Krav Maga Ceremonies
By Moshe Katz
Israeli Krav International

April 21, 2015

Our IKI "uniform", pretty flexible. 

If the title is confusing, good, point achieved. We do not really have any Krav Maga ceremonies.

But we do recognize excellence and effort.

We all need recognition. No question about it, it is part of the human condition and goes back to our earliest days.

Some of us are more humble, some of us are more arrogant, some of us like to keep a low profile while others prefer the spotlight but from the most ancient days we have craved recognition; empires rose and fell based on the fragile egos of rules.

Same today with trade unions and businesses and...Krav Maga associations. 

Do not always look for logic, look for a fragile ego and you will find the cause of war.

You will also find the cause for the breakdown of friendships, marriage and business relationships, including martial arts relationships.

Why did this one get his black belt before me!! Why was I not chosen for this or that?

It is endless.

With IKI Krav Maga our goal is to teach, to survive, that's it, nothing more.

I am not terribly concerned with ceremonies. I am not terribly concerned with uniforms or what you wear.

I know there are martial arts organizations where only at a certain rank can you wear a certain color outfit.The entire thing becomes like a beauty pageant and a comparison of who wears what.

We have our IKI T shirt, I like to see our members wearing it but if you don't, that is your business. You are still welcome.

You can wear any color T shirt you want, any style. You can wear any kinds of pants/trousers/shorts.

The only thing that matters is the training, so lets focus on that.

We have four instructor ranks; Apprentice, Assistant, Associate and Full instructor but I never refer to anyone by those titles. That is only for your personal growth and advancement.

If you want, wear your belt. If you don't want you do not have to. I personally do not wear a belt, other than the one I need to hold my pants up.

Lets not be too concerned with titles, ranks, status. The rabbis say, Who is honorable? He who honors others.

Do not be so terribly concerned with your own personal honor. What does it really matter? Be concerned with honoring others and you will in turn feel honored.

I think it was Eleanor Roosevelt who one can humiliate you without your own consent.

Think about that.

Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you will be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do , and damned if you don't.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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