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It is a self defence survival system that is designed to encourage the individual to use what works for them

We are all different in our size, strength, speed, agility and perceptions. KAPAP self defence is designed to help level the odds between you and your attacker, it teaches key survival skills and how to react when attacked, it will rapidly develop an awareness of what self defence works and what doesn’t.

The KAPAP self defence survival system is a philosophy and a concept. It is a bridge between systems that unites the common martial arts self defence principles under a single banner. We take what works and make it work harder, through our evolution over millions of years we have been endowed with a set of automatic survival responses that take over in the event of an assault or attack. The KAPAP self defence system works with these natural responses to help ensure that your personal protection is second to none

KAPAP is an acronym that stands for Krav Panim el Panim. Literally translated, means Face-to-Face Combat.


KAPAP, Krav Maga – What’s the difference?

There are many times this question has been asked, what is the difference between KAPAP and Krav Maga. Of course the description we give will no doubt be questioned or analysed to the tenth degree. At Avi Nardia Academy Kapap UK we teach a set of principles first and foremost before techniques, the reason for this is we want our instructors or students to have a flexible approach to their self defence, or protection of loved ones.

If we take Krav Maga as an example and this in no way meant as a criticism of Krav Maga – it is an opinion. Krav Maga bases it training on a fixed syllabus which is mainly linear in approach and does not really allow for the unexpected attack that may change the dynamic of a situation, which this in turn does not prepare the student or the instructor for what we call in KAPAP UK an action reaction, which can be difficult for a linear type defence to defend against when a variable attack is initiated.

At Kapap UK and the Avi Nardia Academy Of Practical Martial Arts, of which Kapap UK is a leading member, we do not have such a rigid syllabus as we want our instructors and students to react quickly and calmly to a rapid change of attack, with this in mind we teach three main principles:

  • 1. Two points of contact
  • 2. Relative position
  • 3. Balance displacement

This way our instructors can teach their students to always expect the unexpected and can react calmly to situations presented. The reason for this is that we are not focused wholly on a linear defence, as it will not work on occasions for the smaller or weaker person. The mantra we say to potential instructors on their first day is to assume everything and assume nothing.

Why? Because when it comes down conflict situation it does not always go to plan and for this reason, we at KAPAP UK teach the basic principles, as well as action reaction as the defence, as we want the self defence we teach to work in 99.9% of the situations and for this to be the benchmark to survive, you as an instructor or student or anyone who just wants to learn self defence must have a flexible approach to survive. This is the reason we do not have a rigid syllabus or a wholly linear approach to self defence as self defence is constantly evolving just like we had the bow and arrow for self defence we now have the gun instead.

Experienced training team

Our training team have all had real field experience that spans cross the military, medical and security roles. All Viking Kapap instructors are fully insured with the British Combat Association.


I started training in Kapap approx. 13 months ago after locating the club in Great Yarmouth. It’™s a small, growing club which makes it a great environment to train in.

Brett the instructor makes everyone welcome, as do the other students.

Brett brings a wealth of knowledge from various martial arts, the armed forces and door work which means there is a lot of real world scenario’s built into the training, but it’s also fun. The training can be intense but it is to demonstrate that techniques work on all shapes and sizes, which they do.

KAPAP is a different Martial art, more of a thinking martial art where principles are the key and techniques evolve and change over time. The variety is also something I like as we can be doing ground work one week, or Firearm or knife drills the next.

I’d definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to try martial arts or wanting to try something new.

Andy, Norwich