Despite Cease Fire Israeli Security Forces Practice Deadly Combat System – OpEd
By Jim Kouri
Despite the latest news Wednesday afternoon regarding an Israeli-Palestinian cease fire, soldiers and police officers serving in areas close to the Israeli-Gaza border have been instructed to avoid standing alone in areas where they might get rides to or from their base, and to be aware of any suspicious people coming toward them, according to a police source in Israel.
The territorial brigade (Israeli border patrol) also decided to increase teaching police officers and soldiers Commando Krav Maga (hand-to-hand combat), an Israeli unarmed combat system.
One main principle of CKM is that while negotiating for peace, prepare for war. CKM evolved in the hostile environment of the Middle East. So, CKM intrinsically is a mature and pragmatic body of knowledge. Though every CKM practitioner does his best to deescalate the conflict, CKM is not oblivious to the fact that there are many unintelligent people out there who might mistake a desire for peace as weakness.
Shortly after the Yom Kippur War in the 1970s, the Israeli security forces sought to improve upon its close quarter combat system. It was at this time that Moni Aizik, a member of one of Israel’s most elite Commando units, was assigned to evolve the military’s existing hand-to-hand combat system. Moni was sought after because of his extensive martial arts experience and battlefield experience.
In his youth, Moni dominated the Judo and Jiu Jitsu arena winning 7 National titles. After turning 18, Moni served his country as a member of one of Israel’s most elite commando units in the Israeli Defense Force, according to the IDF.
Having fought in the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Moni’s unit was decimated and he was one of the few that survived. During his service, Moni quickly learned what would and wouldn’t work in real life situations.
In his new assignment after the war, Moni experimented with combat tactics and techniques under the most realistic conditions. Through intensive research and rigorous field testing, Moni extracted the most practical and effective moves that could be utilized even in the most stressful and unpredictable situations. It was at this time that Moni Aizik created Commando Krav Maga.
Commando Krav Maga is considered by many experts to be the most evolved and effective hand-to-hand combat system in the world. Commando Krav Maga is the ultimate reality-based system engineered for the most brutal and vicious street confrontations. With its no-nonsense approach and straightforward practical moves, CKM prepares the combat soldier or police officer for the unexpected with techniques that can be utilized effectively under pressure.
Commando Krav Maga is not a traditional or sport-based martial art. There are no competitions, rules and regulations. Instead, CKM is a reality-based system designed for the primary goal of survival.
Special thanks to Moni Aizik for his excellent work on an excellent unarmed fighting system.