Israeli soldiers train Chinese employees in self-defence

Last Updated: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 18:33

Jerusalem: Major Chinese companies operating
in high risk areas of the world have hired a group of former
Israeli soldiers, experts in Krav Maga martial arts form, to
train their employees in self-defence.

As part of the training, ex-soldiers of Israel Defence
Forces (IDF) will teach the employees about Islam, terrorist
organisations` operational methods, self defence techniques
and ways to handle dangerous situations.

Many of these companies are engaged in develpomental
works in various developing countries of Africa, South
America, Central Asia and Middle East, some of them risk
prone, Israel`s largest circulated daily `Yediot Ahronoth`
reported on Monday.

Hundreds of thousands of Chinese employees estimated to
be dispatched overseas every year are usually not trained to
handle high-risk situations they may find themselves in, many
have become victims of armed robbery and abductions with most
of cases ending in capitulation to the kidnappers, but
some also resulting in death, the daily said.

In view of the dangers, for over two years an Israeli
company `Alpha Angel` comprising of ex-soldiers, former
security guards and self defence experts has been operating in
China, teaching employees the art of Krav Maga, considered one
of the best martial arts form for self defence.

The company is run by Adi Talmor, a former member of
Paratroopers Brigade in the IDF, who has worked as a security
guard in Israeli embassies around the world and in various El
Al airlines branches overseas. Talmor has been living in
Beijing for past seven years, the report said.

"Most of these men are chubby clerks used to sitting
around the office and smoking cigarettes all day," Talmor told
the daily adding, "Our goal is to prep them to what may happen
to them when they`re stationed in dangerous hell holes."

Meanwhile, Israeli techniques have also raised alarm
among Chinese authorities at times with police arriving at one
of the sites during an escape exercise.

"We`ve recently been approached by one of the Chinese
police`s special units which asked us to send one of our
instructors to check whether he`s better than their
instructor," Talmor said.


First Published: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 18:33

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