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Forging an Indomitable Spirit

The desire to have an unbreakable will, an unwavering determination, a relentless drive to overcome any obstacle in your path is a common human aspiration.  In Krav Maga, while technique, timing, speed and focus is crucial, the element that separates the good from the great is unquestionably an indomitable spirit.  When you step onto the mat, you must bring not just your body but also your spirit - fierce, unyielding, and unstoppable.  Life in general, especially here in South Africa, demands a resilient spirit that can cope with adversity.  To coin a phrase from UFC champion, Dricus du Plessis:  “Hulle weet nie wat ons weet.”  (Translated into English: They don’t know what we know).  South Africans are inherently tough!

Nevertheless, we often look to external sources of motivation such as watching motivational videos on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube or listening to Podcasts.  Yes, these can ignite the spark - but they really only offer a temporary fix.  The road to nurturing a true and lasting indomitable spirit lies within.

It’s a deeply personal journey that requires introspection.  Frankly, that is something most of us don’t do enough of, in our hectic lives.  Do we face uncomfortable truths, really commit to self-discipline and personal growth?  We need to understand that developing a resilient mindset involves embracing discomfort, and facing fears head-on. This demands self-awareness, self-motivation, and a willingness to push beyond our comfort zone. We are a consumer society that expects instant results.  But there is no shortcut here.  It is a continuous process of committing to a mindset of resilience and determination. The journey inward is where true transformation begins.

For our students who attend class regularly, you will notice that we often do “Wall Work”.  Come to class to find out what this involves!  Developing an indomitable spirit requires a willingness to discover your limits and then gradually push past them, both physically and mentally. It's about embracing the challenges, facing your fears head-on, and refusing to back down. In Krav Maga, your spirit is your strongest weapon, your ultimate defense, and your key to victory.

Introspection : Some Questions to Ask Yourself

  1.  What are my core beliefs?  How do they support my faith, character, actions, responses and decisions in challenging situations?

  2. How do I respond to setbacks and failures?  What can I learn from these experiences?

  3. What fears or obstacles have held me back in the past?  How can I confront them with courage and determination to overcome them?

  4. In what areas of my life do I need to cultivate more self-discipline and mental toughness to stay focused and motivated in the face of adversity?

  5. How can I maintain a positive mindset to nurture my emotional well-being and sustain my motivation on the journey to developing an indomitable spirit?

Here are some powerful ways to cultivate and strengthen your indomitable spirit:

"I don’t feel like it!" is not a valid excuse.

Training in Krav Maga is tough, and there will be times when you just don’t feel like coming to coming to class. You might even arrive at a point where you want to give up. This is where it begins. Want to be indomitable?  Then embrace the grind, push through and keep going even when it feels impossible. It's in those moments of personal struggle that your spirit shines the brightest.  

Set Audacious Goals 

Challenge yourself to reach new heights in your training. Set bold, audacious goals that push you outside your comfort zone and force you to grow. Whether it's mastering a difficult technique, increasing your endurance, or preparing for our next grading, aim high and don't settle for mediocrity.

Silence your Doubts 

Our thoughts can create chaos! Maintain a laser focus on your goal. Block out distractions, silence your doubts, and channel all your energy into the task at hand. Your unwavering focus will give you the edge you need to prevail.

Embrace Failure 

Failure is not the end - it's an opportunity to learn, grow, and come back stronger. When something doesn’t go your way, don’t lay blame at other people's doors.  Accept responsibility, own it and move on! Embrace failure as a stepping stone on your journey to greatness. Use it to fuel your determination, refine your skills, and emerge as a more resilient warrior.  It’s not how many times you get knocked down.  It’s about how many times you can get back up and keep moving forward.

Surround Yourself with Warriors 

Just by attending our classes you will be surrounding yourself with individuals who not only share your passion for Krav Maga, but who are all on the journey to develop an indomitable spirit. Surround yourself with warriors who inspire you, challenge you, and push you to be the best version of yourself.

Your fighting spirit is your most potent weapon. Cultivate it, nurture it, and let it push you through every training session, every “Corridor of Death” and every real-life encounter. Forge your indomitable spirit, and watch as you become a force to be reckoned with - unstoppable, unbreakable, and truly powerful.

It’s not the size of the dog in the fight - it’s the size of the fight in the dog that counts.

Are you ready? The week ahead awaits! 

Don’t miss a training session! 

The journey starts now.

Embrace the challenge, conquer your fears, and rise.

See you on the mats!

Ivana Ries

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