Sometimes, life will present itself in ways that you do not expect, bringing you full circle with one’s forgotten past. Avi had reappeared in my life 25 years later.
I first met Avi, while I was towards the end of my compulsory service in the army (IDF). I had just moved to this unit, and Avi was my direct commander. He was not your typical commander. From his perspective, there was a job to do, and you had the freedom to do it, and that was that.
One day, we were off to another unit. There is always a kind of rank hierarchy in the army, but even more so when one is not on his home ground. An enlisted man had decided to start a fight with another enlisted man (myself). He was a big fellow, bigger than me, which is quite tall, but he was also heavily built .
Now usually, if someone is going to start a fight with me, 9.9 times out of 10, I am going to turn the other cheek. But in this case, I didn’t even have a chance to do so, because then and there was “my” officer, standing between myself and the big guy. Avi, (not pulling his rank on this enlisted man), confronted him with such a ferocity, that I still remember it to this day. The big guy became a tamed pussy cat very quickly, without one blow being exchanged.
Avi is a little man. I imagine that if he did not have this ferocious spirit, one could probably brush him aside, without too much effort. But beware, if you are going to go on this road of wrong doing and injustice – you are sure to meet the spirit of Avi Nardia.
Gadi Marcus, June 2009, Israel
To whom it may concern,
Having worked in Israel with counter-intelligence and internal security, and the country’s top anti-terrorist, and home security forces [YAMAM, SHABAQ, MOSAAD], I have been both inspired by, and deeply impressed with, the efficiency of KAPAP, and honoured to have been a contributing factor.
Major Avi Nardia is recognized one of the world’s leading experts in anti-terrorist tactics and his KAPAP program is second to none. I highly recommend them both.
Hanshi 8th dan
DIRECTOR – International Ryukyu Karate-jutsu Research Society
Dip. Martial Arts Instruction ANTA
Certificate IV Workplace Assessment & Training
I just wanted to thank you again for everything you’ve done. I feel so grateful that you let me train at the level one and only pay what I could. If I had the money then I definitely would have paid you everything as it was worth every penny. It was a great 5 days of training with you, I know that you are a great person and a very amazing and modest martial artist.
All the best
18 December 2007
To whom it may concern
I am an avid martial artist having studied Taekwondo, Savate, and Wing Chun (Southern ShaolinKung fu) over a 20 years period. Currently, I am a certified instructor in both the Dynamic Combat Method (DCM) and SAMBO. I had the pleasure of meeting and training under Major (Reservist) Avi Nardia in KAPAP Academy (Japan) in November 2007. This experience turned out to be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable martial arts workshops that I had ever attended. As a qualified psychologist, and the Chief Executive of the Centre for Cognitive TechnologiesPte Ltd, Major (Reservist) Avi Nardia impressed me with not just his knowledge and prowess as a martial artist but also as his patience and passion as a Teacher.
I am honored to have known Major Avi and intend to continue learning KAPAP on a life-long basis. I would strongly recommend anyone who is considering learning martial arts or self-defense from Major Avi. He is an extraordinary martial artist, teacher and person, and a friend I hold with the highest regards.
Teo Yew Chye
I would just like to let you know how much I enjoyed the Instructor Course held in Corsicana, Texas last month. The training was extremely practical and more importantly applicable and it is very appropriate for the Personal Protection Detail that we work with in South America. Of great importance as well was the attention you paid to Combat Fitness which stressed the point that if you are not in shape you cannot perform adequately. Your experience in the field brought a true sense of realism to the training and the techniques and when I returned home Ireally felt like I had achieved something worthwhile. Good luck in all your future endeavors and we would have no trouble recommending you to other companies and associates.
William Hay – President
From: Lieutenant Commander Joseph S. John Jr., United States Navy
Subj: LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION
1. It is with tremendous pleasure to be asked to submit a letter of recommendation on behalf of Major Avi Nardia.
2. As a career United States Naval Officer I have traveled, and continue to travel, a great deal. In official and unofficial capacities I’ve been afforded the unique opportunity of searching out and training in many traditional, non-traditional, and Close Quarters Battle (CQB) systems with a large number of extremely knowledgeable and arguably lethal individuals. In retrospect, very few of these well-meaning professionals carry the same level of skill, real world combat experiences, love of their respective art, and compassion for sharing their knowledge in its purest form that Major Nardia does. Major Avi Nardia is an enigma in the self defense world. When so many individuals are jockeying for economic status, or lobbying for the next black belt in the self defense world, Major Nardia has stuck to his steadfast position of sharing the art that he holds dear.
3. As a life-long student of real world self defense, there are a handful of instructors/practitioners today that I would willingly follow into combat or stand alongside when violence reared its ugly head on the street. Without hesitation, Major Avi Nardia would need only ask and I would be there. My son and I are better for having known and trained with Major Nardia!
4. Follow-up questions or comments to the undersigned are welcomed through Major Nardia.
Joseph S. John, Jr.
To whomever it may concern, I consider myself lucky to have met Avi Nardia Sensei some 18 years ago, and become his student. He was my first and main Kendo and Iaido teacher, but as teachers go, he was much more than that. In regard to martial arts, Avi has taught me (and all the Kendoka in Israel for over a decade) the principles of Budo, the strive for perpetual learning, bettering yourself, teaching others and sharing your knowledge, and all that while staying humble and non condensending. Through the years we became friends, and remained in constant touch when Avi had moved to the US, and continued to teach there and later around the world. I am always amazed anew from his continuing learning, putting himself as a student in other fields of fighting arts, and thus his becoming of a better teacher, beyond his natural talent. I consider Avi one of the best martial arts and fighting arts teacher I have met, and I know of many who share my view. I believe any student, or trainee, of any system, will gain real benefits, and a great learning experience, by putting himself under Avi Nardia’s dicipline and relentless passion for passing his skills and knowledge.
Eyal Weissinazuma Dojo, Israel
I am writing in recommendation of Avi NARDIA. I am a police officer with the Lancaster City Police Department in Lancaster, PA. I have been a police officer for nine years, and I have been a member of the department’s tactical team (S.E.R.T.) for the last five years. Our team consists of (52) members and includes a sniper/observation unit, a chemical munitions/SIMS unit, a K9 unit, a medic/trauma surgeon unit, a primary perimeter unit, a primary breaching unit and a primary entry unit. I am assigned to the chemical munitions/SIMS unit as an instructor and an operator, as well as being an operator on the primary entry unit. To date I have participated in approximately (50) tactical operations as a member of S.E.R.T. Our missions have included civil disturbances, high risk warrant services, armed/barricaded subjects and drug raids.
In September 2002 our team had the pleasure and privilege of meeting and training with Avi NARDIA who is a veteran of the Israeli Army and the Israeli Police Force. I have participated in several tactical training courses, but none have compared to the courses instructed by Avi NARDIA. Avi’s courses are not “text book” courses. What he teaches, one can not learn from a book. There are no manuals, films or handouts – Avi’s courses are about doing not watching or reading. Avi offered us a three-day course, which included instruction and practical exercises in the Israeli techniques for building entry, room/hallway/stairwell clearing, bus assault, aircraft assault, shooting positions, movement and engagement, weapons retention, self-defense, civil disturbance and counter-terrorism. Never does Avi consult a manual or notes for his instruction. He instructs from memory, because he has actually lived what he teaches.
It is easy for an instructor to read about a topic and then simply regurgitate the information to the students. However, when tactical skills are involved, lecture alone is not sufficient. Training that is in the form of lecture can become tedious for the students, and it does not have the retention power of practical training. Avi’s classes center around the practical, maximizing both student and instructor participation. Avi offers very little down time for the students. It is obvious that he has a strong work ethic, and this attitude is passed on to the students. Avi does not simply sit back and watch the students work. He fully participates in the training, performing each exercise in conjunction with his students.
If any department or tactical unit is looking to enhance their tactical skills, I highly recommend the training and instruction of Avi NARDIA. His tactical skills and instruction are far above the majority of the training that local law enforcement agencies receive in the U.S. He was extremely easy to work with and was willing to structure his instruction around the types of training that our team wanted. His only request was that we work hard and rest little. His experiences in fighting terrorism contain essential information for law enforcement officers in this day and age. The bottom line is that simply listening to Avi’s life experiences is beneficial training in its own right.
Officer Edward D. McLoughlin
Lancaster City Bureau of Police/Lancaster County Special Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.)
To all who are interested in a life long experience, Kapap is not only a life saving course but it is also a course to build a stronger mind,and any one who should choose a career in law enforcement should have a strong mind that stays prepared.The academy can only teach so much in The little time that the instructor has,but Kapap you don’t have a time frame. I have taken a CQB course with an excellent instructor (Avi Nardia). I believe that in the one course that I have experienced I am better prepared for the line of duty.The Kapap courses are all based on life experiences from an known expert in martial arts the course are very intense and hands on but so enjoyable that you forget about the pain and the blood.I would suggest that all law enforcement officers should attend at least one of the several course they have to offer us, I know that I’m looking forward to the air marshal course in jan, 06, I would also take any course that Avi Nardia is the instructor if because you can bet it will be intense and I’m a person who wants the best to help keep myself and my fellow officers as safe as possible.
Having been associated with Avi Nardia and Kapap for the past 9 years, I am glad to see this system finally make it from Israel, to the martial arts community, and finally, into your hands. As with any martial arts that has been made, there will be some “experts” who doubt the abilities and/or expertise of the instructor(s) who behind . For me, there is no doubt as to the abilities or expertise of Avi Nardia and his teaching of Kapap.
I have heard Avi say that “sometimes you are the instructor and sometimes you are the student.” You might think that with 20 or more years of experience teaching Israeli and other martial arts to military and civilian groups from all over the world that Avi has nothing more to learn or to teach. Fortunately, this is not the case. Not only is he an instructor of Kapap, but he is also willing to be a student in other areas of the martial arts such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Filipino Combat Arts. It is Avi’s willingness to learn new techniques and then adapt them into his teaching of Kapap that makes Avi, and the KAPAP, different from other on the market.
For me, martial arts are a way of life. It requires dedication, respect, humility, and open mindedness. I know that Avi Nardia believes this as well. He reflects an attitude of maturity and humility, and he is willing to admit that he does not know it all. This, in itself, makes him somewhat unique to the martial arts community and it is a pleasure to be associated with both Avi Nardia and the Israeli martial art of Kapap and I`m also happy to be Avi’s BJJ teacher!
Professor John Machado, RCJ Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
My name is Tomer a former combat soldier in the counter terrorism unit. I was also serving in Egoz unit – a special guerilla force unit in the Israeli army. I would like to share a few words with you about the “kapap” a most effective and efficient martial art. My acquaintance with Avi Nardia has started when I first joined the special counter terrorism unit of Israel. Avi was in charge of the martial arts and combat field instructor of the unit, and there he was teaching the “Kapap”. Thats a martial art which deals with all kind of terror threats including all kinds of weapons. The kapap combines elements of speed, cordination, strategy, strength, flexibility and spirit. It can be effective both on ground and in stances positions.
The “Kapap”, unlike other martial arts, is more open minded and therefore can help you to deal with many self defenses situations in various ways. I also recommend Avi as a very good and experienced weapons and fighting instructor
T. S., former Yamam counter terror unit Member
I have just gone through my level 1 instructorship course in Singapore and it was the best training I have ever had. What is so unique about Kapap is that it is a bridge between different systems of martial arts. We take what we need and study the flaws in each system. The training is not just a test of physical endurance but also challenges us mentally as we need to understand the principles and how to manipulate them. Sinsei Avi has been very patient in explaining these principles to us and allows us to explore the use of the different tactics ourselves. His approach to teaching is so unique in that there is nothing fix in his training. Everything is so flexible for better adaption to any situation that we may encounter. There is also a great emphasis on drills for muscle memory which is so important for instinctive reflexes. Thank you Sinsei Avi for his patience and great training. I have learnt a lot from these 5 days of training.
In a World were thousands of styles are claiming for “realistic bases” KAPAP its one of the few were the instructors got a “real reality based” proved system, tested in real conflicts. Avi Nardia it is also an expert on traditional systems from Japan and this gives to his instructions a larger approach to the needs of the students in any culture. I strongly recommend KAPAP to anyone interested on realistic Martial Arts.
Alfredo Tucci General Manager Budo International Publ. Co.
My name is Alex Rouhani and I was part of the seminar held in Rochester from march 14th to 18th. I just wanted to thank your team for the good work.
Avi is very generous about his knowledge, has a lot of humour, and knows what he is talking about.
What I did also appreciate is that Avi gives a great place to safety, he always makes sure that people train safely and with control so that no one gets injured.
This seminar gave me a lot of confidence in myself and in my abilities to face any confrontation.
Thank you guys.
To whom it may concern
Re: Recommendation letter regarding Mr. Avi Nardia
I have known Mr. Avi Nardia for the past 7 years since I have returned from my studies in Japan. As a martial arts man, who shares a similar biography as Mr. Nardia (studying martial arts for a period of 7 years in Japan), I have but the highest praise for Mr. Nardia’s high level of technique as well as personal integrity.
Mr. Nardia is a distinguished member of the Israeli martial arts community and highly regarded by all his acquaintances. He has made his reputation in the traditional martial arts of Kendo and Jujitsu, which he taught at the Tel Aviv University as well as other locations.
Mr. Nardia’s deep knowledge and understanding of the martial arts are well known throughout the Israeli martial arts community and he has been a leading figure in making the traditional martial arts widely known in Israel.
Mr. Nardia has joined the Special Forces and the police academy as a self-defense instructor, and his excellent reputation in this field is a well-known fact.
I wish Mr. Nardia success in his future endeavors and am certain that his excellent achievements in Israel will be his assets in the future as well.
For further details regarding Mr. Nardia please feel free to contact me (contact information listed below).
Eli Lerman, Chairman
Aikido Center of Israel
To: Prospective Students/Employers concerning Avi Nadia
Re: Israeli Kapap and other related topics
The purpose of this letter is to fully recommend the skills, leadership, expertise and experience of Avi Nadia to those who may seek to utilize and/or learn from them.
I had the fortunate opportunity to receive training from Avi within the past year as a member of our SERT unit. Our city has had a SERT unit for several years. Recently, our county requested that our team provide coverage for the whole county. To meet this request, we added several new officers to the team from around the county after an extensive background/testing phase. Initially, we conducted a two-week training course to instill basic tactics. Within a few months of the activation and after two “call-outs”, it was obvious that we needed to experience additional training. Through Avi’s former employer, we arranged for him to travel to our location to train our team. This proved to be no problem for Avi, as he was willing to come to us to meet our needs. The subject matter of the training that Avi presented included Israeli tactics in the following: Room entry/clearing, riot situations, weapon retention, use of force techniques, Israeli Kapap, law enforcement survival, hostage situations with aircraft and buses (one of each was provided by our department for training), suspect takedown/arrest, vehicle takedowns and many more. This list of topics is but a few of which Avi demonstrated his expertise. At no time during our training did Avi to a training manual for guidance. At no time did Avi offer “down-time”. At no time did Avi’s training drop below the level of “high speed”.
To briefly explain why I feel that I can so highly recommend this training, let me elaborate on myself. I spent over 7 years on active duty in the U.S. Army with 6 months of that in Desert Storm for which I received a Bronze Star. After that, I spent three years working undercover in Philadelphia. For the past 7 years I’ve been with the Lancaster City Police, serving my last three years in our Drug Suppression/Street Crimes Unit. I’ve been a member of the SERT unit for five years and am currently a team leader on the entry team. At no time during my career and through all my experiences, have I encountered an instructor who has had so much to offer. Avi is a “subject matter expert”. Our SERT unit is currently working on bringing Avi back on our own without seeking reimbursement from our municipality.
My recommendation, both personally and professionally, is that any department or unit that seeks training from Avi can and will benefit from it. Whatever the cost, the department and individual officer gets their money’s worth. In addition to the expertise Avi offers, he always has a true story to reiterate his points and drive them home.
My address and department email is below if you have any questions. Thank you for considering this letter in your decision making process. Train hard and stay safe.
Officer Roland W. “Bill” Breault, III Lancaster City Police
November 28, 2009
Subject: Countering Suicide bomber course
Dear Major Nardia,
I just wanted to thank you for the excellent course you presented. The vast experience in the subject of Islamic terrorism was readily apparent during the course lecture. You have a very unique insight into the mind of the suicide bomber and the material cover in the course was excellent. I hope that you will continue to share your knowledge with us and continue to expand our working knowledge of the world of terror and counter terror.
Avi is one of the most proficient self defense and martial arts instructor I’ve had the pleasure to train under. Definitely the man to see if you want intense, real world based training.
Pat Steiner, Police Officer, Firearms Instructor, Marine
Please accept this as a formal letter of appreciation regarding the recent training that I completed at your academy. I have completed various courses in the military and I have attended numerous private training facilities and academies as you know I would certainly say that the training I received at your establishment is excellent overall.. Your professionalism and ability to relate tactics and techniques to real world situations was very beneficial to me. I must add that your extensive background supports all the training that we covered.
In a world that now has thousands of self proclaimed ‘counter-terrorism experts’ you are a welcome change. Your past operational experience and knowledge compliment your training centre. It is nice to see Israeli combat systems being instructed by an individual that has dedicated his entire life to combat as opposed to some of the watered down systems instructed by individuals with minimal experience. I hope you continue to maintain such high standards and only pass the students that are deserving of your certificates. All the best to you and the academy.
Dear Mr. Nardia,
I want to give sincere thanks to you because you take time to come to Germany to give seminar on 14th and 15th june. My pupil and myself are glad that we become acquainted with you. I rather like your attitude to be mostly pupil and only sometimes teacher very much. In my opinion you are the top instructor of the Israeli Martial arts.
With sporting regards
Michael Rüppel Krav Maga Street Defence
I have known Avi Nardia for several years now, and I’m proud to call him a friend. I can honestly say that in my 15 years of Martial Arts study, I have not found a better no nonsense approach to real life fighting, than the Kapap system. His teaching and approach to the system, which his father helped develop, is very unique and you can tell the techniques he teaches have been used and proven in real combat.
I have trained on and off with Avi for years now, not only in Kapap, but also CQB, VIP Protection, Point-Shooting, Anti-Terrorism, Counter-Suicide Bombers etc, and his knowledge is overwhelming. Avi is as good a person/instructor as they come, period, always willing to share experiences and knowledge.
Martin Nielsen Senior Protection Agent
Dear Professor John Machado,
Thank you for your kindness in promoting me to Blue Belt in Machado Jiujitsu. It was the greatest honor and surprise I have received in 65 years! I am eternally grateful to you for thinking of me so highly. I will never forget your kindness to me.
It is said that a student looks for his teacher for 15 years before finding the right teacher. In my case it took 65 years! I had studied Brazilian Jiujitsu at another school for about 4 1/2 years. I was the oldest student there. Despite trying my best and training regularly I was always passed over for promotion. I felt very bad. After my 4 1/2 years of training I still could not match the skills, power, and endurance of younger people. My instructor gave me terrible news one day. He basically destroyed my hope and heart to continue training. He told me that I was essentially washed up, had no stamina, was easily fatigued and worthless as a Brazilian Jiujitsu student. I left his school in despair and had just about given up Brazilian Jiujitsu completely. One day I was searching the Internet and found Avi Nardia’s web page and how he was a teacher of Machado Jiujitsu and Kapap.. I read with extreme interest the history of this most interesting, unique, and remarkable man. As you know better than I, Avi Nardia is one of those rare, gifted individuals who has almost god-like personal and physical powers and a profound empathy and intelligence as well. I called him up one day and he immediately picked up the phone and listened to my story patiently. He immediately invited me to join Machado Jiujitsu in Rochester. Talking to and meeting Avi was one of the most important experiences in my life. It was almost mystical how quickly he had a profound influence on me. Avi and his instructor Paulie Colon taught me Machado Jiujitsu for 6 months with such concern, patience, and gentleness that tears started to come to my eyes many times in thinking of their kind instruction to me. I had met a truly exceptional group of outstanding people in Machado Jiujitsu!
I would sincerely like to thank you Professor John Machado, Avi Nardia, and Paulie Colon and all the Machado Blue Belts and White Belts I met for all the positive experiences and fun I’ve had studying with them. I found the Machado Jiujitsu style much more appropriate for me than the other style. In the other style I was always getting injured and having to visit doctors for injuries but with Machado Jiujitsu I learned better principles which opened my eyes to a a new world of safe practice. My training partners never hurt me in Machado Jiujitsu. There were no big egos either. Everyone was friendly to me. I plan to stay with Machado Jiujitsu for the rest of my life. I’ve been having the most fun in my life studying it. I look forward to someday going to visit you, Professon John Machado at your school in California so I can shake your hand and thank you personally for giving me back my dignity, happiness, and life’s dream. Thank you also for sending Avi Nardia and Paulie Colon to me also. I will forever remember you all.
As a finance professional based in Singapore, it was one of the best moments of my life and a real privilege to have trained under Grandmaster Sinsei Avi Nardia when he flew down to be with us recently. Having not known him personally prior to this, he impressed me with his vast experience and knowledge in martial arts and more specifically, in martial arts coaching. The training was fun, insightful and educational as he drove home important KAPAP principles and teachings through very simple-to-understand analogies and explanation.
Beyond all this, i had upmost respect for the moral values he wanted to instill in us as budding martial artists and also as honourable men and women.
The time spent with him off-training was equally fun and laughter-filled as he shared humourous moments of his life; I only now wish that he could have stayed on longer with us. Grandmaster Sinsei Avi is a highly skilled martial artist, an amazing teacher, a good friend and most importantly a respectable man. I strongly recommend anybody, man or woman, adult or child, at any level of martial arts proficiency, to look him up and learn/train with him. I believe likewise, it will be one of the most memorable moments of your life.
Roger Chan Financial Trader Singapore
My Name is Shay and I was Avi student as a kid in Kfar Saba Dojo and in that time he told me one day I have talent to Judo and took me to Wingate sport university to meet Israel National Judo Coach Name Yona Melnik and his Assistant Shuki Kohaz. In this time the test to National team was passed but Avi said to Yona Sensei to take a look and he allowed me in the team….Avi said he is ok with loss me as student as he cant make me in National team and for me its better to be in national team…after some time I won many Israel Judo competitions and been in the National team THANKS to Avi . after Army I looked for Avi as wished to THANK him and meet him again as understand No teacher will give his paid income student money to another teacher …but he didn’t care for money and was more happy see me success in my Judo as he said he don’t teach Judo in the time to like the level I need by the time I study Avi is special teacher as not many teaches will do it for there students .I looked for him and thank him and was sad he left Israel…its big loss for Israel!
I’m Ron Shavit and want thank 7you for saving my life !
As was in my Army time I was attempt to be kidnapped by two terrorists…it was a very bad experience, however, I survived and want to THANK and credit Avi as he was my teacher as kid and teach us never give up and am sure from this trainings he had us do I gain the spirit to keep fight and fight and not give up and win my life !
Saturday, April 2, 2011
To whom it may concern:
I, Officer Vincent Daniel, have known Major Avi Nardia for several years. He is a true Master in Martial Arts and Self-defense Expert.
I have had the opportunity to meet Major Avi Nardia during several Israeli Elite Close Combat (KAPAP) Seminars in Europe.
We have stayed in contact ever since.
I highly recommend his services to anyone in need.
Officer Vincent Daniel
Law Enforcement Agency Officer & Security Expert
Muay Thai Teacher
To whom it may concern.
I am in Special operations, government and private since early 90′s and have not
seen any Martial Art instructor that impact student the way Avi does!
His ego free, realistic manner and the field proven Kapap let students the
skill and not less important the confidence to stay safe on the crazy
streets as well as in intense combat zones.
I truly recommend you all to try it, if you are really a student of life and
have open minds and critical opinion to judge what it can do for you.
Special Intelligence operations
DEMOMAN International Ltd. (since 1999)
Since meeting Avi Sensei at a one day seminar over 5 years ago, I have had the opportunity and the priveledge to train with him in various locations around the world and frequently commit myself to travel to the exclusive training facility running in Rochester, NY State, USA. (It should be noted, this constitutes a 12,000+ mile round trip!)
The breadth and depth of knowledge, combined with passion and professionalism of Avi Sensei’ teaching make him truly unique in the league of Martial instructors available today.
I have had the unique opportunity and good fortune, to assist the Kapap family and wider community, in delivering seminars in my expertise of wilderness survival and urban preparedness. This harmonises beautfully with the concept of Kapap ‘bridging’ between systems, always looking to learn, develop, explore and grow. After all, we should not forget self-defense is another means of survival, so it should be no surprise Avi Sensei and my fields blend so well.
Quite simply, of all of the extensive training I have had the good fortune to receive, both in military and civilian life, I must wholeheartedly say, none has surpassed the tutelage I have received from Avi Sensei. I aspire to continue as one of his students for many years to come, and also provide personal support to the Kapap family in as many future fields as possible.
In this age of combat sports entertainment and masters of combat sports, true martial artists are rare. A traditional martial artist with many belt ranks, Avi Nardia is one of those rarities. I first met Avi in the mid 1980s when I attended a course in Krav Maga at the Wingate Institute in Natanya, Israel and Avi was one of the instructors. Having started martial arts training in 1970, with two black belts and over a decade of experience, I was very impressed with Avi's knowledge and teaching abilities; he was different, not just a typical policeman or military instructor. He had a very strong interest in Japanese traditional martial arts and was already a world class competitor in Judo. The training I received in Israeli Krav Maga was tough, and enlightening, however we were all well aware that Avi was a leader in the way he brought in his many interests of all aspects of combat and self defense training. Soon after I left Israel, Avi left for Japan (something I too would do in the early 1990s) where he would spend seven years of very serious and intense training in various martial arts like Goju-ryu karate, Kodokan Judo, Kendo, Iaido, Kyudo, Jujutsu. Avi moved to Japan because he was a discipline and dedicated martial artist whose curiosity compelled him to search the depths of the traditions of Budo, which he later brought back into his world of counter terrorism and self defense, through KAPAP. Since Avi comes from an eclectic based self defense system - Krav Maga - the compilation of many arts is a natural progression for such an intellectually astute martial artist. His skills from empty hand combat to modern firearms are beyond first rate and his love of teaching brings these unique traits to the forefront of the SD world, a tremendous benefit to anyone who studies with him. Avi continually travels the globe teaching these skills but he always returns to the traditions that fed his being – the Japanese Budo systems. Over the past decade, Avi has introduced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu into his training programs, having become close friends with the Machados. Avi has been training with the Machados for over ten years and combining their form of BJJ, which stresses self defense over sport, with traditional Japanese martial arts, Avi's art has become even more defined and yet, remains open to new ideas. For this reason, as a member of the board of directors of ITMA - The Institute of Traditional Martial Arts at the University of New Mexico – I recently asked Avi to join us as one of our major representatives. At this stage in Avi's martial arts career, one would have to call him a master's master and I am honored to have the opportunity to write this testimonial for my good friend. Ron Breines – Rokudan Kakuto Ryu Jujustu/Karate Justu
When it comes to “REAL” combat, Avi has been there, serving for his country. When it comes to the ‘ins and outs’ of the martial arts,Avi Nardia is one of the best!
From empty-hand to weapons, from standing to the ground. He can look at a situation or technique and break it down, so it gives you the confidence to perform it in the most simplistic manner. There is no ego when it comes to Avi.
Avi Nardia is truly an “artist”, a Michael Angelo of Martial Arts.
Philip Caldwell - Chicken Gabriel UKF Kenpo 3rd Degree Black Belt, Mu Do Kwan 6th Degree Black Belt, AKMS 7th Degree Black Belt, 2011 IIMAA Hall of Fame Inductee
I met Master Avi in 2009. At that time I had more than 30 years of experience in martial arts. After taking Level I Kapap Course my life as a martial artist changed. It has opened a new way of learning and I decided to ask to Master Avi Nardiathat accept me as a disciple.
From then until now I have hold Kapap with passion, because I think is the best defense system in the world with a unique feature: In the Kapap students are taught to open their minds and become creative. The Kapap replaces the traditional system of “techniques” for “concepts” adapting the art to the people and not the people to the art.
The Kapap is a different experience! Thanks to Master Avi Nardia for showing me that.
Fabian Gustavo Garcia
Kapap Level III
I have known Avi Nardia for approximately 10 years and in that time I have been impressed with his total dedication and commitment to his students in particular and to the martial arts in general. I am continually amazed at his depth of knowledge and his ability to simplify and explain techniques and principles. As a person he is a genuinely nice guy, a true gentleman and a friend.
I first met Avi when I was a full time Police trainer with many years operational experience and a keen interest in the martial arts. Whilst my martial arts experience was certainly useful, I was always conscious that I could never take the techniques I had practiced in the martial arts environment and apply them in the way they had been taught without first having to adapt and modify them for the operational arena.
When I attended my first level 1 Kapap Instructors course, I was impressed not only by some of the techniques which were new to me, but also by the way the skills were practiced and conditioned. This was far closer to both the military and police models of training that I was used to, than the more stereotypical martial arts classes I had been attending prior to this. I knew then that I was finally home and I had found both the system I wanted to learn and the instructor who I wanted to teach me.
Since that time Avi has continued to be an inspiration and I would like to thank him for the many ‘gifts’ he has passed on to me and my students, such as knowledge, understanding, motivation, aching muscles and bruises. In these cynical and politically correct times it is refreshing to know there are still people like Avi around who possess true character!
Kapap West Midlands
July 22, 2011
Since becoming acquainted with Major Avi Nardia I have been very impressed with his overall martial arts knowledge and teaching abilities. During my 60 plus years involved with law-enforcement, military close ground combat training, and martial arts in general, I have met many of the world of combative arts greatest exponents and teachers.
Major Nardia, in his former role as a prestigious member of the Israeli military and his outstanding personal accomplishments in the study of Kodokan Judo, Aikido, Aikijitsu, Kendo, Iaido, Kyudo, Jujutsu, Goju Ryu Karate and BJJ, coupled with his proven knowledge of counter terrorism and self-defense, has identified him as a hands-on, no-nonsense proven instructor, whose expertise covers a vast variety of training scenarios lacking in other formal programs available outside the intelligence and law-enforcement communities.
Major Nardia’s combative course training prowess is in such great demand that he is an international representative of his craft with a personality that invokes trust and friendship wherever he goes. He is fearless, energetic, disciplined and most importantly, he produces in his many students, what he promises; effective self-defense exponents, either at the student and or the instructor cadre level.
Several years ago, Major Nardia joined the Armed Services Judo & Jujitsu Academy’s Grassroots Outreach Development Program as a Senior Coach and has done so with impressive results, keeping in mind his extensive traveling itinerary.
I have been personally honored to have him as a colleague, but moreover a trustworthy friend and I have absolutely no hesitation endorsing him as one of the finest Self-Defense and Combat Arms Instructors in the field today.
Dr. H. G. Robby Robinson
Founder & Director
Armed Services Judo & Jujitsu Academy
Friday, July 29, 2011
have known Avi Nardia for several years now, in the capacity of my chief instructor in Kapap Combatives and as a personal friend. I would like to take this opportunity to give my sincere thanks to a true professional and a great martial artists. Before I trained with Avi I had always kept an open mind to all martial disciplines and tried to find what worked. I have spent the last 30years learning a teaching different fighting systems to everyday people and also Police and military teams. Training in Kapap allows me to apply principles and look at situations in a variety of ways allowing a free spirit and working with what I am given in a protection situation instead of trying to create what I want knowing I will not always be able to dictate, only find a result. Avi’s teaching has shown me this and given me greater strings to my bow, which in return I have given other Kapap Combatives practitioners the ability to think outside the box giving them greater understanding and respect of situational awareness and a better protection capability. Avi is a true friend and an Ambassador to the Arts and disciplines. Thank you for your time, patience and dedication.
Success is due to continuous learning
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
To whom my concern… My name is Daniel Giosu; I am a long time martial arts practitioner and self defense instructor currently residing in Ontario, Canada. I first heard about Avi Nardia, from sensei Patrick McCarthy while I was attending one of his seminars. We talk about what I was teaching in the self defense area and advise me to contact Avi about new ideas and approach of new techniques. At the time Avi was living in Los Angeles, I couldn’t get the chance of meeting him that year. I meet with Avi one year later through Moni Aizik, which at the time I used to train with. I know your opinion of Moni, but he is a good trainer. I was impressed by Avi’s ability to transition to the life as a civilian, the way he was presenting he’s techniques and the unique ability of tying all in at the end of the presentation. Since then I was fortunate to meet with Avi at few more seminars in White Plains, New York and few more time in George Town and Toronto. I like he’s knowledge as a fire arm instructor and he’s gun and knife disarming techniques. If you look for a down to earth individual with lots of knowledge and an easy and fun way to teach, I think that Avi is the one. Best, Daniel Giosu
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
I met Avi Nardia some years ago. I found him very easily approachable, knowledgable and trust worthy inspite of his popularity. From then until now, I am seeing how important his training is actually becoming to me. I am glad that I came to know of him and that I can continue to seek his guidance with the same level of trust. I wish him continued success. He is a great human being and professional. I think I had met a great master.
International Technical Director
I.K.M.O. International Krav Maga Organization
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
After attending my first KAPAP Level One Instructor’s course, I felt like I was a part of the KAPAP family. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, training and the networking. The instructors have a wealth of knowledge and experience that contributes to each and every aspect of the course material.
Each instructor brings their own personal experience and training specific to their area of expertise, which they use to complement each other’s skill-sets. They work as one team and build upon their own skills to make the course even better. The course was tough as expected, but each instructor was compassionate, helpful and at the same time tough and to the point. The best learning experience that I have encountered in the last twenty years of my military and private sector career.
I enjoyed the first Level One Instructors course so much that I came back for another course. The training again was outstanding, and I found myself learning additional skills, and adapting what I previously learned in other Martial Arts. I can only describe the course as an excellent continuous learning experience that made me a better person, a little tougher and a lot more knowledgeable.
George D. Latsos, CPP
Monday, August 8, 2011
“I have known and worked with Major Avi Nardia since he first came to Japan twenty years ago; Moreover, I have worked with him in Israel, Canada, the USA and here in Australia, too. He’s been a welcome guest in my home and I am honoured to call him my friend. If there is someone trying to discredit him I can only imagine it is because his expertise threatens their insecurities. He’s one of the best and that he is in big demand all over the world is testament to how much he is appreciated! – Shalom”