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‘This is far from an example of a Master taking out a gang of thugs but there are some lessons to be learned from this both pro and con.”
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The internet is full of people demonstrating Krav Maga and other martial arts techniques in a gym. Seldom is a real-life defensive situation captured so clearly on video. An off duty Israeli soldier recently came to the aid of a vehicle that was trapped by a mob of protesters. She needed to use her Krav training to defend herself and disperse the crowd.
From Daily Mail UK:
A fearless female soldier put her martial arts training to good use when she fought off dozens of Jewish ultra-Orthodox anti-draft protesters during a rally in Jerusalem.
Off-duty soldier Nomi Golan fended off a baying crowd of protesters, demonstrating against the arrest of two yeshiva students who refused to show up to the military recruitment office.
Using a series of expert karate kicks and chops, Golan held back the violent rabble who were preventing a car from driving up a street.
IDF soldiers are taught the Israeli fighting method of Krav Maga, which uses elbows, knees and locks to inflict as much damage on enemies as possible.
The Washington Post reports that her subsequent interview in Hebrew with local media revealed she had stopped to help the car pass through the protest.
She said her was to approach the protest’s leaders and tell them to back off.
‘They attacked me, so as a soldier, a civilian, an old woman, young or no matter what role I or what I was wearing, I defended myself as I would in any other situation,’ she said, according to the Facebook page First Report, quoted by the Post.
During such angry ulta-Orthodox protests, young men block roads and spit and curse at passing motorists to draw attention to their anger over military service.
Obviously, if the mob were out for blood she would have been in a world of trouble. From what I understand, the Ultra-Orthodox position is not particularly popular to begin with. It is Palestinians that see killing female soldiers as a good thing. The Israeli public would go ballistic if a female soldier were to be killed by a mob of protesting nebbishes.
This is far from an example of a Master taking out a gang of thugs but there are some lessons to be learned from this both pro and con.
I admire her courage, and hope the outcome will be as successful if I ever need to put my Krav Maga training to work. That said, she needs to do a MUCH better job maintaining her guard and not giving up her back entirely. She was lucky that she only received a kick in the ass at the :54 second mark. It could have just as easily been a cracked skull or a knife in the back. On the positive side, it is interesting to see how much space can be created with jabbing kicks. She does get in effective groin and round kicks as well. It was honestly that kick combination that showed me that she had some training, even if she made some significant mistakes.
I have a hard time believing that the motorist she was attempting to help was not more aggressively trying to move through the crowd. The first time she created a bubble they should have been all over it. As Glen Reynolds once famously said if you are in a situation where a mob is beating on your car and you are in fear for your life, “Run them down”.