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Kapap Combat Concepts book/DVD co-author Avi Nardia details how kapap techniques were culled from multiple sources and codified into an effective Israeli self-defense system.

There’s a saying by Rabbi Nachman of Braslav: “Don’t let who you are destroy who you can be.” Brazilian jiu-jitsu expert John Machado always tells his students, “Don’t let your ego step onto the mat.” Bruce Lee advised us to enjoy the way and not look only for the target. My friend Ben told me that Israeli martial arts politics stink almost as bad as a rotten gefilte fish. All that has persuaded those who teach kapap, or Krav Panim El Panim, that keeping an open mind is essential to progress in the martial arts. Unlike adherents of many traditional arts, followers of kapap embrace continuous change and ongoing efforts to upgrade their curriculum and teach kapap techniques to others.

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