January 2011, France, Chatou –
seminar in short and improvised weapons and staff.
Alexander Zhelezniak was invited to give a seminar at a Krav Maga school in France (Hagana Azmit) led by Marc Fesler. Mark is a fighter and a teacher with 40 years of MA experience: Jujitsu, Sambo, Krav Maga and it was a great honor to have been invited by him.
Dec 2010, Russia, Moscow- seminar in knife and machete.
You know how sometimes a trip you are about to take is going to be better than you expected in every single way, only you didn’t know it yet? Well, that’s how it was with this seminar in Russia.
I must say it was a challenge for me, foremost due to the fact that the main theme of the seminar was to be knife fighting. And I was after all invited to a Pentjak Silat school which obviously has a well developed knife curriculum and what’s even worse, I knew for effect that there were highly experienced fighters ,well, just waiting for me
July 2010 ACT team was honored to be invited to present the system in Tolmin, Slovenia at the 3-d Warrior Tribes summer camp.
The event is dedicated mostly to weapon fighting and all things related to knife and stick fighting in general.
Hand to hand combat is of course not overlooked but the heart of the event is weapon combat….Read more.
It was such an honor and privilege to work side by side and learn from such teachers as Mark Denny, Borut Kincl, Yuval Nahamkin, Jon Escudero and Amit Porat.
A.C.T. team was invited to teach at I.C.O.S.S. summer camp in Italy, Riccione.
The gathering is one of the biggest European gatherings for self defense systems and is hosted by World Krav Maga Federation/ KAPAP Israel.
ACT (Alex Zhelezniak and instructors) team gave a seminar at the Jerusalem branch of Wingeit institution’s instructor course. Haim Cohen – the head of the “Hitgonenut Rehov” (Street defense) school was the chief instructor at this course and was kind enough to bring ACT instructors to teach as a part of his program. The event concentrated on knife fighting, machete, kubotan and empty hand defense against a knife and some full contact Jo (medium staff) bouts to finish the seminar. The trainees were representing, Krav Maga, Karate, Hitgonenut Rehov, Kong Fu and it was a real challenge but also a lot of fun to teach to such a diverse audience.
ACT was invited to give a series of seminars and workshops in US and that trip, well, something to remember.
The team (Noah Gross and Alex Zhelezniak) gave the first two day seminar at North Valley Aikikai dojo in LA ,led by a wonderful teacher Lee Lavi Ramirez (4-th dan Aikido). A true Family dojo, that is filled with Budo spirit and tradition and a place that makes you forget everything and just practice the art.
A truly remarkable event. ACT chief instructors (Alex Zhelezniak and Noah Gross) along with some veteran students and instructors (Shimon Klein, Tal Merkel – instructor, Sasha Gilelah- instructor) were invited to the biggest Ninjutsu school in Israel, the Akban Academy led by Yossi Sheriff.
ACT team (Alex Zhelezniak and instructors) were invited to teach at former CSSD Israel (known today as ICS – Israeli Combat Systems) School.
It was a wonderful opportunity to meet, teach and train with veterans from the oldest and biggest FMA school in Israel, with reality based orientation and no BS approach. Alex Zhelezniak had studied for a while with Yuval Nahamkin and Guy Rafaeli, ICS teachers and it was a rare treat to come back and showcase the ACT system to old teachers and their students.
It is evident that WMA (Western Martial Arts) are gaining momentum in general public’s view both as a valid combat system and a martial tradition with deep historical roots going back to the beginning of 10-th-11-th centuries (first written evidence on the display in UK is dated 1290, manuscript I.33). These arts teach the use of historical European arsenal: Longsword, Two handed sword, spear, halberd, dussac, saber, rapier, quarterstaff, dagger, rondel…They also teach the ancient yet extremely practical arts of wrestling , dirty and to the point as it was done on the battle field or in the street, with clothing, in armor or without it, armed or unarmed. There are many sports today that stem from these arts and while the objective is a sportive achievement, no one would ever doubt the skill and martial prowess of the athletes. Boxing, fencing, wrestling…There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that these athletes have formidable set of skills and physical attributes.