KAPAP is not a conventional system. It is a bridge between systems—a philosophy and a concept. KAPAP was not designed as a belt ranking system, or to create new Masters and Grandmasters. There are more than enough systems that do this. As a bridge, KAPAP’s goal is to unite Martial Artists from different disciplines so that they will be able to communicate and share knowledge as brothers-in-arms. We wish to do this without conflict, ego or politics based on the common martial art principles.

Avi teaching at a recent seminar at Joel’s Academy in New Jersey.


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A Good Teacher

January 23, 2011

Someone who can be sensitive while being tough and firm. Someone who is willing to learn while teaching. Someone who believes that learning slow gains more than learning fast. Someone who believes that mastering small portions is much more effective than learning all at once. Someone who listens while talking. Someone who understands that not [...]

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The Development of Israeli Kapap/CQB

November 30, 2009

The Kapap system was developed in the late 1930s, within the Jewish Aliyah camps (ma-ha-not Olim) as part of preparatory training before their arrival in Palestine. It became a concept of fighting rather than a fighting system, due to the fighting skills contribution it gave the practitioner. The Palmach adopted the Kapap as an ongoing [...]

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Analyzing Israeli Martial Arts

November 29, 2009

To understand Israeli martial arts you need to understand the history of Israel and why the art was developed in the first place, and to see why it must continue to evolve. You need to understand the goal of the art. No one can sit in Los Angeles or anywhere else and teach Israeli martial [...]

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Knowledge and Judgement

November 29, 2009

Knowledge and judgment come from experience. Experience comes from good or bad judgment regarding life situations, which leads to evolution over time. That’s how Close Quarter Battle (CQB) and Defensive Tactics are built up and improved every day. There is an old story a Zen teacher told me. “In the Zen temple at the time [...]

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The Kapap Combatives Triangle

November 24, 2009

In order to analyze how a person functions during combat and under fear, it is important to understand the mental and physical states that a person may experience before at the Pre-Conflict, as combat anxiety – defined as “the anticipation of danger”. This anticipation may lead to a gradual deterioration of both mental and physical [...]

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