South Africa

What Krav Maga taught me


This what make Primal Gym unique, rare, original and honest. For 10 years Ryan Davies the founder of Primal Gym has been documenting his training history. Ryan is still the only South African to hold full instructor diplomas from the IKMA Israeli Krav Maga Association Achieved directly at the IKMA head quarters in Netanya Israel.

This is a documentation and proof of training nothing more and nothing less. This repersents the birth of Primal Krav Maga

The footage above was put together from the years 2010 to 2014

By Ryan Davies

Armed Combat & Tactics South Africa director Ryan Davies

Promotion for Armed Combat & Tactics South Africa Ryan Davies. Knife, Machete , empty hand, full contact sparring its all there.

By Ryan Davies

Knife fight Break down - Armed Combat & Tactics South Africa

Ryan Davies A.C.T director South Africa break down of knife vs knife sparring. Knife combat like all combat defiantly has algorithms and human patterns that can be study, trained and exploited to win in combat. Above is a very good example of this. You can clearly see Ryan testing his opponents reactions followed by setting up tactics to create a win.

By Ryan Davies

Armed Combat & Tactics - Noah Gross seminar 2017

Noah Gross Knife fighting and self defence seminar February 18th & 19th 2017. Noah has be an instrumental part of setting up A.C.T South Africa. We are proud to call him our teacher. In this promotion we cover why most people do A.C.T and why is it relevant to their lives.

By Ryan Davies

Armed Combat & Tactics - Counter off a block

Brage Page with a beautiful perfectly timed counter to the face off a solid block. Blocking is relevant in knife combat as it is relevant in all combat. You can block a knife and end the fight. The factors that come it to play is timing and range. A successful block works when your opponent cuts or stabs with a strong forward moving pressure covering range. He essentially step into a trap.

By Ryan Davies

Armed Combat & Tactics Sparring fragments - Knife vs Knife

A complication of sparring and wins knife vs knife. This is what A.C.T is all about. Full contact sparring with safe training simulators the “spatha”. A.C.T covers one on one sparring, MO multiple opponents, empty hand vs knife. The full arsenal of combat with and without weapons.

Fight as you teach, teach as you fight.

By Ryan Davies

Alexander Zhelezniak founder of Armed Combat & Tactics

A.C.T 2018 Promo for Alexander Zhelezniak Seminar and S.W.I.C instructor course.

By Ryan Davies

Armed Combat & Tactics - Rush counter

There are no rules to armed confrontation, however that does not mean the laws of the universe do not exist here. The example above shows the danger of forward aggression in armed combat. You simply should not rush into a sharp object, especially against a well trained or experienced opponent.

Think about how many martial arts teach you to go forward at all costs. The phrase “ if you are not going forward then you are not wining the fight”. Nothing could be more untrue when it comes to an armed fight. Martial Arts that teach you to shoot in will not work here, they have no context here.

Knowing and having the skill to rush counter comes from trying and studying the mental physiology of why people feel the pressure to rush in a fight, armed or unarmed. Studying how to created pressure on your opponent, so he rushes as an emotional response and exploiting that with in him.

By Ryan Davies

Armed combat & tactics - Face shots

Fight Stopper-

A clean strike to the face can stop the fight. The shock of impact or being cut on the eye, it’s an unpleasant experience to say the least. We train with professional safe training simulators “ The Spatha” designed by Alexander Zheleniak and Noah Gross. The Spatha is designed for full contact fighting. We are able to hit each other with full force and not cause major injury. The Spathas keeps you safe and protective goggles are worn to protect the eyes and nose. Notice even with a safe knife training simulator and protective goggles the shock factor fo being hit in the face- it most often stops the fight. Image the real thing impact or edge weapon in reference to self defence and the value of the face shot to stop an attacker.

By Ryan Davies