Wishful Krav Maga
By Moshe Katz
Israeli Krav International

May 26, 2014, Maaleh Adumim, Israel

Last night we were working on a knife defense, a very difficult situation. We were working in our "lab".

With our Krav On Line program members send it questions from all over the world. We receive questions about the worst attacks, the worst case scenarios and then we go to our "lab - dojo" and find solutions.

The first key to success: As Billy Joel said..Honesty.

And Honestly this is one of the key points that distinguishes IKI Krav Maga. There are techniques that we did for years. We did the locks, the figure four, the arm bar, the take downs etc.  but then...when we ask the attacker to do it fast, with Natural resistance (i.e. do not just stick out your arm and make a muscle) none of the locks or take downs worked on a consistent reliable basis.

Yes, sometimes, some of us, can make it work on some people, but that is not good enough. What we need is something that works for all people all of the time.

Nothing in life is 100% but we aim to get as close as possible.

There are many things in life that we would like to believe. I was recently asked by a dear friend about my lack of certain beliefs. The friend said, You want to believe this, it will make you feel good to believe it. So why not?

My answer was ...honesty.  If I cannot be certain in my heart then I simply cannot accept it.

I would like to believe in the "martial arts magic". I so thoroughly enjoyed all the martial arts films, the great heroes on the screen and I dreamed of being like them one day, but then I discovered that it is all false, not true, pure fantasy.

Yes, I would very much like to believe the stories, the legends, the great masters...but I simply have no proof. I have to go with what I see, feel on my own body. I certainly have no intention of passing on myths to my students. After all, they are trusting me to guide them to safety.

There are many things that we wish were true. But when it comes to reality self-defense wishing is not enough.

I admit, for many years I was totally taken in by the Martial Myth. I loved the uniforms, the ceremonies, the stories about the great masters. I hung out in Chinatown. I bought the Chinese wall scores, even though I had no idea what was written.

I loved the impressive fancy techniques. I loved the jump kicks and spins kicks and I trained hard and learned all these techniques. But then....I came to the conclusion that I could not make these work on a consistent basis in a real case scenario. The house of cards came tumbling down. It was all a "Paper tiger".

Fantasy crashes on the shores of reality. But I prefer to live with reality.

At IKI Krav Maga this is what we are all about.

Moshe Katz, seminar, Springfield, Illinois, dealing with car jacking situations. We find solutions.

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