Eilon maintains that if a Jew–be it an adult, teenager or child–learns any form of martial art, it needs to be through a Torah-centered lens. There must be discussion of Torah within the lesson and if nothing else, the instructor, the vessel that conveys knowledge to the student, must at least represent the community. In every human interaction a person will either lift someone up or drag him down. Therefore, in addition, for a student to respect his instructor’s martial arts skill, it is extremely important for the student to see his instructor wearing a kippah, davening, and keeping Shabbat. Teaching Krav Maga not only builds a person’s confidence in his ability to defend himself, but should also be a form of subtle, undercover kiruv.
Steve Gutllove "The Jewish Link of Bergen County"
That was great what he (Captain Even-Esh) said at the end (of the interview) "I push them to fatigue, and then I go further." Because that's where greatness is. That's where it lies. It only exists when you go to the point of fatigue and then go further...Greatness is the space that's past what you thought possible. Once you hit that zone, you enter into your greatness.
Radio Interview with Charlie Harary - The Book of Life on the Nachum Segal Network
My child was brutally molested both physically and mentally for three years without my knowledge. I contacted Eilon after reading his interview by Dr. Yael Respler in the "Jewish Press" about bullying.
Eilon was very supportive and understanding of our situation and because of his experience with empowering children, I felt comfortable moving forward.
My child has greatly benefited in the areas of confidence, self-esteem, redefining the boundaries of what is proper and improper and in general, feeling in control of her life.
I would recommend this type of training with Eilon to any socially, emotionally or physically abused person. He is much more than a Krav Maga instructor. He embodies discipline, kindness, middos and chesed. My children look forward to his training sessions every week and never want to miss them.
I.L. Queens NY
I wish to share my thoughts pertaining to your December 13 column, Bullying Must End Now: A Follow-Up. I feel the pain experienced by so many parents whose sweet children have been victimized by bullying. Our 11-year-old son seems to have become a different person, with fears, anxiety, and depression now ruling his life. It is a horrible situation and we know that if not corrected, his feelings may haunt and debilitate him for the rest of his life. He is currently not in school and seeing a therapist. But this is not enough to improve his life.
Added to his troubles is that his brother was recently diagnosed with stage-4 cancer; unfortunately my 11-year-old’s world is thus in free fall.
Your column spurred me to contact Captain Eilon Even-Esh of Israel in an effort to help our son regain his self-worth and self-confidence, and give him skills and a positive outlet. Baruch Hashem, Captain Eilon and his wife, with warmth and a vibrant compassion, listened to our story and were willing to help. Our son, in the midst of battling his challenges, truly loves the captain for the help he is providing. We already see positive changes in him.
As you wrote in your column, “Captain Even-Esh’s Torah-true mission is to establish a healthy sense of confidence, self-esteem and empowerment in children and adults. As someone said of him, “He embodies discipline, kindness, middos and chesed.” This is all so very true.
We drive our son two hours each way to work with Captain Eilon. The results so far are well worth the effort. He is a true professional who works with the whole person – mind, body, and soul. I urge parents who need help for their children to contact him. Based on our experience, he will be a bracha for them as well.
Mother of a Bullied Child writing to the "Jewish Press"
Another wonderful experience created by Eilon Even Esh. It takes somebody like him who combines being a gentleman, and humble soul, and an incredibly effective well trained Teacher to impart the necessary skills for Jews to protect themselves from the types of threats we all pray will not materialize but for which we see becoming increasingly more common around the world.
How could any parent reject the opportunity to teach their son these most basic skills which could save his life or that of a fellow Jew?
AGS. attorney, Monsey NY.
Krav Maga is one of the best things I have done in years! Not only do I learn to defend myself in a heimishe environment but the exercise and workout is so good! It helps me sleep better at night, helps me stay focused during the day (at work, doing avoidas HaShem) and I feel much more confident. Plus we have the best teacher and group!
S.G. Borough Park
Even-Esh's work is potentially a true gift to bullying victims in our community as well as to those suffering from the pain of bullying others. He serves as an example of how to properly channel the true energies of bnei Torah. I recommend that all my readers who are struggling to protect their children from bullies, as well as to adults coping with stress, anger and aggression issues, contact Captain Eilon Even-Esh.
Dr. Yael Respler - The Jewish Press
The Captain teaches a form of Krav Maga that is very simple, effective and easy to remember. The end result is that he creates a very steep learning curve with many students feeling more confident. Many are able to fend off a bully after one lesson.
Dr. Yael Respler - The Jewish Press
Eilon Even-Esh of Shomer360 recently conducted a course at our synagogue. Not only was Eilon reliable, but he was a sensitive and dynamic instructor who easily kept a large group of over 50 men and women engaged and on task for the full 2 hour course. The feedback from the attendees was overwhelmingly positive and many have expressed interest in continuing to learn about the techniques presented that evening. I would not hesitate to recommend Shomer360 for any organization interested in increasing the safety of their members."
JK Young Israel of Great Neck
Having Eilon teach me Krav Maga is the best thing to ever happen to me! Doing this makes me have so much more self confidence.
Meilech Borough Park
After just a preliminary free session, the parents of an elementary school aged boy reported to us that after years of getting bullied, their son stood up to a bully. There wasn't even an exchange of blows. Their son stood his ground, armed with what Captain Even-Esh taught him and the bully walked away. Their son of course experienced an immediate boost to his self confidence.