I was born in 1970 and started practicing Okinawan Goju-Ryu Karate with Sensei David Dahan, under the IOGKF Chief Instructor, Sensei Leon Pantanowitz. Training with Sensei David was hard and exhausting, and contributed significantly to my charachter as a person and as a karate student. I’ve been teaching karate since 1990, first as an instructor and later as a coach of martial arts (graduated in 2001 from the Nat Holman School for coaches and instructors at the Wingate Institute for physical education & sport).
In 1990, I joint the black belts classes at the Honbu Dojo under Sensei Leon Pantanowitz. Just before he passed away in October 2006, Sensei Leon asked a few senior instructors to replace him at the Honbu-Dojo, I was asked to take the black belts class, which I did till 2009.
In January 2017, I was graded to 6th dan in a special training in Okinawa under Higaonna Sensei. Today, I’m a member of the organizing committee of the Israeli organization (Kanbukai) and a member of the black belts grading panel. Part of my time was devoted to teaching karate to young children, youths, and adults. In my opinion, instructing others in karate develops a strong teaching philosophy. Explanation and simplification of movements, as is the case with karate, as well as explanations of scientific research or problems in an academic setting, help one to better understand the technique or the problem. In addition to teaching and training karate, I’m a also a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Engineering at Bar Ilan University.