Krav Maga of Albrightsville

Krav Maga, Martial Arts, Combat Training and Fitness, Realistic Self Defense for the Real World.


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What is Self Defense

Posted by Dennis Fritzinger on October 16, 2011 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

After a long day of work, you are walking through the parking lot to your car. Just as you open the door, someone approaches you from behind and puts a knife to your throat. You respond swiftly and aggressively, defending yourself, controlling the weapon and neutralizing the attacker. This is Krav Maga-Self Defense.

Self-defense is the foundation of Krav Maga. It's various techniques have been developed to enable those who train in Krav Maga to defend themselves and others against hostile, violent attacks, and avoid injury, and overcome and neutralize their attackers. Krav Maga's self-defense techniques include defenses against a wide variety of unarmed though dangerous assaults such as punches, kicks, chokes, head locks, bear hugs, and other holds. They also apply to higher-risk, life-threatening situations, where the attacker is armed with a weapon such as a stick, a knife, a gun, a bat, or even a rifle.

The defensive techniques and principles of Krav Maga are made of simple and natural movements that are highly effective and easy to learn.Students are taught to apply these techniques in a variety of situations, from  dark surroundings, to a sitting or lying position.

Domestic Violence in America

Posted by Dennis Fritzinger on October 15, 2011 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

There are thousands of Women in America that are mur-dered on a daily basis by Domestic


“Our mission is to promote justice for battered women and children Learn Krav Maga Today!



Classes now Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs. and Fri. starting at 1:00-2:00 p.m. and 4:30- 8:15 p.m. plus were open Sat. from 9:00- 10:45 a.m. and 1:00-2:00p.m.

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IKI Krav Maga of Albrightsville incorporates a combination of techniques found in :

Krav Maga, such as Kickboxing, Submission Grappling and Kali which provide students with a realistic personal protection and fitness system for a modern world.

So ask yourself, do you want sport? Or do you want technique that is not allowed in any sport? Taking attackers out, instead of just exchanging blows. Real Self Defense is not about being faster or stronger, but instead being better equipped. Why be equipped with these Self-defense skills? Take charge of your life! Because when seconds count, the police are several minutes away.

Location:Albrightsville,Blakeslee Community Center,Wilkes Barre Ymca,Pittston Ymca

Krav Maga for fitness

Posted by Dennis Fritzinger on October 13, 2011 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (0)

From my Iinstructor Moshe Katz

Krav Maga Fitness

Is It Just Another Exercise?

Although Krav Maga was designed for battle, today it is spreading to fitness centers all over the USA. Krav Maga, the Israeli martial art, has taken the country by storm and is the training regimen of choice of many of Hollywood's top stars.

When actress Kristanna Loken had to toughen up to play the role of Terminatrix in the film Terminator 3, she trained in Krav Maga.

Charlie's Angel Lucy Liu took up Krav Maga while training for the Charlie's Angel movies. "...I prefer hand-to-hand fighting. Like Krav Maga, the one used by the Israeli military."

Jennifer Lopez in the movie Enough, Shannon Elizabeth (American Pie) and Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider, also trained in Krav Maga.

Students are losing weight, getting fitter than ever and learning to protect themselves. Is this just another version of Aerobic Kickboxing?

The answer is simple: No.


The aerobic kickboxing is just another form of aerobic exercise. The program is developed around the music; as such the martial arts techniques are modified to fit the tempo of the music and the aerobic nature of the class. These classes are actually teaching incorrect techniques which are useless in terms of self defense. All the various versions of aerobic kickboxing are not real martial arts or self defense classes, they are just another exercise class with a bit of a twist. Trying to use these techniques in a real fight could get you killed.

So what about Krav Maga?

Krav Maga is primarily functional self-defense, however its side benefits are a great cardiovascular workout, toned functional muscles and personal empowerment.

The class is not designed for these benefits; they are by products of a real fighting system. To survive in battle you must be able to fight while fatigued, you must be able to push yourself to your limits and beyond and that is exactly what happens in a Krav Maga class.

Simply put – the class is intense exercise.

The result? A lean mean fighting machine, weight loss, improved cardiovascular ability and the confidence to know you can fight and not give up.

Unlike aerobic classes the moves are not choreographed to music. We simply have powerful drills which push every aspect of your body; real fighting moves that demand a lot of energy. This is a full body workout. You develop strength and aerobic ability at the same time, which is exactly what you need in a real life situation.


Krav Maga was designed for soldiers who do not have a long time to learn the techniques, as such they are simple and based on natural body moves. The result: The system is easy not only for soldiers but also for anybody who wants to learn and does not have the years of desire to learn a complex system.


We have learned that in a real life situation you need explosive power, and aggressiveness. In the studio these translate into burning lots of calories fast.


Krav Maga is also fun to learn and, a great way to let off steam. You come out feeling rejuvenated and happy.


One of the best known aspects of Krav Maga is it's ability to develop that "Fight Back" attitude. Students develop confidence, self esteem, and the ability to function in stressful situations.

The history of Itay Gil, Moshe Katz Head Instructor

Posted by Dennis Fritzinger on October 8, 2011 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Krav Maga, meaning (in Hebrew) close combat, is the official system of Defensive Tactics/Martial Art/Close Combat of the Israeli defence force, (IDF), the Israeli national police & other security services. Krav Maga was created by the late Imi Lichtenfeld in conjunction with the IDF, who developed the system during his remarkable military career as chief instructor of Physical fitness and hand-to-hand combat with the IDF. Krav Maga is a modern, practical and proven system of self-defence, carefully conceived for today’s violent world. It is characterised by logical and coherent approach to self-defence and fighting confrontations that enables one to achieve a relatively high level of proficiency with in a short period of instruction. Krav Maga was meticulously developed by the Military to be diversified, and thus is applicable to the military, law enforcement and civilians alike. Tactical Krav Maga is an interpretation of Krav Maga by Itay Gil, the former Chief close-quarter combat instructor for the YAMAM special forces, a former Israeli Military and Police Counter Terrorist ''fighter'' and instructor who is the CEO of PROTECT a Jerusalem based security training company.

So why did Itay feel the need to continue the evolution of Krav Maga to his current form of Tactical Krav Maga? Very simply that nothing stands still, especially when it comes to combat. The Israeli Military is constantly upgrading Krav Maga through a new scientific approach to training. It’s all about improving the chance of survival in the field for the Soldier, Law Enforcement Officer or even the civilian. Itay felt that the Krav Maga being taught in the Military was good but could be improved and made even better by him by utilising the experience that he had from his incredible Martial Arts training as well as countless Police and Military operations he has been involved with in Israel against organised crime, terrorist and in war zones.

Itay Gil served in Israel's special forces paratroops brigade. After completing his compulsory service, he was chosen to join Israel's elite counter-terrorist and hostage rescue unit, "Yamam", where he became a career combatant. In the Yamam, Itay Gil participated in many missions each week over the course of ten years. Itay Gil has adapted his 33-years of combat martial arts study to meet the needs of the real-life situations he faced in his thirteen years of active duty. Consequently, Itay Gil became the chief close-quarter combat instructor for the YAMAM. From 1992-1997 Mr. Gil was the executive director of all training programs for the Israel Border Police as well as the undercover police intelligence unit. During this period, he directed training programs for 5000 policemen and security personnel each year. Itay Gil continues to serve in the IDF reserves where he is the senior combat instructor and strategic mission planner for an elite undercover counter-terrorism team.

Itay Gil in 1997 established PROTECT, to be one of Israel’s premiere training centre for security services. PROTECT offer - Tactical Krav Maga, Shooting, Counter Terror training for the domestic Israeli and International market are just some of the products taught at the centre. The Company is among the very few official private outsource solutions for Israel government agencies and the Israel Defence Forces. In 2002, Protect launched its foreign division, and offers training services to companies and agencies around the world through organisations like TKM in Australia.

The PROTECT mission is to provide organizations with a full basket of integrated training services ranging from the strategic to the tactical. PROTECT seeks to become an international market leader, offering innovative training programs and solutions that anticipate needs for both the present and the future of modern warriors. Martial Arts training today has to keep up with the problems that surround us, Itay says.

The government of Israel has traditionally relied on quality manpower in its more than fifty years of continuous war, counter-terrorism and low-intensity conflicts. In this time, Israel has acquired counter-terrorism field-experience that is unrivalled by any other country in the world. Local hostilities have forced the Israeli security sector to think "outside of the box" in providing solutions to very complex challenges. Israel has demonstrated that the key to its successful security apparatus lies in a solid foundation of quality training.

History of IKI Founder Moshe Katz

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Head Instructor Moshe Katz, 5th Dan, teaching since 1993, and has studied under Sensei Itay Gil a 6th dan and a former trainer of Israel’s Counter Terror Force known as Yamam. Moshe is also a certified ISC Control Point Instructor under Professor Arthur Cohen, 6th Dan. He has studied with Professor Cohen the past 3 summers in New York. Additionally, Moshe has been certified in hand gun and urban combat shooting. In addition to his school, he teaches self-defense to security guards in Jerusalem and a basic street survival course to college groups. Moshe has visited the U.S. for the past several years to train at the Karate College in Virginia run by Dr. Jerry Beasely, Bill Wallace, Joe Lewis and Renzo Gracie. He has also studied with Grand Master Shigeru Oyama for several years.

Ranks and Certification

5th dan black belt, Krav Maga Sensei Itay Gil 

3rd dan black belt, March 12, 2002 - Free Style kickboxing (Mixed martial arts) Sensei Itay Gil

3rd dan black belt, June 24, 2002 - Jujistsu - World Black Belt Bureau

2nd dan black belt, March 16, 1999 - Kenpo Jitsu, Kancho Gadi Skornick

Teacher Certifcation, July 13, 2004 ISC Control Points, Professor Arthur Cohen, Dr. Les Knight

Teacher Certification, September 1998, Wingate Sports Institute of Israel, Kancho Roni Kluger

Certification License, 1993, Combat Shooting/Hand Gun Safty, Krav Israel Shooting Club

Israel Defense Forces,(IDF) released 1993

3rd kyu, 1989, Oyama Kyokushin Karate

Teaching Experience

Founder/Head instructor, Mountain Spirit Warrior dojo 1993 - present

Krav Maga self-defense and awareness instructor, Israeli school system, licensed by Ministry of Education 1995 - present

Protect - Israeli Security Solutions" Trainer of elite security guards, East Jerusalem, Old City of Jerusalem, 2003 - present

College Leadership Self Defense Training, (see link for program) 2003 - present


Award by the Jerusalem Municipality, for the advancement of Women in martial arts and for being one of the initiators of the first women's martial arts seminar in Israel. 1999 \

Award by Israel's Women's Martial Arts Association 2001

Letter of thanks and recognition - Jerusalem Police Dept 2004

Service Award - World Martial Arts Masters, 2005

IDF Volunteer award

The school Mountain Spirit Warrior is an eclectic system that combines aspects of many martial arts including kickboxing, grappling, ground fighting, jujitsu, hand/stick/knife and gun defense. Their philosophy about their mixed martial arts combat is “whatever goes, whatever works.” Training and testing includes full contact sparring, grappling and judo.

Israel and Krav Maga the struggles

Posted by Dennis Fritzinger on October 1, 2011 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The nation of Israel was born in a struggle. Our patriarch Jacob wrestled with an angel in the form of a man. When he emerged victorious the angel changed Jacob's name to Israel, meaning "One who has wrestled with God" and said, "You have wrestled with God and with man and have prevailed." Ever since then the nation of Israel had been fighting for survival. The ancient people of Israel were a nation of warriors. The patriarch Abraham trained all the members of his household in combat, the sons of Jacob were fierce warriors and masters of the sword. The judges of Israel combined life wisdom with combat prowess; Ehud Ben Gerah was a master of the dagger, Deborah the Prophetess led Israel in battle, Samson slew the Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey.

Krav MagaFight Quest

Posted by Dennis Fritzinger on September 28, 2011 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Hardcore martial artists have remained smitten with Israeli martial arts and Israeli culture. “Israelis are a different type of people, tough as nails,” says Doug Anderson, co-host of the 13-part martial arts odyssey Fight Quest . “They’ve witnessed serious violence. And while it hardens people and makes them tough, it also makes them more jubilant, and willing to live for the moment.”

As an example, Anderson cites the trainer he worked with on the show’s Israel episode, an Israeli woman, Avivit Cohen, with more than 20 years of martial arts experience who while explaining a technique delivered an unexpected elbow to Anderson’s face. The lesson: Be ready. “She was just a savage,” says Anderson. “A bulldog who would beat anyone—and also total sweetheart. After throwing sand in my face all day, she’d come up to me and say, ‘How are you, Doug? Can I cook you some food, do you need your laundry done?’ I think this is a side effect of the way they live there. You have to be willing to change your mentality on a dime.”

Anderson, an Iraq war veteran, suggests that many members of the U.S. military admire the Israeli fighting style for similar reasons. “Our guys respect Israeli martial arts and its military,” he says. “They both have a reputation for effectiveness. Our military is huge, so it’s not surprising they can push people around. But these guys, it’s like a 120-pound guy walking into a bar and taking everyone on.”

Americans aren’t the only ones who’ve come to admire Israeli society through their experience with Israeli combat techniques, says one Israeli trainer. “I was training German military in Munich,” he says. “And then someone asked me to come out to teach a gym in Dachau. I could see the towers of Dachau from Nazi days, and in the gym the German guys are wearing our black Krav t-shirts with a yellow Star of David. They’re proud to wear it. Sixty years ago they wanted to kill us, and now they respect us.”

Israeli martial arts is not a self-defense technique; it’s a combat art. “Israeli arts are reality-based,” says Dana Stamos, a martial artist who runs, a major martial-arts website. “Israelis are fighting every day,” she says. “So people think this will be up to snuff, like Navy Seal training. We don’t have combat in the United States, so we don’t comprehend it. Many dojos today are about developing character, not training you how to stick a knife in someone and kill them. But a combat art is a killing art.

”Anderson agrees. “There’s a real difference in intensity,” he says. “Most martial arts is for pride or sport, but this is life or death. If I don’t get this right, it’ll be my death.”

Our Krav Maga Techniques

Posted by Dennis Fritzinger on September 25, 2011 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)


Krav Maga is a generic Hebrew word meaning “contact fighting.“ The word, maga, means “contact“ and the word, krav, means “battle“ or “fight“. The Israeli Military/Martial Arts system covers all aspects of real life Self Defense situations! You will learn Krav Maga Combative Principles & Fight Strategies, Combat Stances, Footwork, Intercepting Drills, Combative Punches, Combative Open Hand Strikes, Devistating Elbow & Knee Strikes, Combative Kicks, Effective Blocks & Destructions, Combat Combinations, Common Street Self Defense Scenarios, Brutal Standing & Ground Submissions such as; Wrist Locks, Arm Locks, Leg Locks, Chokes & Neck Cranks. Also taught is Club/Bat, Gun, Knife Defense from every possible situation that is not commonly taught in other martial arts systems. That is what seperates our Krav Maga system from the rest!

This Unique Krav Maga program teaches you Combative Multiple Attacker defense ( unlike other systems), defense against various Surprise Attacks (including how to read an attacker's body language), unique & combative Stick & Knife Fighting, Full Contact Training & Sparring in all of the ranges of combat ( kicking, punching, clinch & ground fighting), combat Grappling & Ground Fighting ( Modified Wrestling & Jujitsu combined with Kino Mutai for the street), Grappling Drills From Wrestling & Jujitsu, Kino Mutai ( The viscious Fillipino art of Eye Gauging & Biting), Dirty Clinch Fighting ( Muay Thai & Kino Mutai techniques combined), Hostage scenarios in variuos enviroments, Rolls & Falling techniques for the street, methods for controlling an Assailant. Also taught is self defense against the Gun & Knife on the Ground. You will also learn various street self defense scenarios against Chokes, Holds, Hair Grabs, etc. including how to deliver various combative kicks from the Ground & how to defend against kicks on the Ground including getting up!

Safety Tips

Posted by Dennis Fritzinger on July 15, 2011 at 2:30 PM Comments comments (0)

How to Stay Safe

While shopping

•Try to keep a free hand while shopping

•Keep an eye on reflections in store windows if someone is following you go into the nearest store or building until the predator has left

•Don't allow yourself to be cornered

•Have shoulder strap across your body not shoulder

•While walking to your car check under car,and on the back seat and floor when door opens for light

•Never leave your car door unlocked

•Don't fight for parking spots

•Always have your keys ready before you get to your car


While driving

•Don't stop at a rest stop at night

•Always keep your car doors locked

•Always keep enough gas in your car that you won't run out

•Carjackers like to do the “bump and rob” ploy if this happens stay in your car with your car running and role down your windows ever slightly if you feel threatened go to police immediately

•When stopped check all your surroundings for any unusual activity

•If you are stalled or broke down stay in your car lock all your doors and crack your windows and call for help and wait for help to arrive

•Don't pick up hitchhikers or any in trouble instead call 911 if you feel they might need assistance


While walking

•When walking go towards traffic

•Don't walk to close to corner of buildings try to keep further than an arms length away

•Avoid outside ATM'S


While at home

•Have an alarm system

•Have solid door locks

•Sliding doors keep a piece of wood in the tracks

•No ladders outside keep them stored away

•Don't have answering machine say you are not home


While Traveling

•Never mention to anyone that you are staying alone

•Check your room upon entering

•Don't get on the elevator alone

•when visiting other countries try not to look like a tourists


In today's dangerous world you need to be ready more than ever. This means be more aware and prepared than ever to deal with a dangerous situation.

Predators look for people who are walking alone,with their heads down,listening to music.

Improve your awareness level. Always trust your instincts. The more your prepared to fight chances are you won't have to. If you feel threatened don't ignore it you must treat it seriously. Go to the police if need be.

Finally take a Krav Maga course to learn how to defend yourself if the situation ever occurs!

Krav Maga

Posted by Dennis Fritzinger on July 15, 2011 at 2:21 PM Comments comments (0)

Krav Maga, Hebrew for "hand-to-hand combat", is an eclectic martial arts system developed in Israel by Imi Lichtenfeld.

Trained as a boxer and wrestler, Lichtenfeld developed a street fighting means of defending the Jewish quarter during a period of anti-Semitic activity in Bratislava in the mid- to late 1930's. Following his immigration to Israel in the 1940's, he began to provide hand-to-hand combat training to what was to become the Israeli Defense Forces and developed the techniques that became known as Krav Maga.

Krav Maga is still used by the Israel Defense Forces and several closely related variations have been developed and adopted by law enforcement, Mossad, Shin Bet, FBI, and United States special operations forces.

Krav Maga is a modern system, made up of several martial arts from around the world,Muay Tai,Greco Wrestling,Jujitsu etc...based on scientific principles, logic, and practical techniques based upon the simple movements of the body. The system's goal is to teach student's combat efficiency in a relatively short period of time.

To make the learning process a little more effective, the instructor's have broken down Krav Maga instruction into two parts, self defense and hand-to-hand combat. With the Self Defense methods, students are taught to defend against a hostile action, covering almost ever conceivable angle of attack, as well as defending against multiple assailants and armed opponents. With hand-to-hand Combat. The instructors extend training to tactics, psychological dimensions of combat, and the advantageous use of terrain.

There are no rules for Krav Maga fighting, and no built-in distinctions in training between men and women. It has no sporting federation and there are no official uniforms or attire. However, some organizations do recognize progress through training with rank badges, different levels, and belts.

Krav Maga has since been refined for both civilian and military applications. Unlike most martial arts, it is essentially a tactical defense skill. Its philosophy emphasizes threat neutralization, simultaneous defensive and offensive maneuvers, and aggressive endurance in a 'him-or-me' context.

Preparation training is heavily emphasized as student are often placed in vulnerable positions and then expected to use the applications to neutralize the threat. Multiple assailants, armed assailants, and ambushes are all included in the training.

Through the new advent of reality based training", Krav Maga has proven itself as an effective, combat systems for the general public.

Human Weapons History Channel Series Itay Gil and President has been teaching the Elite Special Forces, Law Enforcement, and Security Guards in Israel for many years. His top student and founder of IKI Israeli Krav International Moshe Katz has more than 17 years expereince in Krav Maga and has been teaching the Elite Security Guards of Israel today. With Moshe my Instructor's permission I am able to bring to the public the most safest self defense techniques that are up to date with the Israeli military and battle ready tested. People will have confidence that they will be able to protect themselves and their loved ones against any knife attack or gun attack, any attack in general. Our motto is "Fear No Man"