Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Krav Maga Tour and Train Day 6


Craig Gray, Fred Heins & Tim Hillis are promoted to Black Belt Phase Two Instructors.

Day six began with krav maga ground fighting with weapons. Unlike sports such as MMA or events like UFC, in reality there are no rules at all. It is very likely that in a ground fight someone might pull out a knife or a gun; in IKI Krav Maga we prepare for such an eventuality.









Moshe Katz demonstrates ground knife defense, controlling the knife hand and striking pressure points



BACK TO THE CARS

Next we addressed the issue of the passenger in the back trying to strangle the driver with a rope.







Self defense outside the car, someone attacks you as you attempt to unlock your car.








As Friday is a short day we took no breaks. The kids arrived for their class at 1:30 and our international guests worked with the local Israeli kids, many of whom spoke two or three languages.

Our Krav Maga guests with kids of the Mitzpe Nevo dojo




Graduation


Our seven guests recieve their diplomas for completing the intensive six day course in Israel. Back row:left to right, Gregg Jackson (Indiana, USA), Tim Hillis, (Arizona, USA), Moshe Katz (IKI head instructor, Israel), Stephan Shutter, (Heidelberg, Germany), Craig Grey, (Michigan, USA. Front row: Justin Tarin, (Indiana, USA), Robert Amos, (Indiana, USA), Fred Heins, (Tilburg, Netherlands).



Post taken from Moshe Katz blog www.your-krav-expert.com

Thanks again!

~Craig

Krav Maga Tour and Train Day 5



Day five begins with coffee, some Hebrew, discussions about Israeli history and culture and how all this comes together in terms of how Krav Maga is practiced today. I feel the guys are really getting the picture, they are getting the feel of the country. The previous day some of the guys tried to visit a certain historic military site and found themselves being targeted by sinpers and shown the door, in Israel security always comes first.


We begin our training with Seated self defense What to do if you are attacked while seated, not a typical dojo situation but whent that can happen in real life.







We move on to Krav Maga Ground Defense. The difference between this and MMA type grappling is we keep it street practical; simple, good for all sizes, we do not look for locks or submissions, just get out of harms way.






On the way to lunch we spot a heard of sheep and goats




Greg enjoys a plate of Shakshuka while Justin has the humous.



Tim Hillis from Arizona finally gets to taste "Botz" (mud), real Turkish coffee. Turns out he likes it, quite different from StarBucks.




Afternoon
We view a video about World War Two and discuss the dilemmas both Jews and non-Jews faced during this difficult time. The members are getting more of a feel for what it felt like for a Jew in that time; surviving Nazi Europe, begin turned away by the Americans, not allowed into Israel by the British, and then finally having to battle the Arabs for sheer survival. This is where Krav Maga mentality comes from; we have no alternative.

Mount Herzl Our next stop is the Mount Herzl military cemetary and memorial. This solmn place honors both the memories of those fighting for the State of Israel and those who fought on many fronts before the establishment of the state. Among those honored are 250,000 Jews who were killed as combatants in World War Two fighting for the Red army against the Nazis.




We see a group of typical Israeli girls who came to pay their respects to those who made Israel a reality.



Fred Heins from Holland, Robert Amos and Justin Tarin from USA, pay their respects to David Raziel . David Raziel was the commander of the Irgun, a Jewish milita that helped establish the State of Israel.



Hannah Szenes (Hebrew: חנה סנש‎) (Hungarian: Szenes Anikó) (July 17, 1921 – November 7, 1944) was a Hungarian Jew, one of 37 Jews living in Israel, who were trained by the British army to parachute into Yugoslavia during the Second World War in order to help save the Jews of Hungary, who were about to be deported to the German death camp at Auschwitz.




Szenes was arrested at the Hungarian border, imprisoned and tortured, but she refused to reveal details of her mission and was eventually tried, and executed by firing squad. She is regarded as a national heroine in Israel, where several streets and a kibbutz are named after her, and her poetry is widely known.

Poem by Chana Szenes

My God, My God, I pray that these things never end, The sand and the sea,

The rustle of the waters,

Lightning of the Heavens,

The prayer of Man.

אלי, אלי, שלא יגמר לעולם

החול והים

רישרוש של המים


ברק השמים

תפילת האדם


Head stone of Danny Hass of blessed memory. Danny was an American student at Bar Ilan University in Israel. I attended Bar Ilan shortly after him, my brother knew him. He was a role model for many students. A popular student, expert martial artist and firm supporter of Israel, when the Lebanon War broke out he volunteered. He was one of the first of many American/Israelis to fall in combat in the two Lebanon wars. His sister lives in my community and is related to me by marriage.



IKI members from the USA, Germany and Netherlands, honor the memory of the fallen.



Evening


In the evening we trained a Jerusalem family. This family lives and works near the Old City of Jerusalem and trains in Krav Maga purely for self defense; this is the real meaning and purpose of Krav Maga. Our international team joined with the locals for a training session in the park in Jerusalem.







Yosef learns to defend against a knife attack



A group shot after training in the park across from the U.S. Consolate.




Post taken from Moshe Katz blog www.your-krav-expert.com

~Craig

Krav Maga Tour and Train Day 4



Day Four begins again with coffee, discussions about the previous day's visit to the Holocaust Memorial, and some basic Hebrew. We continue with defense against various types of kicks. Today we are joined by two instructors from Rehovot, Israel, Jill Shames and Naomi Milano Yitzhak.

Naomi takes a much needed water break




After a morning of training we head out to our favorite lunch spot, now this is how humous should be!




After lunch we view historic footage and documentation about the "Forgotten Refugees", the 750,000 Jews of Arab lands who were expelled by our Middle Eastern nieghbors and absorbed into Israel. We learn of their difficult history and brutal expulsion.


We go outside for "Self Defense in a Car", a topic often neglected in martial arts training but an important part of our program.




Naomi defends against a gun threat.




In Israel the modern the and ancient live side by side. As we are training for defense inside a car a local nomad rides by on his donkey, as did our forefathers on this very land for millenium.



Scary situations here, but we must learn to deal with it.







Day Four Afternoon - Evening


Our Tour & Train visitors train with the kids. They are impressed with the kids ability, the kids have a super time.




Yaakov Agranat blocks knife attack by Robert Amos of Indiana




We had begun our day at 9:30, some of the guys left for some private touring of Jerusalem, while others stayed to train with our local Maaleh Adumim guys.



Our group for Day Four!




The day ended at 10 p.m. until tomorrow morning....

Taken from Moshe Katz blog site www.your-krav-expert.com

Thanks!

~Craig

Monday, May 17, 2010

Krav Maga Tour and Train Day 3



Day Three begins with a walk from the center of Jerusalem to the Old City.





*
*
*



Our expert tour guide, Josh Even Chen, points out sites of historical, cultural and religious significance.





*
*
*
*



Beduin woman tends her flock, as people in this region have done for thousands of years.



*
*
*
*
*
*
*

This olive tree in the garden of Gethsemane is about 2,000 years old.




*
*
*
*




Outside of the many churches we saw. Some of the participants are devout Christians, others are just interested in the history.

*
*
*
*



*
*
*
*
*
*
*
*
A few of the many soldiers we ran into during the day.



*
*
*
*
*



Heading up to Lions Gate

*
*
*
*
*
*
*

Hanging out with the Border Police, Old City, Jerusalem




Hey, one of these guys is not like the others! Stephan blends in with the locals







The Cardo dates back to Roman times, 1800 years ago.




After many hours of walking the gang enjoyed a good meal of shwarma, humous, and pita.




In the Jewish quarter.




As we approach the area where the Holy Temple once stood (Currently occupied by the Dome of the Rock), Josh teaches us about the original dimensions of the Temple in Jerusalem.



Walking to the area of the Temple, a young woman is actually armed security (of which there are many in this area).


Our guys met and spoke with members of the Yasam, one of Israel's top police units.




Craig Gray from Michigan with some local soldiers.







Yad Va Shem - Holocaust Museum
*
*
After many hours of walking and touring Jerusalem we board taxis and headed out to Yad VaShem, the memorial to our people who were murdered by the Nazis and their helpers in World War Two. Our expert guide Josh explained that as Krav Maga instructors who want to understand modern Israel and Krav Maga, we must visit Yad Va Shem, because it is here where it all begins, here you find the answers.
We began by visiting a few of the 6,000 trees planted to honor the Rightious among the Nations; non-Jews who risked their own lives and saved Jews during this "darkest period in our history". Josh pointed out that this is both a "Thank you" but also a slap in the face to the people of the world. "How can you say 'there was nothing we could do!' for here you see the names of those who had a different attitude and who did save their fellow human beings.

"

Josh at the forest for the Rightious among the Nations.




What we saw inside cannot be described, just as what the Holocaust survivors experienced cannot be explained. Chilling, horryfying, shocking, gastly, are a few words that come to mind, but none do justice. Our guests leanred a little of what our people went through, and how little the nations of the world, including the United States, did to help.

We could not take photographs inside the memorial but I am sure a great deal is available on line.

As we walked out of the memorial, back into the living, thriving Israel of today, Josh discussed with us the evolution of the Israeli people and the changed attitude towards Holocaust, Shoah, victims and survivors.








Josh discusses with us the monument to the Jewish resistance fighters and the Holocaust survivors. This is where Modern Krav Maga and Israeli fierceness takes a new form.


Our instructors will truly go home changed people with a deeper, more profound, understanding of Israel, the Jewish people and Krav Maga.





Once again this post is taken from Moshe Katz blog www.your-krav-expert.com

Thanks again Moshe!

~Craig