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Tico expert in Krav Maga and security, advises people who usually go out at night

Professional certified Krav Maga and safety instructor Christian Hernández shares tips for people who go out at night no matter the reasons.

For five years, Hernández was an officer at Special Operations (PEA) of the Costa Rican government, where he worked with mountain teams, escorts, and raids. He also ensured the safety of presidents, ministers, vice-ministers, and others.

Along with his wife Jackeline Murillo, they created the academy Endorphin Factory CR by IKMF to teach the population that there is an option to defend themselves. Endorphin Factory CR specializes in Krav Maga and functional training for all types of people, from women to children and mixed.

What does IKMF mean? International Krav Maga Federation. It is the largest federation in the world (with headquarters in Israel and located in 93 countries, including Costa Rica, all spread around FIVE continents)

"Today, for me, Krav Maga is the best there can be because it's not a fighting system but a defense system," said Hernández.

He is currently the instructor with the most international certifications. Christian is certified in Colombia, Mexico, and Israel; also licensed to work with children, women, and others in the police, shooting, and civilian department.

Likewise, he has more than 20 years of experience in contact sports (Muay Thai, Judo, Kyokushin Karate).

Recommendations by Hernández when going out at night:

1- If you go out partying:

In this case, the most advisable thing is that if the person is going to drink, he should always take care of his drink.

Never accept anything open or from anyone.

Never leave your glass alone.

Try always to go out accompanied by people you trust.

2- If you go out at night for daily life, whether it is for work or study, among others:

Always carry pepper spray and know how to use it on people or animals that could harm us.

Always notify or send the location to a trusted peer. 

Say where and with whom you're going to be.

Have control of the environment, and be attentive to absolutely everything.

If you walk with headphones, always have them low in volume because it can be a great distraction.

Avoid passing through closed places (like when you go to the kiosks in San José and notice their lack of visibility from the street) because these are the areas where most assaults take place. 

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