There are two kinds of fights: for your
Ego or for your life.
CQB is made to fight for your life
“Always a student, sometimes a teacher”.
“Better a student of reality than a master of illusion”.
“Any weapon – one mind “
Edge weapons don’t run out of ammo and never jam.
CQB Martial Art of Kapap has been written
in a special ink, blood.
The knowledge came from experience,
many times learned by tragic mistakes,
then studying the results to understand
what needs to be done the next time.
Unfortunately, Israel is the most experienced
nation in the world when it comes to
and that is why it has developed one
of the most valued CQB training systems
in the world.
CQB is about evaluation and evolution.
A few hundred years ago, archery was
a combat tool, while today it is a traditional
martial art (i.e. Kyudo, Zen and the
Way of Archery). Guns are the archery of modern times and modern
martial arts. An arrow is an edged weapon which is projected to
a target, just as a bullet is. Gun powder
is the bow for modern day archery. In
the evolution of Israeli martial arts,
we see guns as an integral part. And
let’s not forget that when
you disarm a gun, you must know how to
retain it and use it later.
Israeli CQB training
owes its development to many. Though
most are missing from any list you will
find, all have donated to the art, and
no individual can claim ownership. To
understand more, research names such
as Hanna Senesh, Solomon Aruch (as shown
in the film Triumph of the Spirit), Meir
Har Tzion , 11 Olympic Athletes massacred
in Munich, Daniel Pearl, Ron Arad. If
you don't understand the roots you won't
people claim today to own or be the sole
representatives of Israeli CQB, when
they actually know very little and have
never even set foot in Israeli Martial
thus giving Israeli arts a bad image
among serious martial artists. In Kapap
we don't bow and don't give belts, since
this is the way of Japanese martial arts,
Official instructor in the army and police
never awarded belts. Either you are the
student or the instructor. If you are
the student you don`t need a belt - you
need to be empty vessel to get it all.
most valued part of Israeli CQB is
the fighting spirit. Kapap was the first
CQB training introduced in Israeli history
and was based on stick fighting, knives,
guns, hand-to-hand and even stone throwing
in the old days.
The idea of any CQB
is to fight with what you have at hand
. . . the gun that you have in your hand
when you need it. That is also the main
idea behind Israeli CQB.
Evaluation and evolution
must be done for every technique
in order to examine if it fits our aims.
Kapap is based on evaluating a technique
to determine whether it can be done by
any soldier (for civilians, whether it
can be done by the weakest man or woman).
It needs to be easy to teach (there could
be a better technique but if you don’t
have years to train it, start with an
easier one). You look for simple, fast
techniques that can be easily and quickly
learned, implemented and remembered.
Abe Drori, one of the first Kapap instructors
in Israel, lives today in Los Angeles.
At the age of 70 years, someone pulled
a 45 magnum at him in an alley, and he
used an old kapap technique and disarmed
Another important consideration
is liability. When teaching military
CQB, you can stay in the killing zone,
but for a civilian, after disarming
a knife you don't want to kill the guy
and go to jail. When teaching police
CQB, there are other considerations.
Any police defensive tactics program
must be approved legally, medically and
politically. You don't want to turn on
your television and see a policeman kicking
Two years ago we
introduced the Israeli Kapap system to
the American public, as we didn’t
like the commercial way in which Israeli
martial arts were being presented to
civilians. More importantly, since the
people claiming to teach it were never
instructors in the Israeli army, police
or secret service, the “Israeli” martial
arts being taught were full of mistakes.
All Kapap instructors
were blessed to teach defensive tactics
in the Israeli Army where it originated
and they never used a belt system. They
were blessed to be defensive tactics
instructors for the Israeli operational
police academy in Israel, where they
didn't get involved in martial
arts politics or with any of the civilian
names that are used for teaching the
public. These instructors represented
only a part of the training at any army
or police training in Israel. For instance
the police used the name Hagana Hatzmit,
which literally means self defense.
The CQB is a modern
martial art while traditional martial
arts are older styles, they can be effective
only if combined together. Modern martial
arts can't live without the traditional
and the traditional needs the modern.
When someone is going
to kick you, your life is not at
risk, only your ego . . . but when someone
pulls a knife or gun on you, you need
to know how and when and if you should
act. Kapap is a Defensive self defense
Tactics system , whose objective is to
provide you with these tools.
As is always said,
there is nothing new under the sun .
As you look at these
CQB Manual books from the late '40s they
remind you of Krav Maga / Kapap / Lotar
and other manual books of CQB at the
army. Look at Applegate's book. Its just
great what he had knew at that time
. . .
Check out this site
for Applegate's book. It seems to provide
it for free to copy! This is the root
for all CQB training around the world