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Krav Maga

Martial art system developed in Israel, involves striking, wrestling & grappling, known for very efficient & brutal counter-attacks, used by IDF Special Forces, adopted by law enforc. & intelligence org.s, Mossad & Shin Bet.

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Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on October 20, 2012 at 11:29am

It i quite interesting to know what thte Talmud says about self defense. I believe it is in the section Bava Metzia (not quite sure of that) that  we read:

If an evil doer is coming to kill you, rise up, meet him in the way, and kill him first.

I believe what this is saying is that we don't have to wait for a true evil doer fires the first shot to know if he (or she) is trying to kill us.

Here in Pennsylvania we have adopted the "Castle Doctrine," i.e. Every man's home is his castle. Prior to that, the laws so read that if, for example, a home invader(s) kicked in your front door, you had to run out the back. Thankfully, some of our more conservative legislators came to understand that such thinking was greatly detrimental to the safety and security of a free state.

Many years ago I was into the martial arts. However, due to spinal stenosis and degenerative arthritis I can no longer perform anywhere near as I was once able. (Thankfully our two sons, Ariel and Ethan have black belts in Taekwando. Ariel is soon leaving for the Marine Corps and soon after that, Ethan will join him). 

I am 68 years old and a disabled veteran and go for therapy weekly at th V.A. Hospital in Pittsburgh. However, we are still able to adequately defend ourselves and our home and property via firearms.

It is my belief that everyone who is able should have a minimum of three firearms: a good rifle, a shotgun and a handgun. Joanne and I are grateful that Pennsylvania permits concealed carry. Neither one of us would have any qualms about using deadly force if and when such would become necessary.

As Dael said, "The first line of to not act like a victim." When you present yourself to a criminal as an adversary rather than a victim, nine times out of 10 they have a change of heart and go off to seek out a real victim.


Comment by James Trimm on October 20, 2012 at 10:15pm

I have heard that there are no Krav Maga tournaments because there is no point system... one "wins" when one's opponent is to injured or to dead to be a further threat.

Comment by T. J. (Mordecai) Mitchell on October 26, 2012 at 12:36pm

Yes, there is much debate about which martial arts system is the "best." I compare this to firearms. Some will argue that the 9mm isbetter than a .380, the .40 is better than the 9, and "Old Slab Sides" (the .45 Auto) is better than them all.

Well, my opinion, whether martial arts or firearms is: It's the man (or woman) not the gun. It's the skill and ability to use what you have or have learned and the hutzpah to use it to the nth degree when needed, sparing none.

Where can you learn Krav Maga? I'm too old and am too disabled to get back into martial arts (that's why I carry and have pepper spray handy) but our sons, Ariel and Ethan (who both have black belts in Taekwando) might be interested if there is a school near us in western Pa.


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