Kayla Fritz-Stomberg and Angel Ayala from ABD Norwich, and Josh Hesser and Sandra Hoinsky from ABD Colchester were successful in achieving instructor rank in CT707 Krav Maga under Nir Maman, the system's founder.
Nir, besides being a lifelong martial artist, was a Commander of the Counter-Terror School’s International Training Section in Israel. He now teaches civilian, police, and military groups throughout the world in Krav Maga and other anti-terrorist training. Mr. Maman's accomplishments are numerous, and can be viewed here.
Throughout the four days, instructor candidates from all over the country trained on empty hand defense, as well as disarms against knife, stick, gun and ground attacks. The Connecticut-based instructors will be bringing back their knowledge to teach in their Krav Maga classes in Norwich and Colchester.
Sensei Fritz-Stomberg says "My main takeaway was that you need to be involved and aware of your environment. That way, you can identify a threat before it happens and eliminate it as soon as you possibly can. And if an attack does happen, you've already failed. You need to be able to deploy all tools, all strikes that you know as fast as you can to all possible targets and hope that it yields the result you're looking for, and you can capitalize on that to eliminate the threat."
Mr. Angel says "I feel confused but enlightened. It was by far the most I've learned from any instructor when it comes to real self-defense. He just kept debunking stuff over and over again, and then he would ask us "what would you do if _____ happened?" And when he got an answer, Nir would take apart our response and inject reality back into it. Nir awesome and it was very eye-opening."