Have You Considered The Kravist’s Highest Calling In Your Daily Work?
Imi left us all a goal to strive for in our Krav Maga training – to walk in peace.
The most basic meaning of these words was meant to inspire each Kravist to achieve a tremendous level of proficiency – so that during a deadly encounter, the skilled Kravist might deploy said skill in resolving the conflict without resorting to deadly tactics (whatever those might be). Frankly, that’s a lofty goal, and without expansive and proper training, it’s dangerous. Don’t get me wrong. It’s an awesome goal, and it’s one I continue to try to obtain – not only because I trust Imi had a perspective that’s worth considering, but also because this is fully in line with my personal ethos.
Lately, though, I’ve been thinking about what “walking in peace” might mean on a daily basis. After a fair amount of thought and consideration, here’s what I’ve come up with on this subject: (1) Be a friend to your friends, meaning consider them in how you conduct yourself and in how you interact, (2) be friendly and show respect to people you don’t agree with, including people with varied political views, backgrounds, and seemingly foolish perspectives, and (3) within your sphere in influence, be a peacemaker and a conduit to resolving disputes quickly and amicably.
I don’t pretend to speak for Imi, but I’m fairly sure he purposely avoided saying things or promoting ideas that aren’t easily understood. After all, he developed the most straightforward and practical self-defense system ever devised. So, from what I know of the man, I can be fairly confident in extrapolating a bit. I hope you consider what it means to walk in peace, and you become a peacemaker in your own life.