New York - Increasing Number Of Brooklyn Orthodox Jews Turning To Self-Defense Classes To Fend Off Anti-Semitic Attacks
New York - Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jews are arming themselves with potentially deadly weapons – their own bodies.
CBS2 reports (http://cbsloc.al/1Jg122I) that a growing number of religious Jews are taking self-defense classes in martial arts with Sensai Steve Issak who developed and teaches a course he calls Shima Juijitsu.
Issak says he’s been teaching his brand of martial arts for over 40 years in a Brighton Beach studio in an effort to teach Jews to defend themselves against anti-Semitic attacks. He travels from Myrtle Beach every two weeks back to Brooklyn to teach his class for a 5-day period. “Everyone needs self-defense, but they [Jews] need it more than most based on the history of the Jewish people,” he said.
Both men and women attend his classes, including Chavi Charlap, who says she gets “confidence” from attending Issak’s course. Although men and women train separately as per Jewish law, some female students allow touching during the class because of the nature of the program. “If I’m in a life threatening situation and because of this, I can save my life and other lives, then it’s definitely worth it,” Charlap explained.
Now 67, the Sensai has studied martial arts since the age of 12 when he was beaten up by two older boys. By the time he reached college, Issak was teaching self-defense classes and opened a martial arts school soon after graduating.
Shima Juijitsu works, Issak says, because it’s based on efficiency, not athleticism. Another student, Rabbi David Goldshyn of the Jewish Center of Brighton Beach says learning these moves are essential. “You don’t want to get into a fight every two seconds,” he remarked. “But you also want to have the confidence that if something happens, you can protect yourself.
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