Sometimes a teacher, always a student

Avi Nardia is a world reknowned martial artist. He has taught around the world for decades and travels to clubs throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia to teach his own self defence martial art KAPAP.

About Avi Nardia

During his 24 years as a reserve officer, Avi Nardia (Major, IDF Res.) served as an official hand-to-hand instructor and safety officer.

He also served in an an Israeli Special Counter Terror Unit as an intelligence team member with the rank of Staff Sergeant Major (NCO) and as its official defensive tactics / CQB instructor. He also served at the Israeli Operational Police Academy as an official instructor of defensive tactics and operational behavior. In 24 years of reserve service to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), he earned the rank of Major. He has also trained Police agencies and armed forces all over the world, from Police patrol and corrections officers to SWAT, SRT and SERT team members along with Army, Marine and counter terror units and Special Forces. He is one of a handful of instructors to have been an official instructor for the Israeli army, Israeli Police, and Israeli counter terror units.

With 50 years experience with different martial arts and CQB, Avi Nardia Kapap Combatives serves as a think tank, a repository of knowledge and EXPERIENCE with respect to the next level in reality self defense. Today’s KAPAP Combatives are based on understanding and utilizing realistic scenarios that have emerged from real world experience in some of our worst and most threatening environments. Notably, KAPAP minimizes the need for either strength or power on the part of the KAPAP practitioner in taking action to protect themselves or their loved ones.


7th Dan Aiki Kenpo Jujutsu

6th Dan Kendo

6th Dan Koryu Uchinadi

5th Dan Jodo

5th Dan Iaido

5th Dan Judo

4th Dan Kyodo

3rd Dan Brazilian Jiu Jitsu



Men, women and children in over 35 countries have gained peace of mind and confidence from learning KAPAP.

Civilian clients have also included:
VIP Protection Units
Airline Security
United American Civil Taskforce
Inuit Tribes
Residents of High Crime Areas
Body Guards
Private Security


Serbian PTJ
Italian Carabineri
Royal Canadian Police
London Metro Police
Orange County S.W.A.T.
Upland, CA S.W.A.T.
Texas Dept of Public Safety Houston
Metro Police San Jose Police
Warwick Police
Lancaster S.E.R.T.
Connecticut S.O.R.T.


Israel Special Forces
Israel Police
Brazil Special Forces B.O.P.E.
Serbian Gendarmerie
U.S.Marine Corps
U.S. Navy

Knives by AVi Nardia

My swords school is the sword of giving life school and when I started to teach Combat, I noticed that many teach how to kill with knife and explain the knife in wrong way. You can kill with a stone... the knife is the most important tool for humans. We use it for our survival every day and with connecting to my personal history and way of life and principles and with consulting with knife masters.


“Krav in Hebrew means Combat and Kravi is Combatant or Warrior.

As Martial artist teaching Krav Maga and Krav Panim El Panim I wanted warrior knife.

My Son Ishai is Computer designer and we Design “warrior” as for being easy carry knife as also Legal blade to fit anyone carry daily life as a tool for most basic needs as we say “best knife is the one you have in your hand when you need it”.


Isreali Tracker Knife

Based on the origin of the knife, from my father, and with my experiences as Olympic fencing coach and knife fighting teacher as also Japanese swordsmanship I come to design this knife which will be the base for a workshop we teach in KAPAP called “Only Knife” and the students need take ONLY a knife and go into the woods all by themselves and survive.

Designed for building shelters, preparing food, water, fire, and taking care for all their needs to survive. The idea is that with my g knife you save life and survive. This is the main idea for this knife- to give life, not to take life.



I always had a great passion for martial arts but the problem was for me that lot of martial art teachers told me that I could not train in their class as I am wheelchair bound. I have gained a lot from Kapap: confidence, awareness, loyalty, friendship and I want to continue gaining from what Kapap has to offer me.

Kai Mortimer, Performing Arts Professional