The cadets are divided into pairs and begin with attempts in stabbing one another with plastic knives. To thwart the attacker, anything goes, including striking “below the belt” with a punch or a kick. The course is valuable to both our men and women soldiers since the kidnapping alert has been on the rise due to the generous terms applied in the Gilad Shalit deal.
After passing their qualifying test, the cadets can begin to see the finish line. Unfortunately, not everyone was able to complete the course with a total of eight dropouts. Course commander 2nd Lieutenant Nir Inbar explains:
“The goal of the course is not necessarily to be the best in Krav Maga, but rather future instructors must be able to transfer messages and guidance to those who are in danger every day.”
After a refreshing shower, and any required first-aid for recent wounds, the students gather for a ceremonial graduation where they received the title of ‘Krav Maga instructor.’ “Your goal is to guide and enrich the knowledge essential to your future soldiers. You are our messengers,” said course instructor, Netzer.