When Reality Strikes

February 24, 2024, Heredia, Costa Rica

Reality has a way of ruining everything. We live in a fantasy world of our own creation and when reality interferes, we feel betrayed. We are in a deep sleep, floating around in our fantasy world, and then we are woken to reality, we are angry. In Israel that wake up for many was October 7, 2023. 

Today I am teaching a seminar on Knife Attacks on the ground. This is a topic I have studied for many years, and sadly I know several people that have experienced such attacks in reality. These took place in Israel; terrorists hell-bent on killing Jews. 

I have studied sports martial arts and have a great deal of experience in various forms of wrestling, Jujitsu and ground fighting. None bare any resemblance to what actually happens in a true attack. Reality is an unpleasant wake up call.

And I think of John Lennon, a man with clear vision. In one of his lesser known songs he discusses this;

When I wake up early in the morning
Lift my head, I'm still yawning
When I'm in the middle of a dream
Stay in bed, float up stream 

Please, don't wake me, no, don't shake me
Leave me where I am
I'm only sleeping

Yes, we are only sleeping, and we don't want to be woken up. But I am the dream breaker and in order to live you need to wake up, and so I teach reality, with all its ugliness.

The fight will be short and brutal, and if you survive you will most likely have scars to prove it. You will have blood all over you, your clothes will be torn, your vision will be blurry. Reality is blurry. 

Most of us do not want to be woken up, as Lennon writes...please don't wake me, no, don't shake me, leave me where I am!  We want to be left alone, leave me where I am. I am only sleeping. 

Today there will be people with a sports wrestling background, I am sure. They will want to see joint locks, they will think they are already experts on being attacked with a knife on the ground, but I will have to wake them up. and yet I know there will be resistance. 

Please, don't spoil my day, I'm miles away
And after all, I'm only sleeping

Yes, why should I spoil your day, after all, you want to sleep. But I recall the events of October 7th, and I know that sleeping is bad for your health. I cry out like a Biblical prophet, Wake up!!! Before it is too late. 


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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