For the first time, Thirroul is being introduced to a different form of practical self-defence training from an unlikely source.
Shaun Hughston grew up in the Illawarra. He is a family man, a successful recruitment professional, and a Krav Maga self-defence instructor.
“It’s for regular people – you don’t have to be tough. I own a recruitment company, I wear glasses, you would never guess I am a Krav Maga instructor,” jokes Shaun.
The basis for Krav Maga was first devised in the 1930s to protect European Jews from fascist attacks. Later, it became mandatory in the Israeli army. Over time, it has been developed into a form of self-defence training for civilians, with simple moves that are taught in relation to real life situations.
Today, it is being offered at the Thirroul Community Centre as beginner classes in self-defence training.
Shaun first tried Krav Maga after stumbling upon it online in 2008. Wanting something a little different to traditional martial arts, he gave it a go.
“My first class was quite different to anything I’d ever experienced. I left with a new level of confidence which grew after every class,” Shaun recalls.
It was Krav Maga’s focus on practical applications to real life situations that drew Shaun in.
The techniques are simple, and each class teaches you a different move that is applied to a hypothetical situation.
“You feel confident that you could apply what you have learnt to a real life situation, if need be,” Shaun says.
After five years of training, Shaun completed an intensive 21 day course to become an instructor.
Two senior instructors, one from Israel and one from Norway, flew out to take the course.
“The course was physically and mentally demanding, with long days of continuous training,” explains Shaun.
“What I found to be of most value, was that not only did we run through everything from basics to advanced techniques, we were taught how to teach.”
Bringing together his experience and knowledge from the intensive instructors training, Shaun is now looking to introduce Krav Maga to the Illawarra.
Shaun is now running a introductory classes in Krav Maga training in Thirroul.
The classes help to improve cardiovascular fitness and strength as well as giving you practical techniques for self-defence.
“The best part about it is you’re sure to come away from the class having learnt something new, something that you’re confident in applying to real-life situations,” says Shaun.
Each class introduces a new move, and techniques are simple and easy to learn. Don’t let the intensive training Shaun went through intimidate you. Krav Maga is for everyone; the fit, the not so fit, the young and the young at heart.
The classes are also a great stress relief. Outside of the class, you might be preoccupied with work stress, study pressures or bills, but once you get into the class, you are focused on the training. You have no choice but to focus on the task at hand and let outside issues melt away. You don’t want to lose concentration when there’s punches being thrown!
Glenn Patterson from Bulli is one of Shaun’s students. He describes the classes as being a great cardio and strength workout as well learning great self-defence techniques.
“You’re learning with people with the same goals, and the encouraging trainers make the classes fun too. We learn easy and practical ways to defend ourselves in most situations, and get fit at the same time,” explains Glenn.
If you’re looking for something a little different, that can give you practical self-defence techniques as well as improving fitness and strength, it’s time to try Krav Maga.
Shaun’s students range from teachers, lawyers, police officers and students. It really is for anyone looking to get practical self-defence knowledge, and first-timers are warmly welcomed.
You can book your introductory class, or learn more at www.resolvecoaching.com.au