Ethical Governance

Finnish Krav Maga Federation Ry - Ethical Guidelines

Ethics means acting in the Finnish Krav Maga Federation in a way that is right. The Finnish Krav Maga Federation is not a traditional sports organisation, because there is no competitive sport in Krav Maga, but the activities are focused on exercise, learning and practising self-defence. Our rule book is the Finnish law and especially its provisions concerning self-defence (emergency defence). This forms the backbone of our ethical guidelines.

In a self-defence situation, the defender must be able to quickly assess how serious the situation really is. As stated earlier, ethics in training comes through the law of self-defence. It is the responsibility of coaches to show where the line of self-defence is drawn. It is the personal responsibility of each trainee to measure his or her own actions in a real-life situation to be ethically sustainable.

In training, this means introducing the aspects of Krav Maga Self-defence as a natural part of the training as discussed in chapter three of Krav Maga Self Defence Analysis. The central premise, however, is that self-defence is practised so that in the worst case scenario you or someone close to you can get out of the situation healthy and alive. This is why mind control is a key aspect of all exercises.

Our core values

Jotta jokainen voisi kulkea rauhassa: ”So that everyone may walk in peace” – Imi Lichtenfeld

  • Self-defence is a civic skill.
  • Just as everyone should know how to swim, how to act in a first aid situation, how to use fire extinguishers, everyone should also know how to act in life-threatening situations and ultimately how to defend themselves and others from harm.

Cooperation and continuous improvement

  • We are transparent, open and inclusive.
  • We want to create opportunities, not obstacles, for traineeships
  • To make training fun, developmental, motivating, varied
  • There are many skilled coaches in the world, with high morals and ethics, whose expertise and professionalism

A safe and secure environment

  • Sport brings joy and positive experiences.
  • No one experiences bullying, harassment or other inappropriate behaviour. We ensure that sport is a positive experience for all. We keep children, young people and adults safe from bullying, harassment and other inappropriate behaviour.
  • We ensure that our activities and conditions are safe. Our sporting environment is conducive to health and encourages healthy lifestyles.
  • Coaches and club officials will address inappropriate behaviour and, if necessary, receive support from the association
  • Practices are safe to attend
  • In practices where there is a risk of injury, we will make the environment safe by using training and protective equipment to eliminate or at least reduce the risks

Equality and equity

  • Coaches and instructors will ensure safety, equality and equity in training sessions. The coach is the first person to be informed of any grievances.
  • Each trainee will treat his/her training partners fairly and honestly.
  • We emphasise low hierarchy and equality and create a sense of community at training sessions, camps and other events
  • We create opportunities for participation for all. We take into account aspects such as the cost of activities, accessibility and accessibility.

Responsible coaching

  • Our coaches actively participate in training sessions organised by the Federation and update their skills.
  • Our coaches put equality and equality into practice and ensure the safety of training.