community for those who have protected us
A branch of training that addresses a very special group is veteran’s training. Those men and women who have sacrificed so much for the safety of their fellow citizens have a unique perspective on daily life after military service, and can benefit enormously from group training that respects their experience and challenges. We believe that Krav Maga has an important place in veteran’s lives. Veterans mention a feeling of displacement after service. The lack of hierarchy, organization, and mission-oriented focus in day-to-day life outside of the army can be jarring, and the transition back to civilian living requires significant adjustment. Currently, support for men and women experiencing this change is lacking, which is why a program like ours is so necessary. Veterans benefit from knowing that they are not alone, that what they are feeling is normal and can be managed. They need to be active, as this creates the physiological conditions for both physical and emotional well-being. The dynamic, realistic, hands-on nature of Krav Maga is an intuitive fit for veterans, and a natural stepping stone between combat readiness and civilian activity. Its practicality and realism appeal to those who have spent years in task-oriented environments. Perhaps most importantly, Krav Maga classes for veterans promote individual empowerment. Developing and maintaining personal fitness, learning skills, and developing a sense of camaraderie with new friends are incredibly important ways for veterans to develop civilian connections. This helps servicemen and women to avoid feelings of alienation, depression, and isolation that can sometimes accompany major life changes. We consider the reintegration of veterans a mark of honour, a way of showing respect to, and concern for, those who have sacrificed so much for our safety. Physical activity like Krav Maga has documented benefits for improvement of both physical and mental health.