Itay Gil – October 2012
Those who came had an incredible night training with Itay Gil, the delivery of the seminar was excellent and enjoyed by all, lots of action, lots of bruises lots of fun, see the pictures below.
Itay is a former leader and trainer of the counter-terror team Yamam, is a 5th Dan in freestyle Ju Jitsu, and has trained such groups as the FBI and SWAT. We had a fantastic night looking at knife attack defence in detail and everyone worked incredibly hard.
Krav Maga (Hebrew: “contact combat”) is a military defensive tactics system that originated in Europe around WWII, and is regarded by many professionals as the most effective defense system in the world today. It came to prominence following its adoption & development by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF), Border Police & other Security Forces as their official self-defence system. Krav Maga is not a sport, but a ‘tactical defense skill’. Based on your own bodies natural reactions, Krav Maga is aggressive, easy to learn, easy to retain, and is continually refined through actual combat situations encountered by the Israeli Commandos. It is characterised by a logical and coherent approach that enables one to achieve a relatively high level of proficiency within a relatively short period of instruction.
Tactical Krav Maga is an organisation founded by Itay Gil – the former Chief Instructor for the YAMAM Special Forces in Israel. Itay trained the YAMAM, a unit that has a world-wide reputation as a professional Counter-Terrorism force capable of lifesaving hostage-rescue operations and take-over raids against targets behind enemy lines. YAMAM training is intense, frequently including urban rappelling, bomb detonation and tactical entry to buildings. The unit’s primary duties are Hostage Rescue, SWAT duties, Counter-terrorism and VIP security, often requiring the use of close quarter combat tactics in enemy territory.
Itay Gil originally served in the IDF Paratroopers where he trained in Krav Maga under Eli Avikzer, Imi Lichenfeld’s top student. He was then chosen to join the YAMAM, where he became a career combatant. From 1992-1997, Itay Gil was the chief close-quarter combat instructor for the YAMAM. He was the executive director of all training programs for the Israel Border Police as well as the undercover police intelligence unit. Itay Gil continues to serve in the IDF reserves today where he is the senior combat instructor for an elite counter-terrorism team. Take a look;