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Live Longer and Better – Krav Maga will do a good part of it!

The realization that food, exercise, community, spiritually are important is somehow common, what is not common is to see a numerical and value-based approach to it. The truth is that there is strong evidence that if we care and I do mean take action on it we can live better and longer, in fact, we can live well past 100 (See sources and do take the time to listen to Dan Buettlner).


What does it distill into:

  1. Move Naturally
  2. Purpose
  3. Down Shift
  4. 80% Rule
  5. Plant Slant
  6. Wine @ 5
  7. Belong
  8. Loved Ones First
  9. Right Tribe

How would Krav Maga do that?

Krav Maga is not yet 100 years old, so any research that is done is essentially looking out for its effectiveness in strips of a population ( see Traning 1x week – Studies on Police Units ), the information needs to be extrapolated from what we know so far that works, it is tested and backed up by science.

Daily Practice – with different intensities and stimulus to address as possible 1. Move Naturally

My key objective is to infuse a daily practice ( yes the 2 or 3 times in the gym are not enough), we need to keep moving to a regular, systematic, fun and effective practice to not only maintain the characteristics of Krav Maga and its specific benefits (History and Tradition of Krav Maga) but also make this possible for all people in all age groups.  More work on this from the routines and follow-along

Meditative Practice to address 3. Down Shift

In the end of the training, we’ll keep looking inside and going into simple moments of meditative time, either for the infusion of the technique, the knowledge of the self ( how do I feel now and when I was making the exercise/routine with my partner) and then moving this to a personal practice.

Promote the use of good food and wine as a therapy.

This comes from my Portuguese root and the knowledge that if used moderately it promotes health, see here our house wine Monte Velho.

Krav Maga Group and Giving back to address 9.Right Tribe

Giving back

Because we are blessed with so many things ( water, food, shelter, knowledge), we have a charity that we support, and we’ll move this beyond the gift of money, since giving time and care are probably better.

Belonging to a Tribe that reinforces healthy habits

Thinking on the moments at practice and reinforcing the connections between all is key, in class, with the partner we push ourselves and others and usually the higher the challenge, also the reward that lives by the feedback and respect for each other ( the partner is our best way for learning). We’ll focus on being more socially present and taking us out for events where we can learn more on each other.

Keep Training and Be Safe with Krav Maga Self-Defense for All People

Class Happy October 2018

A few good reads/sources:

1)The more hyped/press version of this is here – essentially focused on living longer:

Blue Zones – Places In the World Where People Live to 100 and Stay Healthy  

2)Plus some more detailed review from Badri N Mishra in the Indian J Community Med. 2009 Oct; 34(4): 273–275. doi:  10.4103/0970-0218.58380 – Secret of Eternal Youth; Teaching from the Centenarian Hot Spots (“Blue Zones”)

3)Worth listening to since it combines longevity and happiness: The Blue Zones of Happiness | Dan Buettner World Economic Forum – Published on Aug 7, 2017