Vaz started learning Krav Maga from her husband Elroy Vaz, India’s regional director for Israeli company Krav Maga Global (KMG), in 2010. She is among the few Indian women training at the graduate level.
Krav Maga (Hebrew term for Contact Combat) is a system based on defence from the ‘Initial Human Response’.
She believes that KMG teaches a person that while the attacker is aware of the attack through intent, the intended victim or defender realises the attack only after it commences. “Therefore, a trained human response is worked upon on a daily-basis. With this, gradually it becomes the second nature of a person to react without fear and execute the required defence and counter attack,” says Vaz.
She says traditional martial arts are based on concepts, which do not apply to modern-day sudden attacks. They are designed just for competitions. According to her, a trained response in Krav Maga needs focus, determination and aggression to deter/break the will of the attacker, by inflicting pain to him.
“It is a self-defence mechanism that can be practiced by women of all ages. Age was never a factor that stopped me. Instead, I became more conscious about my wellbeing. Even, we have women from around the globe undergoing training at KMG,” says Vaz, who started training at the age of 40.
For Indian women, she says, confidence-building starts back in school. Teens should take part in field or contact sports that have the threat of physical contact, where they can learn to tackle the attack fearlessly and confidently.
“There is a need to expose them to at least the medium-level of a system like Krav Maga. Kids should attend a minimum one-hour session per month, if not more. Besides, of the two PT sessions a week that most schools have, Krav Maga for both girls and boys should replace at least one,” she opines.
Most attacks are meant to control the victim, so that the attacker can do what he further intends to do, for instance, rob him or her. “So, most control-related attacks are regardless of the sex of the victim, and most Krav Maga techniques are meant for both males and females,” she says.
If a woman is expecting a very strong attack, she defends with equal force and tactics. Thus, reversing the process wherein the initial attacker would be the one fearing pain.
“I even train women in their office attires during corporate workshops. Due to long nails, some women cannot make a fist to punch, and we train them to strike with the palm’s heel. They are even allowed to poke or gorge the eye in extreme cases,” she adds.
Safety Tips For Women
Have faith in yourself. SMS the autorickshaw or bus number to your loved ones after boarding. Avoid going to deserted and dark areas. Never fall asleep in a public transport vehicle. Keep objects like geometry compass or kajal pencil handy to be used as weapons. Shout for help if needed. Never say ‘please don’t’ and sound like a victim, instead ‘go away!’. Be aggressive, but not hysterical or out of control. Always scan the area you find unsafe. In case of an attack, never stay on after making your defence, check the area and run away. Be alert in public places, listening to music on headphones while walking or waiting for public transport leads to being less aware of your surroundings.
Article on Dipika Vaz our KMG India team member in the Divya Bhaskar a leading Gujarati Newspaper in India. Covers Dipika's commitment to teach Women in India, Self Defense.
Exploring the world gives one an incredible high. With Women’s Day just around the corner, KRISHNARAJ IYENGAR offers a few suggestions for women travellers that he learnt from self-defence experts
It’s time for a holiday. A pair of loyal sneakers, a camera, a killer mini-wardrobe, a daredevil itinerary and you’re ready to go! Young women today are ever so inspired to traverse the horizons. National as well as global travel destinations offer irresistible locales, leisure activities, shopping and more. But with the exhilarating independence and the quest for discovery, one must not forget the following tips for safe travel. India’s regional director for Krav Maga Global, Elroy Vaz, sheds light on what every woman travelling within or outside the country must consider in various situations.
Goa Women's Under-19 and Under-21 cricket teams to learn Israeli martial art Krav Maga | Cricket Country | 10th February 2016
GCA has contacted an martial school to teach self-defense to U-19 and U-20 teams © Getty Images (Representational Photo)
Our brief is to instill a spirit of aggression into the players in the Under-19 and Under-21 age groups, said Elroy Vaz an expect contacted by GCA.
Panaji: The Goa Cricket Association (GCA) has contacted an Israeli martial arts school to develop self-defence workshops for its women’s Under-19 and Under-21 teams to boost the players’ mental and physical fitness and develop a winning instinct. The GCA will seek to benefit from the Israeli martial art technique, named Krav Maga. It is a self-defence technique pioneered first by the Israeli armed forces, but over the years it has found followers across the globe. The martial art is a combination of various forms of fighting like boxing, aikido, judo, wrestling and is considered as one of the better fighting arts, especially when it comes to real-world combat scenarios.
Women's safety: Tips and tricks from Krav Maga, the Israeli martial art
With growing instances of crime against women, here are a few tips and tricks of Krav Maga, a practical self-defence technique that can turn you into a human weapon
Which one's better? A sword or a gun? An M16 or an M21? Tradition is tradition, but when it comes to practically defending yourself in real-life situations, Krav Maga is the name of the game" smiles veteran master Elroy Vaz, Krav Maga Global's regional director for India.
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