Krav Maga is the only martial art that continuously evolves. Principles, strategies, and techniques change as there is an increased awareness that combative and self defense techniques are more related to modern day urban warfare than the traditional modes of combat centuries ago. Staying current with the latest training techniques, a delegation from Performance Krav Maga attended a week of training in Israel. Chief Instructor Greg Dziewonski, Instructors Rob Rodriguez and Eugene Buchinger, and students Kevin and Billy Quigley traveled to the international event and exchanged knowledge with Krav Maga practitioners from around the world.
Although there was some site-seeing in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the main focus was on a week of training with Master Alain Cohen, the founder of Krav Maga Federation – AC and a former Senior Coach at the Wingate Institute, considered the highest authority on Krav Maga. Each day was filled with eight hours of academic and physical training and included a surprise 4:00am session in the rain. Techniques have evolved since the last international event, and the Performance delegation drilled diligently to master such.
It should be noted that certain accolades were awarded as well. Kevin and Billy Quigley achieved their Orange Belt rank; Rob Rodriguez successfully tested for his Black Belt rank; Chief Instructor Greg Dziewonski received an award recognizing his dedication to Krav Maga; and your home dojo, Performance Krav Maga, won first place for its video presentation of creative Krav Maga techniques in a fictional kidnap setting.
For those fortunate enough to go to Israel, the training was about experiencing authentic Krav Maga in its birthplace and learning new, more efficient, techniques. Those same people, your classmates and instructors, are now imbued with the responsibility of sharing the newly acquired knowledge. Come to class and follow their lead. Most importantly come to class!
Written by Russ Pritchard