Authentic Israeli Krav Maga in Boston, Massachusetts
David Kahn is the respected author of several books on Krav Maga and the US Head Representative of the IKMA (Israeli Krav Maga Association) - the first and original Krav Maga association from which all others derive. Head Instructor, Gershon Ben Keren, had hosted David several times at one of his schools in London and had also trained with him in Israel.
The seminar largely concentrated on the IKMA's response to armed assault, focusing largely on knives and short barreled weapons such as pistols and revolvers. One of the advantages of having an IKMA representative teach at the school, is that Imi Lichtenfeld's (the creator of the Krav Maga system and approach) original ideas about self-defense have been preserved in their systems teaching. What was interesting was hearing about Imi's experience of dealing with violence and how it mainly involved multiple assailants, who needed to be dispatched quickly e.g. kicks to the knees etc.
David's credentials are impeccable and the Seminar which took place over two days was a fantastic opportunity to witness his skills and techniques as well as his excellent teaching style. Krav Maga Yashir Boston is committed to bringing the best Krav Maga instructors from Israel and elsewhere to teach at our school.
Ran Steinberg is a 7th Degree Black Belt instructor in Hisardut and a former IDF Krav Maga Instructor who taught elite units hand-to-hand combat (Krav Maga). Ran came to Boston to introduce the students to the Hisardut approach to self-defense and martial arts. Many people hold the belief that Krav Maga is Israel's only martial art and that the term Krav Maga refers to one distinct and particular style of combat. The IDF uses Krav Maga to refer to all of its fighting systems and methods. Ran is a top instructor in Dennis Hisardut, the fighting system developed by Dr Dennis hanover and which has been taught to 6 generations of the Mossad as well as many of Israel's most elite fighting units.
This was the first time such a high ranking instructor has taught in the U.S. and students were introduced to Israeli full contact sparring along with a variety of gun and knife techniques.
Michael Ruppel, from Krav Maga Street Defense Germany, is one of Krav Maga's foremost technical gun disarming experts having worked with some of Israel's highest ranking Krav Maga instructors (and Israeli military agencies) to develop the most effective disarming techniques.
Over two days, Michael took students through his system of weapon disarming, concentrating one day on Gun and the other on Knife. To see videos of his seminars please click here.
In 2011 Dennis Hanover, received a "Life time Achievement Award", from the Grand Council of Sokeship, an association that recognizes only the most elite martial artists from around the world. Gershon Ben Keren along with several other international and Israeli instructors were asked to demonstrate the Israeli approach to self-defense and martial arts.
Gershon Ben Keren & Tomer Steinberg (one of Israel's top fighters, who now instructs in Las Vegas) demonstrated a mix of striking and throwing combinations and how they transitioned into groundwork.
In December 0f 2010, Gershon Ben Keren & Douglas Mitchell traveled to Israel to take part in the "125 Fights". This is a national event, where participants fight/spar for one minute against 125 different opponents. They were later joined by 21 other students from the Krav Maga Yashir Boston school for a series of sessions, seminars and training events with some of Israel's top trainers - they were also featured on an Israeli TV Documentary covering the opening of the "Museum of Israeli Martial Arts", into which Gershon Ben Keren was being inducted.
On their arrival students took part in a 2 hour Cosher Kravi, Combat Fitness, session with the IDF's (Israeli Defense Forces) top fitness and conditioning trainers/instructors. Competing in teams, alongside Israeli's, the U.S. representatives from the Boston School took part in military drills and competitive events.
The U.S. students later took part in Close Protection seminars conducted by the top trainers of the Mossad as well as more general self-defense and martial arts sessions before travelling to Eilat (on the border of Jordan & Egypt) to train with Gershon Ben Keren. During this part of the Israel trip, as well as training, students visited Masada and the Dead Sea.
Whilst in Eilat, Gershon Ben Keren, introduced students to "water training", where students use the water/sea to enhance their training and increase the pressure of training. Using the waters off Eilat, students learnt how to increase the speed of techniques involving escapes from strangles and choke.
In 2009, Gershon Ben Keren was invited to take part in the "28th Dennis Hisardut" Championship, a full contact, bare knuckle competition that attracts Israel's top fighters, from the military and elite martial arts schools (and various international guest fighters), and is televised on Israeli National TV. The event takes place every two years, and in 2009, Hezi Shelli - from Los Angeles - and Gershon Ben Keren from Boston, MA, represented the U.S.
Hezi Shelli won his division and went on to compete in the open division, losing to the eventual winner, whilst Gershon Ben Keren, in the Masters U65 Kg, placed Silver. This was the first time a team representing the U.S. was invited and took part in the Championship.
The championship is organized by Dennis Hanover, one of Israel's top military trainers and benefactor, who first came to the attention of Krav Maga students outside of Israel, when he appeared on the Human Weapon's Krav Maga Episode.
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