Updated: Jul 18, 2022
In this article, we will discuss on Israeli Combat System, for ultimate Self-Defense the KALAH: What is the birth history of the KALAH method? What caused Idan Abolnik to create a new method of warfare? What caused the evolution of the method? What is the evolution of the method? What is the importance of competition for the continuous improvement of any survival method? To whom is the method intended? Is the KALAH method suitable for women? Is the KALAH method suitable for youth and children? Why is mental preparation important in the KALAH method? What is the importance of personal protective equipment in self-defense training?
The concepts presented here are for illustrative purposes only. Before attempting any technique discussed or presented in this article, seek professional training from a reputable instructor.
What is the birth history of the KALAH method?
Idan Abolnik, the founder of the Israeli Combat System KALAH, began his career as a fighter in the Israeli army, in the Golani unit. He took a part in high-risk operations in southern Lebanon and the West Bank. Starting in 2003 he trained the security forces of the police, law enforcement units, and the farm community in South Africa, where he engaged in many security projects. In 2003 he founded the KALAH method when the philosophy of the method holds "We are not Masters but the Survivors". According to the philosophy of the method, "no attacker will come to you and say - I'm going to attack you with a knife, a gun, or with fists". We will always be surprised by the attacker as a result we have to fight from this starting point. This means that the attacker is always much more prepared. The purpose of the KALAH is not to compete with other methods but to try to compete with the reality of our lives. According to Idan "Reality is always ten steps ahead of us" and adds that "It is the one, that dictates coping rules in extreme situations in our lives". That is, it is the one who makes self-defense so difficult. These words have a tremendous meaning, which distinguishes between life and death, that is, in violent and realistic scenarios that have occurred in South Africa and around the world, on which the method is based. In 2005 the KALAH method became international when Idan introduced it to law enforcement organizations, and an army in Italy, Verona. Later, for its distribution, Idan traveled around the world and demonstrated its benefits to citizens and Security Forces. To date, more than 30 countries have invited Idan to them to teach the KALAH method. The method is currently applied in law enforcement agencies in Brazil, Spain, France, Greece, South Africa, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom; Special Forces are using the method in Italy, the Netherlands, and even in Israel.
What caused Idan Abolnik to create a new method of warfare?
Idan is a person who believes in God, according to his Philosophy of life the method is a gift from heaven. That is a way that is supposed to help a person in distress in life, survive and become stronger. So what caused Idan in South Africa to create a new Israeli Combat System, which is undoubtedly based on his history of life. That is an Israeli army, in which he grew up as a true Israeli fighter (Golani unit) in which he learned the basics of Krav-Maga and Self-Defense among the best of the bests. So what, after all, caused such a person to go through an evolutionary process and decide to change an existing way of fighting? Pay attention to the demonstrations of Idan, on the subject of Self-Defense... he first of all perfectly presents the existing technique and tries to explain its strengths and weaknesses. In fact, he performs in-depth analysis and critique of the various techniques in the fields of Krav-Maga and Self-Defense. Strives to explain based on his rich experience in the subject, where and when the exercise failed and poses a danger to the person performing it. Only then does he propose an alternative technique, which he criticizes even more severely to prove its effectiveness in real-life situations of the struggle for life (in the following articles we will discuss the techniques of the method).
What caused the evolution of the method?
The answer is simple, to address a new and hostile reality, the need to develop new exercises based on the hostile environment. Exercises that are designed for a new reality, and that aimed save human life in a hostile environment. In fact, Idan was forced to pass a test of reality for an Israeli Krav-Maga in the Micro-world and not in the Macro world. What does that mean? In a Macro-world where an Israeli Krav-Maga was created, there was a need for an effective tool for defense and attack against an unarmed enemy, armed with hot or cold weapons. When, there was no time for too many technical developments (See our previous article - Israeli Krav-Maga, the most effective and recommended method of Self-Defense). Israel had to be based on simple things to learn in a relatively short time that on average had a good chance of working on the battlefield. So let's analyze the situation of the State of Israel as a young country and fought for its survival. His goal was an effective method of combat on the battlefield, for the abilities of the average soldier in the IDF at the time, and his training in a relatively short time. According to Idan, "A fighting soldier in IDF today has rich knowledge, experience in combat and firepower, but hand-to-hand fight capabilities raise many question marks".
So in today's reality, is the average chance of survival enough? I guess not. In a Micro-world, where the life of every person is important and not just that of the entire army, refinements of the method are of paramount importance. So what are the refinements of the method? The improvements of the method mean the inclusion in the system exercises that are working in the extreme situations of an existing reality. That is, checking in the real fight situations whether each exercise works! Also, do competitions that simulate reality with protective gear!
The foundations of the KALAH Combat System were built on realism and effective self-defense