2009, Jerusalem, Israel
There is a small group of students I train once a week, for one hour, on a roof top in Jerusalem overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. The Old City, divided into four quarters; Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Armenian, has known its share of trouble. Perhaps the most holy place on earth, it has known its share of stabbings and violent attacks.
My students are four members of one family; a father and three grown sons. To me they represent the real Krav Maga.
Why? Because they are busy family men, they have no goals in terms of tournaments, trophies, belts, skill level or ego. They live in the Old City and feel a need to protect themselves. They work hard at their jobs and only have one hour a week to train. They do not look like professional fighters as this is not the focus of their lives. They are religious men, just trying to make a living and live a Godly life in this holy yet troubled land.
This one hour is dear to them. They change from their business outfits into workout clothing and give it their all for one hour. For one hour they are transformed, they are totally focused. We do not aim to learn many techniques. We only learn those techniques they are most likely to need in their daily lives. This is what makes it real. They are real people learning the skills they need to survive.
We practice scenarios that they might encounter; attacks in narrow spaces, or group violence. Sadly Jerusalem has known more than its share of stabbings.
The Old City has many narrow spaces
We review the basics again. That is what true martial arts are about. No one tries to outdo another; there is no ego involved, no competition whatsoever; this is true martial arts. No one is concerned with rank or title, this is true Krav Maga.
Sometimes we practice on the roof, sometimes in the park, either way they give it their all for exactly one hour each week. I never feel a need to entertain them; I never feel a need to impress them with fancy techniques. They are never looking for something "new". Each week we just review the same material and try to improve, we try to imagine how we would handle a real situation.
How rare and refreshing to see real martial artists. I am sure they do not consider themselves real martial artists, an inspiration to others or worthy of being the topic of a blog, but they are.
This approach, this "Jerusalem Krav Maga" is what we bring to the world. Our regular training in Israel, as well as our Tour and Train Israel program, take place in Maaleh Adumim, a stone's throw from Jerusalem. But we are available around the world as well.
Moshe Katz offers seminars around the world and Esther Lehman is available for personal training in Israel and all over the world. We bring this same no nonsense approach to all our training.
This is designed for you; the regular working person as well as the busy law enforcement professional who needs this training for his work. All techniques are designed to be simple and easy to learn.
Easy to Learn.
Easy to Apply.
Easy to Remember.
In a real life situation you will be distracted, fatigued, not dressed for combat. This is our reality. This is your reality. Take control of your life.
This is NOT a fitness class, this is not an MMA class, this is not a Yoga class. This is real self defense at its best.
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