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.
The KAPAP logo (in Hebrew and English with the Star of David between the two words) first appeared on the very first KAPAP video (VHS) that I produced called KAPAP: Martial Arts of the Israeli Special Forces. The video has a photograph that shows Major Avi Nardia of the Israel Defense Force shoving Sergeant Uri Kaffe’s face into the sand (a technique used to take down a terrorist). I produced the video under my company name WAR Arts, which is copyrighted material.
The one mistake that I did, which I should have done now looking back, was to obtain a Trademark for my KAPAP logo from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It is a legal formality, but it is quite easy to prove, even today, that the logo is my property since thousands of copies of my videotape have been sold since 2002. However, at that same time in history I was busy, and I still am, with my own Reality-Based Personal Protection system. I did give Avi exclusive permission to use the logo back in 2002, and as a good friend I would never retract that offer. Avi had done so much for me by inviting me to Israel to train the Israeli police and military, it was the least I could do in return. I wanted to see the KAPAP system grow, and over the decade it has spread throughout the world. Therefore, if nobody asked me to use the KAPAP logo, and nobody asked Avi Nardia his permission to use it, then those people are not authorized to use the logo. Not having asked permission from either one of us amounts to theft. If a KAPAP instructor uses a logo without permission, then one must also wonder about his or her ethics, and should such a person be teaching publically?
Avi wrote me asking me to send him a letter to clarify my position on my KAPAP logo, and so I decided to do one better – inform the entire martial arts and tactical community.
Be A Hard Target.