Yesterday I had my first class in Krav Maga.

As expected, all the ground exercises are challenging for me. But even in the standing stance - the guard is different from boxing, especially when defending against an attacker with a knife - you even have to change to southpaw depending on where the knife is. I am eager to see what I can transfer as a knowledge and experience from boxing (open-hand hitting will not be very natural for quite awhile).

I have to say, I am worried that I can injure myself fairly easy in this sort of thing. Besides all the bruises from falling, I have sprained a bit a wrist and an ankle and it was only my first time.

I didn't like the level of physical exercise, though. At first I thought it's all because I am new and the instructor didn't wanted to make me quit or something, but I didn't see anyone doing many conditioning exercises - pretty much everything was technical.

The instructor seems to be very good at what he does. He definitely set the sense of respect after he threw me out for getting in 2min early and with the shoes on. :) He told so much interesting trivia about Krav Maga, Karate, Judo, even boxing, that I couldn't memorize it all (and it was just an hour workout). A lot to be learned from this guy.

Overall - I think I found a new challenge for myself. :) Probably I still don't know what I am talking about, but the way I see it now, I will be doing Krav Maga for the technique and boxing & running for conditioning.

I wrote a bigger post, initially, and then I decided to cut the cr** and leave it as this:

If you don't believe in what you do - quit and start something you believe in.

When you feel exhausted, stop working and rest for a day.

When you rest, don't just sit back at home - it will depress you. Do something completely different from your work (you will get a new perspective on your life).

Good luck!