By Yakir Havin
As part of his mission to help people protect themselves from acts of violence, Raziel Cohen of NDFTraining held a Personal and Home Defense Seminar in Crown Heights on Monday, January 28.
Cohen, Head Instructor of NDFTraining (and also known as ‘The Tactical Rabbi’), delivered the class to 15 people, teaching them — amongst other things — how to create a home defense plan, and giving them methods to de-escalate violent situations. Initially scheduled for an hour, the seminar lasted for over two hours due to questions and discussions from the audience.
A topic that was not initially on the program, but was discussed at length, was how to deal with law enforcement properly. Many people wanted to know exactly what to do in the aftermath of an attack — whether to call the police, what to say, and how to say it.
It is not always a victim’s choice whether law enforcement becomes involved in a violent crime situation. Often a bystander or onlooker will call the police, and it is vital to know how to respond to the arrival of officers at the scene. At the seminar, Cohen outlined how to effectively communicate with policemen in such scenarios.
Due to popular demand, Cohen will be returning to Crown Heights for a repeat session on Sunday, February 10.
One participant of the seminar had the following to say: “The class was interesting, informative, and crucial for every person who wants to be safe. I feel more confident knowing the right ways to react in a potential situation.”
But Cohen knows that one class is not enough in the face of the wave of violence that communities around the country have recently seen. “People need to know how to protect themselves. It’s no longer an option to watch videos of people being attacked and simply hope that you aren’t next. But on the other hand, no one — no one — should fear to walk the streets of their neighborhood. Learning methods of personal safety is a must, and I encourage everyone to do so.”
NDFTraining, with Cohen at its helm, is working on bringing the defense seminar to other communities in the United States, with the hope of educating the wider public about how to prepare and protect itself from acts of violence.
To register for the Personal & Home Defense seminar on Sunday, February 10, visit NDFTraining’s website.