We strongly believe that this project is essential for providing security for the Jews in Europe. The fact that the instructors come from the State of Israel adds symbolic value to this endeavor.
President, World Forum of Russian Speaking Jewry
OTZMA proposes a full-package approach to self defense unlike anything out there, going beyond the scope of conventional security training.
Rabbi Menachem Margolin
CEO, European Jewish Association
OTZMA taught me how to be ready… how to spring to action and help other victims of aggression.
Israel Experience, Taglit Birthright
I am not a fighter, but now I feel more prepared, more empowered and more serene facing the threat of violence. A fantastic job; Thank you, OTZMA!
I left the workshop confident that I can handle the stress of a disaster. Although the whole situation was nerve racking, all of OTZMA’s psychological preparation aided me in feeling calm and in control, despite the panic around me. OTZMA gave us a little taste of what it can be like on the streets when you’re faced with a crisis. And for that, I’m thankful.
The Jerusalem Post
OTZMA isn’t just a self-defense system, it teaches its pupils how to think, how to understand danger and how to react immediately and effectively. The OTZMA instructors are building an entire culture of awareness and empowerment as a response to Anti-Semitic violence.
CEO, World Forum of Russian Speaking Jewry
Former Advisor to Prime Minister B. Netanyahu
As an experienced paramedic and first respondent, I am no stranger to stress. But the OTZMA instructors take it to a whole new level, empowering us with the right tools to confront fear and think fast under pressure. Their professionalism, combined with a unique take on self defense tactics and teaching methods, make for an experience unlike anything else. [OTZMA is] a must for anyone looking to improve his (or her) ability to handle himself in a crisis. This is the real deal!
Deputy Director for International Relations,
Magen David Adom
As women, we’re not really taught how to defend ourselves from attackers. Quite the contrary, society tends to require us NOT to react to aggression, which just makes us easier targets. Even after one day with OTZMA, I feel so much more empowered and better prepared to face the reality of violence.
When the first drills began, I was genuinely frightened, exposed to situations which I have never been through in my life. But step by step, as the day progressed, I learned to overcome those fears. The OTZMA exercises allowed me to get rid of the fear and replace it with a no-nonsense, act-now-think-later state of mind.
The greatest gift I got today was a genuine sense of empowerment. I feel my ability to respond in case of an attack went up 1000%. And that’s a great feeling!
I really recommend this program to EVERYOBODY, EVERYWHERE.
Dr. Leah Gniwesch
Founder & Director
The Jerusalem Coaching Institute
I have no prior training in hand to hand combat, but I caught on pretty fast, and in no time was fighting it out alongside more experienced fighters.
Once OTZMA taught us how to let go of our stress and inhibitions, we dealt with multiple attackers from all directions and reacted quickly and decisively. One exercise simulated multiple attackers beating you while you were on the ground. I’ve been there before, in real life, but now I know how to take control of the situation.
As we’ve learned throughout history, when things go bad, Jews are always the first ones in the crosshairs. It never hurts to be prepared.
VP for Marketing
I took a special “mother/daughter” edition of the OTZMA “Under Pressure” workshop with my two tween daughters. The workshop was intimate, informative, professional and extremely helpful.
We enjoyed two special opportunities: first, spending quality, productive time together and second, learning crucial tools to help us avoid dangerous situations and protect ourselves in crisis.
As a mother, it was very important to me to take the girls to a workshop of this sort and David and Boaz furnished just the right balance between exposure to information that may be scary and gaining self confidence and knowledge about what to do when needed.
I highly recommend this workshop!
Founder & Owner