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Criminal Work Ethics

September 27, 2015

By Moshe Katz
Israeli Krav International

Not long ago my home was broken into. Since then I have become a minor expert on home security. Of course the smart thing would have been to do this study and research before the break in, not after.

But we are not very smart.

Live and learn.

Similarly it is better to learn Krav Maga before you are attacked, before you become part of a massacre, before being held up at gun point or being stabbed with a knife.

The wise shall listen, the fools shall go to the hospital or the morgue.

But you will say, “I have no free time”, yes, but an early death is even a greater waste of time.

They say there is honor among thieves, I do not know nor care but I do care about their work ethics.

This week I was speaking with my neighbor Moshe, another family was hit last Friday night. I said I was surprised. It was bitter cold that night, I thought the criminals would say home. Who wants to go out in the cold?

He answered, “It is the perfect night to go out. The streets are empty, everyone is home sipping hot coco.”

But not the criminals. They are out in the cold, working hard to take your hard earned money. They are not so lazy as you may think.

This reminded me of something I heard a while back; a former criminal was giving advice “… but Understand this I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.”

You see the criminal is not always lazy and he is not always stupid. He is well versed in his profession and he is willing to work unconventional hours.

He is willing to travel.

He is willing to out in the dead of night, in the bitter cold. He does not take a day off for bad weather. He does not make excuses.

Now tell me again why you could not make it to Krav Maga class?

This wisdom is as ancient as time itself, and so is our absolute refusal to wake up and take action.

The lazy man says, There is a lion in the way, there is a lion in the streets. As the hinges turn on a door so does the lazy one in his bed.” (Proverbs, Chapter 26, verses 13-14)

(in other words, he simply cannot go out of his house because there might be a lion in the street, now he has his excuse for inaction.)

The lazy man is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can give sensible answers.” (Proverbs, 26, 16)

So, actually, please do not tell me why you cannot train in Krav Maga, or study home security, I already know. I read it in the book of Proverbs written over 3,000 years ago.

Nothing is new in human nature.


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