Godly Men of Valor (GMV) is about equipping men of God physically and spiritually. It is the goal of WHM and Godly Men of Valor to bring in experts in respective areas of spiritual and physical warfare for those “called” to attend the weekend sessions organized by WHM and GMV. Godly Men of Valor is open to all followers of Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Messiah) who want to be equipped first in the physical then in the spiritual.
Learning tactics in the physical realm will help us as men to better understand the tactics used against us in the spiritual realm. By applying the techniques and tactics learned at these sessions, we will become better men, husbands, fathers, priests in our homes, and warriors in our land. GMV encourages men of all fitness levels to attend.
Humility will be demonstrated by leadership, instructors, and attendees at all times. These seminars are to be a place of refuge and acceptance. May we be as effective defensively as we are offensively, being peacemakers first and Godly Men of Valor forevermore.
Steven Gardner-CKM Level 4 Instructor, WHM and GMV founder
Steven is an inventor and entrepreneur in medical equipment and services sales and marketing for the past 15 years. Prior to his career in medical equipment, Steven served in the US Army and was deployed to Honduras, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Iraq (Desert Shield/Storm in ’91). In 2011, Steven was certified as a level 4 instructor by founder and chief instructor of Commando Krav Maga, Moni Aizik. Steven’s interest in CKM was fueled by his desire to be able to defend his wife and children in a fallen world. In addition to CKM, Steven has trained at Front Site near Las Vegas, Nevada. Steven has realized that learning the balance between physical defense, spiritual defense, and trusting YHWH to be his strength and his shield requires faith, wisdom, and understanding. We must never stop learning how to apply them to our daily lives, regardless of our environment or situation.
Johnny Medero-CKM Elite Team Member Level 8 Instructor Art of Heart Founder and Chief Instructor
Johnny is a firefighter for Miami-Dade Fire and Rescue in Miami, Florida. He is also a certified Level 8 CKM instructor and an Elite Team Instructor who teaches CKM all over the world. Level 8 is the highest level attainable in CKM, and it is a rare opportunity to train with such a high ranking member of the CKM team. Johnny has combined his love for Yeshua with his extensive martial arts training to form Art of Heart. Paul taught that we must first understand the physical before we can understand the spiritual. Johnny teaches one how to fight in the physical using CKM techniques as well as how to fight in the spirit with the understanding that we battle not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces.
(The following information was taken from http://www.commandokravmaga.com/html/combatsurvival.html)
“Commando Krav Maga (CKM) is considered by many experts to be the most evolved and effective Israeli hand-to-hand combat system in the world. Founded by Moni Aizik, a former Elite Commando of the Israeli Special Forces, Commando Krav Maga is the ultimate reality-based system engineered for the most brutal and vicious street confrontations. With its no-nonsense approach and straightforward practical moves, CKM prepares you for the unexpected with techniques that can be utilized effectively under pressure. Commando Krav Maga is not a traditional or sport-based martial art. There are no competitions, rules, or regulations. Instead, CKM is a reality-based system designed for the primary goal of survival.”
Cole Davis – On That Day Ministries
Cole served as an Army Chaplain’s Assistant prior to forming On That Day Ministries. After his deliverance from the occult, he is now helping many overcome spiritual oppression through deliverance by the power of Yeshua and teaching men to be the warriors, priests, and husbands God has created them to be. Cole’s experiences in the occult gave him first-hand knowledge of the reality of spiritual warfare. Equipping men to exercise the authority given to them in the name and power of Yeshua is the cornerstone of Cole’s message.
The nuts and bolts:
Guys should wear comfortable athletic clothes for physical warfare days (i.e. non-binding shorts and a tee shirt), and comfortable street clothes for spiritual warfare days (i.e. polo shirt and jeans). Be sure to bring a notebook or notepad for taking notes each day. Also, pack a lunch for each day along with healthy snacks as our lunch break is short to maximize training times.
Physical Warfare: (Let the fun begin!)
Art of Heart, founded by Johnny Medero, is the foundation of our physical warfare curriculum. Art of Heart uses many of Commando Krav Maga techniques for the basis of its physical warfare training, however, the central difference is the focus on shalom. It is our desire to avoid conflict if at all possible. We do not desire harm on our adversary, however, if confrontation is unavoidable, then we make sure we are the one going home to our family. AOH or CKM are not founded in Asian martial arts, and as such we do not bow to each other. The movements and techniques are not associated with religious practices or motions as found in traditional martial arts. The techniques are simple and straight forward thus enabling one to perform them under pressure.
GMV 1: Handgun disarm (360-degree head and frontal plane), Knife defense and disarming, punch and kick defense, grappling.
GMV2: Handgun disarm (GMV1 pre-req: back and sides), Hostage knife defense and disarming, punch and kick defense concepts, grappling concepts.
With a broad range of subject matter, each GMV may have slight variations in content. However, some of the primary points of teaching will address, spiritual oppression, the influence of spiritual forces on our daily lives and our family, what can open the door to allow spiritual attacks, how to be a king and priest in your home, and much more. You will want your notepad for this day of training. We attack issues like pornography, addictions, and forgiveness.
Linking the physical and spiritual realms is our soul, our mind, our will, and our emotions. Understanding how this battlefield is the primary area of focus that we as men must learn to operate in is probably the most important aspect of all GMV training. It is also the hardest to learn and apply consistently and effectively. GMV instructors will help you learn how to use the tools you have been given by our King and Savior, Yeshua (Jesus).
GMV is in the process of being established as a not-for-profit organization. These weekend sessions are free for Godly men to attend. WHM and GMV asks for offerings of $100 per person when registering for events to help cover the associated expenses. Typical expenses can include honorariums, airfare, lodging, and food for the instructors. WHM and GMV trust YHWH to provide for all of our needs, and trust that the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit) will lead attendees and others to give accordingly. Donations can be made in person at the event or via the PayPal link below. We also welcome partners who wish to give monthly, as these funds build to help cover costs associated with those who want to attend, but lack the ability to give.
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Thank you, and blessings in our Messiah.