Not Your Day
By Moshe Katz
Israeli Krav International

September 28, 2019, Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem

Ever had one of those days when it seems the universe has conspired against you?

A loved one is sick in the hospital, the parking entrance machine is not working, test results are alarming, and yet ...there are some good things, the smile of a stranger, a kind nurse. 

And then more, one technical difficulty after another, wasted time, pain, discomfort, GPS takes you to a bad neighborhood, people cut ahead of in line at the pharmacy, Momma said there would be days like this

But yet I come home and my house was not robbed. I have much to be grateful for even in the worst difficult times, as we all do. Enough said. 

With our Krav Maga things will go wrong, not every technique will come out perfect every time but there should be enough good, enough things that go right, that make the overall picture a success.

Many self defense systems depend upon precision, upon everything being timed perfectly and everything going correct; grabbing that knife in motion, flipping over that heavy male attacker, and yet there have been times when such feats were performed, although mostly when it was properly choreographed. 

But life is not choreographed and sooner or later we will all run out of luck, things will not start on time, our order will not be as we expected, life will move slower than we want, but there should be enough good to see it as a success. We got home safely, we are alive and well, so that is good. Life is still good. 

Our Krav Maga must reflect this imperfect reality, for this is a fact of life. 

Things go wrong, wrong turns, traffic, but we still made the flight because we took all that into account. We did not depend upon the time on the GPS, we did not count on perfect conditions.

The exit to the parking lot did not work, cars line up, drivers getting out and shouting. But here we are, ready to face another day. And we have plenty to be thankful for.