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We have a new advertisement in the Jan 23 edition of Metropolis. Please check it out on page 12

http://metropolisjapan.com/files/issues/metropolis-1087.pdf

Metropolis Fitness Special 2015

Imi Krav Maga

Imi Krav Maga

Make protection for yourself and your family a priority in 2015. Learn hand-to-hand combat and effective self defense from professional instructor Boaz Hagay. Boaz is chief instructor of the Bukan Krav Maga School in Japan. Certified by Israel’s Wingate Institute for Physical Education, he learned from Krav Maga’s founder, Imi Lichtenfeld, and Grand Master Yaron Lichtenstein. Learn to defend yourself against strikes, grabs and chokes. Study techniques used by elite security guards and special forces, including how to defend against weapon threats, such as sticks, knives and guns. Boost your confidence and be prepared for anything. In the words of UFC fighter Yamamoto ‘KID’ Norifumi: “I teach professional fighters and, in my opinion, the authentic Krav Maga that Boaz teaches is the most efficient way of self defense. The techniques are simple but efficient, and can be mastered in a relatively short period of time.”

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Metropolis did a story on Krav Maga a while ago. For those who haven’t seen yet, please see below

http://metropolis.co.jp/features/feature/tokyo-fight-club/

“Krav Maga is a business now,” Boaz Hagay explains, “but I’m no businessman.”

Hagay teaches a pure form at his Imi Krav Maga lessons, the same techniques he was once taught by the martial art’s founder, Imi Lichtenfield. Before the class, he produces a treasure trove of Krav Maga history contained in a plastic file: pictures, letters and an old, faded training manual from his days studying in Israel. He laments the simplification of the discipline for marketing purposes and when he talks about his own teaching style, he often refers to what the Japanese call budou, or “the way.”

Hagay has no time for other, “sporty” forms of combat, fighting techniques artificially restricted by rules and regulations. If you need to defend yourself, he believes, you should do it in the most effective way possible: clawing at eye sockets and kicking at testicles if necessary. “Krav Maga isn’t brutal, but it’s very violent,” he says.

As it’s late December, a smaller group than usual has shown up—myself and three other men who’ve been training with Hagay for an average of around a year. Most of Hagay’s students are foreigners, but having lived in Japan for 25 years he’s also comfortable teaching in Japanese. The room used for training is small, with a colorful mat and a set of animal curtains that the group jokes are traditional Krav Maga items, but—by the time you read this—Imi Krav Maga will have expanded to three other locations (in Roppongi, Yokohama and Ogikubo).

We begin with some stretches, push-ups and sit-ups before practicing a simple one-two: left jab, right jab. The couple of years I spent boxing are immediately evident to Hagay, who alters my stance and highlights the importance of not fully extending the arm as one would do in a boxing match.

“You’re not just trying to punch him; after you strike, you need to do damage on the return.”

He demonstrates a few different methods of doing so and points out that, with a fully extended arm, I’m also making myself a much easier target for opponents to take hold of.

The plastic knives and guns come out for the next section and Hagay shows us a method to counter weapons, ending with a kick to the groin.

“Judo teaches disarming methods that look more impressive,” he says, demonstrating a couple of them, “but nothing is as effective as a simple kick to a man’s testicles.” We practice the move for a while, along with some work on blocking, then I step aside to take pictures as the group performs more advanced combinations on Hagay, who dons a padded suit with “kick here” and a target circle drawn on his groin.

One student, a young Glaswegian who’s been studying for 18 months, performs a perfect flurry of moves that ends with his teacher slammed against the wall by the throat. Hagay turns to me with a proud smile, “He’s so good now.”