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  • About

    Shai Hai, who lives today in Israel, is one of the most well known and esteemed martial artists in the Middle East. He is a professional with international reputation in the fields of Martial Arts and Self Defense.

    Shai has been intensely involved in the discipline of martial arts for the past twenty three years, during this time he learnt self defense and street fighting in Israel, trained in Chinese Kung Fu in the United States of America, lived, studied and taught Okinawan karate in the Uechi-ryu style for many years in Okinawa, Japan.

    In his work, Shai uses knowledge gained from those 3 martial art disciplines, as well as his seasoned experience as a bouncer and body guard in Japan, Israel and the USA in order to refine the martial arts into their most practical and pragmatic form. This allows proper and efficient functioning in a street fight in the modern world, with all its inherent dangers, and development and strengthening of thought and spirit in the (martial) Budo way.

    In the scope of his work, Shai currently travels all over the world, on a regular basis, conducting self defense workshops, and acting as a personal trainer and body guard for business people, VIP's and artists on their travels.

    Shai Hai is the Head of the Uechi-ryu Kenyukai strong fist group)) Organization in Israel, one of the leading organizations of martial arts in Israel today, and runs many Uechi-ryu karate and self defense schools.

    Shai still travels regularly to Japan in order to continue studying and developing with his teacher, Master Shinjo Kiyohide.

    Shihan 5th Dan, Uechi-ryu Karate, Okinawa, Japan
    3rd Dan Shurei-ryu Karate
    Chinese Kung Fu Sifu
    Ist Dan in Judo

    Previous Israeli Kung Fu champion, member of the Kenyukai team , winner team to the Okinawa 2010 championship


  • Worldwide Protective Services

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      If you need protection, I will take care of it.

      Personal security and protection programs for well known personalities and business people all over the world.

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      My team of body guards and myself are all senior martial arts teachers.

      Professional fighters, security men and some of us served in elite military units in the Israeli army. We are experienced in dealing with a range of situations and act as the spearhead in the field of unarmed security

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      If you are a business man who travels all over the world and you want to feel secure

      we will protect you from any harm with all the tools needed in circumstances which could arise in national or international arenas.

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      If you are a VIP or a celebrity, I can help you

      as my team and I are trained in situations involving large crowds and the media.

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      If you and your family are in need of round the clock security for a family trip

      our security guards are trained to operate covertly, in plain clothes, and blend in to the natural environment.

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      Don’t travel alone, we are behind you. Previous and existing clients include famous artists, producers, musicians and business people.

  • Self defence

    Lets admit it, in the culture we live in, work and leisure, don't always go together, with very little time and very little freedom, finding time for leisure activities, whatever they may be, can be a difficult thing to do. If you're reading this, you may know that with things as they are today, you should be taking lessons in self defense; you may be thinking that you don’t have enough time for this, or that maybe you're too old for this, or not fit enough, or like many others, will start next year. I am here to prove otherwise.

    Contrary to what you may have thought, learning self defense is different to learning an entire martial art which takes many years; learning self defense takes a relatively short, yet no less effective, period to appreciate the street. Learning self defense is like learning to ride a bicycle, once you know how; it's with you for life. In stressful times the knowledge will come back to you and can make the difference between life and death. There is no relevance to sex or age, it is possible and advisable to start at any age one feels the need for it, because you know what? If you feel that you need it, you probably do. You don’t need to be fit or a sportsperson to be learn self defense, contrary to public belief,the training is not excessively demanding and the level of fitness and exertion required is adjusted to each student's personal level, such that each student arrives at the lesson wanting to learn how to defend himself/herself, to diffuse aggression and even to burn a few calories along the way, before returning to the office, to meetings or to the computer.

    Business people, due to the nature of their work, travel around the world a lot and may find themselves, unintentionally, in problematic areas where conflict could arise with angry customers from various segments of the population. Business people are afar more vulnerable to attack due to their unassuming appearance, or even by the bag they are carrying or the clothes they are wearing.

    If you identify with these words, and if you don't have enough time to learn self defense as a long term project, and if you are looking for an organized, precise program, that will effectively and quickly teach you how to defend yourself and understand the psychology of attack and of the street from both sides, then you're at the right place.

    This self defense program was created specifically for business people like you. The program is a collection of universal physical and psychological principles which will, very quickly, teach you how to efficiently defend yourself.

  • Traditional Karate

    Shai Hai teaches Uechi-ryu karate in the old traditional style with emphasis on developing fitness, physical strength and flexibility, strengthening of the body and practical self-defense.

    Shai combines his studies of self-defense and combat with Eastern spiritual philosophies to create a unique training approach. Training in traditional karate provides values and tools for physical and spiritual growth and development of self-confidence.

  • Group Training

    The program has a few basic precepts that give structure to the professional program:

    There is no need to learn 50 defense methods or different attack formats when 4 or 5 are sufficient

    The program will teach you simple universal techniques and principles which work effectively against all types of assault. In addition a set of principles and techniques which enable a rapid and efficient response, regardless of the way you are being attacked, will be taught. A hundredth of a second can make all the difference on the street, between victory and failure, and so assimilating these invaluable instincts is part of the training process.

    You should always assume that the attacker is armed

    Nowadays, an unarmed attack is almost unheard of, whether it's an improvised weapon, or cold/live weapons, there will almost always be some sort of potential killing tool in the picture which could cause irreversible damage. You will discover principles and techniques that amongst other things will provide simple methods to disarm guns, knives, rods etc.

    You need to be able to defend yourself even when you're having a really bad day

    Criminals like any other predator in nature, instinctively choose to attack the sick, the weak, the elderly, and the young. And those that look like easy prey. Regardless of where you live, chances are you will be attacked when you're having a bad day; after a sleepless night, when you are injured, or after a long and difficult day at work. This self defense program will teach you how to use legal, everyday objects to help you defeat an attacker even on the worst possible day and also how to use weak points in the human body to easily overcome even the strongest attacker.

    The techniques employed need to work against people who are bigger and stronger than you.

    In the real world, chances are that you will be attacked by someone bigger and stronger than you. Martial arts, in which I specialize, were developed so that a smaller and weaker person could overcome a stronger attacker. You will discover techniques which were designed to defend oneself against bigger and stronger attackers, regardless of age, weight or sex of the attacker.

    You never know how many people you are fighting against until you have fought against them.

    It doesn't matter where you live, and in which country you live in, a person doesn't simply go to the post office or to the grocery store and decide, on the way, to attack someone on his own. Usually there will be other people involved, people who perhaps supported and helped psychologically, even at an unconscious level. Those same friends, whether they planned it together with him, or not, will, in all probability, spring to help him should a conflict arise. The program will teach you how to always be prepared for a number of attackers, even if it looks like there is only one. You will learn how to work tactically, in order to efficiently cope with multi attackers, and learn ways to expose and identify your enemy in order to use your positioning in the field to survive the attack.

    Your attacker intends to kill or seriously injure you.

    None of us can read minds, so when we are attacked; we need to immediately assume that the attacker has fatal intentions. Even so, there are many ways to move away from an attack without endangering yourself and without physical conflict. The program will teach you how to identify whether there is an option to simply move away from the situation, without conflict, and the best ways to do this or alternatively whether to attack immediately, without delay, misgivings or fears, and of course, the program will teach you the most effective ways to quickly and effectively end a struggle.

    You need to prepare yourself for an attack in difficult circumstances

    On the street, unlike in the training room, there could be gravel, water, oil, pavements and trees. We may find ourselves needing to defend ourselves at a slippery terminal, while seated at a table surrounded by chairs, in a crowded elevator or in moving public transport or in a car. The conditions may not always be in your favor and you need to learn how to manage yourself in the best possible way under these circumstances. The program will teach you how to avoid falling into traps on the ground and loosing the battle before it's even begun, and if you do fall, how to extricate yourself with minimal injury and damage and with victory in your hands.

    There are no rules on the street and no such thing as dirty techniques.

    Everything goes, from blows to the eyes, to the throat, to the groin and until firearms. The program will teach you how to overcome the attacker as quickly and as forcefully as possible.

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    Group training/Seminars
    Shai Hai offers tailor made seminars and self-defense workshops for large groups and organizations.

    If needed, a number of trainers can be employed for large groups.

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  • TESTIMONIALS

    BORGORE

    In the course of my work and tours, I often arrive at challenging and unsafe destinations in the world.
    My years of training under Shai Hai have helped increase my self-confidence and I feel a lot safer on the street.
    In addition, Shai accompanied me on a number of tours throughout the USA. Shai demonstrated a high level of professionalism, a reliable and pleasant personality and generated a sense of confidence and security at all times.

    George E. Mattson
    Hanshi 10 DAN Uechi Ryu Karate do

    to whom it may concern:
    I am very pleased to add my endorsement and support to Sensei Sha Hai.
    I have know him for many years and have followed his advancement in Uechi-ryu-ryu during this time.
    He is highly skilled and accomplished as a teacher and practitioner of our art.
    Sincerely,
    George E. Mattson
    Uechi-ryu.com

    Rich Jacobs
    and students and Instructors of the Uechi Ryu KIDS' KARATE program

    Dear Sensei Shai Hai, Our branch dojos in Newton and Roxbury Mass., USA, would like to congratulate you and your students on your great successes, and wish you many more. We have enjoyed your videos and the spirit behind them, and the tremendous hospitality you have showed our associates when they have traveled to Israel. We are so glad to have this international link of Uechi friendship and brotherhood. You and your associates are welcome in our homes and dojos any time. Sincerely yours, Senior Instructors Rich Jacobs, Howard Soones, Larry F.P. Fallon, Jr.

    Van Canna,
    Hanshi 9 DAN Uechi Ryu Karate do

    I am honored to be able top provide a testimonial as follows: _ I recall meeting Shai Hai a number of years ago at the 'Hut' Dojo in Boston where workouts were conducted under the tutelage of Master George Mattson, Hanshi Judan. I was immediately impressed with Shai's performance and understanding of a most difficult system_ Uechi Ryu _Karate do. He showed a firm dedication and passion in his study and teaching _ with an ability to be creative and sensitive to the needs of his students. In the following years I have seen videos of Shai and his students' fine skills demonstrations. Shai seems to possess an innate ability to innovate practical methods of personal defense relative to our time, using the basics of the Uechi Ryu concepts. From students of mine, having visited Shai in Israel, I was pleased to learn that Shai and the folks of his dojo are excellent hosts; with their generous and kind hospitality greatly appreciated._ Van Canna, Hanshi Kyudan Uechi Ryu Karate do

    Major Avi Nardia, Kapap combatives

    Dear Shai Taru Hai Its my honor to write for you , I follow your martial art for few years and see how hard training you do how great teacher you are and most how you share HONOR Respect as a real warrior from heart of Samurai You are a true Bushido in the modern era and its a pleasure to know you as a friend and a martial artist to share your great work and knowledge I wish my self more friends and meeting Budo sensei as your self and its my honor to write for you All my best Avi Nardia

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