How Krav Maga Saved Marcin’s Life

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How Krav Maga Saved Marcin


By John Collins

Marcin’s story

Krav Maga builds your confidence for sure, so you can react in a dangerous situation. So you don’t get hurt or injured. Don’t have to go to hospital, spend time out of work, scared or life changing injuries.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, appear before the courts facing fines of worst of all a custodial sentence

Marcin often found himself in difficult situations. He’s Polish and found it hard to feel safe and comfortable in his new country.

Marcin started doing Krav Maga early last year, he had only been doing Krav Maga a few weeks when this incident happened

          “Si vis pacem para bellum”

     If you want peace prepare for war

This is a true story based on the experience of one of our “new Irish friends” on a night out. This is his story

 Marcin felt safe when he arrived in Ireland form Poland and was looking forward to starting his new job at the local fast food restaurant. Some of his friends had got him a job there.

                      This feeling of safety was about to be shredded.


Marcin went out one night with his friend to enjoy the hospitality of Ireland. He felt safe and enjoyed socializing and meeting new friends in the bars and clubs. He was feeling good.

Somehow or other, toward the end of the night he got separated from his group. He decided to head back home.

On the way he was confronted by a group of five men approximately his own age, twenty somethings.


He was in the height of fear but due to his basic knowledge result as a result of Krav Maga training he understood that this situation was going to get out of hand if he didn’t take action quickly.

Now he was surrounded. Marcin’s Krav training screamed at him, ESCAPE!! NOW!! Explosively he burst his way through the group of attackers. Ironically this was one of the drills he had practiced in the club two nights previously. He ran all the way back to the safety of his house a Kilometer or so away. The fear of them coming after him loomed heavily, pumping through his veins, adrenal one of the fight or flight hormones.

       Finally he arrived home

He arrived at his door; put the key in as fast as he could, his hand shaking uncontrollably.  The door opened, he had a quick look behind him, and didn’t anyone, thanked God first, slammed the door shut then thanked his Krav Maga Instructor as he lay against the door gasping for air. “Krav Maga saved my life” is what he told me the next day.


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It’s always best and safest not to fight and this will always be the first option taught to Krav Maga students. Because if needs must they are also well capable of defending themselves. Due to Marcin’s athleticism, training and quick thinking this was a perfect solution and outcome for him.

People might be of the opinion that he was a coward and he should have stood his ground and fought. This is the thinking that will put you in an early grave. That kind of paradigm is best used in the story line for the next great martial arts movie, where all things are possible and no one ever truly gets hurt. In reality people get hurt and people die it also leaves a wake of devastation to family and friends.


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Why all Kid’s should do Krav Maga Self Defence

Kids self defence
Well Balanced Children

                                                                     Well Balanced Children

Kid’s need a physical outlet, that helps them develop strong mental and physical health, FACT. Also, these skills learnt early enough will assist them in their ability to cope with many of life’s challenges as they grow up. Krav Maga Ticks these boxes and many more tangible and intangible benefits. You could say Krav Maga is a long term investment in your child’s future. A bit like teaching them to swim, a very important and valuable life skill!! Is Kids self defence.

In My Experience of 20 years plus of teaching Kids self defence. I have seen many young students come and go. The ones I have seen commit to train in their chosen discipline and stick at it, (stickability, something we all could do with) without exception achieve higher standards, scores, salaries and prospects because they are GO Getter’s. Be it in primary school, secondary school, third level or in employment.

The reason for this is they understand what it’s actually like to have to work and earn their grades, in properly run self defence schools no grades are ever handed out !!

“Hard work pays off” has always been a mantra of mine. I’ve have witnessed and experienced this happen many times over, over the years.

I hope everything that has been written thus far will encourage you to seek out your local Krav Maga Global Affiliate Training Center

                        The Benefits of Krav Maga

The theme of our Kid’s classes have a huge emphasis on awareness around bullying , what to do and what not to do, especially in school

A few of the benefits of proper Krav Maga training and Instruction for Kid’s are the following:

  • Improved discipline: basic respect for others, how to apologies to others when you have done wrong. (Our simple and effective method is, verbally apology to the other, shake hands, move on and get back to work)

  • Improved Concentration: the ability to focus on learning movement or specific techniques. This often translates to their class room and school work. Super don’t you think?
  • Improved co-ordination: Moving multiple parts of the body at the same time, purposefully. Better hand eye coordination.

  • Work ethic: You want it, you work for it and you will reap the reward

  • Friendships and socialization skills: Student interaction, rough play, light sparring and defence. The ability to read and understand basic body language. Most importantly from my point of view, threatening or aggressive signals form others, including adults.

  • The reduction in childhood stress and depression, the reduction in childhood obesity and its associated illnesses.

Look I could go on.

Fun is so… important in our classes; A large Dollop of fun, loads of positive reinforcement , all helping towards increasing individual confidence, self-esteem and a super learning environment.

                         It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken adults


                                              Other Krav Maga

I can only vouch for the Krav Maga Global (KMG) as I have been teaching this system for the past 7 years. I know little or nothing on what other non KMG Krav Maga schools teach of their students. So I am not even going to bother guessing.

My strongest advice is to do your research and select carefully who you want to teach your Kid’s. Their life and development may depend on it.

KMG training is suitable for everyone and we are the only KMG Krav Maga Specialist in Portlaoise & Midlands of Ireland.

                                   Book one of our unique Adult Beginner Courses today (ABC)

                                                 We also have weekly TEEN & Junior classes. 

                                                                    So get booking now !!