South Africa

SA farmers trained in self-defence by ex-Israeli soldier [video]

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Some farmers in South Africa have been preparing for the worst and have enlisted the help of a former Israeli special forces operative to train them in self-defence in case of a farm attack.

While recent figures have revealed that farm attacks have considerably dropped from the highs recorded back in the late 1990s, concerns about safety in farms have peaked in recent years and have seen farmers seek out ways to ensure that they are well-equipped for the worst case scenario.

As News24 reports, Idan Abolnik has been training people in his own style of a self-defence system called Krav Maga, which was developed for the Israel Defence Forces, and has now taken his services to South Africa.

“It’s open to everyone and anyone who wants a specially designed system for farmers,” he said.

“We train them to deal with a variety of different attacks.

We teach them hand-to-hand combat, bush warfare,semi-bush warfare, urban warfare and how to collect information.”

With Gauteng being one of the provinces that have recorded the most incidents of farm attacks it’s no surprise that Abolnik’s business – which is largely based in Johannesburg and Pretoria – has been booming.

He says part of his training includes simulation of weapon attacks, preparing those who enrol to defend themselves and their families.

However, his services do not come cheap at all; an intensive two-week course costs about R20 000 per person.

Watch: Abolnik trains SA farmers in self-defence in video below

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