In 1991, Henoch began his career in law enforcement. In the early years, he spent many nights patrolling the streets of some of New York City’s most formidable areas. The experiences he encountered here, in conjunction with training from veterans of the NYPD enabled him to further develop his skills in self-defense. In the mid-1990′s, looking to expand his training into an area that would apply more self-defense tactics to law enforcement strategies, Henoch began training in Krav Maga. Henoch Otero is a 21-year veteran of the New York City Police Department and SWAT team with martial arts and self-defense training in boxing, Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Krav Maga. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Henoch Otero began boxing in 1979 at the age of 9. He then went on to study Jeet Kune Do at the age of 17. From there, he transitioned into many other areas of martial arts and self-defense as he trained continually over the next 3 decades.
KRAV MAGA AND LAW ENFORCEMENT
He studied with Rhon Mizrachi, chief instructor of Krav Maga and the longest tenured practitioner of the art outside of Israel. While training with Rhon Mizrachi, Henoch became the Lead Defensive Tactics Instructor for the NYPD Tactical Training Unit.
In order to bring a specialized approach to training with more focus on his profession, Henoch began studying with Londale Theus, head instructor of World Wide Krav Maga law enforcement, and earned the title of World Wide Krav Maga Lead Law Enforcement Instructor. He implemented elements into his lesson plans to develop a innovative curriculum for the undercover narcotics division of the NYPD that is still being used today.
Henoch began training with Eyal Yanilov of International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF), becoming an assistant instructor under the organization. He earned full instructor status under Eyal’s new organization, Krav Maga Global. After two years of teaching in the NYPD Tactical Training Unit, Henoch joined the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit (SWAT).
Henoch excelled as a member of the NYPD's most elite and highly trained unit. His highly specialized training included learning to detect HAZMAT, rappelling from helicopters, and climbing city bridges. He became certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and SCUBA specialist. Along with his ESU team, Henoch responded daily to various incidents, including apprehending dangerous criminals, extracting survivors from car accidents, performing high angle rescues (i.e. suicide attempts), rescuing tenants from building collapses, conducting tactical security operations (i.e. protecting high-profile personnel), and subduing emotionally disturbed persons. After 21 years in the police department, Henoch retired in the rank of Detective in the Emergency Services Unit.
TEACHING AND PROGRAM
He enjoyed facing and conquering the challenges of some of the NYPD’s most dire situations, but never lost his love for teaching. Throughout the time he worked in the ESU, Henoch continued to train in Krav Maga, earning many certifications. He also continued teaching private students. Since his retirement, Henoch has continued to pursue his passion for teaching and self-defense.
He has created a program to introduce the same tactics that he used to succeed throughout his 21 years with the NYPD to the civilian population. This program offers high pressure simulations, reality-based training, and individualized feedback to help students learn to survive dangerous situations.