Kennie Gould receives his 1st Dan Black Belt Qualification level from Israeli Special Forces Captain Itay Gil

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It was a great privilege and honour to be invited and attend a black belt 4 day protect krav maga instructors grading assessed by former Israeli special forces (Yamam) captain and krav maga expert Doctor Itay Gil. Hosted by Laura Shipley from family martial arts in Liverpool.

From day 1 till end ex on the final day we were informed that we will be required to teach each technique and explain the methodology of each technique plus part off the assessment would consist of groundwork and sparring while being monitored and assessed

Im very pleased to say I managed to achieve my 1st Dan Black Belt Krav Maga Instructor grade, by a well known figure within the krav maga world

About Itay Gil

Itay Gil is an IDF Captain and served in Israel’s special forces paratroops brigade. After completing his compulsory service, he was chosen to join Israel’s elite counter-terror and hostage rescue commando unit “Yamam”, where he became a career combatant. In the Yamam,

Itay participated in as many as three missions each day over the course of ten years. The Yamam is regarded by many as the top special forces unit in the world. Partly because of the hardest selection process in the world, with the mandatory requirement of applicants having previous experience from Special Forces to even apply. He is a counter terror and hand to hand combat expert, with experience from several thousand real life confrontations. Was head of training for the security of the Israeli Presidents office an Honorary Distinguished Professor at Aspen University, former Director of Counter Terror, Homeland Security and Intelligence for the Magid Institute/ Hebrew University and currently at Ariel University.

Itay is the founder of what is today called by IATA, Unruly and Disruptive Passenger Training. A pioneer when he created the course in 1997 based on observations made while travelling.

Has over 33 years of hand to hand and Krav Maga actual combat study to meet the needs of the real life situations he faced in his 14 years of active duty combat experience.

Consequently, became the chief close quarter combat instructor for the unit. From 1992 to 1997, was the executive director of all training programs for the Israel Border Police as well as the undercover police intelligence unit.

During this period, he directed training programs for 5000 policemen and security personnel each year.  Itay continues to serve in the IDF reserves where he is Captain, Senior Combat Instructor and strategic mission planner for an elite undercover counter-terrorism team.  Also a VIP Close Protection instructor trainer and takes on assignments from time to time

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