Every Excuse in the World

January 15, 2024, Jerusalem, Israel

I was sitting with my brother in a coffee shop in Jerusalem, when a couple he knew from New Jersey popped in and began chatting. At one point they turn to me and say, "Your brother is famous", as he is, in his field. (and we are all very proud of him). And my brother says, "My brother Moshe is also famous, he is a well-known Krav Maga instructor who teaches all over the world."

The couple's curiosity was piqued, and they began asking questions. To describe them honestly, an older Jewish couple, but younger than me, overweight but within normal American Jewish range, comfortable lifestyle. At one point the husband says, "I would love to learn Krav Maga but I am too old".

I responded with, nonsense, you are younger than me, we have students in their 70's and even some in their 80's, you are not too old to learn. In fact our style is designed to benefit people of all ages.  I wrote a blog about that. Krav Maga and Aging

Next, he said, well, but I am out of shape, a bit overweight. I would first have to lose quite a bit of weight, get in better shape.  I responded again, our style is designed for you AS YOU ARE NOW. Getting fit is great but our style does not rely upon that.  I wrote a blog about that. 

His wife continued, we are thinking of taking out a gun license. I responded, a gun? Do you think that is an effective defense against all sorts of attacks? Do you really think you will pull it out on time, I wrote a blog about that. GUNS AND KRAV MAGA

She continued, well if you look at what happened on October 7, Krav Maga would be useless under such circumstances. I responded with Not True! Krav Maga can make a difference even in such a case, and I wrote a blog about that as well!  Could Krav Maga Help

I said, It is simply a matter of laziness, people don't want to make the effort, as it is written, The lazy person claims, “There’s a lion on the road! Yes, I’m sure there’s a lion out there!” ( Proverbs Chapter 26, 13) A person who does not want to do something will always find a reason. I am too old, too fat, there is a easier solution (a gun), anyway it won't make any difference. 

And then said, I will be blunt, what if it were your daughter being raped, what if it were your son having his genitals fired upon, what if your daughters breasts were cut off and thrown from terrorist to terrorist, what it it were young grandchildren burnt alive?

To which they offered a "defense" by turning to another person and saying, "Do you train in Krav Maga?" and thus they were acquitted. They took my business card to give to a friend who is "into that sort of thing", and they went off to buy their pizza.

And I sit and have coffee because my services are not required at this time, there is simply no need. 

I go home, sit down to write this blog, and then my brother sends me a link, an Arab terrorist took a vehicle, ran over 20 people, jump out with a knife and started stabbing people. Several people are in critical condition, some not expected to survive. My little nephew live in that area and are in their kindergarten under lockdown while the police are searching for the terrorist who is still at large.

And I sit here at home and sip my coffee, because my services are not required at this time. And it makes me wonder...it does.

   אָמַ֣ר עָ֭צֵל שַׁ֣חַל בַּדָּ֑רֶךְ

  ארי בין הרחובות


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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