Pillars of Krav Maga: Third Party Protection

One of the pillars of Krav Maga training is third-party or VIP protection. KMG’s approach to third-party protection includes the basic protection of a third party (a family member, child, friend, etc.) from threat and risk. Within KMG’s civilian self-defense curriculum, the principles and techniques of self-defence are applied to the protection of others.

Krav Maga’s techniques are based on natural reactions. Without this core element, the defender/protector will be unable to use a successful, precisely timed method in an emergency. As you are not always in a fight-or-flight situation throughout your daily life, your response time and subsequent action(s) may be less instinctive and reflexive than if you were in a position to have time to think, reflect, consider, and weigh your options under dire circumstances. However, when time is limited and instinct and reflexes take over, it is preferable that a self-defence technique be similar to and based on our natural reactions and responses.

KMG has a number of highly successful methods for defending a VIP, a member of their family, or a friend. The techniques are broken down into several categories: pulling the VIP to deflect the attack; pushing the VIP to deflect the attack or prevent it from reaching; moving the VIP while remaining next to him or her for additional protection; moving the VIP while separating from him or her in order to fight and neutralize the dangers; deflecting or blocking the attack with your hands and legs and launching the most effective counterattack; and ASAP removing the VIP from the danger zone.

Pre-fight and post-fight strategies are part of VIP and third-party protection. This is a part of modern Krav Maga. At KMG, we instruct a tactically, technically, mentally, and physically integrated system. The next phase of self-defense is to concentrate on defending others and on higher levels of fighting skills and strategies once one has passed the initial phases. Third-party protection is already covered in the curriculum for the Practitioner Levels, and we also provide short courses and seminars on the topic. The frame of mind and general strategy are crucial. Since they go against natural tendencies for self-preservation, students must develop them.

When practicing this material, attempt to imagine or visualise that you are defending member of your immediate family, such as parent, sibling, kid, or spouse. You can start the protective response by doing this.  Avoid having negative thoughts such as “what might happen to me,” “I might get wounded,” “I’m not good enough to do this,” “The assailant will harm me,” and similar ones.  These ideas will drain your mental energy and cause negative emotions like dread, worry, rage, and irritation. 
Put your attention where it belongs: on the work at hand.  Nobody else will complete this task for you, so avoid being destroyed or sidetracked by irrelevant thoughts; stop this negative self-talk.

The topic of protecting others is very broad. It is one of KMG’s three pillars, along with self-defense and combat and fighting. We even provide higher education for our educators that is tailored specifically for VIP and third party protection. To understand this, one does not need to be a member of a government protection force. Anyone can, and everyone should. It is better to have and not need, rather than the other way around. So start training today.