Having just returned from Israel, a stream of requests have appeared for the workout everyone keeps hearing about: the Israeli Commando TACFIT Challenge. Before I share the workout with you, honor must be paid to the warriors who use this workout.
Here, Alberto Gallazzi - CST Head Coach, TACFIT Team Leader, CST Italy Director and Bodyguard to the Prime Minister of Italy, and I stand with Maor Bashan, Krav Maga Chief Instructor for LOTAR: the Israeli Counter-Terrorism School. The Commander and his staff brought us into the headquarters to discuss their training program, and allow us to sign their guestbook along other esteemed visitors.
Here you see us after a grueling session that managed to disintegrate all of our shirts. LOL. These young men were true warriors and threw their bodies into every exercise with zeal and vigor. Alberto and I felt truly honored to train these soldiers.
Thanks must be paid to the instructors, such as those from BAD8: the Army Krav Maga Instructor School who took us on a tour of their facility.
Great gratitude to Dr Dennis Hanover of Survival Jujitsu who hosted us to train members of various units including the secret service and navy seals. Dr Hanover is a truly inspirational man dedicated to the history and valor of his people.
And special thanks to our hosts, LTC Chaim Peer and KAPAP Chief Instructor David Arama. Both LTC Peer and David Arama will be launching our official Israeli representation at the Tel Aviv University Multi-Fight Sports Club.
Alberto and I had an amazing visit, and left the country with a profound respect for its people and country. We were able to see amazing sites, such as the Golan Heights and Jerusalem (as well as many others like the River Jordan and the Sea of Galilee.)
I am reminded of the lesson I learned in my years in Russia studying with General Alexander Retuinskih, Founder of the ROSS System. It’s not what you fight with, but what you fight for that makes a warrior. Not hate of what’s in front of you but love of what’s behind you. General Retuinskih taught me that what separates the warrior from the hero is the discretion to yield when battle brings greater suffering, and to boldly act even when no one will know of your deeds. Valor over vanity. The following photo is a collection of the shrapnel removed from KAPAP Leader LTC Chaim Peer.
Many pieces still remain embedded in his body. Fitness matters to men like this. It’s not a hobby. It’s not ego. It matters. That is why I consider it a privilege to be hosted by these warriors. Because it’s an opportunity to save lives and prevent injuries and pain… for those who are trying to protect innocents.
In honor of these warriors, we’re modifying the TACFIT logo of the crossed Clubbells atop the Florian Cross (St. Florian is the patron saint of firefighters), to bear the bats wings, to fly silently and safely into and out of harm’s way.
That said, let’s get to working, my friends. We become warriors every day, but only by diving headlong into our training. The following video was created by CST Coach, TACFIT Team Leader and Bellingham Fire Department Captain Christian Carson. Post your numbers when you’ve given it your first shot!
The Israeli Commando TACFIT Challenge
This is the intermediate level skill version and intermediate level fitness version of the workout. Advanced skills are too difficult unless you’ve mastered the intermediate level. However, if you’re gutting it out and can perform the 6s. The advanced fitness level version of the program is with 8 reps per exercise; beginning fitness 4 reps each.
Each minute on the minute for 20 minutes; finish 20 rounds in 20 minutes of:
- 6 Quad Hops to Flat Foot Squat
- 6 Knee Drop Spinal Rocks to Butterfly
- 6/6 Springing Tripods
- 6/6 Swinging Planks.
If you don’t get all of the reps finished in 60 sec, you don’t get credit for the round! You start the next round as soon as the next minute begins, whether you finish the prior round and get credit for it or not!