advanced warning systems krav maga
by Moshe Katz
Israeli Krav International

February 10, 2018, Colorado Springs, USA

We are endowed from our creator with certain natural abilities: We know when we are thirsty and hungry, we know when we are tired and need to rest, we have a fear of heights to protect us from falling, we feel pain with touching a sharp or hot objects to warn us of their danger. And we have early warning systems.

All creatures have this. Animals can sense danger and know how to warn other members of the herd. There is danger inherent in the world but there is also defense. There is disease but there is also the cure.

While there are some rare deadly diseases that kill instantly, most deaths are a process, disease is a process: These things develop gradually over time. During this time we are given many warnings and many opportunities. Often we ignore these warnings, often we do not know how to handle the early warnings signs and the many opportunities. Often we do not know how to handle these warnings, and we are not trained to know how to take advantage of the opportunities. When General Eisenhower learned of the German attack in the Ardennes forest in 1944 he told his generals, "Gentlemen, this is an opportunity and I want to see only happy faces here." In fact he was correct; This attack ended up being the German army's downfall and hastened the end of the war.

There are almost always warnings. In life we are endowed with our own radar system, our natural early warning systems. 

A neighborhood does not change overnight, it takes time for it become a "bad neighborhood". Economic collapse usually takes a long period of time, (update 2020: with the Coronavirus panic, Economic collapse did occur very rapidly). War does not come from nowhere, it is merely the continuation of a long silent war that always precedes the outbreak of hostilities. A silent or verbal war precedes the physicals violence. All wars throughout history, when studied in hindsight, have had clear warning signs, and clear ways to avoid the worst damages. It takes wisdom to read the signs correctly.

The same holds true for personal violence. While an individual attack usually comes as a surprise, the police are rarely surprised. They saw it coming because it is their job to study crime. Violence does not erupt without cause and warning. There is always an early warning, but we are usually too busy and preoccupied to see it. It addition we do not want to see it as that would obligate us to take actions. Action is inconvenient and an interruption in our lives.

Deciding that we really do need Krav Maga lessons as we are being attacked, is a bit too late, perhaps a mental note for a future lifetime, but for now, too late. The early warnings signs have there for years. In fact you probably received a flyer about a local class, or saw an advertisement on line, or have a friend who took a class and was impressed. Those were just a few of your early warning signs.

The signs are there, in the newspaper, on the news, on the streets. We have been given an advanced early warning system. Will we take advantage of this?  

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