On Saturday, May 16th I flew to Copenhagen, Denmark from Amsterdam and then took the train across to Malmo, Sweden. The next morning Peter Falk, the Reality-Based Personal Protection Director of the Nordic countries, Nicklas Jorgensen, Christopher Pedersen and I drove four hours north to the city of Boras. The seminar was held at the Knallens Karate Klubb, but was sponsored by the KMS Krav Maga group owned and operated by Pontus Rotter and Anders Hallberg; both residents of Boras.
Right from day one the group gelled together and the week was intense and productive. The five courses were Conflict Conditioning starting on Monday, May 18th, followed by Scenario Training, Control & Defense, Improvised Weapons and ending with Handgun Survival (using air guns that shoot a 6mm projectile). Those who were awarded their Level 2 instructor certificates were Christopher Jonsson, Marcus Jansson, Christopher Pedersen, Jan Larsson, Pontus Rotter, and Johan Karlsson. Those who completed all five courses, but need to finish up Level 1 in order to be a certified Level 1 and 2 instructor were Anders Hallberg, Niclas Sjoberg, and Christopher Pedersen.
After the training had ended Peter and I headed back to Malmo. The following day, our day off, Peter took me to an old windmill in central Malmo. The windmill was a couple of hundred years old. I had no idea that Sweden had so many old windmills like those of Holland that pepper southern Sweden. We then went into the center of town to go buy a Black Belt magazine.
On Sunday we drove up to a farm one and a half hours north east of Malmo where we rode Icelandic horses; the same type of horses used by the Vikings in ancient times. Peter has been taking horse riding lessons for the past two months and wanted me to give it a try. We had a great time and rode through fields, paths in the forest, and even on the edge of a lake.
I will be back in Sweden in 2010, and will have an opportunity to train in Peter Falk’s new location.
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