Overcoming Fear and Anxiety in Krav Maga: Embracing the New Journey

Starting a new activity, especially something as physically and mentally demanding as Krav Maga, can stir up a whirlwind of emotions. For many, stepping into the classroom for the first time can be as daunting as it is exciting. If you’re someone who feels a hint of anxiety or fear at the idea, know that you’re not alone.

Fear and anxiety are natural reactions to the unknown, but they should never be barriers to self-improvement.

Here’s how to overcome those feelings and make the most of your Krav Maga experience.

Understand the Root of Your Fear

Firstly, it’s important to pinpoint what’s causing your anxiety. Is it a fear of injury? Intimidation from advanced students? Or perhaps you’re worried that you’re not fit enough? Identifying the root cause can help you address your concerns logically and seek guidance from instructors or peers.

Educate Yourself

Most fears stem from the unknown. Is always a great idea to research and learn more about Krav Maga. Watch classes, speak with me or my instructors, read about Krav Maga’s principles and objectives. The more you know, the less there is to be afraid of. In the words of No 1 Parachute Training School “Knowledge dispels fear”.

Remember Everyone Starts as a Beginner

It might be intimidating seeing advanced students execute complex techniques, but it’s useful to remember they once stood where you stand. Every expert was once a beginner. Embrace your beginner status; it’s a phase everyone passes through.

Start with Small Steps

You don’t have to jump in headfirst. Consider starting with a free induction class, a private lesson, or one of our introductory two-hour or four-hour workshops and seminars (we hold these monthly). This way, you can familiarise yourself with the environment, our members, and the basics of Krav Maga before committing to a full-fledged programme.

Build a Support System

Attending your first class with a friend can alleviate a lot of initial anxiety. Even if you’re embarking on this journey alone, make an effort to connect with fellow beginners or even our more experienced members. A shared experience can quickly build strong bonds.

Trust Your Instructors

Our Krav Maga instructors are trained not just in the discipline but also in guiding students of all levels. Share your concerns with us. Our job is to ensure you feel comfortable, safe, and confident in every class.

Embrace the Process

Krav Maga isn’t just about physical prowess; it’s a journey of personal growth and development. Embracing the process means accepting that there will be hurdles, but each one is an opportunity to learn and grow physically and mentally stronger.

Celebrate Small Wins

Did you master a new technique? Or maybe you attended three classes in a week? Celebrate it! Recognising and celebrating small victories can boost your confidence and reduce anxiety about future challenges.

Remember: It’s Okay to Feel Fear

Fear is a natural emotion, especially when trying something new. Instead of shying away from it, use it as a tool for growth. Each time you confront and conquer your fear, you’re building resilience and confidence.

Keep Your Eye on the Prize

Visualize your goals. Whether you’re seeking self-defence skills, improved physical fitness, or mental resilience, keep these goals in mind. When anxiety creeps in, remind yourself why you started this journey.

My instructors and I have all stood in the same place as you – we get it, starting a new journey in Krav Maga or any other discipline can be daunting. However, by understanding the roots of your fear, arming yourself with knowledge, and embracing the journey with an open mind, you’ll find that these initial anxieties will soon transform into excitement, passion, and determination.

Your Krav Maga journey is a testament to your courage and dedication. Embrace it, and let it shape you into the best version of yourself.

About the author: Mark Edwards is a highly experienced self-defence instructor and personal security specialist with over thirty years of experience providing specialist security services and training in the military, local community, and commercial sectors. During his extensive career, Mark has provided personal security services to high-net-worth individuals, sports personalities and victims of stalking and harassment. If you would like to know more about Krav Maga self-defence classes please click here.