Updated: Jun 16
In this article, we will discuss interesting questions such as: Why do companies deliver seminars in Krav-Maga to their employees? Do the seminars in Krav-Maga and Self-Defense influence the profitability of the company? Is it advisable for companies to give their employees the opportunity to engage in Krav-Maga during the day? What is the Israeli Krav-Maga Philosophy? With what equipment is it recommended to practice Krav-Maga at home? How important is cardiopulmonary endurance in Krav-Maga workouts?
Why do companies deliver seminars in Krav-Maga to their employees?
It turns out that quite a few companies around the world hold workshops and seminars in Krav-Maga, Self-Defense in their workplace. It turns out that these seminars are helpful for teamwork and team building. When in a number of meetings basic topics of Krav-Maga in general and tactical Krav-Maga are discussed (the subject will be explained in detail in the following article) in particular, according to the will of the organization. When basic training includes safety measures and actions to prevent risks of violence within the staff and in daily life. The training focuses on raising awareness for improving cardio-pulmonary endurance and later on learning the basics of fists and kicks, and the use of common objects as defensive weapons. For those who want a more advanced course, basic topics in tactical self-defense against attacks are conveyed: knife, pistol, and stick. It turns out that simulations of attack scenarios in groups help to form a group of workers and to improve work motivation. Also, constitute as much a trigger for improving physical fitness and in particular contributes to the quality of teamwork.
Do the seminars in Krav-Maga and Self-Defense influence the profitability of the company?
Employees are the main asset of companies in the fields of high technologies, security companies, security organizations, property management, mental health, ambulatory and medical teams, education teams, and more ... As a result, more and more such companies and organizations are concerned about the health and safety of their employees. In their work and outside it. A lot of companies became aware of the need for their self-defense seminars for thy staff and started with self-defense workshops with the clear goal of making employees feel safe, cohesive at work, increased morale, and a sense of belonging to the organization in which they are employed. Some organizations have realized that this is the only way to maintain the operational competence of their employees, to be updated on new scenarios and risks in the world of tactical self-defense, and to bring about the formation of their staff. When it is possible that each organization or company has different risks and scenarios depending on the nature of the work or their geographical location. According to Mark Fesler (6th Dan in Israeli Krav-Maga, and strategic consultant for companies in the fields of security and safety abroad), "Krav-Maga is delivered as part of workshops for the purpose of team building and basic self-defense training" and adds that the rationale behind this training is team building Employees; giving a sense of security, that is, society takes care of them, and providing basic tools in self-defense. It turns out that economic costs in employing a certified Krav-Maga instructor and employee training hours constitute a strategic asset of the company which influences a continuous improvement in the overall performance of the staff, and amounts to an increase in productivity; Fewer people on sick leave; An increase in creativity; Improvement in work under pressure; Improvement in human relations of employees; Decrease in the percentage of dismissals due to violence within the company. All in all, the benefit is higher than the cost invested - as a result the company's profit.
Is it advisable for companies to give their employees the opportunity to engage in Krav-Maga during the day?
According to Corporate Wellness Magazine, the difference between a company with a workforce made up of positive, strong, and productive people and a company that is not is clear. In their view, these are emotional and psychological barriers to personal achievement, which can prevent staff from functioning productively. When they claim self-defense training improves creative problem-solving skills. According to managerial studies conducted, self-defense training can help employees learn to creatively overcome obstacles to success. This type of training can develop and/or improve problem-solving abilities, creativity and thinking "outside the box". Employees learn to think “strategically,” and provide their company with the ability to identify symptoms and root causes of problems and determine corrective and preventative actions, leading to at least a waste of time, money, and other resources. As a result, they recommend self-defense training several times a week during their workday. In their opinion, employees may experience a greater sense of happiness and peace of mind. When happier employees provide many benefits for their company. People who have a secure and positive outlook on life are less likely to be threatened by change, to defend themselves against others, or to lash out at others verbally, physically, or emotionally when things are not going smoothly. According to them, martial arts-based self-defense training is known as a source of empowerment and personal security, providing a person with the ability to control himself. This type of people tends to attract and influence others in a positive way, making them a valuable asset to any company.
What is the Israeli Krav-Maga Philosophy?
The Philosophy of Krav-Maga says - "Always strive for exceptional self-control and consideration for others, even when you are dealing with a violent confrontation". Everything must be done to prevent violence, but it is not always possible and not always up to us. As a result, there is the following sentence which claims, if there is an immediate and real danger to the life, "One should precede the assailant". In an ideal world, no one would have to use force on another person. However, we do not live in a perfect society, and violence is all around us almost everywhere. Even if you take all the precautions that are conceivable to avoid getting into a problematic situation. That is, as taught in psychological preparation courses in Krav-Maga, you may still get into trouble. Because there are things that are not up to you, and there are many cases where there is no verbal confrontation before the actual physical assault.
What do they wear in Krav-Maga?
According to the history of the formation of the Combat System, it was intended for the security forces of the State of Israel, so formal clothes were uniform (military uniform). Although there are schools that teach in black Ninjutsu-Style pants and a black T-shirt, it is usually necessary to wear Martial arts shoes as well. Important note! Women’s and men's equipment in this method are absolutely identical. The following is a recommended list of clothing when training Krav Maga:
What does the training equipment of the Krav-Maga trainer include?
Following the history of the method, great importance is attached to the formation of functional muscles. On the one hand, it is necessary to work on speed and agility in movement, and on the other hand, to develop muscles to increase strength and power. To succeed in this task: Need to work with small weights, many reps in each set; Also combine with strength training, it is advisable to consult with a trainer so as not to damage the muscle ligaments; It is recommended to work with a wrist expander and rubber for dynamic loading; With heavy training rope; a lot of reps on a heavy and light boxing bag; With a punching bag, etc ... It is imperative to practice throwing, choking, blocking, kicking and punching. Punches and knees on the trainer's abdomen may only be performed with suitable and safe belly protectors! In the tactical training of Krav-Maga, rubbery equipment is used like knives, padded sticks, etc... One needs to use equipment that has passed strict safety tests. When signing up for a club, check if their gym floor is well protected and if there is a suitable protective pad against falls, throws, etc. Below is a list of the recommended trainer equipment when teaching Krav-Maga:
How important is personal protective equipment when practicing Krav-Maga?
Good schools understand the importance of protective equipment when teaching martial arts in general and in combat in particular. Demonstrations and battles are not allowed without appropriate protective equipment! These are usually inexpensive shields compared to the physical damage they prevent. Also, there is no insurance without protective equipment! When striking a punching bag, be it a jab, cross, hook, or uppercut, boxing gloves should be used. It is recommended for full contact to use a body protector that maintains the integrity of the ribs. Also, shields for the head, teeth, groin, and legs are recommended.
It is very important to practice Krav-Maga using rubber training knives and even more important during training to wear appropriate protective equipment: such as glasses designed to protect the eyes; a body protector; a Head guard against receiving an unwanted blow. The following is a list of recommended equipment for knife defense studies in Israeli Krav-Maga:
With what equipment is it recommended to practice Krav-Maga at home?
To learn Krav-Maga, one needs to practice the same thing, many times over. This is not a theoretical area compared to other martial arts where one can learn from a trainer by watching directly through a computer. So practice and interaction are of the utmost importance. Although, it is worth it and even recommended to work at home on punches and kicks, strength training, etc. For this purpose, it is possible to purchase minimal personal equipment that does not take up much space at home. Prepares physically for classes in the section. It also improves the following parameters: Strength, flexibility, cardiopulmonary endurance, and more.
Using a yoga mat, abdominal muscles can be improved; Training weights are to improve muscle strength; Using an adjustable strength bench can strengthen chest muscles by lifting weights; A free-standing punching bag is a perfect solution for punching and kicking improvement at home ... Below is a list of recommended equipment for home exercise:
Home training is recommended to be performed under the supervision of a certified trainer. It is recommended to avoid exercising alone at home!
How important is cardiopulmonary endurance in Krav-Maga workouts?
First of all, this is health, and secondly, in a battle that does not end in a short time, the one who has cardiopulmonary endurance wins. To improve cardiopulmonary endurance, it is recommended to take brisk walks, combined with running, to increase and decrease the pace. These runs can be done outdoors, on the coast, on a Treadmill, or on a Home spinning bike. Recommended: Wear suitable shoes while running, and document and monitor your calorie burn and heart rate with your Smartwatch. Also, with the help of this it is very easy to see improvements in cardiopulmonary endurance, In fact, all your actions are recorded using a computer, and there is a training history. The following is a list of recommended personal equipment for home workouts, for developing cardiopulmonary endurance, and for monitoring and controlling progress: