Krav Maga Journeys

April 22, 2024, Venice Airport Lounge, Italy

The poet wrote, what a long, strange trip it has been. I have just completed a series of seminars in Europe, and now, after seminars in Italy, I am relaxing in the Marco Polo business lounge, Venice airport.

Marco Polo was of course a great traveler, and explorer and a writer. He never was in an airport, as he passed away in 1324, long before anyone could dream of air travel. His travels were far more extensive, difficult, and longer than mine. He explored lands unknown to Europeans at the time. He is certainly a good choice to name the lounge and airport for. He is worthy of this honor. 

My travels are far less extensive or original, but they have their own uniqueness. I travel the world and I meet all kinds of different people, from different lands and different cultures. I make an effort to study the culture, the language, the regions and religions, and the violence. While all human beings are built basically the same, we do encounter culturally unique types of fighting and violence. We all have two arms and two legs, 10 fingers and 10 toes, and thus there are basic human movements that are common to us all. But just as our languages are different, and there are many different dialects within the languages, so too are there differences in types of attacks. And this is what I study. 

A technique is only as good as the person learning it. 

I am a student of violence, I am a student of human behavior, and of human reactions. I hear stories of attacks, robberies and ...worse. I watch how people learn techniques. I observe how people understand self-defense. A technique is only as good as the person learning it. 

I do not care how good the technique is, I care how fast someone can learn it. I care how well they can apply it. A technique being good in a theoretical sense is of no value. We need to adjust the technique to the person rather than expect each individual to reach the level of an Olympic athlete or a Hollywood stunt man. I watch people and I see what they can learn. I do not expect everyone to devote their lives to martial arts. If they are willing to devote a couple of hours per week, that should be enough. We need a system that can be learned in that amount of time. 

I enjoy my journeys through life. When I arrived this morning at the El Al counter and went through security, I heard the usual questions. Where are you coming from, Answer: from the hotel. Where was your luggage? Answer: With me all the time. Who drove you? can he be trusted; how long do you know him? And then; What was the purpose of your visit? Answer: To teach Krav Maga. Suddenly a look of surprise and admiration, Wow, Walla, that is cool! You teach in Italy? 

I teach all over the world. And, my journey continues...I continue to learn, adapt, and improve. 


Moshe Katz, 7th dan Black Belt, Israeli Krav Maga. Certified by Wingate Institute. Member Black Belt hall of fame, USA and Europe.

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