UCF’s Knights for Israel hosts Krav Maga session

Photos by Hilary Winocoor

Pandit Mami, originally from Sierra Leone, came out to the Knights for Israel meeting on Wednesday night to teach Krav Maga, a system of self-defense used by the Israel Defense Forces that combines boxing, wrestling and other fight training.

Before teaching Krav Maga, an Israeli form of self-defense, instructor Pandit Mami explains the importance of survival in the Israel Defense Forces to members of Knights for Israel in the Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. Before teaching Krav Maga, an Israeli form of self-defense, instructor Pandit Mami explains the importance of survival in the Israel Defense Forces to members of Knights for Israel in the Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. “Survival is the prime motive. You don’t really care how you do it, you just survive,” Mami said. Knights for Israel members practice their fighting skills Krav Maga style in UCF's Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. Krav Maga is a system of self-defense used by the Israel Defense Forces that combines boxing, wrestling and other fight training. Knights for Israel members practice their fighting skills Krav Maga style in UCF’s Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. Krav Maga is a system of self-defense used by the Israel Defense Forces that combines boxing, wrestling and other fight training. Pandit Mami, left, teaches Krav Maga, an Israeli form of self-defense, to members of Knights for Israel in UCF's Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. Mami, originally from Sierra Leone, has taught seminars at more than 25 different schools. Pandit Mami, left, teaches Krav Maga, an Israeli form of self-defense, to members of Knights for Israel in UCF’s Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. Mami, originally from Sierra Leone, has taught seminars at more than 25 different schools. Instructor Pandit Mami, left, demonstrates a self-defense strategy on UCF student Alex Lantz, right, at the Krav Maga session in UCF's Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. The one-hour session, hosted by Knights for Israel, taught UCF students the Israeli form of self-defense, which combines boxing, wrestling and other fight training. Instructor Pandit Mami, left, demonstrates a self-defense strategy on UCF student Alex Lantz, right, at the Krav Maga session in UCF’s Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. The one-hour session, hosted by Knights for Israel, taught UCF students the Israeli form of self-defense, which combines boxing, wrestling and other fight training. Instructor Pandit Mami, originally from Sierra Leone, demonstrates Israeli self-defense moves during a Knights for Israel meeting in UCF's Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. Instructor Pandit Mami, originally from Sierra Leone, demonstrates Israeli self-defense moves during a Knights for Israel meeting in UCF’s Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. “You have to break away from your preconceived notions about your limitations of what to do when you fight,” Mami said. UCF senior Ben Suster, center, takes a stab at the punching method taught by instructor Pandit Mami during the Krav Maga self-defense lesson in UCF's Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. Krav Maga is used by the Israel Defense Forces and combines boxing, wrestling and other fight training.  UCF senior Ben Suster, center, takes a stab at the punching method taught by instructor Pandit Mami during the Krav Maga self-defense lesson in UCF’s Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. Krav Maga is used by the Israel Defense Forces and combines boxing, wrestling and other fight training. “The best way to learn is to do something you naturally do. Involuntary motions and how you use them effectively is where Krav Maga comes in,” Mami said. UCF sophomore Rachel Kammerman hits a punching mat during the Krav Maga self-defense lesson in UCF's Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. Krav Maga, an Israeli form of self-defense, is used by the Israel Defense Forces and combines boxing, wrestling and other fight training.  UCF sophomore Rachel Kammerman hits a punching mat during the Krav Maga self-defense lesson in UCF’s Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. Krav Maga, an Israeli form of self-defense, is used by the Israel Defense Forces and combines boxing, wrestling and other fight training. Instructor Pandit Mami teaches an Israeli form of self-defense called Krav Maga to members of Knights for Israel in UCF's Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016.  Instructor Pandit Mami teaches an Israeli form of self-defense called Krav Maga to members of Knights for Israel in UCF’s Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. “Have fun with it. There is no right way as long as it is effective. If you need to use your teeth to bite someone, go ahead,” Mami said. Instructor Pandit Mami, center, teaches an Israeli form of self-defense called Krav Maga to members of Knights for Israel in UCF's Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016.  Instructor Pandit Mami, center, teaches an Israeli form of self-defense called Krav Maga to members of Knights for Israel in UCF’s Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. “Everything is distraction. In every form of self defense you need to make your fight effective. Utilize everything you have,” Mami said. Instructor Pandit Mami, center, teaches an Israeli form of self-defense called Krav Maga to members of Knights for Israel in UCF's Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016.  Instructor Pandit Mami, center, teaches an Israeli form of self-defense called Krav Maga to members of Knights for Israel in UCF’s Engineering I building on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016. “When you throw your strikes and your kicks you want to make sure you hit the right place. If you connect with the pressure points the person will go down no matter how strong you are,” Mami said.