Following the murder of Jo Cox, British MPs are being taught unarmed street-fighting techniques that are used by the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad in an effort to protect them from stalkers, terrorists or political extremists.
The self-defence training is known as “Krav Maga” which is Hebrew for “contact combat” is a combination of jiu jitsu, judo, boxing, and street fighting and is being provided free to MPs
It teaches MPs how to defend themselves against attacks, including swinging punches to the head, a bottle, glass, or ashtray to the head, and a “slash with a knife, most commonly a 3-4 inch lock blade or kitchen utility knife.” They will also learn how to disarm a lone-wolf attacker.
The training comes in the wake of the brutal murder of Jo Cox, a Labour MP who was shot and stabbed in her Batley and Spen constituency in June.
The classes are being provided by Parli-Training, a company which normally provides advice on lobbying and speech writing.
Two MPs and 18 assistants attended the first Krav Maga session at Whitehall on Thursday, according to the company’s founder, Mendora Ogbogbo.
“We are teaching them techniques where if someone comes at them with a knife or a gun, they can disarm the weapons and then run. They are not being taught how to fight,” Ogbogbo told the Telegraph.
“Another technique we are teaching them is the ‘rhino,’ where they know how to cover the vulnerable parts of their heads when someone is punching them. This will give them a vital three or four minutes before someone intervenes.
“We also teach a method where if someone is lying on top of them in a fight, they can wriggle from under them and run,” Ogbogbo explained.
A number of the MPs’ constituency caseworkers told Parli-Training that they often face threats of violence from angry constituents, according to the Daily Mail.
A report earlier this year found that four out of five MPs had been victims of abusive, intrusive, or aggressive behavior.