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The original KAPAP system was developed in the late 1930s, within the Jewish Aliyah camps as part of preparatory training system before the arrival of the British Mandate of Palestine.

The Palmach and Haganah used KAPAP as an ongoing combat development program for their recruits. Today KAPAP has been re-developed and re-defined to be one of the most formidable defensive systems in the world.


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Which came first, Kapap or Krav Maga?
Answer: Kapap was developed in Mandatory Palestine by a group of instructors during the 1930’s and 1940’s. The main body of it was organized and taught in mandatory Palestine before Imi joined the Palmach as an instructor.

What’s the difference between Kapap & Krav Maga?
Answer: Krav Maga as a term appears for the first time in the IDF in 1948. Krav Maga and Kapap are terms used interchangeably for the same body of knowledge (techniques and drills) in the IDF for the entire decade 1948-1958. A manual under the title of Judo Shimushi was published in 1947/48. This manual served as the main reference book for all Krav Maga/Kapap courses in the school for physical training, where all hand-to-hand combat instructors were trained and Imi served from 1948 to 1964. The manual served as the main reference until 1960 when a hand-to-hand combat manual titled ‘Krav Maga’ was published. The publication of the 1960’s manual does not imply a change in the system or some revision. It is simply an indication that the name Krav Maga became the preferred term of use in the IDF.

Who created Kapap/Krav Maga?
Given that we now know Kapap and Krav Maga are one and the same until at least 1958 then one must draw the simple conclusion that the hand-to-hand combat curriculum was adopted in the most part from that practiced in the Palmach before 1948.


British Kapap was formed by Adrian Valman and two police officers from the UK after meeting and training together on a self defence course. We became members of the British Combat Association and organised seminars for the 'PFOA' Police Firearms Officers Association.


British Kapap had grown from a small group to expanding across Europe. Many changes had to be made to deal with the sudden growth. We started travelling across Europe and began working with some large organisations cross teaching our systems of self defence.


British Kapap became recognised Internationaly, with instructors and representatives in Europe and beyond. BKA is now across several countries in Europe and still expanding. We are now working together with the WKMF and FKMI to expand Kapap even further.


British Kapap formed a Network in 2013, this was called 'Global Kapap' this network has spread across Europe and beyond, opening the door for many other organisations to work with us, cross teaching and forming a family, a brotherhood of teachers and students working together for the same goal.


British Kapap has been operating for 5 years across Europe and the UK and is going to the Far East, Indonesia in January 2015, to open it's first Kapap Club in Asia. British Kapap has expanded to Sri Lanka and will also, later this year be co-operating with some amazing Israeli organisations.


We will be joining forces with other international organisations to form a brotherhood of NO EGO, NO POLITICS, JUST TRAINING. The BKA continues to grow with training now back in Israel and also spreading across a few new countries in 2016. This year coming we will see a few good changes.


In 2017 we look forward to working together with the IDSA & FKMI in Italy. We move into our 7th year with growth and knowledge, training and updating KAPAP/CQB with Amit Himelstein direct from Israel as well as working with many other instructors and organisations around the world to improve knowledge and friendships.