When Jessica Chastain was cast for the motion film The Debt she really cared about understanding what it takes to be a Mossad Agent. The Mossad is responsible for intelligence collection, covert operations, and counterterrorism. Part of their training includes intense Krav Maga training, Israeli Tactical Shooting and Aggression Training. Jessica researched on line for an authentic Krav Maga Instructors in Los Angeles and she came across this website, KravMagaLA.com. She contact Roy Elghanayan and shared with him her exciting news for being cast in this film. One thing Jesica wanted to point out from the start, she wanted to train as if she really is in the Mossad. She did not want to do a cardio version of it. She said “I want to know what real Israeli Krav Maga is. So when I am on set, I can make sure we are keeping the fights authentic as possible.” She cared about every element in her performance. She had four months to get in fighting shape. In addition, she wanted to gain muscle so her training included weight lifting. Click here to view a short interveiw with Jesica Chastain about here Krav Maga training with Roy Elghanayan.
Her first month of training focused on studying the basics of KM, the movements and philosophy of real krav. Basic Fighting stance, basic kicks, punches, elbows and knees. Then, she learned different Krav Maga combination that involve different strikes. Jesica’s goal was to truly master in Krav Maga as much as one could have in four months. She was not interested in just knowing the moves for her action seances. She truly was interested in developing a set of skills that can work in a real life scenario. The last week of her first month, she went through her first Aggression Training (a very important element in a worriers development. All Israeli Spacial Forces go through this training) that was one week long.
Her second and third month of training covered different attacks like grabs, chocks, bear-hugs and counter attacks. Roy wanted to make sure she knew more then five different ways of getting out of an attack. Roy and Jesica knew that sometimes things change on set for different reason and they wanted to make sure Jesica will be ready for any changes. By her third month of training, Jesica had over twelve hours of Aggression Training. Her development as a fighter was showing and her skills were becoming second nature.
Jesica’s last month of training included different takedowns, police control (as you can see Jesica in action in the film), Gun Defense and Knife Defense, Israeli Tactical Shooting. Her last month included choreographing her fight scenes. It was a very intense month for Jesica, but also very important, because everything was coming together beautifuly. After four month of intense Krav Maga training, Israeli Tactical Shooting and Aggression Training, Jesica’s performance reached to a 4th level in Krav Maga. She truly trained like a worrier from the Israeli Defense Forces. Click here to view Jesica’s fight scene from the movie.
A second scene choreographed by Roy Elghanayan, Click Here.