How krav maga changed me: one woman’s mind-body transformation

Instructor Rita Matty on how she discovered krav maga, as told to Alice Birrell. About six years ago a friend of mine was mugged outside our apartment. Somebody suggested self-defence so we decided to go to krav maga together. I went to support her and fell in love with it. Women come in for different reasons; there are women who have been victims of domestic violence, women who are in lines of work where they don’t feel safe, and some to get fit. Everyone has a different mentality but the end goal is the same: you learn to defend yourself. It was the first time I had encountered something that wasn’t just fitness. I have been fit for most of my life but attending a class and learning a skil

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