Hughes seeks out grandmaster

Krav Maga instructor Ronnie Hughes is heading to Israel to train under the fighting style’s grandmaster.

Hughes, who launched his own Krav Maga school at the Bootcamp gym in August last year, is currently in the United Kingdom doing three weeks of training to prepare for receiving his next instructor’s diploma for teaching Krav, as its practitioners call it.

In Israel he will train under Grandmaster Haim Gidon, who is the president of the Israeli Krav Maga Association. Gidon was a member of Krav Maga founder Imi Lichtenfeld’s first training class in the early 1960’s.

The Krav Maga fighting method was developed for the Israeli Defence Forces, and is used by the CIA, FBI and SWAT.

Hughes will travel from the UK to Israel to train with Gidon for 10 days between 22 February and 2 March.

“Whilst in the UK, I have been training at the Gracie Brazilian Jujutsu Academy, the London Shootfighters MMA Gym, sparring with HM Royal Navy Boxing Squad and strength and conditioning training at HM Naval Base Nelson where I used to serve as a Physical Training Specialist.

“In Israel, it will be advanced sparring with top black belt students and instructors, edged weapon training and disarmament, security and protection protocols and techniques, female self defence and earning my next instructor’s diploma for teaching Israeli Krav Maga,” said Hughes.

He’ll return to Cayman in time to open up his new, expanded facility on 16 March.

The Bootcamp gym had been attracting growing numbers of Krav 
practitioners and newbies since it first opened, so Hughes is moving to a bigger premises.

Hughes has been practising Krav for seven years and studying mixed martial arts since he 
was 15, but he started getting fighting techniques at an even younger age, starting boxing at the tender age of five.

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