Tour Train Israel February 2011

Our nine day session new and veteran participants. Rico and Heribert from Germany were here for a second visit, as were Tracy from Switzerland and Alex from South Africa. Ted from Utah and Tiho from Switzerland were here for the first time, but hopefully not the last.

Each participant improved dramatically during this nine day period. I could recognize them by the end. In addition to a few bumps and bruises they became fluent in knife and gun disarms, their kicks and punches became more powerful and they gained confidence and empowerment. By the end of the nine days many were permoted to new ranks.

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We covered all aspects of Krav Maga self defense, from striking and ground work to gun, knife and stick defense. We trained in hostage situations, self defense in and around a car and VIP guard protection.

On our second day of training we took a trip to Efrat, on the way to Hebron. There we would train in the world class anti Terrorism school, "Caliber 3".

It is to hear that many of the world's elite police and counter terrorism forces come to train.

Our instructor is lives in Efrat, is a veteran of the IDF and has a great deal of experience in dealing with terrorists. He is a volunteer member of a "Kitat Konenut", (Readiness class), a group of civilian volunteers, with IDF counter terrorism training, who are on call in the event of a terrorist attack. Steve is a father of four, works as a counsler for disadvantaged childern, and is studying to be a rabbi. In other words, your typical Israeli Rambo.

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The group gathers at the Counter Terrorism school in Efrat

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Steve, originally from Johanesburg, South Africa, introduces our group to the reality of terrorism

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Our shooting instructor discusses the M-16 and Tavor rifles, comparing and contrasting, all of our IKI participants would shoot both weapons

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Sgt. Ted takes aim, Tracy is introduced to the Tavor

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Moshe fires the M - 16, Tracy takes aim with a handgun

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Ted trains Krav Kids of Maaleh Adumim

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Tracy and David in their knife defense suits

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One of the special aspects of Tour and Train is getting to meet the local residents. Here, while training in the parking lot, my nieghbor Tzvi, a rabbi and an international supervior of Kosher products, walks by. The chance encounter turns into a impromtu lesson on the laws of Kosher food and other theological and historical issues. The students felt free to ask any question that came to mind.

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visiting the Old City, Jerusalem.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic To fully understand Israel, the IDF and Krav Maga, one must visit Yad VaShem, the Holocaust memorial. Here Moshe Katz discuss the Holocaust with members of Tour and Train.

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Nahal David and the Dead Sea

Nahal David, the stream of David, is where David, whom became King David, took refuge.

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Local animal life.

Image and video hosting by TinyPicTour and Train members hiking in Nahal David

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Image and video hosting by TinyPic Moshe Katz and Fred Heins, IKI Director Netherlands, at the Dead Sea. (Thanks Tracy for the ice coffee).

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After visiting Nachal David and the Dead Sea and enjoying a great lunch at Ein Gedi, we stop by my favorite coffee shop run by my friend Samir, a Beduin Arab and the happiest man on earth.