Tai Chi


The Krav Maga taught at Ichiban is authentic krava maga, designed for real life self defence situations. The sessions are not designed for fitness or sport and will attempt to train members to defend themselves in realistic self defence situations. As such classes are not suitable for children. 



Krav Maga classes at Ichiban focus on authentic civilian krav maga. 

What is Krav Maga

​Krav Maga is a fighting system originally developed for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and Israeli security services. The Krav Maga techniques are utilised by military and various law enforcement agencies In order to function effectively under the most extreme hostile circumstances.


The sole objective of Krav Maga is to equip the practitioner physically and mentally to deal with the threat of real life violence as efficiently as possible. For civilian Krav Maga practitioners, a strong emphasis is placed on avoiding unnecessary conflict and dangerous situations whenever possible.


However, when faced with the reality of unavoidable violence, Krav Maga promotes an extremely aggressive form of self defence. Attacks are delivered with ferocity at the most vulnerable parts of the body often resulting in permanent or life threatening injuries. Krav Maga should only ever be used as a solution to an extreme problem. Do everything possible to avoid physical violence but when that is not possible to anything necessary to survive.

Mudra Meditation

Krav Maga is Not...

  • Krav Maga is not a sport.

  • Krav Maga is not an exercise class or a means to get fit.

  • Krav Maga is not a hobby.

  • Krav Maga is not a social activity. 

  • Krav Maga is not for children.

  • Krav Maga is not what you see in Hollywood action movies.

  • Krav Maga is not just about fighting. 

What fighting techniques are used?

Krav Maga has taken a range of techniques from a wide variety of martial arts including Aikido, Wrestling, Boxing, Jujitsu, Muay Thai and Karate. The techniques have been adapted for a ‘real fight’ rather than a sporting context. Krav Maga completely disregards the notion of rules, regulation and fair play because it is not a sport. Unlike Martial arts that are taught for sport, Krav Maga teaches that the person attacking you is not your opponent but your enemy so the concept of ‘fighting fair’ is irrelevant. Strikes to the enemies groin, throat, neck and spine are encouraged as is eye gauging, biting and using anything to hand as a weapon. In addition to physical techniques, Krav Maga teaches how verbal and non verbal communication can be used to intimidate and confuse the enemy so that they hesitate or become reluctant to attack. 

Hand by the Sea


The ancient Chinese practices of tai chi and qi gong (pronounced CHEE-gung) combine slow, deliberate movements, meditation, and breathing exercises.

The routines were not designed to burn calories or raise yourheart rate. Instead, both tai chi and qi gong are martial arts that can help your circulation, balance, and alignment. They can also help restore your energy, called chi or qi (pronounced "chee").

The low-impact moving meditations include standing and balancing. Although qi gong and tai chi are excellent fitness activities for beginners and people with health conditions, elite athletes also benefit from doing the slow movements, because everyone needs better balance and muscle control.




Peter Traynor

Tai Chi Practitioner