After leaving a Krav Maga organization 11 months ago I made the commitment to myself but most importantly...
...to my students, in that I would get both myself and them in front of World class teachers and with the best training available.
2015 so far has seen me, my associate instructors and team of students train with the likes of Rory Miller, Itay Gil, Jeff Mount and now Gheorghe Husar of the Spartans Academy. Not only does Gheorghe the academy as its qualified Expert level 2 (Krav Maga Core/Amnon Darsa) Director but he is affiliated and trains in partnership with Protect Israeli Security Solutions under direct tutelage of Itay Gil himself.
It’s worth mentioning this as Gheorghe has also took it upon himself to establish a new and revolutionary project under the banner of Krav Maga United Kingdom (KMUK) and is more than qualified to do so. Not only does Gheorghe possess the skills of a highly effective Krav Maga Fighter and Instructor but he is genuinely a man passionate about the quality of our system and in particular the people within it.
As an affiliate and proud member of the KMUK team I can categorically state that the organization itself is set up for non-profit and to support instructors like myself who have left large organsiations and stand alone due to whatever reason/s these may be. One of the biggest undertakings for anyone who does not align themselves with one of the big orgs is that there is a shortage of access to quality resources and training opportunities.
This means that in some cases extremely talented and genuine instructors/coaches fall along the wayside and become disillusioned with the politics, the badge chasing and in particular the money grabbing and NOT putting the people of its organization first and foremost. Although this is not true with a lot of groups within our community there is a prevalent issue aswe are seeing and hearing from more and more instructors meeting the standalone criteria for these reasons.
As a member for the past 6 months we have worked hard to raise awareness of the opportunity to join and with both no catch and no fees. Yes that’s right no fees with no catch.
Gheorghe has been supported me and fellow instructors with 100% commitment to bringing motivation and engagement back to levels that ensure quality of training and a drive to success are now the norm, rather than fantasy. Delivering on promises of which Gheorghe has been faultless, including the recent closed group seminar held here in Bristol.
I have had so many people ask me where the catch is and I now just have to laugh as I know they are waiting to see what happens to me and the rest of the team as this is too god to be true. There is not one single catch other than committing to bringing YOU (instructors) and your people the best training and the best support that KMUK can offer. As a true association we swap and share ideas and support our people together and drive Krav Maga standards higher within the UK.
So to cap it off this recent seminar brought a select small group of keen students at all levels together to run through some of the latest knife and stick attack defences. 4 hours of intense technical training and at full speed and power to demonstrate the effectiveness at each step.
Gheorghe brought his experience and open minded approach to the day and the West Country Krav Maga team came away with a new found awareness of Krav Maga and its ability to evolve quickly and give that edge in advantage both in training and in the practical application if needed.
Gheorghe not only lead the day with professional humility and attentive coaching but brought his own style of respectful dialogue between what is our syllabus and that of his (with the latest updates). Open mindedness should be the mainstay of any organization with authentic and genuine training for the instructor/s and its students. They should be encouraged to think for themselves and be given the best of what there is to offer. This also goes for instructors, yes! You are entitled to this as well and if you aren’t getting it ask for it, demand it or look elsewhere for the sake of you and your people.
I cannot thank Gheorghe enough for en excellent weekend of update training and motivation for me and the selected few. Also for so brilliantly executing the values and principles of the system that I personally feel Imi intended it to be.
I feel both proud and fortunate to be part of something bigger than myself within the system and people that I love. Knowing that both my continued development as an instructor and as a practitioner, will continue to evolve and help shape futures in a positively appropriate way.
So this short write up was not just to say how great the KMUK is for a standalone school such as ours but also to say that the brotherhood/sisterhood of Krav Maga is still very much alive and kicking and at the highest of levels. It feels good that part of that this is here in the UK and open to anyone, whether they remain affiliated or not, to any organization?
KMUK is here to help and yes that’s right!!!....