You may have heard about the 12-year-old schoolgirl who recently fought off a male attacker by kneeing him in the groin. The assault came at around 6pm one evening earlier this month as the girl was making her way home from a self defence class in Hampstead.
The girl had been learning the Israeli physical defence system Krav Maga and was able to put her lessons into practice to see off her attacker.
We were not surprised to hear than a young schoolgirl was able to fight off a grown man using Krav Maga. Krav Maga, meaning ‘contact combat’ in Hebrew, is taught to troops in the Israeli army and uses similar techniques to those found in boxing, wrestling, judo and jujitsu.
We use it in our business. All our new guards receive Krav Maga training when they join us. They then receive follow up Krav Maga training every two to three months. The training is delivered by an instructor with more than 30 years’ experience in Krav Maga, physical defence and safety.
The reason why this training is so useful for our guards is that unlike many other self defence systems, it covers more than just fighting. It deals with key skills for security guards such as:
- Risk and threat assessment
- Behavioral profiling
- The importance of body language, voice control, eye contact and positioning
Most importantly, it allows our guards to do their jobs well while staying within the law.
At its heart, Krav Maga is about giving the guards the tools to avoid physical conflict, if possible, and engage minimum and reasonable force if it cannot be avoided.
And, as the brave schoolgirl demonstrated, if called upon, Krav Maga is an effective technique for self protection.
For more information about our security guard services please call us on 020 3004 4189.