2012-08-28

Taxi Driver Self-Defense

No matter how difficult or essential the duties of a taxicab operator, this job will all-too-often put drivers in the path of individuals who see them as a target for crime. The Taxi Driver Self-Defense program created by Shalom College is a proven system of physical and mental training designed to safeguard the well-being of drivers and combat stress and anxiety in this unique workplace. By teaching individuals to identify and refine their individual strengths and capitalize on their familiarity with their own vehicle, this program helps drivers replace uncertainty with security. The Israeli practice of Krav Maga is a martial arts system designed to face the realities of the world we live in and be utilized anywhere from an open space like a street to a confined space such as a car, bus or airplane.

Syllabus for example training program:

Session 1 – Preparation

  • Cognitive preparation in case of danger and attack.
  • Preparation according to number of passengers traveling by car:

o        One passenger in the front or rear

o        Two passengers in the back

o        Passenger front and rear passenger

Session 2 – Grappling

  • Open hand grabs, holds and chokes used in the confined space of a vehicle
  • Recovery and escape from a violent attack in a vehicle

Session 3 – Use of Tools

  • Defending against guns, knives and sticks in a vehicle
  • How to neutralize an armed attacker without injuring them further

Training Course Includes:

  • Combination of theoretical and physical training
  • Practicing techniques in and out of a vehicle
  • Simulations of real situations
  • Flexible program syllabus – choose between compact (1 lesson – 3hr) and advanced (3 lessons – 9hr)