When I first walked through the doors of Toronto Fight & Fitness (TFF), on a snowy Saturday morning, I had no idea how much my life was about to change. My wife had wanted to take a Krav Maga class for over a year but wouldn’t go unless I went too. So she researched all the possibilities, looked at all the testimonials, read the online notice boards and, most importantly, spoke to the owner and head instructor – Rob Ferreira – before deciding that Toronto Fight & Fitness was not only the best option, but the only option worth visiting.
I remember almost everything from that first class – the large numbers of women in attendance, how more than one instructor was teaching the class in order to ensure safety, thinking I was going to die during the warm up only to discover that barely 10 minutes had passed, and, ending the class on a sustained punching and blocking drill in such a state of exhaustion that I couldn’t raise my elbows above my waist or my hands above my head. Nor could I raise them to take my t-shirt off at home an hour later, so I just stood in the shower with my hands on the wall and let the water rain all over me. As I looked down at the black water pooling between my toes I started to laugh. Even though my shoulders and arms burned with a ferocious pain, I knew I would go back just as soon as my body allowed it (which wasn’t for a full week). That was March 2011, I was 40 years old with no previous fight or martial arts experience and seemingly my best days were already behind me.
Fast forward to August 2012, I am coming up on 42 years of age, I am 16 pounds lighter than I was this time last year and I train on average 6 – 8 hours a week, as does my wife. We have both advanced from Level 1 to Level 2 and are training like crazy for whenever our next grading will come, and, we have made many many close friends due to the family atmosphere that TFF, Rob and his instructors create.
Whether you come to a Krav Maga curriculum class, a fitness class, a combative, fight or heavy bag class, or indeed a seminar on self defence, knife or gun defence, as soon as you descend those steps and walk through that door you are in an environment that is absolutely tailored to maximizing your training and dedicated to keeping you safe on the streets.
Don’t get me wrong, this stuff isn’t easy but then nothing worthwhile ever is. But if you give it a go and you don’t mind hard work then you will never regret walking through that door. We certainly haven’t. Most of us remember our first Krav Maga class like so many other firsts in our lives and that’s down to Rob Ferreira and TFF. And remember, that first class is free so come see for yourself. You won’t regret having tried it.