What is LOTAR?
LOTAR is a Hebrew acronym for “Lohama Beterror” – meaning Combat (Lohama) Terrorism (Beterror). It is not a system of training. LOTAR is a general term for anti-terror used in various ways in Israel. For example, LOTAR is the name of the government agency that announces travel warnings, and so on.
LOTAR means anti terrorism. The Army has a basic school called LOTAR. The LOTAR school has been closed during various periods, due to high rates of injuries. BATAP is another name used by some LOTAR schools. After boot camp, some soldiers will attend the Army LOTAR school for basic training in counter terrorism ideas.
What is Avi Nardia Academy?
Avi Nardia Academy is my worldwide school of representatives who study and teach under my leadership.
My students and friends hail from every race and religion without any political bias or prejudice. I don’t represent Israel any more than I represent the USA. I am a private civilian who teaches based on my life experience in training, combat, fitness and health.
I have the honor of enjoying the friendship of students from all over the world – from Japan, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Europe, USA, Israel, Australia and Lebanon. Most importantly, my students train as a family of kapap practitioners with no conflicts over politics or race.
What is the difference between KAPAP and Krav Maga system X,Y, or Z?
KAPAP is distinguished from both traditional AND modern reality martial arts. Often, Krav Maga folks criticize the traditional side for being generally impractical while the traditional folks criticize the Krav Maga group for generally lacking skill and technique. Avi Nardia’s KAPAP is a bridges elite-level CQB (close quarters battle) and traditional martial arts.
What’s the deal with Krav Maga?
In Israel there are various Krav Maga organizations. The only connection between these groups and the Krav Maga taught in the Army is that some have served in the IDF as Krav Maga instructors.
Some Krav Maga organizations are franchises held by civilians. No one organization is better or more legitimate than any other. The Krav Maga in the army is different than that taught to Police which is called Hagana.
Many units create different hand to hand programs based on the Commander and the instructor at the time. When they retired to civilian life sometimes these people named their Krav Maga or hand to hand program a different title, and they developed an organization and logo to differentiate themselves.
Any civilian organization that claims to be the “official system of the Israeli Army” is misleading. In the Israeli Army we do not have Cardio-Krav Maga and we definitely do not have children’s programs in the Army.
These organizations have the right to create children’s programs but no one organization is more legitimate than the others.
In Israel every citizen is required to serve in the Army. A lot of Israeli martial artists who serve as hand to hand trainers in the Army also teach civilian arts such as karate, jiu jitsu and judo. Sometimes they create their own Krav Maga programs.
What is the origin of KAPAP?
KAPAP’s origin is are of an Israeli Martial Art but has since evolved to be an international martial art that reflects a street-wise, modern day philosophy of combat. When it began, it was a primitive system developed by a group of people with more heart than traditional martial art knowledge. They used the tools they had to create a system which could be used to defend quickly in life and death situations.It was never designed to be a martial art. KAPAP was in essence born out of a necessity for people who were being continuously attacked and were looking for simple yet effective ideas to defend themselves.
What is Modern KAPAP?
In 2001, I brought the historical term “KAPAP” which had gone out of usage when I registered it as a worldwide organization for teaching combatives and the way of the warrior “budo.” Since then, I have been traveling nonstop to teach military units, police, and civilian courses. I am proud to see KAPAP to where it is today; as a leading system respected throughout the world.
In terms of both spirit and self defense techniques, KAPAP is the progressive evolution of techniques and methods from many systems. While we borrow ideas from many systems, we never forget to give credit to the source – whether it be principles and techniques drawn from our experience in systems such as Karate, Judo, Jiu Jitsu, Kali, Escrima, Thai Box, Kendo et al.
What is the difference between MMA and KAPAP?
Worldwide, people who experienced different movements of martial arts (MMA) will arrive at somewhat the same conclusion regarding human movement in martial arts, and find themselves practicing an eclectic system. I chose to associate with the term ‘eclectic system’ rather than MMA because MMA today is more concerned with training for competition in a ring. For example, MMA practitioners do not deal with weapons and self defense against street style attacks.IN KAPAP sport training is still one facet, but it is not the central agenda as in the current practice of MMA. We focus on Self Defense – involving both empty hand, and use of weapons.
What makes KAPAP unique?
KAPAP is not a conventional system. It is a bridge between systems – a philosophy and a concept. Our goal is to unite martial artists from different disciplines so that they will be able to communicate and share knowledge as brothers in arms.
KAPAP is about understanding human biomechanics, such as learning how to harness universal self defense principles of push and pull, balance and balance displacement, economy of motion, chain of attack, action/reaction, multiple points of contact, tools and angles of attack and so on.