February 23, 2019, San Jose, Costa Rica
Peaceful scene, downtown, San Jose, Costa Rica
Walking around downtown San Jose, Costa Rica, today I noticed an usually large number of police officers. Some were walking, some were at street corners, some where even wearing shorts. Being sensitive to such things I felt that a real effort was being made to insure safety. It felt like down town Jerusalem on a day of "High Alert", i.e. one of those days where there have been warnings of potential terrorist attacks.
Costa Rica is among the safer of the Central/South American countries, although lately, unfortunately, there has been an increase in gang violence and drug activity. And yet, despite the relative safety the police are out in force.
They want to keep the place safe for the locals and for the many tourists who arrive at this island paradise. The country needs the tourists.
They are taking preemptive measures to insure the safety and economic well being of this country. We should all be doing the same on a personal level.
Krav Maga is about personal self defense and safety. And it is for all of us. We expect, and demand, a strong police presence. We blame the police and the government if bad things happen, but where is our personal responsibility? How can we protect ourselves if we do not train? How can we help others in a time of need if we are not prepared to act?
Personal self defense is our personal responsibility. Just as the police take preemptive measures to insure our safety, we too must train in self defense, and take preemptive measures to protect ourselves and our families and friends.
Our style, IKI Krav Maga, is designed with this in mind. It is not designed only for those who plenty of time on their hands, not only for the serious athlete or martial artist interested in rank, but for everyone, because we all deserve to live in peace and safety.
Shabbat Shalom from Costa Rica.
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