Samuel a Prominent Police Officer, a circus acrobat, a Jujitsu Pioneer ran the Hercules Athletics Club in Bratislava.
Immi Samuel’s Son trained by his father in Boxing, Wrestling, Jujitsu and Gymnastics. Chose volunteering to the British Legions after the boat he was smuggled on route to Palestine was caught by the British. There he learned the Fairbairn Hand to Hand Fighting Methods.
Was granted entry to Palestine at the end of his Military Service, and was teaching the Israeli Underground Forces.
He then ensured they will be part of his newly formed hand-to-hand fighting training system.
Later, that department increased its staff, and a small Krav Maga Department was created. Krav Maga was then developed as a Unique Hand to Hand Fighting Training System that could be taught to the average newly recruited personnel male or female.
Twenty years later, Immi started teaching Self Defense and Gymnastics in Civilian Life, and 10 years later the first Civilian Krav Maga Association was created with a modified curriculum modeled on the Japanese Judo ranking system preserving the “lethal Elements” in the Israeli Defense Forces.
His top student Eli Avikzar, replaced him as the Israeli Defense Forces Chief Krav Maga Instructor. Eli Avikzar background was his training in Immi’s Krav Maga to Mastery, Completion of Judo Black Belt Training, and Aikido Black Belt Training. Eli Avikzar had modified Aikido techniques to fit counter boxing and Karate Fighting.
Boaz Aviram replaced Eli Avikzar in the Israeli Defense Forces as the Chief Instructor of Krav Maga. His contributions were to publish the book Krav Maga – Use Your Body as a Weapon.
Boaz’s Martial Arts experience before he became the IDF Krav Maga Chief was seven years of Judo, Jujitsu, Aikido and Kyokoshin Karate. He later completed Immi’s civilian Krav Maga Association requirements for a 2nd Dan Black Belt which was a precondition to the certified Krav Maga Coach from the Wingate Institute for Physical Education.
From special forces fighters that constantly strive to make fun of “Krav Maga” to competing boxing wrestling and other martial arts athletes that often get to serve in the Fighting Fitness Academy and get time off to keep their National and International Sports representation, you get to train with the current Fighting Sports Champions as well.
While prevalent in most armies including the Israeli Defense Forces, and even in many martial arts schools, I always tried to avoid the use of excessive force on unsuspecting students as an exemplary to the rest of the class said Boaz.
Ten years later, breakage in Military Krav Maga Lineage resulted in reversal of fortunes where Civilian Krav Maga infiltrated the Israeli Defense Forces Krav Maga.
· Lethal Elements of a Martial Art system is a concept pertaining to the preservation of training methods and techniques that could be applied in the context or real Efficient Hand to Hand Fighting Scenario.
If one of these elements is missing, the trainee might not be able to defend himself in real danger due to a learning gap.
By excluding one or few elements of a fighting system (if it was indeed ever a complete useful system) so called “Instructors” can pull the time frame of membership retention of their students over many years to a lifetime keeping them at bay.
Another way of adding to this extraction of lethal elements is turning a Fighting System into a sport where the training effort are being modified through drilling to win in sports environment which are not the same grounds for survival fights.
At times training becomes one sort of fitness training or another.
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