact it was a Krav Maga coach that created the CrossFit kids course initially. The point I am trying to make is people often train in one class and look for differences in the others.
The more I teach, the more I understand the commonalities. In CrossFit and Krav Maga it's often a rush of the practitioners to go for the funky moves and miss out the basics. When people watch the CrossFit Games they see the top percent of athletes doing movements and look to emulate them. They forgot about the basics that will last them a life time. Thats the same as the Krav Maga mob. They look to over complicate and learn the most complicated of movements without a solid understanding of the initial movements. Overlook the basics and you can't build a solid structure on top of it and eventually it will collapse.
I like to teach a lot of basics (fundamentals) and we can use the more exotic stuff to keep interest high and challenge us. However, you always must keep in mind that to be successful you need a solid concrete base.
So with that in mind in CrossFit get back to the foundational movements and in Krav Maga get the boxing and low line kicking sharp.
Train and stay safe.