Monday, July 15, 2013

Suprise by Moshe Katz, Krav Maga Instructor, Israel

by Moshe Katz, Krav Maga Instructor, Israel

Training with one of my mentors, Prof Arthur Cohen of New York. He taught me to think outside the box.

Bam!  Slam!

What just happened?!

What just happened is I hit you.

There was no warning, this is not usually how I start a blog, you got caught by surprise and now you are on the floor. In most cases if you are untrained and you are on the floor, it is all over for you. You will be kicked in the ribs and they will stomp on your head.

The result: serious injury,  possible brain damage, perhaps even death.

And you were not ready for this?

You see, most martial arts schools and even the vast majority or Krav Maga styles will NOT prepare you for this sort of attack.

The punch that knocked you down is the punch you did not see and not anticipate.  But what do you see at most commercial Krav Maga schools?

I will tell you what you see.

You see a lot of action, a lot of sweating, people wearing sports outfits, people wearing…not a whole lot, hitting the bag and making scary faces. No one is smiling.  They are hitting hard, they are looking tough, but… Are they necessarily preparing for the street? I don't think so.

Now consider a girl who is sitting and reading "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin De Becker or "A Woman's' Guide to Self Defense"  by Arthur Cohen, and I will say that this girl is doing Krav Maga and is in fact becoming better equipped to handle the street than those hot girls with the great abs and the invisible shorts.


My God you just got knocked down again!

Get ready, study your environment, look around, for God's sake don't stand at the subway station late at night with your hands in your pockets.

In 1967 Israel realized that the Arab world was about to attack, Bam! Surprise attack from the air, "From the sky they battled.." (Book of Judges, chapter 5). The Israeli air force caught the Egyptians and Syrians off guard and destroyed their air force.

Krav Maga is not just physical, it is certainly not about who has more muscle. When you walk into an IKI seminar or IKI school you may happen to come in when we are doing serious hitting or serious full power knife attacks but you might also come in when we are calmly dissecting a gun situation and coming up with a new solution.

It is not about the sweat, it is about being prepared.

Ba….now this time you blocked it. You were expecting it (I hope), and the block, is actually, really in fact…quite simple.

By Moshe Katz - Israeli Krav International - Israel 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Airline Crash Safety by Moshe Katz

Airline Crash, Safety
By Moshe Katz, Krav Maga Instructor, Israel

Asiana Air Flight 214 Accident in San Francisco - 2013 

OK, I have to speak up. I have said this before but I will say it again.  I just read about the airline crash landing in San Francisco, USA, flight from Korea. By some miracle only two passengers were killed. 

Well, part of it is Miracle and part is airline safety improvements that were made as a result of lessons learned from past disasters. As we say in Israel, "None is as wise as he who has experience."
But there is more, and there is something that upsets me. 

As a very frequent flyer I also see the faults. The flight attendants read the safety regulations, occasionally someone will try to be funny and give a better performance but on the whole they know they are "fulfilling their duty" and no one is listening. 

As one who often listens, sometimes twice per day, I can say that this listening is actually quite worthless.  As a Krav Maga instructor I can say the students, in this case the passengers, MUST try the moves themselves. I do not want to try and put on the breathing mask for the first time when the plane crashes, I want a bit of practice!!  

I do not want my "first time" to be during "real time", I want some training, but this is not allowed. I sit in the exit row and review the instructions, but in the event of a real crash I might get nervous; my nervousness can cost lives!

I want the opportunity to practice a little, and this is not provided, but there is more, much more.

"Evacuation  Airplanes must be evacuated within 90 seconds, a feat that airlines rigorously train flight attendants to achieve."
OK, so the flight attendants train but what about the passengers?

Let me tell you about the passengers; the girls are sometimes 80% naked, barefoot (having come on board with flip flops) and wearing a tiny pair of shorts. Unlike the safety recommendations (read a book about airline safety before flying, read it instead of a trashy love novel), they do not wear flame resistant clothing. 

In the event of a real emergency they have 90 seconds to get out. The good books, (My friend IKI Instructor Craig Gray gave me as a gift) teach that the most likely time of an emergency are the first and last 10 minutes of a flight.  DO NOT TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES DURING THIS TIME.
I too waited on line for a long time, I too am anxious to take off my shoes, but I do not! I wait those ten minutes. And 10 minutes before landing I put them back on. In the event of en emergency I am ready to run.

And, I listen to the flight attendants; I know exactly where the nearest exit is. I do not have tons of excess baggage stuffed between my legs (to save the $25 baggage fee) which will go flying all over the place in the event of a crash and create obstacles which will slow us all down and reduce our chances of survival. (yes, this was a run on sentence, deal with it.)   

Yes, I think when the Flight Attendants are getting ready for take off they should make sure all rules are strictly followed. AND, people should be TOLD to wear appropriate clothing, no flip flops, no high heels, no mini skirts, you CANNOT run in that crap!
Yes, I come from a place where group security and safety are more important than an individual's right to be an idiot and a danger to the group. Even according to the Original Intent of the US constitution Liberty is limited for the sake of the collective. But we have moved far away from that.

Today all we concerned about is ruffling people's feathers, and the possibility that we might, God forbid, offend someone.

In Israel we are not quite so sensitive. A rabbi I know complained that the tray came down too far and was actually resting on his stomach. The Israeli flight attendant said, "There is no problem with the tray but I do think you need to lose some weight.". 

Get over it!

I think there should be a written exam before anyone should be allowed to board a plane, and then a clothing inspection. I am truly upset when I see some girls dragging five pieces of hand luggage on the plane (cleverly disguised as, hand luggage, lap top bag, pocket book, shopping bag, make up kit, duty free etc…)  

The flight attendants train hard to get us off the plane in 90 seconds, now it is OUR turn to also train hard and do our share and take our share of the responsibility. Or else,…just stay home.   

By Moshe Katz - IKI Head Instructor - Israel