I’m kicking his head into the side of a building like a soccer ball. Bump bump bumpbump. It made a very coconuty noise. Listen to Kelly here and, if you’re in Austin, visit him at Tried and True Barber and Tattoo.
Kelly Barr used to be a skinhead. The good kind. The Nazi-kicking kind. He’s now a tattooer and a student of Krav Maga, and he has some stories about the good ol’ boot party days. (He also talks really fast.)
I feel more confident in myself. Not just from a physical standpoint, but from an emotional standpoint.
So many things about Krav brought me out of my shell.
Offered up by Episode 3-1 guest, Rachel Hammond. Don’t let them tell you who you are.
Rachel Hammond is a dedicated Krav Maga student and photographer. She’s always thrilled to be on that mat, and she’s one of the most friendly, generous, and brave people I’ve ever met.
These are not just skills we’re learning for karate, these are life skills.
What we’re trying to do is stop violence. So if someone has violently assaulted me and I need to hurt them in order to stop that attack, what I have done is stop the violence.
Joy Williamson is the Executive Director and Head Instructor at Sun Dragon Martial Arts and Self Defense. Under Joy’s leadership, Sun Dragon is a safe haven for all. Joy has a sweet, calm presence that makes me think that she’s super scary when she needs to be.
I talk to three other women who train Krav Maga with me. We talk about some bad things in each of our histories and how we’ve learned to say fuck off to those memories and anyone who helped make them. This one has some darkness and some light. Note: If you happen to know any of the women in this episode, please do not just walk up out of nowhere and ask them to talk about the traumatic things they talk about here. Let them decide where and how to tell their stories.