VINTON — Ministry shows itself in many forms, from song, to spoken word, and more.
Those with Krav Maga Gallia find it through sweat, camaraderie and learning self-defense.
According to Krav Maga Gallia instructor Dave Price, Krav Maga is a military self-defense system designed by Israeli military and security forces mixing a variety of martial techniques in an attempt to be both practical and quick to learn for the average individual. The martial art focuses on hitting hard, hitting fast and incapacitating an opponent before he is aware he was hit the first time. Weapon disarms, elbow strikes, knee strikes and learning how to escape headlocks are just a few of the lessons to be taken from the discipline.
Price started learning beneath Scott King in Jackson County with the Southern Ohio Krav Maga group before deciding to take first tier courses in Krav Maga instruction. He eventually would start Krav Maga Gallia in Vinton Baptist Church as a means of gathering folks together to serve as a way of building friendships, confidence, education and helping others. His class started in mid-May and ends next Thursday before he will start a shooting defense course in later summer.
“It’s really about erasing bad habits,” said Price about Krav Maga and its ability to replace instinct with trained responses. “We concentrate on aggression, being aware of your situation and striking until making certain your opponent can’t hurt you…. Krav Maga, in six weeks, you might not be a master but you’ll know how to defend yourself quickly. That’s kind of what pulled me into it.”
Price also thought “being ministry-minded” Krav Maga would make for a good outreach activity. He and his students pull money to put towards reachchildren.com, a ministry led by a man known as Victor Marx. The project gathers money to send children impacted by the conflict with ISIS in the Middle East stuffed backpacks. The backpacks contain stuffed lions or lambs which play music and utter audio prayers in regional languages. Packs include workbooks, coloring utensils and a first aid kit. Price says the packs are meant to help children overcome the tragedies they’ve encountered.
Price says he has observed his students become more confident individuals in a few short weeks and says Krav Maga has been a strong influence in the friendships he has made with area individuals as he considers himself a more reserved person.
“It’s gone a long way to raise awareness, as far as self-defense,” said Gallipolis resident and Krav Maga student Nick Hopkins. “You have to take into consideration your environment including everything from how you stand and how you watch out of your peripherals. Keep an eye on the range of people and if they can get to you and knowing when to keep your head tucked in. It’s done a lot to change your perspective on taking in everything and done a lot for discipline in learning techniques and keeping your hands in the right place…Probably one of my favorite things is the aggression can be a lot of fun, to pull deep down from within for things you didn’t even know were there. I feel this class could do a lot for everybody no matter what your skill level.”
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.