Showing posts from February, 2014

Master the Rules of Krav Maga by Moshe Katz

Fiumicino airport, Rome, January 8, 2014 Gucci, Fiumicino airport, Rome, Nothing says Italy like Gucci, quality known around the world, like IKI Krav Maga. Arriving at Fiumicino airport in Rome on my way to my seminar in Sardegna I notice many interesting signs. I have always been a sign person. The catchy phrases, the play on words, the goal of capturing your attention and imagination; T shirts and advertisements grab my attention. Sadly for the advertisers this never convinces me to buy anything from them. I have a simple policy: I only buy what I need, plus gifts for a long list of family and friends... Going up the escalator I see the following sign, "To break the rules you first must master them." I cannot recall what it was they were trying to sell as my mind immediately realized the Krav Maga application. To break the rules you first must master them Krav Maga is a fluid style, practical and always evolving. Our style, IKI Krav Maga, is not based

The Little Wave by Mitch Albom

  This story is about a little wave, bobbing along in the ocean, having a grand old time. He’s enjoying the wind and the fresh air – until he notices the other waves in front of him, crashing against the shore. “My God, this terrible”, the wave says. “Look what’s going to happen to me!” Then along comes another wave. It sees the first wave, looking grim, and it says to him: “Why do you look so sad?” The first wave says: “You don’t understand! We’re all going to crash! All of us waves are going to be nothing! Isn’t it terrible?” The second wave says: “No, you don’t understand. You’re not JUST one wave, you’re the entire ocean!” By Mitch Albom in “ Tuesdays with Morrie “ (ok, ok, I took a bit of artistic liberty on that last paragraph...  =)

Training in the Elements by Jon Haas

  Here is a great article written by a friend of mine, Jon Haas regarding training outdoors. Enjoy! ________________________________________ If you are a martial artist, it is essential to train your art outside in the elements.  Since most traditional arts were born outside, and not in a gym or dojo setting, it is important to every once in a while get back to the roots of your art.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but as far as I know most wars have been fought outside in the elements, through all different types of weather conditions, and on changing terrain.  I think we have all become way too spoiled and comfortable by training in a sheltered and heated (or air conditioned) dojo, on a flat, mat covered surface all the time.  Get out of your comfort zone!  Start to get comfortable being uncomfortable!  Get a little wet and dirty.  Have some fun! How Do You Know? How do you know your footwork is correct if you’ve never tried it on ice? How do you know how well your

The Dark Side of the Moon by Moshe Katz

  Welcome to the Dark Side of the moon. Relaxing in my less than comfortable seat the old Pink Floyd song enters my mind. Perhaps it was the Tequila and Sangria this morning at the airport in Mexico. Krav Maga, Martial, Arts, many styles, many systems, many teachers, many people trying to make big business out of self-defense. Many people fighting for a bigger piece of the Krav Maga/self-defense pie, many shady motivations. Welcome my son to the machine, welcome to the Dark Side of the Moon. Dark alley, late at night, suspicious figures lurking in the dark, what will work for you now? We are no longer in Kansas, we are no longer in dojo land with bows and respect, welcome the Dark Side my friends, here it gets ugly. I have heard the stories; rapes, muggings, hold ups, knife attacks, from Mexico, New York, South Africa, Puerto Rico. Violence rules, pacifists die. I have seen the scars, physical and emotional. Welcome to the Dark Side of the Moon. I take a s