Many Forms of Self Defense

May 31, 2024, Israel

A child will eat what he wants to eat and leave the rest. Many children will only focus on those subjects that interest them, and simply ignore the rest. We try to explain to them, eat all your food, even the vegetables. Focus on all the subjects at school, not only those that catch your fancy.

But we are no different. 

You might see a guy devote endless hours to fighting on the matt, but if you say, Hey, what about defense vs. a gun? No, that does not interest him, so therefore, it is not important. And we must ask, is this individual really interest in self-defense or in simply doing that which feels like fun for him?

There are those who devote years to guns, and endless amounts of money. Why? Self-defense, and yet this seeming devotion to self-protection ends with guns, it does not carry over to martial arts or Krav Maga. There are those who devote time to guns and Krav Maga but then stop, what about home security? what about your health? These are also forms of self-defense, self-protection. 

Let us analyze an Inclusive view of self-defense.

Medical - Having medical insurance is self-defense. Being killed by a bullet, a choke, or a disease, in the end the result is the same, you are dead. So if you train in martial arts to avoid being dead, if you spend countless hours with your gun, to avoid being dead, why ignore your medical needs? Having proper medical insurance can save your life.

Food, habits - Keeping fit, eating properly. All this is also self-defense. Avoiding smoking. 

Avoiding dangerous places - The world is filled with many exciting places to visit, and yet some of them are controlled by gangs or cartels. There is a limit to what your personal self-defense can do for you. If the government is not willing to provide proper security, avoid these places. Avoid danger.

Home protection - Alarm system, cameras, barbed wire etc. Keep the bad guys OUT. 

Cyber protection - Take measures to avoid identity threat, bank account information, credit cards etc. 

Self-defense includes many elements. I see myself as a partner with doctors, lawyers, nutritionist etc, as our goal is the same, keep you alive! A fanatical martial artist who ignores his health is not really interested in self-protection. He is only interested in what he feels is fun. A guy who devotes time and money to guns but has no interest in Krav Maga, same, like a child who chooses only those subjects that grab his fancy. If you are serious about self defense it must include all these diverse elements. 


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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