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.
Tala Josephano United States
December 2017, BookMartialArts
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 ...
Coming from the USA , we are used to food delivery services when you get the midnight munchies... they don't have food delivery after 9PM. If you are an eater like myself, pack snacks earlier in the day, there is a very nice market close by that has everything you can think off, including electricity convertor and any electronics you didn't bring with you. The food during the training was great, specially " Cheese Chili " that was homemade.
September 2017, BookMartialArts
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!
Nothing to complain about. The location where the training takes place is in the suburbs of Hamburg. A lot of greenery, which is good for running/swimming or biking after the class.
Javier Gines Sweden
August 2017, BookMartialArts
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
I did not really find anything I would not like. I just hope I will be able to practice what he learned me me as there is no really other place where you can get this learnings!
Oscar Pathuis Netherlands
August 2017, BookMartialArts
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.
For me personally, there was nothing to not like; I felt welcome, learned a lot and met some of the nicest people ever.
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