Level 3

“Are you ok?!” She asked with a smile.
“I think so, keep going” I said as I blinked away the pain in my eye. The sweat poured from my body, pushing the effectiveness of the Nike dri-fit shirt to it’s very limits. My eye socket throbbed as I attacked again, choking her from behind trying to drive her face first into the wall. My attack was met with precision movement and a flurry of punches to my face, groin and throat. This time I managed to avoid getting hit in the eye with her tiny fists of justice.

Last week was my Krav Maga Level 2 test. Six months ago many readers may recall that I took the Krav level 1 test and I described it as one of the most grueling physical things I have ever had to do for 5 hours. That was six months ago, this is now. To pass Level 2 one must re-take the level 1 test (5 hours) as well as come back the next night and take the level 2 test (4 hours). Two nights of testing for a total of 9 hours. Insane.

To make matters worse, 2 days before the test I totally and completely tweaked my back. I was in class doing a headlock drill (1 minute rounds of 4 people attacking you) when a bigger guy put me in a reverse headlock. Bent over at the waist, I went one way, he went the other and my back went ‘ow’. I could barely stand up after the drill and the pain got progressively worse the next day. My hips were torqued and I could hardly move. After many treatments from Dr. Dad, aleve and using a special cream that was “ben-gay on steroids” I decided that I would go through and try to test both days.

I don’t know how, but miraculously I made it through and I did so without seriously injuring myself worse. I was so thankful the 2nd day when I was teamed up with the tiny asian lady in my class. I knew that the 2nd day would involve a lot of ground fighting and with my back in need of repair, I wasn’t sure how I was going to buck and roll a big opponent off of me. Fortunately it didn’t take much effort to throw around a 115lb Vietnamese woman. Even with the slight advantage I was completely spent and tired by the second night. My calf muscles were cramping up so bad I thought they were going to pop. Once we were done it was a sweet sweet feeling to down a cold beer at the local watering hole.

I’m glad I did it, it was crazy and maybe a little stupid to do it when I my body was not in any condition to move like that, but I didn’t want to wait another 6 months to test again. Even though I was moving a bit stiffer and slower it is really nice to see the level of conditioning my body has gained in the last 6 months. I remember last time feeling very worn out after the 5 hours of testing, and this time I knew I had plenty more in the tank. I’m also glad I did it because I just received an email letting me know that all my pain and effort was not in vain. I freakin’ passed! I am now a Level 3 Krav Maga guy. No belts or awards, just pure knowledge that I am certified in ass kickery. I think this next level they teach us how to shoot bullets from our fingertips, I look forward to that.

Thank you to everyone that had me in their thoughts with the back stuff as I
went into the test. It most certainly helped.


  1. Anthony B. said,

    November 19, 2008 @ 8:28 pm

    Nicely done on the butt kickery son…
    Please just remind me to not ever get you mad…
    I really don’t want to receive a beating from your hand or wrath..
    It is utterly crucial now that I keep the peace at all costs..
    ABC OUT!

  2. Kravazon said,

    November 19, 2008 @ 10:14 pm

    Congratulations on passing your Level 2 test!! I can’t wait to take my Level 1 test. I feel like it’s one of those situations where you don’t really understand how intense it is until you experience it for yourself!

    I’m amazed you went through the test with you back still on the mend! I would have been terrified to hurt myself more!

    But again, congratulations!

  3. mego said,

    November 20, 2008 @ 6:57 pm

    Woo-hoo, bro! i’m so proud… now let that back healed up, and then keep on.. can you be my personal body guard? i’ll pay you with nieces’ hugs!

  4. Sarah said,

    November 23, 2008 @ 9:59 am

    man, that is INTENSE. i think i’m going to get all of us enrolled, especially toby and clover.

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