From Behind The Business Desk To Krav Maga

This article is about the misconceptions about Krav Maga. It highlights the fact that Krav Maga can be an ideal means of getting in shape even for those who have been inactive for some time.

Virginia Beach Krav Maga and Chesapeake Krav Maga

There are perhaps more misconceptions about Krav Maga than there are about practically any other style of martial arts. Krav Maga was developed in Czechoslovakia in the 1930’s by Imi Lichtenfeld. It is true that Krav Maga was derived from the street fighting techniques of gangs living in tough European ghettos in the 1930s. It is also true that it was adapted and perfected by the Israeli military for battlefield use. However, the common misconceptions about Krav Maga are that it is a mixed martial art and is only suitable for young people.

Krav Maga is in fact a highly effective self defense system that is suitable for men and women of all ages. The techniques in Krav Maga include striking, grappling, throws, joint locks, takedowns and more. They can effectively be carried out by men or women of any age and against larger, stronger opponents.

If you’ve been physically inactive for a longer period of time, Krav Maga can be a great way to get back into shape. Making the transition from the office chair to Krav Maga may seem daunting at first. However, once you begin your training you may find that you are having a great time getting into the best shape of your adult life. While at the same time you are learning a realistic, practical means of defending yourself and your loved ones should the need ever arise.

Changing Lives Krav Maga of Virginia Beach, Virginia is a martial arts school with a number of locations in the Virginia Beach, Chesapeake area. It is the only school in the region that is officially sanctioned to offer training in Krav Maga, by Krav Maga Worldwide. Head instructor Tracy Lee Thomas is a seventh degree black belt with over 20 years experience teaching martial arts to adults and children in Virginia.

Master Thomas is a firm believer that Krav Maga is one of, if not the best martial arts system available for real world self defense in the world of combatives. Unlike karate and kung fu, Krav Maga was born in the modern era and is designed for modern, urban encounters. Unlike mixed martial arts, Krav Maga was developed not for winning bouts in the ring but for gaining the upper hand in actual life and death situations on the street and on the battlefield.

Contrary to what many may have been told, Krav Maga classes aren’t filled with thugs and hooligans who are hell bent on doing each other in. Krav Maga classes at Changing Lives Krav Maga are filled with everyday citizens. People who are looking for a fun way to get fit and stay healthy while at the same time learning to defend themselves should the need ever arise. This is done in a “safe” environment.

People begin training in Krav Maga with all kinds of different physical backgrounds. Some are already fit and may have even trained in mixed martial arts. Others may have been inactive for some time.

If you would like to start making the transition from the office chair to Krav Maga, give Changing Lives Krav Maga a call at 757-471-9002 or visit online at either


About changinglivesmartialarts

CHANGING LIVES MARTIAL ARTS A Martial Arts, Karate For Kids, and Krav Maga school located in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, Virginia. With his 30 years of vast martial arts experience, Master Tracy Lee Thomas, founder of Changing Lives Martial Arts has five locations and has been opertating the martial arts business since 1991 in Virginia Beach. Married to Kelly Thomas, they have to children and reside in Virginia Beach. Both Mrs. Thomas and Master Thomas have a strong passion for helping others and it is seen as both are very active in the business and within the community. CLMA is a family owned and operated business that thrives on family values and changing lives. Many of the Changing Lives Martial Arts students are attracted to CL Martial Arts because they want to learn to defend themselves, or how to manage bullies. Others come because they want to tap into martial arts’ vast power as a tool for personal growth and life skills. Still, others come merely because they are looking for a way to get in shape that's fun and spares them the tedious repetitiveness of the gym. Master Thomas has utilized his martial arts buisness model throughout the country with various business'. As a business coach and consultant, Master Thomas believes in working with others to succeed with their personal passion. This desire and passion of his is passed down to each of his instructors and students. If you want to know more about Changing Lives Martial Arts, Master Tracy Thomas, or the programs they offer, please feel free to contact the Changing Lives ATA Martial Arts Team by calling 757-471-9002 or visiting us on the Web at or
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