The KAPAP knife was developed from many ideas – starting from my own history.
My father was a combat paratrooper – the background on his wings was red (as opposed to blue) signifying that he actually made combat drops. This is rare, since most paratroopers train but not actually deploy into combat in this fashion. As such, I grew up among the first paratroopers of the IDF, absorbing their culture, history, stories, and pictures from the old days.
One picture I have never forgotten – the attached picture – is that of the platoon training knife fighting in the 1950’s, when KAPAP – Krav Panim El Panim – Face to Face combat (FTF) was the close combat system used in the IDF. As we redeveloped it and starting to reintroduce it throughout the world to the civilian market, this picture kept popping up again and again in my mind as the whole start for KAPAP.
The picture is that of my father, which I adapted into my logo, as I carry my father’s memory and tradition. This
shadow of the knife has followed me since I was a small kid. I remember how my father used the knife outdoors and indoors as a heavy duty knife.
I enlisted in the army in 1980 and was challenged to go to war on 1982. I served in a war zone for two years as the knife was set on my military vest. As I left the army I gave it as present to a friend, a Lt. Colonel, and traveled to Japan to study almost 8 years Japanese Martial arts and become 6 Dan in Japanese swordsmanship and 7 Dan in Aiki Kenpo Jutsu. I have practiced various martial arts, but always see myself as a combatives and swordsmanship teacher.
My school of swordsmanship is that of giving life. When I started to teach Combat, I noticed that many teach how to kill with a knife and explain the knife in wrong way. You can kill with a stone… but the knife is the most important tool for humans. We use it for our survival every day. By connecting my personal history, my way of life, and my principles, as well as a deep study of swordsmanship and knife fighting from the masters, I developed ideas as to what would constitute the ideal all around knife.
Based on the origin of the knife, gotten from my father, and with my experiences as an Olympic fencing coach and knife fighting teacher, as well as Japanese swordsmanship, I started to design this knife which would be the base for a workshop we teach in KAPAP called “Only Knife”, whereby the students need take ONLY a knife and go into the woods all by themselves and survive. The design of the knife had to be one that not only was effective as a weapon, but must encompass capabilities to allow one to build their own shelter, get their food, water, fire, and taking care for all their needs to survive. The idea is that with my KAPAP knife you can not only kill but also save lives and survive. This is the main idea for the KAPAP knife – to give life, not to take a life.