- Bryanston & Alberton
- South Africa
- 072 135 9226
Alan Mann is the product of a long and varied military / civilian career and is a retired South African Special Forces Operator. In addition to the valuable practical skills and experience he gained over the course of many years, has also had exposure to a great number of hand-to-hand combat styles in many different countries.
Whilst on a parachuting trip to the Czech Republic in 2005 as a part of the Special Forces League, he was introduced to a group that trains the Czech Special Forces & Police Special Task Force in self-defence (MUSADO) in Praha. This style of combat impressed him greatly and on his return from the Czech Republic searched for a similar suitable combat form.
He experimented with several martial arts, including Aikido, but came to the conclusion that traditional or sporting arts were unable to provide the required skill set.
Alan became the very first IKI instructor to be certified in South Africa and was also instrumental in forging the first links with Moshe Katz of Israeli Krav International (IKI) in Ma’alah Adumim, Israel.
“We had a fantastic system, even though it was primitive,” says Alan. “We wanted to affiliate with a recognized body in Israel, and after a great deal of very careful research, we chose the IKI. The amazing thing is that Moshe had evolved IKI Krav Maga to such a degree that it not only dovetailed perfectly with my own discoveries, but exceeded what had been done. It was absolutely the best decision I could have made.”
Alan is now also one of only 4 people worldwide to hold the rank of Associate Instructor in IKI. Alan is now Chairman of IKI South Africa and maintains a strong bond with IKI in Israel. Alan trains class groups as well as private clients and their family members in aspects of personal and third party protection.
In addition to training a broad cross-section of students, Alan has also enabled many people with physical limitations caused by age or injury to adapt the IKI system in ways that not only amplify their ability but enable them to defend themselves powerfully and effectively.
“There are no barriers in Krav Maga,” he says. “Anyone can do this.”
The Knowledge Base
Corner Grosvenor Rd and Cumberland Ave
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7pm – 9pm
Matrix Warehouse Building
27 Louis Trichardt Street
Alberton (just off Ring Rd)
Mondays and Wednesdays: 7pm – 9pm
Cell: 072 135 9226