Haganah Houston - Israeli Self Defense, Fitness, and Firearms

Webster, TX

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How does your service stand out?

Haganah Houston offers Israeli reality-based defensive training and tactics that work for everyone, regardless of size and strength. Born in Israel and Assembled in the U.S.A. We will show you how to defend yourself and loved ones against one attacker or multiple attackers. Standing on your feet with mobility, inside clinch, or on the ground, against a much bigger attacker. We will show you how to use improvised weapons or defined tools such as a gun or knife. You will learn at "your pace and ability", in a very positive environment that encourages your continued growth to reach your goals.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The best part of my job is serving my students and seeing them realize their goals. Watching their increased confidence and physical performance, as well as their overall health and life style.
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Webster, TX 77598

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7 Reviews
  • Mike I. Jun 19, 2012
    Haganah are a killer group was created in 1948 killed innocent Palestinian in their villages.
    John P. Jun 20, 2012

    Haganah (Hebrew: "The Defense", ההגנה HaHagana) was a Jewish paramilitary organization in what was then the British Mandate of Palestine from 1920 to 1948, which later became the core of the Israel Defense Forces. After the 1920 Arab riots and 1921 Jaffa riots, the Jewish leadership in Palestine believed that the British, to whom the League of Nations had given a mandate over Palestine in 1920, had no desire to confront local Arab gangs which frequently attacked Palestinian Jews.[citation needed] Believing that they could not rely on the British administration for protection from these gangs, the Jewish leadership created the Haganah to protect Jewish farms and kibbutzim. In addition to guarding Jewish communities, the role of the Haganah was to warn the residents of and repel attacks by Palestinian Arabs. In the period between 1920–1929, the Haganah lacked a strong central authority or coordination. Haganah "units" were very localized and poorly armed: they consisted mainly of Jewish farmers who took turns guarding their farms or their kibbutzim. Following the 1929 Palestine riots, the Haganah's role changed dramatically. It became a much larger organization encompassing nearly all the youth and adults in the Jewish settlements, as well as thousands of members from the cities. It also acquired foreign arms and began to develop workshops to create hand grenades and simple military equipment, transforming from an untrained militia to a capable underground army. Some Bedouins had long standing ties with nearby Jewish communities. They helped defend these communities in the 1936–1939 Arab revolt in Palestine. During the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, some Bedouins of Tuba formed an alliance with the Haganah defending Jewish communities in the Upper Galilee against Syria. Some were part of a Pal-Heib unit of the Haganah. Sheik Hussein Mohammed Ali Abu Yussef of Tuba was quoted in 1948 as saying, "Is it not written in the Koran that the ties of neighbors are as dear as those of relations? Our friendship with the Jews goes back many years. We felt we could trust them and they learned from us too".[8]

  • John Lyle S. Nov 7, 2011
    I can't believe I have not heard of this place until recently. I was loooking for real world self defense training and found their website. The hand to hand street defense is excellent. I really like the knife and gun defenses. John Peek, the head instructor, incorporates so many different skill sets that give you solutions to just about any situation. The Tactical firearms training is the best I've ever seen! They teach the same method our Elite Marine combat teams used in Iraq when they entered Fallujah. The Israeli's call it L.O.T.A.R. Basically, a counter terrorism course adapted for home defense. Powerful, top notch training open to the gerneral public. He calls Haganah Houston "The New Breed of Martial Arts". I agree, it's in a league of it's own. Not another school like it. They are very concerned and attentive to safety and every student is important. So the atmosphere is very friendly and all the other students are helpful. He also has 5 other instructors that are all great as well. They just started a "Bully Proof for Kids" program that is simply remarkable. I have found no facility that gives so much for so little cost. They only charge $150 per month!
  • Tony M. Nov 1, 2010
    I have worked with John for nearly two years as a student of his Haganah Houston School. John is an outstanding martial artist and instructor. He is well versed in the traditional martial arts as well as the modern 'reality based' systems such as Krav Maga and Haganah. He is a sincere and genuine good guy who is eager to teach and a generous mentor. He understands that while learning self-defense is important, training-partner preservation and faith in God are even more so. If you are looking for a great learning environment with a skilled mentor, Haganah Houston is the place.
  • Jesse N. Nov 1, 2010
    I have studied with John Peek for the last 2-3 years in the Haganah self defense system. I have been involved in the martial arts for a number of years and find John's teaching methodology and Haganah system to be the answer to my self defense development that the traditional styles lacked. John's emphasis on learning these very effective techniques for the right reasons and applications is central to his teaching culture. He also places great emphasis on partner preservation which minimizes injury without detracting from the real life aspects of applying the techniques. I highly recommend Houston Haganah to anyone interested in learning reality based self defense in a wholesome, safe environment taught by a top notch instructor and human being.
  • Chris L. Nov 1, 2010
    I am now 36 years old and have always been interested in Martial Arts. But I was looking for a system that would have REAL WORLD applicability, something that I could apply immediately. Haganah was the answer. The atmosphere is not intimidating and VERY constructive. It is full of real people who just want to protect themselves and their families. The owner and Head Instructor (John) is extremely knowledgeable in his craft yet very humble. He has a great way of delivering the material so that everyone understands. So if your think about training in Martial Arts or Self-defense or even physical fitness I would encourage you to call Haganah Houston and try it for yourself.
  • Martin F. Nov 1, 2010
    I can't imagine taking this instruction from anyone other than John Peek. He provides a great atmosphere for beginners and more advanced learners. John knows how to transfer his knowledge to his students in a personal, effective, and caring way. I appreciate that he goes the extra mile to preserve his students' safety ("partner preservation is king", as he says) in an environment of tools intended to be dangerous to an attacker. He walks around the classroom, observing his students and correcting any incorrect technique or encouraging correct techniques. He can always be counted on to remind us of the realities on the street and how to approach them. Training requires great communication skills, and John excels at this both with words and demonstration. He has a robust class schedule yet offers memberships that are flexible enough even for my busy lifestyle.
  • Mark L. Nov 1, 2010
    When i first came to Haganah Houston I was overweight and out of shape and couldnt have defended myself if i wanted to.... almost a yr later I am 55lbs lighter in the best shape and I have confidence and tools to defend myself.... HH is a great family oriented place to train.. All egos are left at the door, John and Chris are great instructors at teaching and keeping everyone safe and free from injury ,,,,,,,,,,,,