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Past Events


XI International Self Defense Summer Camp 2014 Rome

XI International Self Defense Summer Camp 2014 Rome

A.C.T.  at ICOSS self defense summer camp, Rome Just came back from the XI International Self Defense Summer Camp 2014 Wkmf-Fkmi-Aspi which toke place in Rome. This is A.C.T.’s fourth year in a row and our second year as technical directors of knife combat for FKMI. A big thank you to Alessandro Del Pia for the collaboration and organizing such a great event. Also a big thank you...
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2nd Archangels Seminar

2nd Archangels Seminar

short and long weapons seminar, Archangelsk, Russia. Back from Russia. 2-nd time in Arkhangelsk. 35 fighters. Man, Russians are relentless. Hours upon hours of sparring. Oh , yeah , sure, there was instruction, but you’d think they will take your word for it …Nope. Prove it. Fight as you Teach …or shut up. Nothing is taken for granted , all is tested through combat. For which...
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A.C.T.  Short weapon seminar in St.Petersburg

A.C.T. Short weapon seminar in St.Petersburg

A.C.T.  Short weapon seminar in  St.Petersburg Got back from St.Petersburg seminar. What an awesome experience. These guys are top notch , good fighters, the progress was formidable. It is when they hard press you in combat that you understand the amount of time , passion and effort they put in training. We covered knife and machete, Sword and Staff. Full contact bouts , of course! We were very...
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First A.C.T. Short weapon seminar in Belgium

First A.C.T. Short weapon seminar in Belgium

A.C.T.  Short weapon seminar in Belgium Seminar in Belgium done . Sad to leave but it was wonderful to be there! Hospitality and warmth and laughter…These guys sure know how to have fun , let me tell ya! I wish to thank Luc Van Laere, thank you for this chance,  for bringing the students , for setting it in motion and for the welcome I received. I am honored to have met you. Sascha Del...
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Russia 7 Tour 2014

Russia 7 Tour 2014

Russia 7. 2014 tour. Rostov na Donu 1 seminar and Moscow instructor training and seminar. Russia 7. 2014 tour. Rostov na Donu 1 seminar and Moscow instructor training and seminar. Knife, Machete, Sword, Spear,Staff, improvised weapons. I can not thank enough the fighters who gave their all during this week to fight and sometimes bleed, to learn and to share their passion for weapon combat. I...
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A.C.T.  seminar in Lodz Warsaw March 15 – 16

A.C.T. seminar in Lodz Warsaw March 15 – 16

A.C.T.  Short weapon seminar in Lodz Warsaw Back from Poland. 100 fighters. Knife, machete, kubotan. Full contact fighting, street assault, mind set of the knife attack and how to deal with it. Sparring and then some more sparring. All I can say is – wow and thanks. The hospitality , the warmth , the sheer will to learn were overwhelming. My many thanks to the entire GKMA team and of...
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Rome 2 Seminar Januar 2014

Rome 2 Seminar Januar 2014

We have just returned from Italy. Amazing trip. A seminar and instructor course – SWIC 1 (Short Weapon Instructor Course).   We are honored to work with Alessandro Del Pia and of course with 6 instructors that choose to join ACT. ACT is now represented in 11 countries and we could not have hoped to begin 2014 in a better way.   SWIC 2 is planned in Italy later this year and also SWIC 2 in...
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Youth competition – Russia January 2014

Youth competition – Russia January 2014

ACT Russia – youth competition Blade rules (padded simulators for machete). You can see the slips, voids, counters, feints, entries. I am extremely proud to see this progress and many, many thanks to Юрий Копыченков (Kopychenkov Yuri), he’s done great job with these guys. The best thing, you can see the etiquette. They do not rely on Judges’ mistakes. They point to the place...
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Russia tour December 2013

Russia tour December 2013

Seminars and a SWIC 1 in Moscow, St.Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, Rostov Back from Russia. Defrosting. Good to be home but great to have met old friends and new students! It was a tough tour – 3 seminars and a level 1 Short Weapon Instructor Course (SWIC). We would like to congratulate Oleg Shishkin and Michael Ryazanov for becoming Short weapon Level 3 ACT instructors and, of course Пётр...
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Holland 2

Holland 2

October 2013, Breda, Netherlands Right. Back from Holland tour. I think… No, I am positive I am in one peace, still checking though. About a 100 fighters. Average height, what 1.90? Goodness me, what do you guys eat?! Amazing experience: fighters from Holland and Belgium, Russia and Spain, Israel and France… Thank you all, I am overwhelmed, I really am. Knife combat, machete...
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Seminar in Odessa, Moscow, Arkhangelsk

Seminar in Odessa, Moscow, Arkhangelsk

Odessa, Ukraine (30-31 March), Moscow, Russia (1-3 April) Arkhangelsk. 2013 The trip to Russia and Ukraine was amazing. The results are unbelievable. We have opened representations in St.Petersburg and Arkhangelsk. The groups in Moscow and Odessa show great progress in fighting abilities and understanding of both short and long weaponry. The hospitality – heartwarming LITERALLY , I will...
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Seminar in Rome – Knife and Improvised Weapons

Seminar in Rome – Knife and Improvised Weapons

January Rome I’d like to thank Alessandro Del Pia, president of Federkravmaga, for organizing and hosting this event. It was a great honor to teach 40 instructors and students who attended the event. The seminar topic was ACT 101 – Understanding the knife, covering knife vs knife, improvised weapons vs knife and empty hand vs knife, and to top it off – Machete fighting. Everyone...
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Seminar in Vigo, Spain – Knife and Machete

Seminar in Vigo, Spain – Knife and Machete

So the seminar in Vigo has come and gone but the memories and feelings are still fresh. Happy tired faces at the end of two intense days of ACT training covering knife work, improvised weapons and Machete. It was an honor and pleasure to teach at SKM Spain, you all trained hard and showed great fighting spirit. Having sparred with you, I can testify that the progress in your fighting skills...
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RUSSIA, MOSCOW – SECOND SHORT WEAPON SEMINAR

RUSSIA, MOSCOW – SECOND SHORT WEAPON SEMINAR

Oct  2011, Russia, Moscow – Second short weapon seminar Well, I am back from Russia , Moscow. 2 seminars. 1 – short weaponry (knife , machete and kubotan). 2- Nothing but Katana :).The hospitality – overwhelming. The participants – tough as nails and for some reason very blood thirsty :). Great company, great fights, great food and great weapons. I don’t think I...
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FRANCE, CHATOU – SECOND SHORT WEAPON SEMINAR

FRANCE, CHATOU – SECOND SHORT WEAPON SEMINAR

June 2011, Alex and I were excited and looking forward to the upcoming weekend seminar which was to be the second event hosted by Marc Fesler, head of Hagana Azmit. It has been a pleasure working with Marc on integrating A.C.T.’s short weapon combat curriculum into Marc School and self defense system. The theme for this event was Recognition in armed combat. This means, developing the...
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FRANCE, CHATOU – SEMINAR IN SHORT AND IMPROVISED WEAPONS AND STAFF.

FRANCE, CHATOU – SEMINAR IN SHORT AND IMPROVISED WEAPONS AND STAFF.

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. We would like to thank Marc Fesler and his team as...
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RUSSIA, MOSCOW – SEMINAR IN KNIFE AND MACHETE.

RUSSIA, MOSCOW – SEMINAR IN KNIFE AND MACHETE.

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...
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BLADE WORK SHOP AT WARRIOR TRIBES CAMP 2010, TOLMIN, SLOVENIA.

BLADE WORK SHOP AT WARRIOR TRIBES CAMP 2010, TOLMIN, SLOVENIA.

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...
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WORK SHOP AT INTERNATIONAL CONFEDERATION OF SELF-DEFENSE

WORK SHOP AT INTERNATIONAL CONFEDERATION OF SELF-DEFENSE

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. There were teachers from Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland, Spain and Israel. The instructors presented Sambo and Karate, KAPAP and Krav Maga, empty hands and weapons, even a...
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HAIM COHEN WINGATE MARTIAL ARTS INSTRUCTORS COURSE

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...
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USA SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS, NOV 2009

USA SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS, NOV 2009

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...
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AKBAN (BUDO NINJUTSU) SEMINAR, TEL-AVIV, NOV 2007

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. Akban Ninjutsu Academy is a great school counting close to a thousand students and is renowned for the...
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WORK SHOP AT FMA-ISRAEL SCHOOL, JUNE 2007

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...
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SEMINAR HOSTED BY A.C.T. WITH GUEST INSTRUCTOR JOHN CLEMENTS OF ARMA

SEMINAR HOSTED BY A.C.T. WITH GUEST INSTRUCTOR JOHN CLEMENTS OF ARMA

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,...
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