May 18, 2015, Brazil - Chile
While most people are saying "this cannot be done", others are busy doing that very thing that has just been declared impossible.
While some are busy enumerating "reasons" why such a venture is impossible and doomed to failure, others are doing it and succeeding.
They say there are three kinds of people in the world, those who do, those who watch what is being done and those who have no idea that something has just happened.
This blog is for those who wish to be in the first category. The others can turn the page now.
Sitting on the plane and thinking of my recent experience in Brazil with our newest instructor, Giovani Borghetti, he is one of those who does things, he makes things happen.
He has many martial arts accomplishments and achievements, a room filled with trophies for championships won and very high ranks awarded from all over the world. And after all these years of training and all his very impressive accomplishments he was still searching for true self defense. He found IKI Krav Maga.
He flew me in from Israel and spared no effort in arranging a wonderful seminar. I was impressed by the work, time and effort he put into the seminar but more than that I was impressed with his training.
The seminar was a great opportunity to improve his skills and the skills of his students, nothing like training in person. As the rabbis say the first step in progress and with learning is humility. His humble approach and that of his students is what allows them to progress so fast. They emptied their cup in order to be able to fill it with new knowledge.
Not only did the instructor display this wonderful attitude but so did his students. His top students mentioned casually that now they are changing all their training and all their techniques to the IKI way. In addition they are making plans to attend a future Tour and Train in Israel.
I have written in the past about Making the IKI Transition, as some potential instructors want to join IKI but worry about how they can make the transition without losing their status as teacher in front of their students. I must stay that Giovani and his school are a perfect example of how to do this.
He continues to be their teacher, their guide, their respected instructor and now he guides them to a better method of self-defense. He leads them by being "student number one" as he himself immerses himself in new training. And with his superior skill he quickly mastered the new techniques and helps his students make the transition to IKI Krav Maga.
Giovani proved himself not by presenting me with a stack of diplomas, not by showing me his trophies earned all over the world, but by his ability and by his training.
I have been hosted by great instructors from all over the world. Some of them refused to participate in my seminars. They simply stood on the side with their arms crossed and watched. They felt it was "beneath their dignity as masters" to get down and dirty with their students. Such instructors are no longer with IKI.
Others have written to me and sent me their CV, resume, life story, hoping for automatic recognition as instructors. They too have been turned away. But the humble master/student is welcomed with open arms.
This is how we grow, this is how we improve, this is how we move forward.
IKI Brazil under the direction of Giovani Borghetti