Idan Abolnik & KALAH System
The Beginning of
After Idan Abolnik completed his Israeli military service with the Golani Unit (and taking part in high risk operations in South Lebanon and West Bank), Idan Abolnik joined the Israel Security Forces (i.e. Israeli Railways, Maritime Security Services, Close Protection) for projects inside and outside of Israel.
Starting in 2003, he trained police security forces, close protection-, and law enforcement units, and the farm community in South Africa where he completed many close protection projects, including a project with an Israeli company. It was in South Africa in 2003 that he founded the KALAH system. Before long, its effectiveness made a name for itself and national security, and law enforcement units started to use it in their daily program.
In 2005 the system went international
In 2005 the KALAH system went international when Idan introduced it to law enforcement, military, and Krav Maga organisations in Italy, Verona. From then, KALAH spread to be known as one of the most effective self defence systems as Idan travelled around the world to teach KALAH for civilians and law enforcement.
To date, over 30 countries invited Idan to teach the KALAH system. Law enforcement forces from Brazil, Spain, France, Greece, South Africa, Switzerland, and the UK; as well as members of Special Forces from Italy, the Netherlands, and even Israel use the KALAH system principles.
When Idan Abolnik arrived in South Africa in 2003, he felt the passion and the need to change the way self defense gets taught. He saw in the military and security forces of Israel that something was missing; and this piece has always been in his heart. This is what God called on him to do, to start the KALAH system. Idan truly believes that it’s a gift from God.
A combat soldier has experience in bush-, urban warfare, and firepower, but when it comes to hand to hand combat there is less knowledge. However, reality is always more important than ego and perception and therefore, Idan placed reality as the arbiter of what KALAH system is meant to be. Developing the KALAH system, he analysed a lot of CCTV footage, reported violence, and articles to understand the reality—not people’s opinion. And slowly but surely KALAH started to develop according to reality.
What KALAH brings to the self defense industry is realism and more effective principles of defense. We don’t believe in moves that look perfect or impressive, because we understand that, for law enforcement or close protection officers to save the life of civilians, something else is required. KALAH principles are really, really basic and work under stress. This has been proven time and time again as our students survived extreme situations, especially in South Africa where attacks are as brutal as they can be. We always say first ‘All glory to God’, but then are also thankful for the hard work of training KALAH.
does not compete with other systems
We try to compete with reality, because reality is always ten steps ahead of us. Reality is what we need to face. When we are in a self defense situation where we already failed because our awareness failed or any of a thousand other excuses—we need to overcome our failure. No matter if it’s a knife attack, or gun attack, or punch or somebody wants to rape a woman.
This is what makes self defense so difficult: We are starting from failure. No attacker will come to you and say ‘I am going to attack you with a knife’, or ‘I point a gun at you, come and tackle you, or punch you’. We will always be surprised by the attacker, and we need to fight from that point. It means the attacker is always a lot more prepared.
is for everyone. But what does it mean: ‘Everyone’?
KALAH is for everyone who really wants to learn how to protect themselves and their loved ones. It’s not for building your fitness. It’s not for making you feel good; because if you face a real attack, even if you ‘win’—you will never feel comfortable. You will never feel in power, you’ll always be shocked, you’ll be maybe panicking, and your life will have changed completely after. This is what we want people to understand.
Everyone is welcome to learn
Civilians, male or female, law enforcement or security forces. But KALAH training is not comfortable. It’s uncomfortable on purpose because KALAH wants to make sure you know how to deal with uncomfortable situations, an uncomfortable environment, with a chain of events where you already failed. So a class or course of KALAH can be overwhelming, but this is for the benefit of the student or client.
In KALAH we are learning how to defend against cold weapons, hot weapons, multiple attacks, groundwork; and then we have the other side of KALAH: the tactical training where, of course, we also bring the realistic approach. We very much separate the sport shooting mentality from combat training in tactical movement, close protection, personal security details, or urban warfare. In KALAH tactical training we again look to the reality to be our teacher. Idan Abolnik brings his background and experience from the battlefield, but again we can’t ever stop to study reality, even if we are operative soldiers, and this is exactly what we need to bring to KALAH. This what KALAH brings to people.
now is known
KALAH now is known as one of the most effective self defense systems around the world. Krav Maga practitioners are implementing KALAH in their schools, law enforcements including Israel are implementing KALAH principles in their training. Just remember: KALAH wants people to survive in self defense situations, male or female, but surviving reality in self defense is never fun and easy.