Knud was a former a detective in the Bundeskriminalamt (Federal Bureau of Investigation). He was assigned amongst others to the SG personal protection (SecretService) and was for eight years member of the Mobiles Einsatzkommando (SWAT) of the BKA. He has trained in different martial arts such as Wing Chun, Jiu-Jitsu, practical self defenses, and on his travel through Asia he trained two months with Peter Sunbye, amongst others.
Marl Van Der Toorn
from Netherlands, August 2018
"Dad plus two kids from The Netherlands"
We (56, 21 and 19 year old) wanted a special holyday together and had a wonderful, safe and relaxed stay at Knud's and his great wife Karin's place. Except of my son, my daughter and I had no martial experiences and all the three of us learned Knud's very effective self-defense method very easily. We had fun, had an excellent and patient teacher and (still) felt very "strong" after the training. If you want to experience something special, gain more confidence, or like to feel more secure and safe: don't hesitate any longer and book a week with Knud!
from Australia, June 2018
"Middle aged princess ninja? Well, maybe"
I'm a 50+ woman who travels solo lots, whether in Australia or elsewhere. I had zero self defense skills (apart from running away in a hurry) and wanted to remedy this. Knud is brilliant: Easy- going, patient, a skilled trainer and communicator, and did I say patient? Like the techniques Knut uses, his training method is both efficient and effective. (For me, that's the sign of a good trainer.) If Knud can get me doing these moves, he can train anyone. I loved this stuff... and I'm keen to keep at it. Just shows, it's never too late to start MMA!
from New Zealand, June 2018
"Great experience. Highly recommended!"
I arrived from New Zealand the morning that the training started - and really didn't have to worry about anything once I got to the station in Itzehoe. I had a fantastic week - Knud just made everything work. We ended up training at the beach most days. As a complete beginner, I found his explanations clear, the teaching well-structured, and progress really satisfying. I highly recommend to others!
from Germany, February 2018
"Perfect place to relax and learn "
Knud is a nice guy. He explained clearly the details of the movements he taught. He is patient and modest in teaching and sharing his views.
The training place is quiet and cosy in the green nature. A nice mind refreshing experience.
from United States, December 2017
"Exceptional Trainer & Amazing Host "
I would like to start my review by thanking BookMartial Arts for this great experience, I have used their services in connecting me with two Camps so far. One in China Rizahoe and this is the second one in Itzahoe Germany. Both experiences were exceptional and very well organized. Knud, my trainer in Germany is an amazing trainer with huge excellent experience in fighting and mainly in teaching. I went there with Zero experience, I left feeling like a LION. If you are a beginner, he's your man, he took his time explaining to me each move and how to use it. If you are professional and looking for a REAL SERIOUS training, he's your man as well. He was generous, caring about little details and funny, which made the class more interesting. the training place was in a quiet area, where you can really cleanse your lungs from the city pollution. Clean and on point. I wish I can upload all the pictures and training videos ...
from Poland, September 2017
I am a woman in my early forties who attended the training to learn about self defense techniques in the event of bad encounters. Knowledge and skills that could be particular useful when you live in a big city or travel on your own to unfamiliar places. I did not have any experience in martial arts prior to joining the training but at the end of 4 days, not only was I surprised by how much I learned in a short period of time but also the confidence I built in handling difficult situations. The training is taught by an extremely knowledgeable and competent instructor, Knud (You can check out his resume). He has developed a methodology for instruction and progression that is tailored to the profile of the trainee . In my case, I had many drills to learn the fundamentals of proper techniques by building muscle memory. Knud provided me with clear explanations and real life scenarios for me to understand the reasoning behind various body movements. He is very patient with constructive feedback and provides you with resourceful tools to build on the knowledge gained during/after the training. To sum up: I developed knowledge and skills to defend myself during this training and can't recommend Knud highly enough!
from Sweden, August 2017
"Fantastic learning experience!"
The training experience was like I never tried before. Knud focuses in teaching practical tools to defend yourself in just a few days. Not like other type of workshops where you get an introduction and then you need to keep learning. Knud has been travelling all over the world and has extracted the key learnings from the people he has been with. This came through with a lot of tips and details with can make the difference in winning or loosing. We trained even in the beach and enjoyed fantastic meals. Knud had perfect English and the communication was very smooth. For me who has never really tried self defense and fight techniques I can tell you I came out able to do basic moves which can help me if needed.
The location was also very good. Close to Hamburg in a small village I could focus totally in the training and enjoy some bike rides in a beautiful surrounding with no distractions. Knud was very kind and showed around the area
from Netherlands, August 2017
"One of my best holidays ever"
I liked the no nonsense approach, having noticed the almost religious dogmatic rules in some other martial arts. This training was a (kind of) mix of Wing Chun, boxing and some great new techniques. Knud's teaching qualities are great, breaking everything up in small pieces; by that I mean the exercises, not your limbs :-)
I also like the fact that I did not have any time to focus on personal or work related matters and the food was incredible as cooked by Karin, Knud's wife.
To practice the routines at home you get all the tools you need in this short intense period. I was even lucky enough to meet a Dutch friend, who is a beginner in martial arts too, with whom I'll practice when we are back in Holland.