Lynn University


October 26, 2007 - iPulse page 2


Staff Writer

Lynn University recently welcomed Moshe Katz, a well-known and respected Israeli self-defense trainer. Lynn was his first college stop for Katz’s fall season tour of five weeks. The event was organized by Ryan Feigenblatt and co-sponsored by SGA, Hasbara Fellowships and Hillel.

For 20 years, Katz has been teaching self-defense and has been touring American college campuses. Katz holds a fourth degree rank in black belt in Israeli self-defense, the only such rank ever awarded by his teacher, Itay Gil. Gil is a trainer of Israel’s anti-terror units.

Katz began his martial arts training in the 1980’s while being a yeshiva student in Jerusalem. He is founder of Mountain Spirit Warrior School of Martial Arts just outside Jerusalem. His inspiration came from reading the books of Rabbi Meir Kahane. Moshe has also had the opportunity to train with many world-class teachers during his visits to the United States, such as Professor Arthur Cohen, personal safety expert.

The teaching method commonly used by Katz is krav maga. Krav maga combines the most effective proven self-defense techniques from Israeli, Japanese, American, Brazilian and Russian styles to form one training program that is easy to learn and apply covering realistic scenarios derived from actual cases to prepare you for the worst.

“Israeli defense is direct and unique to implement in daily life and self-defense,” Katz said. “For anything to be included in krav maga three techniques are required that are easy to learn, easy to apply and easy to remember.”

For many years, Katz has trained elite security guards, a unit of the Jerusalem police force. Many of his student’s serve in elite combat units as well as having served in the war with Lebanon. Katz helped form the first ever self-defense seminar for women in Jerusalem and was recently appointed self-defense trainer for the Women’s Association Black Belt Class.

Students Study in Self-Defence

Moshe Katz Instructed Students in the Israeli Martial Arts of Krav Maga

By Kelsey Breining

Staff Writer

iPulse, November 2008

Lynn University was proud to welcome Moshe Katz this month for a second year in a row. Moshe Katz is a well-known self-defense instructor in the Israeli martial art of Krav Maga. Ryan Feigenblatt, President of Hillel at Lynn, met Katz in Israel and invited him to teach the unique martial art.

“I’m thrilled to host Moshe Katz on his U.S. tour from Israel for the second year in a row” said Feigenblatt. “This program was made possible thanks to the large turnout in 2007.”

It appears that students just could not get enough of Katz because this year even more students joined him to learn the crucial aspects of self-defense. Katz has been teaching self-defense for about 20 years, and has been touring campuses all throughout the U.S. and Canada. Katz believes self-defense helps build self-confidence. “I like to give people basic self-defense survival skills, derived from what we do in Israel,” said Katz. “In Israel we deal with danger on a daily basis, self-defense has to be practical, that’s what we try to share during the program at Lynn.”

Katz began his training in the 1980s as a student in Jerusalem. In 1993 he founded Mt. Spirit Warrior School of Martial Art just outside of Jerusalem. His school includes instruction in just about everything from kickboxing to jujitsu fighting and even hand-to-knife defense. While Katz wants his students to become fully aware of any and all self-defense methods, his favorite teaching method is Krav Maga. The program combines the most effective techniques from Israeli, American, Brazilian, Japanese and Russians styles all rolled up into one effective training program.