About Tony Bradley
Krav Maga Self Defence UK (formerly KMNW) was established in December 2002 by Tony Bradley. Initially trained and certified by the Israeli Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) and the International School of Krav Maga, he has trained with other leading representatives from the Krav Maga Association of America (KMAA) and the Israeli Krav Maga Association (IKMA). Since qualifying as a Krav Maga Instructor in 2002 Tony has continued to train, learn and teach Krav Maga along with other Israeli systems such as Kapap in both Israel and the UK.
A lot of Krav Maga instructors wont invite you to watch them train but here's Tony talking the talk, at least in training anyway.
"Always a student, sometimes a teacher but never a master" Avi Nardia
Tony Bradley became involved in the Israeli Martial Art of Krav Maga over 15 years ago after being confronted by 3 assailants (one armed with a bottle) in Manchester city centre one evening. Although only a couple of minor blows were exchanged and the bottle was thrown rather than used to strike it changed Tony's way of thinking. Until then, he had always believed that he had the skills to be able to defend himself and others in a violent confrontation. However, due to the numbers involved on this occasion, he found himself ill prepared. Tony describes the incident by saying "I managed to defend myself by showing a lot of bravado, If it would have come down to it I would have fought with everything I had, the army taught me that but 3 on 1 we're immeasurable odds". Fortunately only a few blows were exchanged and he managed to walk away with no serious harm done.
Despite having studied other traditional martial arts since being a teenager and having trained in boxing during his time in the British Army, he realised that none of these disciplines equipped him with the techniques or mental training necessary to defend himself, particularly against multiple and possibly armed attackers. This prompted him to find a new discipline, something more suited to real-life situations, something that was effective and easy to learn but, more importantly, something that made sense. "From age 13 I tried various self-defence systems including Karate, Jiu-Jitsu and Aikido both before and after the Army, Boxing was good in the army but it was only ever going to be a sport so each failed to deliver on the street. They either lacked proper teaching or the effectiveness of the techniques depended on numerous factors; for example it might only work if the attack came from a certain angle or if there was only one attacker".
Then he heard about another system, one that was born out of necessity to protect and one that proves itself each and every day in one of the worlds most hostile climates. Whether your civilian, law enforcement or military, Krav Maga is a proven system. "I discovered Krav Maga by training with a guy in Bury, as i got into it I started to ask more and more questions. The long and short of it was that the guy was a faker, he'd only attended a weekend seminar in the USA came back and put the Krav Maga name to his own system. This happens a lot in martial arts, more so these days, people selling skills and knowledge they pretend to have but in my case the seed was planted. I found another guy, Keith Sanderson in Derby. Keith was the real deal, he was old school Krav, aggressive and hard hitting, we trained with carving knifes covered in masking tape and groin guards for protection. It hit home straight away that this was what street defence was all about and from there I attended the UK's 2nd only Krav Maga Instructors Course in Stevenage in 2001. At that time there was literally 5 or 6 Krav Instructors in the UK, all trained by the Israelis under Eyal Yanilov and Anon Darca. They were good days, no BS, proper Krav Maga instructors teaching proper Krav Maga. That cant be said now-a-days. With so many BS federations and associations its hard for students to identify who's real and who’s fake, people don’t realise just how easy it is to get a “Krav” qualification these days and to then form your own “world wide association”, its all smoke and mirrors..... My advice is if the instructor can't prove their links back to Israel then forget them and even if they can look at the people who have trained them. It seems these days every Tom, Dick and Harry who did military service in Israel pronounces themselves a Krav Maga expert and if they have been taught by a non Israeli based organisation then why haven’t they been to Israel themselves? I mean why wouldn’t you train at source if Krav is your life and your business! You can spot the crap instructors, they will teach you that people attack like zombies, with single attacks, not moving and playing the role of a dummy. This is garbage, its fills peoples brains with BS. When training Krav don’t ask yourself how good a defender you are, ask yourself how good the attacker is....anyone can defend against zombies!"
Krav Maga Fakers and Illusionists
For some time now Krav Maga has become a buzz word in the self-defence community. Instructors and clubs recognise that the name alone attracts students looking for an effective and easy to learn self-defence system and as such, particularly over the last year the "British this" and the "Organisation of that" along with the "Association of all being" have formed in an attempt to officialize their clubs and to give credence to their systems. In the world of martial arts and self-defence there is a great deal of illusion and fakery.
If your looking to train in Authentic Krav Maga irregardless of paying £5.00 or £50.00 all students should check the qualifications of their instructors and the credentials of any Organisations or Associations for legitimacy. If that instructor or organisation can not show training links or qualifications direct to Israel then chances are your training with a fake instructor!!!