Joining the Blue Titan family was one of the best decisions I’ve made. I was going on a solo backpacking trip to South East Asia and my dad encouraged me to come to Blue Titan to take Krav Maga before I left. I did a trial class felt hesitate and intimidated but I came back to try it again and then I was hooked. One month and 17 classes later I can tell a success story that the instructors at Krav Maga taught me to never give up.
While traveling in Vietnam, I successfully defended myself while hiking to a waterfall where I was meeting my homestay mom. I’ll never forget ending up in a ground fighting position and hearing the instructors in my head to never give up, keep fighting, keep kicking, give everything you have… and that’s what I did. It felt like the longest minutes of my life but I didn’t give up. Had I not taken Krav Maga prior to my trip, I do not think I would have reacted the way I did.
That night I messaged Tito to thank him for teaching me how to defend myself, I told him BT is the reason I got away. Tito helped to provide comfort across the world, checked in with me often to make sure I was okay.
Not even a week later, while in Hong Kong I was diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis). Tito still had been checking in with me to see how I was doing and I had told him the news. Again, he was there to support me and help me with everything I was coping with.
After returning back to home and to BT, everyone was beyond supportive both inside and outside of the gym. My plan to backpack SE Asia for a year was cut to just 6 weeks. Getting back into the swing of things was mentally difficult. I had to learn my new limitations with overheating while working out. BT was so helpful in working with me to adjust back. They brought a fan upstairs to help me cool off when needed and ice packs were on hand, to also help me cool down.
It was and still is tough to stop training when my body temperature is getting too hot because to me, I feel weak. I’ve been an athlete all my life and now to have to notice when my body needs to cool down is frustrating. Sometimes I don’t even notice that I need to cool down and my partner makes me aware. Many times I want to cry when this happens but the coaches remind me I need to allow my body to cool down for a few minutes and then I can continue to train versus pushing myself and injuring myself and having to take time off from training. It’s been several months now since I’ve been home but even still, I am still coping and learning about myself with everything that has happened.
I recommend BT to EVERYONE, male or female, young or old. I think it’s so important that everyone has the mindset to get home safe. Everyone needs to be able to know the basics to defend themselves in an unforeseen situation. I had no idea what Krav Maga was prior to going to a class so I had no expectations. Going to a new gym is always intimidating but everyone at BT was so welcoming, fellow members and instructors. BT instructors made me feel safe to go home and to feel comfortable traveling by myself. Not only do I feel safe, I feel confident! -Jillian G.