November 29, 2023, Israel
There are many reasons people begin training in martial arts, and there are many reasons they do not. Very few people actually take the initiative to begin something new in life, it is easier to stick to the familiar. The reasons for not training usually amount to lack of initiative, lack of will-power, lack of drive in life.
Life is a challenge. We are born into a situation, into an era, into a culture, a time period. We need to find our way, our path, our goal, our destiny. We need to reluctantly understand and accept that much is beyond our control. The sun will rise, the sun will set, we will grow old, our hair will turn grey, our bodies will weaken. But we try to control what we can. People want to control their appearance, many these days do not want to grow old, so there are entire industries to meet this need: cosmetics, cosmetic surgery, diet pill etc. We want control!
We want control over our bodies, we want to shape our bodies to our will, we will spend hours in the gym to shape our bodies as per our will. Control. We want some tangible proof that we are in control of a situation. And yet, when it comes to the greatest issue of control, the most basic, and the most important, we are as lazy as a Sunday afternoon (well, not in Israel, for us Sunday is a regular business day).
I am reading the reports about the atrocities committed by Hamas, Arab terrorists, on October 7, 2023. Truth is these are not so different from the reports from Kishinev pogroms in Russia, Ukraine, what have you, or the 1929 Hebron massacres committed by Arabs, before they decided to call themselves Palestinians. I am trying to remain calm. The blood of thy brother calls out to me from the ground!! God himself is outraged by the brutality of man. When I say man, I refer to mankind. The reports, which are partially censored to protect our sensitive souls contain horrifying descriptions of what was found. Women were raped to death, gang raped, passed from one terrorist to another, pelvises were broken during the process. Women were brutally raped and shot while in the process. You can look online for the details yourself; I will not go into further detail.
We want control and yet being in a position where another person controls your body, and you no longer have any control over it, your own body, is the worst nightmare, not being able to defend your own body. I have no words to describe the rage that I am feeling inside, a volcano ready to erupt. The humiliation inflicted on our people; no punishment will ever be sufficient.
Limbs were cut off living human beings, sexual limbs were cut off, both men and women, the dehumanization that took place was with the intent of national humiliation. Look at the brave Israelis! look what we have done to their men, look how we have taken their women and done with them as we please. Most of those who perpetrated these atrocities are now dead or in prison. Those in prison are no longer acting so proud as they themselves are tied up and caged up, as they should be.
Many warriors prefer to die in combat rather than to fall into the hands of the enemy, in particular if the enemy is known as cruel, barbaric, and sadistic. The lack of control is one of the worst, if not Thee worst, experience a human can undergo. We must regain control. You will not force me to do what you want, you will not have your way with me, or with my body.
Testimonies are coming in, slowly but surely, of women on their knees, begging for their lives. But they were facing non-humans, bizarre heartless soulless creatures. Comparing these creatures to animals is an insult to the animal kingdom. Their pleas went unanswered, their bloody underwear and broken limbs were found later...
Control. There is a great deal we cannot control but we must make every effort to control our ownership over our own bodies, our dignity. We must push for greater police presence as is necessary, we must pay for a strong military and invest in new weapon technology, and on a personal level we should train in firearms and Krav Maga. Remember those women, pleading for their lives. Do you still not have time for training? Can you think of something more important?
Read the reports, watch the videos, see your blood pressure rise, see your own face change colors, now imagine your daughter, being taken away, slapped, clothing turn off, hair pulled and raped, and then shot in the head after being passed around to a dozen men. Do you still think that Krav Maga is a luxury? Is it still something that you just don't have time for? Who will hear her cries? God tells us he hears the cries, the blood rising to the heaven, but what are we doing? Well, we were busy with other things.
It was the actions of the brave men and women, who had been seriously trained for many years, that saved many more from this horrific fate. They trained hard, they did not make the stupid excuses that you are making, and they saved your daughter from brutal rape. You owe it to yourself, your family, to the future of mankind, to train and train hard. Without our brave warriors who came to the rescue there would have been many more such horrific cases. Those who train save those who do not. What excuse do you have for not training? I have a dear friend who once told me quite honestly, I know I need to do this but I am lazy. Laziness leads to death.
While we are watching stupid mindless TV shows, our enemies are training with real fire. The weak will die, the strong will survive. Again, I think of those girls, young women, gang raped in front of their friends, shot in the head while being raped, body parts cut off while still alive. And I ask, when will you begin your training? My heart is broken and I have nothing more to say.
Moshe Katz, 7th dan Black Belt, Israeli Krav Maga. Certified by Wingate Institute. Member Black Belt hall of fame, USA and Europe.
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