What should you do if you witness someone being attacked?

You may remember in the news last Summer actor Benedict Cumberbatch, known for playing superhero Doctor Strange in the Marvel movies, fought off a group of assailants attempting to mug a Deliveroo cyclist in London

The driver was being attacked by a group and ‘the Doctor’ jumped out of an UBER to help, and fought off the attackers.

Imagine that, you’ve planned to rob the poor old Deliveroo Driver in the hope of a free meal. It’s all going to plan and next thing you know… a superhero is there busting you up!

Firstly, good on him. I imagine (and knowing London) that there were a fair few people who ‘walked on by’.

But it does raise the continued question about helping others in distress.

What should you do if you witness someone being attacked?

Should you intervene? Should you not? Do you observe and call the police?

.. walking on by is NOT an option!

There is a fancy phrase in the Self Defence world that considers helping others, it’s called ‘by-stander intervention’ that (I imagine) originated in the US.

Being honest, it is something that we should incorporate more into Krav Maga training but maybe not so much the physical actions as there are so many variables. But we could discuss more about how you make the decision to physically help or not.

There will be huge part of your emotional brain that will drive you to run head first ‘towards the problem’ without really taking stock of what’s happening, and that’s what we MUST consider!

What is ‘actually’ happening, compared to what we ‘think’ is happening.  There have been far too many incidents where by-standers have gone to assist, and ended up becoming the victim, because the situation turned out to be something different to what they thought it was.

Countless brave, chivalrous stories of by-standers coming to the aid of a defenceless woman being assaulted by a supposed partner, only for the partner AND the woman to turn on the hero and make them the victim!

Some which resulted in death of the by-stander.

Taking a couple of seconds to process what’s going is worth it!

I imagine that’s what Benedict did from the back of the UBER, he had time to see what was happening, rather than walking around a corner and it happening right in front of him.

STOP > THINK > ACT

If you decide to act in a physical manner, to intervene… you MUST consider what we call Impact Factors.

Your relative age, size, strength, skill, physical ability, and experience to deal with what’s happening!

Are you able to physically assist, or might shouting, getting on your phone, calling to others be a better option?

There are two types of people in this world… those who run towards the burning building and those who call people more capable.  We need both of those types to survive as a species.

Training in Krav Maga is likely to help your adrenal response stay under control, your physical abilities are more ‘tuned’ and above all, your confidence to do something will be much higher than those not accustomed to training for conflict.

So remember, assess what is happening, work out the impact factors and then do something…

You don’t need to star in a film to be a Superhero, in fact, you don’t even need to be Super, let alone a Hero to help someone… you just need common sense, to be mindful of the situation and take some action, based on who you are, where you are and what you are capable of and, above all… don’t become the victim.

Speak Soon

Jon

How Long Does it Take to Become a Krav Maga Instructor?

150 hours! 

There you go. I've answered it right off the bat so you don't need to read any further.

Actually, that's slightly misleading, it takes a lot more. Let me explain.....

But first, a little background.

Last year I was on holiday, stomping around Morocco with my other half. Our first stop was Marrakech, an interesting place to say the least.

(Apparently it’s fine to mix mopeds, people and donkeys in very small spaces and see who comes out alive!)

What Marrakech has a lot of is... Thai Massage.

(And before you frown a little, I mean proper/real/traditional Thai massage!)


Keeping myself mobile is a big part of teaching Krav Maga, so regular massage is a sure fire way I keep moving, so I’ve had fair few in my time. So we set off to find a place that had been recommended...

After half an hour of wandering the streets, we eventually found the place we were looking for, on the fourth floor of an apartment block, in the middle of a suburb. We were a little concerned our research had been poor given our surroundings, but once we opened the door we couldn’t have been any more surprised…!

The place was amazing, from the greeting, the explanations and, of course, the massage itself.

(If a massage leaves me feeling like I’ve done 10 rounds with Tyson, it was a good one!)

Once we’d finished, we were giving traditional green tea in their relaxation room, and I sat there wondering, why the massage was so much better than pretty much every other one I’ve ever had...

I then turned to look left... staring right in front of me was the answer!

On the wall were the diplomas and certifications of all the people who worked there... and not one of them had done less than 150 hours of training!

150 hours of massage in an intensive course... now that’s got to be hard work!!!

There are so many cheap, short courses out there, in all types of skills or vocations, and all of them will give you a certificate.

But it’s not the certificate that matters, it’s the time it took to achieve it!

I’ve met so many ‘Krav Maga Instructors’ who have a certificate or a diploma to teach, but they got it in 3 days, or 8 hours...

You simply cannot get to a competent level of skill in that time frame, you are simply ‘buying’ the certificate.

That’s why I ensure all of our team at Elite have gone through the Official Krav Maga Global Instructor Certification Programme which is, you guessed it... over 150 hours

(180 to be precise!)

Not to mention their previous experience, their training and continued professional development. As a result, instructors who stay with Elite (and of course our governing body, KMG) are at the top of their game.

Some instructors qualify and then stop training themselves.

Imagine that!

Believing you’re so good once you have that instructor patch on your arm that you feel you can actually stop doing what you did to get you there in the first place.

Becoming an instructor in any discipline is a lifelong commitment to ensuring you’re the best you can be – not just for yourself but also for your students.

And careful of those who have a ‘certificate’ in something who promote that they can help you, always do your research.

Search out those who have ‘put the time in’... and for those who continue to improve.

You might end up paying a little more to learn from them, but you can rest assured it’ll be good quality training.

When people stop me at events and ask me 'How long does it take to become a Krav Maga instructor?' I usually give them the long answer. And frankly, it's more than just time - it takes a certain type of person to go on this journey (and stay on it) and I'm happy to call those types of people my friends and colleagues.

Speak Soon

Jon

P.S Morocco was fantastic and if you haven’t been already, give it some thought. It’s a great adventure.

Go to the Gym or Train Krav Maga?

Go to the Gym or train Krav Maga?

A couple of years ago I received a very well thought out gift from the NHS to celebrate my 40th year on the planet:

A FREE Health Check.

Admittedly, it wasn’t the most exciting gift in the world, but considering we hear so much bad press about how strapped the NHS are, I was pleasantly surprised. So I took them up on the offer.

If you’ve had one of these checks you’ll know that involves checking everything from your height, weight, heart rate, and cholesterol levels, before going onto to probe you on your ‘lifestyle’.

And during that chat I was able to tell the nurse all about training Krav Maga, and I ended up asking her about the single biggest ‘struggle’ people identify with on the healthcheck. Her answer was simple: when it comes to whether or not people do regular exercise, there’s one answer which is more common than others:

“I used to go to the gym, but I quit”

And it goes even further when she asks them why they quit, it’s nearly always a variation on “it was boring”.

And let’s be honest, it’s true.

Unless you’re a proper statto, then the chances are that the gym will get boring after a while, and you’ll either quit, or end up spending a lot more time in the Jacuzzi than on the treadmill. Just like kids, as adults we’re more likely to keep doing things if we enjoy them and feel like we’re progressing with them.

And that’s why it’s much easier to stick to an exercise regime if it isn’t just plain old ‘exercise’, but something that gives you a skill base.

That’s certainly how I see Krav Maga

– it ticks both boxes, keeping me fit AND feeling like I’m still learning.

If you know you need to ‘get fit’ but know full well how boring the gym can become, it’s well worth thinking about a skill you can learn that’ll help you achieve the fitness you want, without the boredom.

 Becoming fitter and stronger are both pleasant side effects to training in Krav Maga. And a comment heard frequently from new members after completing their first trial class is how great a workout the training is and how, with a watchful instructor and a good training partner, they feel pushed further in the workout than they would in the gym on their own.

You COULD go and pay for a personal trainer to push you and motivate you towards your fitness goals.

OR

You could come and TRY OUT Krav Maga training.

I know which one you’ll have more fun doing.

Speak soon

Jon

P.S. Oh, and you want to know the SHOCKING NEWS from the health check?

I haven’t grown in the last 25 years – I’m still the same height I was when I was 15.  Mildly annoyed about that if I’m honest.