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GKP: Eritrea's First Martial Arts System

Written By Admin on Jun 20, 2012 | 11:27 PM

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GKP - Eritrea's first professional combat system

Simohon Giaquinto Tuwold√® is a martial arts expert and the founder who developed a sophisticated Eritrean fighting system called GKP. Launched in early 2011, GKP fuses various traditional and modern Eritrean fighting methods into an all-defense purpose system that can be utilized by both civilian and law enforcement

What separates GKP from other established combat systems is the great emphasis it puts on preventive measures. By extensively teaching his students the psychological aspects of combat, as well as techniques to defuse altercations, GKP aims to promote tolerance and self-control, even during difficult situations.

Based in Cagliari, Italy, GKP features different levels of courses for men and women between the ages of 15-65. It has a minimum duration 60 hours and a maximum of 8 years for mastery. The techniques taught mostly focus on real-life scenario threats and do not require special physical skills from their students.

With the Government of Eritrea recently launching  its "DEAIMS" program, an initiative that envisions to use Eritrean diaspora expertise domestically, this could be a great opportunity for GKP to expand, by teaching local police forces and army divisions a modern, professional and an Eritrean inspired fighting system.

Simohon was born in Genoa, Italy on December 26, 1981 to an Eritrean father and Italian mother. His late father, Alex Giaquinto, was a respected former Eritrean guerrilla fighter during the independence struggle and a master martial arts expert. Since early childhood, he introduced Simohon to a number of fighting techniques, including traditional Eritrean fighting methods that he would later use to develop GKP.

Grandmaster Simohon standing next to his numerous martial arts certificates  
Simohon Giaquinto, the founder of GKP 
Alex Giaquinto (Simohon's father) - 1951-2011 R.I.P.
He was a former Eritrean freedom fighter and a master martial arts expert



Simohon introduces GKP to Eritreans in Asmara
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5 comments:

  1. This sure is very nice to know. He can take this practice and train ten commandoes and they can take it national, all the way to the civilian population. Once a few people acquire it, then prepare an annual contest to promote this self-defense with other sports, such as boxing and chess, as well as other team sports. The Eritrean people need to develop strong sport programmes to help the youth acquire extra confidence, on top of what they already have.

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  2. Sounds interesting! I'll make sure to check out his training facility on my trip to Italy this August.

    Sarah

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  3. i need to learn this thing, coz i'm gettin old and that testa is not cuttin it no more! :) good to see my peps doing BIG things, BIG-UP ERITREA!

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  4. ciao simohon Gaquinto mi chiamo salvo vorrei avere il tuo fbk o un indirizzo mail..vorrei farti una propsta di formazione GKP...mi trovi su fbk slay sassa_p a presto

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  5. ITS MY CHILDHOOD HOBBY IF I COULD GET CHANCE I WOULD LOVE TO LEARN HOW TO USE IT CAN U GIVE AS UR PERMANENT ADDRESS PLS

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