Not a single military source has come out on Moni's behalf from the military he claims to have taught. This in itself is remarkable. Not one single person. But it was on Human Weapon - it must be true! I've read that the Human Weapon team chose Moni Aizik because they saw/read his extensive claims on his websites. They did not verify them. They saw his marketing and agreed to feature him. Note that Moni is the only person to teach on the episode with no students or school and selected an isolated location away from from the public. For a person claiming to teach the special forces, he had no soldiers nor access to any military base/equipment But he survived an ambush by over 1000/2000 Syrians (numbers change in accounts). I also looked into this. There is no such battle documented in any account of the war by anybody on either side. Also the nearest major battle I could find was a tank battle. _____________________________________________________________ Chief Instructor of Krav Maga Moni states he was asked to help Imi revamp the Krav Maga system as he had the combat experience Imi lacked. Imi was a soldier in WWII, seeing action across the Middle East with the Czech legion attached to the British Army. This was on top of his life-experiences in Middle Europe and the Nazi gang-violence Imi endured on the streets - extreme violence, where Jews could be beaten, stabbed or shot with impunity. This is the gritty, ugly background from which Krav Maga evolved. This is a million miles from the glossy Black Belt Magazine, Walter Mitty history with Moni in the starring role. Moni tried to re-write history and to make it reflect on him as the real creator of the Krav Maga system, and of course a war hero. Someone even tried to rewrite the Wikipedia Krav Maga page on several occasions. CKM has a huge publicity machine, a huge budget utilizing viral marketing techniques on on the net, on internet forums, on YouTube and in print. ____________________________________________________________ A statement from an Israeli SF Instructor: "I am currently a Krav Maga instructor in the IDF. The name Moni Aizik, whose real name is actually Menahem Aizik, has been brought to our attention so many times over the course of the last year mostly by people who just want to know if what he is advertising is true or not. I am posting because the fact is that what Moni has done was create a lot of confusion about what real Krav Maga is and that is harmful to all instructors that dedicate themselves to Krav Maga. No one here is criticizing Moni Aizik as an instructor. It’s well understood that he is a very talented martial arts instructor with numerous martial arts achievements that include being the Israeli youth league judo champion. What we have an issue with are his claims that relate to his association with Krav Maga and the Israeli special forces, so please, all of you Moni fans, supporters, and instructors we can respect your appreciation and love for CKM, but don’t respond with your ‘go fight Moni, he’ll beat you, and you’ll be sorry’ responses, it does not prove a thing about his claims. What I am writing here is part of what I know and other parts of what other instructors I serve with and commanders that we checked with know to be fact. There are 2 parts to understand here 1 is the facts about Krav Maga as it is in the IDF from the beginning to today and 2 is how Moni is connected to Krav Maga and the army today. 1 – There are 2 official bodies that govern Krav Maga in the army: first is Wingate which is in charge of general Krav Maga for the entire army, and the second is the counter-terror school, which is in charge of Krav Maga for the Special Forces. In 1948 Imi came to serve in the IDF, created Krav Maga and was the first ramad Krav Maga (which means the head of Krav Maga). At this point Kapap became extinct and Krav Maga became the official system of the IDF. Imi retired from the army in 1968 (he NEVER came back to the army from retirement, as Moni says he was assigned to work with Imi on updating Krav Maga in 1974!) In 1968 after Imi, Eli Avikzar became the ramad Krav Maga until 1981, then Boaz Aviram until 1983, then Ilan Yona, then Shachar, and today Ran Nakash. No one on this list knows Moni as being an instructor to the IDF at any point in time. Krav Maga is a generic name for hand-to-hand combat in Hebrew, but it is NOT a generic system! It is a very specific system with specific strategy and tactics, and that is the system that the IDF uses. What Moni teaches has nothing to do with Krav Maga and any one can see that. His system may be good or maybe not, I am not going to give my judgment on it, but it is not what is required for the IDF or the IDF special units and the IDF would never adopt a system like that. Let’s talk now about facts about Moni and his attachment to the special forces today. Moni advertises that he served in a special unit called sayeret. There is no such thing as a unit called sayeret, sayeret is the term given to special units that conduct patrol operations, every unit that is patrol operations certified is called a sayeret. Out of all the people that are real veterans of the special forces that advertise themselves in public, Moni is the only one that refuses to say in which unit he actually served in. He says that his unit of 74 soldiers was ambushed in the Yom Kippur war and that everyone was killed except for 6 and that his unit was disbanded because of this ambush. Anyone can check with the IDF office of Morakim (which means historical events, they have the files of all events every unit ever been through) if that is a true story. The Lieutenant-Colonel in charge of that office served for 25 years in the army (15 years in sayeret golani) and confirmed that that is not a true story. There was no unit that was ambushed during the war and lost that many soldiers and was then disbanded. Moni did not serve in an elite commando unit. He was not assigned to Imi to ‘revamp’ Krav Maga. He had nothing to do with the advancement of Krav Maga for the IDF. He has been to Israel several times over the last few years and gave complimentary seminars to regular soldiers. This is something that many of instructors from different organizations do. There is nothing official about it and it has nothing to do with the regular Krav Maga training any units get in the IDF. His system CKM is not use by any units in the army. Last December Ran Nakash agreed to let Moni come to Wingate to do a complimentary 3-day seminar to a few instructors. 7 instructors came, 5 from Wingate Krav Maga division and 2 from a special unit that are friends of mine. The 2 from the special units did not bother going back for the last 2 days because of what they say after the first day they realize it is not a system that is relevant to them. Moni claims that he trains the army’s sayeret units and the yamam. He does not train any sayeret units, every sayeret unit has their own Krav Maga instructors, we have ALL got together and discuss Moni Aizik, no one knows him and no one ever arrange to bring him in to train the sayeret units they are responsible for. If in fact Moni did come to train sayeret units it would be done at one place and one place that is the counter terror school (the lotar) it is fact that he has never been there. As for the yamam, not only did we check with official channels at the yamam, but one of my best friends serving in a special unit in the army has a brother in law that is already 6 years in the yamam as a fighter. NO ONE AT YAMAM KNOW OF MONI AIZIK! He does not train the yamam. When we checked, the head instructor said beside saying Moni Aizik has never trained our unit and does not train our unit, first what sense does it make to bring a guy from Canada to train us when we have our own instructors and to fly to Israel from Canada once a month at around $1200 a flight ticket every time, do you realy think the yamam will pay that money!! The only person they confirm came to do a complimentary seminar at the yamam was Carlos Newton of the UFC. Part of the reason why Moni does what he does is in fact because Mr. Darrin Levin of L.A. Krav Maga used to own the trademark to the name Krav Maga, and that forced many instructors to make up names and stories about their authentic Krav Maga or made up systems to still be able to teach and advertise. Moni, like a few other instructors, went further by trying to also take the attention away from L.A. Krav Maga by advertising that Krav Maga is no longer the system used by the IDF and that there are other secret systems. Some of these instructors even claim that Lotar is the system the special forces learn for hand-to-hand and that their system contains Lotar! Lotar is the word for counter-terror in Hebrew, it is not a system of any kind, it contains training in counter-terror operations like hostage rescue on buildings, buses and airplanes, and shooting skills. Although the Krav Maga that we teach here in the special forces is in fact different then American Krav Maga, the official system of the IDF regular forces and Special Forces is Krav Maga and only Krav Maga. I hope people will be smarter about what they believe when they see instructors advertising." _______________________________________________________________ An un-named complainant: “Mr. Aizik resides in one location, his fraud has been/is being perpetrated in various geographical locations, and is being perpetrated by various means (i.e.; the internet, television interviews, geographically distributed media, etc.), this has created a more complex issue with legal jurisdiction for court filing. Mr. Aizik has turned his fraudulent scheme into a self perpetuating action. He created a lie, packaged and marketed that lie, and passes that lie (in his case he sells the lie for profit) to other unsuspecting individuals (individuals who pay him to become CKM instructors), who then turn around and assist him in maintaining his lie and enticing others to give him money to sell his lie. This means, legally, that although every single CKM instructor doesn’t know the truth about Mr. Aizik’s claims, want to believe his claims, or don’t care whether his claims are true or false, the fact that they advertise his system and his background based on his fraudulent claims in order to sell/advance their business, they are legally just as accountable for civil and criminal liability. In simple English, they are committing the same fraud that Mr. Aizik is. Our interest is in dispelling Mr. Aizik’s lies and reinstating the truth about Krav Maga. Therefore, anyone who is assisting Mr. Aizik in perpetuating his lies, we will take legal action against as well, so it also took us a bit of time to collect all the pertinent information about every single CKM instructor/school that is advertising Mr. Aizik’s false claims. Lastly, refuting Mr. Aizik’s claims and disclosing the truth required extensive communication and document filing with the Israeli Ministry of Defense to have his record released. Since he served in the Israel Defense Forces under the name ‘Pino’ Aizik and not Moni Aizik, we had to have investigators research as many facts about him as possible to properly identify and confirm his service record. This had to be done by locating his Israeli National Identification Number so that his identity could also be confirmed via his Israeli-issued documents such his National Identity card and Passport. We have also corresponded with the Discovery Channel in regards to their segment on Weaponology which featured Mr. Aizik and gave him a national platform to publicly advertise his lies. The television show’s research department, which found Mr. Aizik, did not find him by going through official channels with the Israel Defense Force nor did they conduct any due-diligence into Mr. Aizik’s background prior to filming him to verify that his claims were legitimate, which is standard practice for many television productions.” _______________________________________________________________ So what is the moral of the story? Don't be too quick to jump on bandwagons – they have a nasty way of toppling over at the worst time. You might just lose some time and a little money, or you might end up investing years and thousands of dollars in a fraud. Do your research no matter WHAT the claims of the school / instructor are, use common sense and always enter into a trendy style with a goodly supply of cynicism. Be especially aware that any system or style that claims military origins will in most cases have been liberally watered-down by the time it reaches the civilian level, and that claims of military experience by instructors need to be carefully investigated before devoting yourself to a school.