About KAPAP UK self defence school

KAPAP was brought to the UK in 2003 by Sam Markey who travelled and trained with Avi Nardia so several years in the USA. He is Avi Nardia’s highest ranking and most advanced instructor and has been steadily building a great reputation in the self defence world.

Avi Nardia

During his 24 years as a reserve officer, Avi Nardia (Major, IDF Res.) served as an official hand-to-hand instructor instructor and safety officer.


Sam Markey

Is a certified teacher and UK leader of the Avi Nardia Academy. Sam is also certified with KAPAP level 4 Instructor and Teacher certificates, he also carries a 6th Dan…


International academies

fabian garcia chief instructor KAPAP Argentina

Fabián Garcia
KAPAP Argentina

René Gatica Chief KAPAP instructor Mexico

René Gatica
KAPAP Mexico

Ken Akiyama lead instructor Avi Nardia Academy USA

Ken Akiyama

Igor Sucevic Chief Instructor KAPAP Serbia

Igor Sucevic
KAPAP Serbia

Borut Kinci chief instructo KAPAP Slovenia

Borut Kincl
KAPAP Slovenia

Jürgen Wicke chief instructor kapap germany

Jürgen Wicke
KAPAP Germany

Ivan Correa Chief KAPAP Instructor Uruguay

Ivan Correa
KAPAP Uruguay

Diogo Duarte Chief Instructor KAPAP Brazil

Diogo Duarte
KAPAP Brazil


I just completed the level 1 kapap course, I’ve been doing different types of martial arts and self defence for many years, and I was very impressed with the course.

Sam took the 5 day course, his knowledge and style of teaching made everyone comfortable which made the learners learn the kapap techniques more easily.

The system covers a wide variety of techniques both empty hand aswell as weapons, single attacks to multiple attacks, the kapap leaves no stone unturned. I would recommend it to anyone.

Jimmy Kelly

For Sam. It’s simple, Sam is kapap UK, without him no one would be doing what we’re doing, what you see is what you get no bull ‘look at me’ fancy moves just real solid principle based drills.

That’s why us in Scotland get up at the crack of dawn to travel and get punished with a smile on your face, cause whether it’s ground work knives or firearms Sam I’d second to none in UK and Europe, the last time he came to Scotland snow blizzards were starting instead of staying put he left to drive through the night so as not to let us down 11 hours it took without any sleep trained us all day and went for a curry and a laugh legend, a true leader of men who I’m proud to call a good friend.

Gary Higham