Just as there are thieves in any profession, sadly there are thieves in the martial arts community as well. My good friend Avi Nardia, who I encouraged to introduce the KAPAP system outside of Israel in 2002, recently wrote to me about the original KAPAP logo that I designed for him to use that same year. He told me that many people are using the logo that I designed, and he was the only person I authorized to use it. [Read more…]
To train in any art is to say this art / teacher has information / skills that can make us better.
So why KAPAP?
I could go on and on about why but let me give my top three reasons.
#1 I’d say, experience is the best teacher. So you have two choices either go out and get experience ( and deal with all the danger that comes with it ) or learn from the experience of others. KAPAP and Avi Nardia have that experience.
As a teacher of Japanese swordsmanship, it’s clear to me that “To Study the Old is To Understand the New.” I was an “Uchi-deshi” for almost 8 years in Japan, under the sword Master Sensei Kubo Akira, and I have followed him for the last 30 years. I witnessed his insipring skill in front of me everyday. He demonstrated his mastery as my teacher, with every move, every breath. As he taught, he’d often speak of Nakayama Hakudo, also known as Nakayama Hiromichi, Soke of Muso Shinden Ryu.
When I moved to Los Angeles I searched for a teacher that could keep this spirit and inspiration, and I found Professor John Machado. He always taught me that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu needed to flow with good spirit and good attitude and that you needed to maintain your own health. BJJ is an inspiring way of life and is all about having a good quality life. [Read more…]