May 27, 2014
The difference between learning IKI Krav Maga and other Krav Maga styles.
There are generally two reasons for offering your services as a Krav Maga instructor:
First reason: To really teach Krav Maga because even though you are running a business, you still genuinely want to teach people to save their lives.
Second reason: To be impressive on video with unrealistic and impossible to implement techniques, the main goal being to earn money.
The whole world is constantly logged onto the internet almost 24 hours a day. There are so many social sites making advertising easy now that the world has suddenly become so small, word gets around very quickly. Krav Maga has become very popular and cool over the last decade and is now the hottest form of self-defense on the market.
There is fierce competition between all the Krav Maga schools out there, every day we hear of a new up-and-coming Krav Maga expert with impressive video clips trying to entice people to register to his school, sometimes even with a black belt as a reward.
I think that if teachers have what to teach it is great, as long as they teach with integrity and with the genuine intention to make a difference in this world. Sadly too many of these experts are in it for the money.
I watch their video clips and I see the lame techniques they are trying to sell and this saddens me. They are definitely going to get people seriously injured or even killed by these techniques. I wish these teachers would think about the lives of the very people from whom they want to take money from.
These teachers are usually big guys who would have no problem with any of their sub-standard techniques they teach. Because they are big, strong and naturally athletic they don’t need any technique. It is unlikely they will be attacked by somebody bigger than themselves, and I genuinely feel sorry for the people who would try and attack them.
However, I do need technique even though I have a black belt and even though I am strong for a woman. To save my life against a terrorist there is no way I could do it without a bio mechanically designed technique. I teach IKI Krav Maga to both men and women of all ages. This style was founded by Moshe Katz, and I say with pride and confidence that I know our students are learning the best Krav Maga in the world.
In this world to do good
We are in this world to do good, and as much good as we possibly can, by helping as many people as we can to learn skills and tools that are designed to succeed. In IKI we hold by the policy that we are teaching Krav Maga to save lives first and foremost. We insist that IKI has to hold by our very high standards. We do not promote easily, we do not promote students unless they show they are capable of upholding the IKI standards of teaching. We take our responsibility for people’s lives seriously. If we are sending out there “teachers” who are not up to standard and don’t teach our techniques correctly then we are contributing to the causing of serious danger to people in the world.
Moshe Katz teaches his students to be proud of their ranks, because they really earned them and didn’t just buy it online as an enticement to join our organization.
We are proud that our students want to carry on IKI’s legacy, because they are the new IKI generation and will uphold Moshe Katz’s outlook and dreams for a better world.
IKI teaches Real Krav Maga that really saves lives!!!
Written by Esther Lehman,
Black Belt 2nd Dan,
Personal trainer, exercise physiology and holistic nutritionist