March 4, 2019, Chihuahua, Mexico
Teaching a seminar here in Chihuahua, far from Israel, I use concepts learned in our struggle against Arab terrorism to help others be safe all over the world. Over the years I have come to realize that the number one tool we have at our disposal is our mind. We need more than just "Situational Awareness", we need to imagine every possible attack from every possible angle. We need Active Mental Training.
There are limits to Krav Maga. Krav Maga refers to close contact combat but there is no human being strong enough to stop a moving vehicle, or fast enough to jump out of the way or jump over the car, let's leave that for the movies.
What we can offer is mental training that can greatly enhance our chances of survival, that is how the military works. We must analyze the ground, the surroundings and see the possibilities of attacks and strategies, not techniques, to counter the attack. How we position ourselves, barriers, points of escape, that is all part of our mental training. We need to train ourselves to know what to look out for, and yes that does involve the politically incorrect tactic of profiling. This is all part of our self defense training.
Here in Chihuahua I have not heard of car rammings, yet, but the same concept can be applied to problems they are beginning to experience: gangs, drug trafficking, and related crimes. We must never be complacent. We must learn from every attack.
A soldier lies in a hospital bed fighting for his life, for his sake, for our sake, we must learn from these attacks. We must commit ourselves to training, we must upgrade our training, we must never let down our guard. Let every attack be a source of strengthening our resolve not be victims.
After the Six Day War many Israelis thought the era of being victims was over, sadly that is not true. Our enemies are training, our enemies are devising new ways to attack us for which we are not prepared.
What are we doing?