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International Representatives

JEAN BRUNEAU LAURETTE is our Regional Kapap Representative for All of East Africa and the Indian Ocean. Jean Bruneau is a Sea Marshall, close protection leader, NRA firearms instructor and range safety officer. He is also a maritime security team leader against Somalian piracy in the horn of Africa. Maestro Laurette has been active in Kapap Krav Maga at instructor level with FIMA Board member Avi Nardia for more than 10 years. Laurette is the leading instructor in Kapap for Mauritius, Indian Ocean and Africa.

We have a new Krav Maga representative in Angola, Africa - Márcio Bainhas! Márcio was born in Portugal and now resides in Angola, Africa. He began his martial arts career in 1985 with Japanese Karate (Goju Ryu) reaching 2nd Dan in 2016. Márcio has extensively studied several different types of Martial Arts and Combat Sports, including: Ninjutsu, Judo, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai. In 1994, in Torre Molinos, Spain, Márcio received his 1st Dan Black Belt in Ruy San Ruy Close Combat from founder Master Rui Mendonça. Márcio began studying Krav Maga and in 2005, traveled to Israel for his first advanced VIP protection course by ISDS – International Security and Defence Systems. With continued training in Portugal 2015, he received an Expert Certificate and Krav Maga Civil Instructor Certificate from the Krav Maga Association – Elite Krav Maga with Israeli Master Matan Bochner.

In 2016, in partnership with the Israeli Embassy in Angola, on behalf of the Ambassador Raphael Singer, Márcio organized the 1st Krav Maga International Seminar with Israeli Instructor Major Doron Balanchen from IKMF (International Krav Maga Federation). Following this seminar, he was invited by Master Avi Moyal to be the Director of IKMF in Angola. The following years Márcio trained several times in Israel with IKMF Crush Camp and graduated G1 by Master Avi Moyal. He also certified in Israel as a Krav Maga Military Instructor (Expert Level 2) and then the VIP Protection Krav Maga Instructor (Expert Level 3) and Graduate 2 level certification by Master Avi Moyal IKMF. During that time Márcio expanded his teaching to include Nigeria where he lead International Krav Maga seminars and became the IKMF Director. He has taught Krav Maga to law enforcement and security in both Nigeria and Angola as the Head Instructor for the Self Defence Module as well as the Shooting Instructor– National Public Order Police School and the 1st CPO (Close Protection Officer) course for the Escorts of the Commissioners of the National Angolan Police. He also teaches courses in Defensive Shooting for Civilians at the National Police School of Angola.

From 2017 to 2020, Márcio served as the Regional IKMF Director for all of Africa. He recently branched off from IKMF, founded and became the Head Instructor and President of the AKMF – African Krav Maga Federation. In addition to his career in Israeli Martial Arts, Márcio is the Safety Director of a Multinational Company of Transports and Logistics. If you are traveling in West Africa and visiting Nigeria or Angola, please drop by (with your FIMA card) and take a free class from Márcio. Welcome to the FIMA Family Márcio Bainhas! Glad to have you on board.
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AUSTRALASIA REGIONAL KM REP - PAUL JOHNSTONE. Paulis  a former Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Federal Agent. He has worked protective security and intelligence; responsible for the protection of the Australian Prime Minister as well as other Australian and International Heads of Government and VIPS. Paul has more degrees, certifications and diplomas then we've ever seen in a resume! Expertise in diverse disciplines such as Risk Management, Organizational Behavior, International Relations, Public Safety, Education and a Paramedic!. He is an instructor in multiple areas including; Defensive Tactics, Close Protection, Tactical Operations, and Firearms. Paul received many awards including the Australian Bravery Award and many citations for outstanding actions as both a soldier (Sargent) and police officer from several different governments and agencies.

In addition to black belts in karate and Bujinkan (ninjitsu - 15th Dan Master Instructor), he has instructor certifications in both Krav Maga (trained with FIMA Board Members Itay Gil and Nir Maman) and Kapap (trained with FIMA Board Member Avi Nardia). Master Johnstone is the Founder and Chief Instructor of Street Edge Krav Maga International and we at FIMA are honored to have him as our Australasian

Western Australia – Dean – Khanh. (KM)

Mr. Khanh is the owner of Defensive Kombat / Krav Maga Academy near Perth in Western Australia. Dean has over 35 years involvement and experience in Martial Arts and the Health and Fitness industry.  

He has trained in a variety of martial arts including Hapkido, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Kali, MMA, and Wing Chun Kung Fu. Dean is a Master Instructor and 5th Dan Kukkiwon (WTF) Black Belt in Taekwondo, Certified Kali Instructor in several styles including Kali Agol Combat, Nationally Accredited Edged Weapon Response Instructor, Gym Instructor and Fitness Trainer with the Western Australia Fitness Academy, Mix Martial Boxing Certified Instructor, and Certified Personal Trainer. He is certified in CPR and Senior First Aid Life Support. He is also certified in Panuntukan and Dumog (Filipino Boxing and Locking Restraint) and Semi-Automatic & Revolver Handgun by Ray Mancini from the Sig Sauer Academy. In terms of Israeli martial arts, Dean has been actively training and teaching Krav Maga for many years. He is a Certified Master Instructor and 3rd Degree Black Belt with Protect Israeli Security Solutions under FIMA’s Krav Maga Director, Dr. Itay Gil. Dean also has also been certified with a Krav Maga and Self-Defence Diploma from Israel’s Tel Aviv University Sports Centre.

Dean hosts Krav Maga and Tactical Mixed Martial Arts seminars to small groups as well as international and national corporations, such as Chevron. Through his teachings, he empowers his students with the knowledge and confidence to deal with the most common form of physical attacks. He has also taught self-defense to children and high school students as part of their Fitness and Sporting curriculum in Australia. Dean is certified in VIP Protection Techniques as well as Police Defence Tactics. If you're in Australia, head west to Perth and train with the BEST.
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Australia – Victoria
AJ Kearns started his martial arts journey in 2000, with Taekwondo (World Taekwondo Federation - 1st Dan Black belt - Kukiwon Certified, South Korea), and then going on to study RyuKyu Kobudo (Okinawa International Kobudo Australia - 1st Dan Black Belt - Certified by Kyoshi Robert Slywa), He began teaching both at the Academy of Martial Arts in Sydney from 2004.
His interest and study of reality-based systems began in 2002, AJ is a certified Instructor in Floro Fighting Systems certified by Raymond Floro, and Level 1 Instructor in Kinetic Fighting - Integrated Combat certified by Paul Cale. In terms of the Israeli Martial Arts, AJ trained with and became certified as an Advanced Civilian Krav Maga Instructor by FIMA Krav Maga Director Dr. Itay Gil of Protect Krav Maga in 2006. AJs interest and passion for Krav Maga lead him to additional certifications as well as traveling to Israel for advanced training. He is certified as Krav Maga Chief Instructor by Tactical Krav Maga, Krav Maga Practical Instructor by Roy Faiga (Shi-Heun Krav Maga, Wingate Institute) Youth Krav Maga Instructor by Lior Offenbach Combat Krav Maga. AJ has also trained with Richard Dimitri (SAFE International, Senshido); Chris Roberts (SAFE International); Dave Pauli (ISR Matrix), David Krstic (Gracie Jiu Jitsu). In Israeli Martial Arts systems, AJ has also trained with Avi Abeceedon (10 Dan Degree, K.A.M.I - Israeli Krav Magen Assoc.); Ran Nakash (former Chief Commander of Krav Maga Instructional Unit within the Israeli Defence Force (IDF)); Danny Netzer (Chief Commander of the Krav Maga Instruction Unit, IDF); Itay Danenberg (KMI), FIMA Board Member and CA representative John Whitman of Krav Maga Alliance; and Roy Elghanayan (Krav Maga LA).
AJ is a certified Personal Trainer and has being called upon many times, as an expert in self-defence for national television, radio, magazines, and newspapers. He operates a school in Melbourne Australia, where he heads up Guardian Krav Maga as Chief Instructor, using his many years of experience to guide and formulate the system and syllabus. He continues his association with Paul Cale (Former Australian Special Forces Sgt, Kinetic Fighting - Integrated Combat) and Dr Gil (former Chief Krav Maga Instructor of the Israeli counter terror and hostage rescue unit YAMAM).
If you find yourself visiting Melbourne, Australia or the Victoria region, please drop by (with your FIMA card) and get your free class from AJ Kearns. It will be well worth the visit. Welcome to the FIMA family, AJ Kearns!
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BENELUX KM - Timo Hennekes. Timo is currently the President and Founder of the Dutch Israeli Krav Maga Federation RetZef Sport & Protect. He was the Dutch Chief Instructor and Representative in The Netherlands for the Israeli Krav Maga Association under GM Haim Gidon. Timo is also a Certified Instructor in MMA as well as a Certified Instructor and 4th Dan Black Belt in Krav Maga under GM Captain Dr. Itay Gil.

Timo Hennekes RDG holds a PhD in Neurologic & Training Education at the university of Barcelona, has more than 30 years of martial arts and teaching experience with 15 of those years leading Krav Maga in The Netherlands. Master Timo Hennekes RDG is certified in pistol shooting and anti-terror tactics and has taught civilians as well as law enforcement and the Dutch military. Master Hennekes is a coordination specialist, training soccer select and pro teams in functional efficiency such as improving coordination skills and minimizing reaction times. He is bringing these highly sought-after training tactics to Israeli Martial Arts.  More information can be found at www.retzef.com

 

Brazil - Clesio Mota (KM). Clesio served in the Brazilian army for seven years. He is the owner of Massa-De-Mira Sistemas de Treinamentos Ltd, a safety and training consultant working with public (GCM-SP) and private security (SECULUN/Lorena-SP), a reserve military officer from Armed Forces, and a Weapons and Shooting instructor accredited by SIGMA/Brazilian Army and Federal Police in CONAT/SINARM. Clesio is also an Instructor of Fire Fighting Tactics and MMA Martial Arts Practices, a Master martial artist certified in hand-to-hand combat, Krav Maga, Kapap, Hapkido, and MMA. He is a certified instructor, Black Belt, and international representative of Protect Israeli Security Solutions, based in Israel under CEO and FIMA Krav Maga Director Dr. Itay Gil.

Master Mota is the founder and President of the FEDERAÇÃO PAULISTA DE KRAV-MAGA E KAPAP, the only one legally approved in the state of São Paulo with 300 active students across the state of São Paulo, with a total of 500 students and daily classes. He holds several seminars per year both locally in Brazil and internationally. Clesio is always looking for visitors to Sao Paulo, come on out and train.

 

Canada   Laurian Lapadatu (KM)

Master Lapadatu is a very well-rounded martial artist with a wealth of knowledge and experience. He is trained in Sambo, Systema and Kickboxing. Master Lapadatu has a purple belt in Jiu Jitsu, brown belt in Judo, 2nd Dan Black Belt in Kyokushinkai Karate, 3rd Dan Black Belt Karate in the Chuck Norris System, 2nd Dan Black Belt ITF Taekwondo, 3rd Dan WTF Taekwondo.4 Dan Black Belt CMA, and 6 Dan Black Belts in both Okinawan and Shotokan Karate. He is certified as a Coach in Karate, Kali/Escrima and Taekwon-Do.In terms of Israeli Martial Arts, Master Lapadatu has trained in Kapap and and achieved a 4 Dan Black Belt in Krav Maga, being certified as an instructor in 5 different Krav Maga Organizations! He served in the military and is a tactical firearms combat instructor (Pistol and Carbine). Master Lapadatu is also certified by the IBA (international Bodyguard Association) and is the North American Regional Director (Western Canada). He has Advanced Security Training (BST and AST) and consults and trains for both low risk and high risk Personal and VIP Protection. Master Lapadatu has also trained and certified in Combat and Close Combat Shooting (Romania, France, Canada and USA), hostage rescue, Advanced Driving and Tactical Procedures, H2H Combat, Arresting Techniques and Weapons Training to Military, Law Enforcement Agencies and Civilians in Europe, North and South America, and in CPR (Level C).

Laurian is Co-Founder and Former Chief Instructor for Krav Maga Force and the Co-Founder and former Chief Instructor of UFAF Krav Maga Force under GM Chuck Norris. In addition to martial arts and self-defense, Laurian is also a Certified Member of the Coaching Association of Canada, Certified Crossfit Instructor, and Certified Olympic Lifting Instructor. In his spare time he is a graduate of Accounting College and Sport Trainers College. Laurian has trained many instructors throughout Canada and the United States. He welcomes you to come and join him for a free lesson (With proof of FIMA membership).

Troy Ostapiw. Master Ostapiw has an amazing resume. He has extensively studied several martial arts including Bujinkahn Jiu-Tai-Jitsu (5th Dan Black Belt), Natural Spirit Combatives (5th Dan Black Belt), Modern Arnis (1st Dan Black Belt), Jeet Kune Do (Guro Instructor status under Kru Daniel Sullivan, Warrior Arts Alliance based on the Lacoste-Inosanto Method of Dirty Boxing), Kali (Instructor Special Ops) and Machado Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (2nd degree Blue Belt). Master Ostapiw is also a Certified NCCP Boxing Coach and a Certified Kettlebell Instructor. Troy has an extensive law enforcement background and experience teaching H2H and combat tactics to Law Enforcement and Military. He is a certified Close Protection Officer for Hostile Environments. He has also worked as a Contract Weapons Specialist trainer for the Canadian Armed Forces and is a former Police Defensive Tactics Instructor of the Saskatchewan Police College as well as Defensive Tactics Trainer for RCMP – Royal Canadian Mounted Police at (F) division training centre at Depot in Regina. Troy is currently a Government contractor for Justice teaching Defensive Tactics, Officer Safety & Leadership to Law enforcement personnel. He is also an Arrest and Control Instructor, Certified Security Specialist, and Certified in Executive Protection High Risk Operations. In addition to teaching martial arts and self-defense, Troy also teaches by writing – he is a published author on self-defense and Officer Safety Tactics for Blue Line Magazine.
In terms of Israeli Martial Arts, Troy has trained with three different Krav Maga organizations over more than 17 years. He holds a Second Degree Black Belt under FIMA’s Canadian Representative @Laurian Lapadatu. Troy has travelled the world extensively learning and teaching Self Defense and Personal
Protection from some of the world’s most elite Instructors of Krav Maga, Self-Defense & Personal Protection. Troy is the founder and CEO of Integrated Fighting Concepts, and currently the
Canadian National Director of Krav Maga Force, KMF. Troy Ostapiw has taught thousands of people interested in learning real functional self-defense and fitness KRAV MAGA to get in shape and empower them. He teaches group classes and seminars through Canada. This includes beginners, intermediates, as well as Train the Trainer Workshops.
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Czech Republic - Lukas Pesta
Lukas has been practicing Taekwon-Do (ITF) martial arts for 33 years. He is the head instructor of a very successful Taekwon-Do school, where he teaches children martial arts and survival skills, first aid and civil defence education. He is a former member of the national representation where he acquired 3 titles of European grandmaster, 5 titles of European Master Instructor (Vice-Master) and 12 titles of Czech Republic grandmaster. He leads armed forces training in close-handed combat, combat shooting, and strategies. Lukas also directs CQB for elite units and members of special forces. He has trained soldiers for foreign operations in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Mali as well as Law Enforcement, penitentiary staff and members of the Municipal police force. He was a member of Airdropping Special Forces; participating in foreign operations, as well as Exploratory Special Forces for which he leads their training in close-handed combat and CQB.
Lukas has been practicing Krav Maga intensely for 12 years, and the past 9 years with FIMA Krav Maga Director, Dr. Itay Gil. In 2016 he became an International Instructor for Protect Israeli Security Solutions and the Representative of Protect company for the Czech Republic. Lukas has also taken the advanced step of completing trainings with instructors from Israeli special forces such as Duvdevan, Yamam, Israeli Navy Seals and Sayaret Matkal. Lukas owns and operates three successful branches of Protect Krav Maga in the Czech Republic with approximately 50 students. Lukas is one of the most dedicated Kravists that you will meet. Practicing and perfecting his defense skills are not just his job, it’s his mission and way of life. He describes his life vision as being able to help, protect and educate his students to make a better and safer world. Lukas is an awesome Krav Maga instructor. If you live in the Czech Republic, there is no better place to learn Krav Maga than with Lukas Pesta. If you’re visiting, remember to bring your FIMA membership card for a FREE lesson with Lukas.
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ENGLAND KM - GHEORGHE HUSAR. Gheorghe is one of the most respected Krav Maga instructors in the world will be the FIMA representative in England! From a young age, Gheorghe studied boxing, fencing, and wrestling (with one of Romania’s Champion Wrestlers. He spent over 17 years studying traditional martial arts reaching 4th Dan Black Belt in Shotokan, Red Belt in Taekwondo, and Brown belt in Kyokushinkai under the Romanian Martial Arts Federation (FRAM). Husar is a respected martial arts champion – having participated in multiple full-contact and non-contact military & Civil martial arts competitions. He served for 11 years as a sergeant in the Romanian Army, is a former presidential body guard, and a special forces trainer.

In addition, Sergeant Husar is a certified Shooting instructor with Distinction, Physical Training Instructor, and Combat (Self Defence) Instructor. After leaving the army in 2000, he worked in security and close protection. He began his Krav Maga journey in 2002. He is trained by the direct students of Emrich “Imi” Lichtenfeld and Krav Maga experts from Israel. He successfully completed the Krav Maga Instructor course in 2007 under Eyal YanilovSince then, Gheorghe has continued gaining and advancing his Krav Maga, Self Defence and Professional Firearms training and knowledge under FIMA board of directors member Itay Gil (Israel), Mark Dawes (UK), and Euro Tactical (France). He has successfully completed a Law Enforcement Instructors Course in Poland. He has also trained with FIMA board member, Avi Nardia. Mazel Tov to Gheorghe Husar! We are honored to have you as a member of the FIMA family.

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Marko Eckert is the FIMA KRAV MAGA Representative for Ecuador. Marko Eckert was born in Germany. Throughout his life he has practiced several martial arts such as Kickboxing, Judo, K1, and Aikido. In 1999 he started Krav Maga training and since 2000 he has been studying with FIMA Krav Maga Director, Dr. Itay Gil. Eckert has been certified in Israel, the United States of America and different countries in Europe. He is now a Black Belt IV DAN Master Instructor in Krav Maga. Master Eckert was the pioneer of Krav Maga in Ecuador when he relocated there in 2011. He also founded the First High Level School called Krav Maga Elite Latino América with 19 Instructors and representatives in different countries.  He regularly provides training and consulting services to the most important private and public companies of Ecuador and has been the Instructor of the Presidential Protection Service for several years; training more than 1600 soldiers and receiving direct congratulations from the President of the Republic of Ecuador.

For several years Master Eckert been an Instructor of VIP Protection of the Intelligence Military School. He has trained Special Forces such as: GOE, GEO, GIR, Military and Police Training Schools and given seminars for civilians. In addition to training bodyguards for High Dignitaries (he and Dr. Itay Gil have trained and certified hundreds of bodyguards), Eckert has more than 25 years of experience as a bodyguard for world famous personalities.  He had the honor of being invited as an Instructor at the National Meeting of Instructors of Krav Maga in Mexico and the World Event of Living Legends of Krav Maga in Madrid in November 2019. He is currently the Chief Instructor of Protect Israeli Security Solutions for Latin America. We are honored to have Marko in the FIMA Family.

Fiji KM - Russ Rasiga. Russ is a martial artist, fighter and former Special Operations Forces Operator, US Government DoD Contractor in Iraq protecting US Military Generals and High Level US Government Officials. Close Protection Team Leader to Israeli Government Diplomats while traveling overseas and Personal Bodyguard to US Navy SEAL’s second in Command Admiral EGW during one of his visits in Iraq. Proud of his Jewish heritage, Russ was born in Fiji and is the Founder/Chief Instructor of Krav Maga Fiji, Russ Tactics Special Operations Combative’s, and Chief Instructor of Russ Krav Maga N.C.D in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Russ is also a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Purple Belt from Bauru São Paulo, Brazil. 

Rasiga is currently the Chief Instructor/Grand Master of Associação Brasileira de Krav Maga (Association of Brazilian Krav Maga) and awarded the rank of Krav Maga 6th Dan. Chief Instructor of Russ Tactics ABKM with Affiliates in states and cities in Brazil, USA, Argentina, Morocco, Ireland, Spain, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Island and Mexico. Other Martial Arts achievements includes 8th Dan Jujitsu, 3rd Dan Hapkido, Freestyle Karate Black Belt, World Martial Arts Organization C.B Self Defense 8th Dan Grand Master. Rasiga is a hand-to-hand combat and Blade Tactics Instructor to Special Forces units, Military, Law Enforcement, Close Protection Teams and Security Professionals in several countries around the world. He has trained in Thailand and fought professionally in Muay Thai (5 fights:4 wins 1 draw) and MMA. To train with or contact Russ 
Website: www.russtactics.com 
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GERMANY KM  - SEJOSCHA AGIRI. Agiri has been practicing martial arts for almost 40 years, starting in Tae Kwon Do (Black Belt) than kickboxing. Sifu Agiri has over 30 years experience in Wing Chun Kung Fu and in currently the owner of one of Germany’s biggest martial arts schools – THE BASE www.at-the-base.de with approx. 800 students. Sejoscha has been involved with Security for 20 years with high profile clients such as German celebrities, Franco Nero, and the Klitschkos). He participated in the first German Krav Maga Instructors Course in 2005 under Eyal Yanilov, Avi Moyal, Amnon Darsa and Tamir Gilad and has done IDF training in Israel under Ran Nakash and Danny Netzer as well as Law Enforcement Course in Israel in 2012.  Sifu Agiri has trained and studied with FIMA Director Dr. Itay Gil since 2008 achieving the rank of Master Instructor and 4th Dan Black Belt. He is an Executive Member of Protect/Israeli Security Solutions and involved with producing and releasing 7 Krav Maga DVDs.

Agiri has worked for several German companies as a Law Enforcement Instructor, responsible for unarmed Security training as well as training the German Police Academy and various Police units in his hometown. He is certified by the German Government as a shooting Instructor as well as an Instructor for Sports and Marketing. Agiri is the founder/owner of the GERMAN KRAV MAGA FEDERATION with about 4000 students www.gkmf.de!.  He is building up to 150 coaches and Instructors in over 100 martial arts/Krav Maga schools! Agiri is a sought-after speaker for martial arts, an Inflight Security Officer (Protect Israeli Security Solutions) and an Active Shooter-Defense Instructor (USA / Ryan Hoover). Sifu Agiri is currently developing an online training and certification platform. To contact Sifu Agiri and find out more about his training programs. https://www.facebook.com/sejoscha

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Michael Rüppel is the newest member of the FIMA Board of Directors and joins Yoshi Agiri as a FIMA Krav Maga representative for Germany. Rüppel is well-known throughout Europe and in Israel. He began working in security in 1992 as a bodyguard for such notables as Gerhard Schröder, Dr. Ben Weider, Jean-Claude van Damme and many others. While Rüppel trains in other martial arts (purple belt in BJJ), since 1998 he has focused on Israeli Martial Arts. His first instructor in Krav Maga was Amnon Maor, the former chief instructor of the Israeli border patrol. Rueppel has excelled in both Hisardut and Krav Maga. In 1999, he became one of the first Krav Maga Instructors in Germany. Rüppel has trained extensively in Israel to attain this level of expertise. He was awarded a 6th Dan Black Belt in Krav Maga by a delegation from Israel and Dr. Dennis Hanover, the founder of Hisardut, personally promoted Rüppel to 5th Dan Black Belt in Hisardut. In 2009 he was given a special honor by Dr. Dennis Hanover to recognize his contributions to International relations between Germany and Israel and was inducted into the prestigious Museum of Israeli Martial Ats Hall of Fame which hosts important personalities of Israeli Martial Arts.
Michael Rüppel has taken his knowledge of Krav Maga and Hisardut to develop his own style of Israeli-based self-defense, incorporating highly effective techniques for hand-to-hand, firearms, knives, and ground fighting. In addition, he gives his students an understanding of the psychological aspects of real-world self-protection as well as important aspects in criminal law. He offers workshops all around the world, and is also an International Instructor for multiple Law Enforcement Agencies including: German Police, Israeli Police, IDF Lotar, Homeland Security, Miami Dade Special Response Team and Police, Police Combat and Expert Group China, and San Diego police. Last year, he was invited to the United States (Miami Dade Police and SWAT), China (Police Combat Expert Group – responsible for training police force and special forces throughout China), Panama (Comando Fuerzas Especiales) and Israel to teach and train police and special forces.
Rüppel has received several international awards in martial arts. In 2011, he was inducted into the U.S. Martial Arts Hall of Fame, he was invited by the LOTAR - Counter Terrorism Tactical Training School. In 2011 and 2014 he won a gold medal in Israel at the Dennis Hisardut Championships; held in honor of the fallen soldiers of Israel. In 2017, Rüppel was invited by the United States Department of Homeland Security to present his Law Enforcement Program C.O.P.S (Close Operation Protection System) to a SRT (Special Response Team) of Homeland Security. He has been featured on television on Pro7 (Das Höllencamp) as one of the trainers in 5 episodes, he has choreographed (and acted in) a fight scene for the actor Henning Baum in the movie Der letzte Bulle”.
Rüppel has established his Street Defence schools in Europe, Central and South America as well as the United States. He has trained with many of the greatest names in Israeli Martial Arts and we look forward to having him as a representative and member of the FIMA Board of Directors to help train and promote FIMA throughout the world.

FIMA Announcement! We have a new Krav Maga Representative for Greece - Dimitrios Krav Maga. Dimitrios was born in Greece in 1976 and started martial arts training at the age of 19. He has trained in and competed in a variety of martial arts including kick boxing and Muay Thai boxing. Dimitrios has done many training camps in Thailand, including Fairtex with Grandmaster Sanny and in 2015 was awarded the 10th khan from the world Muay Boran Federation and the World Muay Thai Association. Dimitrios is an internationally recognized expert in hot weapons. He has been competing in practical shooting competitions since 2000, including being IPSC National Champion, a member of the Hellenic National Team, and ranked 4th in the world at the 2017 Rifle World Championships in Russia.

In terms of Israeli Martial Arts, Dimitrios has been intensely studying Krav Maga for more than twelve years. He has visited Israel for training more than 10 times! He has trained directly under FIMA Krav Maga Director, Dr. Itay Gil in Jerusalem at the Teddy Kollek stadium as well as training in Greece by Dr. Gil many more times. Dimitrios has been a certified Krav Maga instructor since 2011 and is now considered by Dr. Gil as one of his “top instructors in the world.” Dimitrios is Founder of the athletic club, “Protect – Hellas which since 2012 has represented Protect Israeli Security Solutions in Greece. Under Protect – Hellas, Dimitrios trains civilians, military and law enforcement officers nationwide. Dimitrios has a Krav Maga training center with about 60 students in Pyrgos (about 20 km from ancient Olympia) and will soon be opening another center in Athens. FIMA is honored to be able to add Dimitrios Krav Maga to the list of amazingly talented Instructors and Representatives. If you visit Greece, you will need to see ancient Olympia. When you see ancient Olympia, take a brief drive over to take a free class with Dimitrios – don’t forget your FIMA ID member card. Dimitrios Krav Maga welcome to the FIMA family!
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Haim Gidon: FIMA Announcement! FIMA is proud and honored to have Grandmaster Israeli Krav Maga Association Gidon System -Grand Master Haim Gidon".Haim Gidon join our Honorary Grandmaster Advisory Council!! This is the highest Council offered by FIMA. We look forward to promoting the Gidon System of Krav Maga. GM Gidon was born on June 27, 1944 in Istanbul, Turkey. He trained in Greco-Roman wrestling and boxing. At 17 he emigrated to Israel and joined a youth society on a kibbutz until he joined the IDF armored corps in 1962 – serving as a tank driver. In 1965, he restarted his boxing training until 1967 when he served in the Six Day War. In 1969, Haim joined Imi Lichtenfeld’s Krav Maga course and then advanced course. In this class were notable figures like Eli Avigzar, Haim Zut, and Oskar Klein. The training involved Judo, boxing, and knife fighting. In 1973 Haim was again called to help defend Israel on the Syrian front in the Yom Kippur war. He was given an award for his service and returned home in 1974. Haim continued his training with Imi and in 1977 became an instructor. In 1978 Imi, along with Haim Gidon, formed the world’s first Krav Maga association, Israeli Krav Maga Association (IKMA). Haim served as the head of the grading committee and lead instructor for instructor courses sponsored in cooperation with Wingate Institute while running his full-time diamond business in Netanya.
In 1980, Haim Gidon received his black belt from Imi. From 1981 to 1983, Haim instructed at Eli Avigzar’s school. In 1985 Haim opened a Krav Maga school with Imi as a frequent visitor. In 1986, after 17 years of training, Imi awarded Haim a 4th Dan Black Belt making him one of the highest senior ranking instructors in the world. He continued to teach and conduct instructor courses along with Imi and Haim Zut. In 1993, Haim opened a studio in the Ben Zion suburb of Netanya (still current location) and was designated by Imi as the Head of the Belt Ranking Committee. In 1994, Haim became the IKMA lead management, and in ’95 the Chairman and Head of the Grading and Exam Committee (Imi remained the president). Together they continued to develop Krav Maga including Retzev, 360 defense, more ground fighting, and knife vs knife. By 1996, Haim Gidon was one of two 8th Dan Krav Maga black belts given by Imi. Haim, along with his sons who trained in Krav Maga for many years, continued to develop and document new Krav Maga materials, including ground survival techniques, firearm defense, defense from multiple attackers, applications while driving, specialized materials for army and police, and mental training. From 1998 - 2003, Haim joined Wingate’s martial arts committee as the Krav Maga representative.
Following Imi’s passing in 1998, Haim was elected president of the IKMA for life. In 1997, IKMA instructor Rick Blitstein, recommended David Kahnfor training in a letter to Imi. David made frequent visits to Israel and trained intensively in the Gidon system, eventually becoming the USA Head Instructor, and now a member of FIMA’s Board of Directors and the Director of The Israeli Combative Tactics Association (ICTA). Haim Gidon and his instructors made many trips to the United States. The Israeli Krav Maga Gidon System is highly appreciated and respected by the US Navy Seals, Green Berets, Marine Corps, Special Ops Command, DEA, US Marshals, Air Marshals, along with more than 250 American law enforcement agencies. For the last 30 yrs, Grandmaster Gidon has continued to improve Krav Maga. Welcome to the FIMA Family!
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Itay Gil - KM: Dr. Itay Gil is an IDF Captain. He served in Israel’s special forces paratroops brigade. He was chosen to join Israel’s elite counter-terror and hostage rescue commando unit, “Yamam”, where he became an operative and then chief close-quarter combat instructor. He served with them for 6 years as a combat fighter and another 5 years as chief trainer for all special and tactical forces plus all undercover agencies. He participated in up to 3 missions each day with many being classified across the globe. Capt. Gil was the executive director of all training programs for the Israel Border Police as well as the undercover police intelligence unit. He continues to serve in the IDF reserves where he is senior combat instructor and strategic mission planner for an elite undercover counter-terrorism team. He was responsible for the training for the security of the Israeli President for 10 years and has trained the security of the Ukrainian President on several occasions, as well as HRT, FBI, SWAT, Spetsnaz Alpha Group among others. Itay has been featured on History Channels’ “Human Weapon” series, BBC Special Forces “Ultimate Hell Week” and is recognized by Al Jazeera as a world leading aviation security expert. He has a Master’s Degree in Sports and Science and a PhD in Security. Dr. Gil is a Wingate-Certified Instructor Trainer in Physical Training and Martial Arts and a 8th Dan Black Belt in Krav Maga. Dr. Gil is recognized as one of the greatest Krav Maga experts in the world and FIMA is honored to have Dr. Itay Gil as the International Krav Maga Director and Director of the International Military Combatives Organization (IMCO). Dr. Itay Gil is founder and CEO of PROTECT - one of the top Security Training Companies in the World. Itay is also an author, entrepreneur, philanthropist, motivational life coach and actor. He gets the audience thinking, engaged, and with just the right amount of laughter he presents in a way that everyone can relate to and believe in. A recognized authority on human behavior, resilience and performance under stress, he has served as an advisor to leaders around the world for more than 20 years.

Itay Gil has starred in numerous TV programs around the world, including “Ultimate Hell Week” and “The Human Weapon”. Itay is a natural in front of the camera and it was only a matter of time before he ventured into the movies. “Levelling The Score” (2019) is his latest screen role as a tough undercover agent. He is able to bring his real-life experiences to this role which make it all the more exciting and engaging.

Moshe-Hai Galisko began studying martial arts from a very young age. He started in Judo and Karate. In 1972, with help from his father, Haviv Galisko Moshe opened the first Kapap and Karate Training Club. Haviv Galisko was one of the original Kapap instructors in the Haganah (IDF). After the transition of Kapap to Krav Maga, Haviv Galisko reinvented Modern Kapap. From 1979 to 1981, Kapap was taught in the city of Yamit in the Gaza strip. Moshe Galisko has been practicing martial arts for the last 47 years.

GM Galisko is the Successor and Developer of Modern Kapap style and the President of the International Kapap Association (IKA) which is recognized by the Israeli Ministry of Sport. GM Galisko is the Chairman of the Israeli and European Karate Organization (8th Dan Shotokan) and Head of the Center for Martial Arts in Israel (Beer Sheva). He is a Senior trainer of martial arts: Karate, Kapap, Krav-Maga and Kobudo and a former coach of the Israeli Special Forces team and instructor of CQB defensive tactics. Galisko is a highly proficient and respected martial artist. He teaches the military elite and works with high level anti-terrorist agencies around the world. GM Galisko speaks four languages and has Kapap practitioners all over the world. He is a resident of the western Negev in Israel.

Haim Gozali -Director of IGDA and Board of Directors
Haim Gozali is an Israeli and IDF veteran who has dedicated his life and career post-service to Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and representing Israel on the world’s most important stages. From Madison Square Garden in New York to record-breaking events in Tel Aviv, and at The Forum in Los Angeles. Gozali represents Israel with pride around the world and is the Head of the Renzo Gracie Academy in BatYam, Israel. Haim holds a 4th Dan Jiu Jitsu Black Belt under Renzo Gracie. In 2017, Gozali scored the 2nd fastest submission in Bellator’s Welterweight division, ending the fight in just 45 seconds of the first round. He is known as the Israeli Batman. His record includes 12 wins – with 11 of those coming by way of submission. Haim has also worked in security and has been knifed 5 times in the line of duty. Haim Gozali will be using his extensive grappling knowledge in his role as the Director of the International Grappling Defense Association - IGDA.
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Guy Skornik
FIMA Announcement! Grandmaster Guy SKORNIK has joined the FIMA leadership team and will sit on the Honorary Grandmaster Advisory Council.
The name Skornik in Israel is associated with the best in martial arts. Starting with Gadi Skornik who the Jerusalem post called “the greatest warrior of them all, the masters’ master.” Gadi was really the first Israeli Martial Arts champion. Gadi was born in France and grew up in an orphanage, after his parents passed away and he lost his two brothers in the Holocaust. Gadi learned to be tough on the street. He spent several years training in Japan and moved permanently to Israel where he became the national Judo champion for many years as well as an expert in Karate, Jiu Jitsu and an authority on ninja swords. Everyone knows the name Imi Lichtenfeld as the head of the military Krav Maga branch and the founder of Civilian Krav Maga. Gadi Skornik was the one who actually gave Imi his first black belt! As a Lieutenant Colonel, Gadi worked with the army’s most elite units.
Gadi was also well known for being extremely tough on his children to foster their resilience. His son Guy SKORNIK trained with his father, the Master’s Master in the Skornik Combat System since he was extremely young and now carries on the torch. As the Jerusalem Post has written about Guy Skornik, “There wasn’t an ounce of nepotism in that choice. Guy is simply the BEST! And if anyone has any doubts, they’re invited to take him on. Guy is as lethal as his father.” Guy Skornik is now a 10th Dan Grandmaster in Jiu Jitsu and the Skornik סקורניק- לוחמה ישראלית Skornik Combat System. GM Skornik has worked closely with Grandmaster Arieh Cohen for many years to develop a highly effective combat system that incorporates Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and Karate. Skornik Israeli Combat was showcased at the International Martial Arts Federation where it became recognized internationally as an effective combat style. In addition, their Israeli Martial Art is also recognized as an international style of martial arts by the Wingate Academic College in Israel.
GM Skornik is well connected in Israel and is friends with many FIMA Directors including Haim Gozali - Director of IGDA (Grappling Association) and Dr. Itay Gil - Director of IMCO (Military Organization). Last year, Guy Skornik awarded, Dr. Itay Gil with his 8th Dan in Krav Maga. Despite his awesome accomplishments, GM Skornik is a very humble and gracious man. He has appeared on television and major media as one of the leading experts in Israeli Martial Arts. We are grateful that GM Guy Skornik has joined FIMA and will sit on the Honorary Grandmasters Advisory Council. Welcome to the FIMA Family.
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GM Arieh Cohen began martial arts training at age 10 under GM Dennis Hannover the founder of Hisardut and Dennis Survival Jujitsu. GM Cohen excelled in the Survival System and received his 1st Dan Black Belt at the young age of 17 from Dennis Survival Jujitsu. Anyone training in Hisardut, knows how difficult a task this is. From 1979 to 1982 Cohen served in the Israeli Defense Forces, first in the Navy and then 2 years in the Artillery. Later as a member of the Army reserve, he guided a contact battle in a Border Police Unit in Tel Aviv. This unit was annexed to the police in Jaffa and engaged in fighting crime in the late 80s. He started teaching martial arts at the age of 23 and in 1984 he opened his first dojo in Tel Aviv. In 1988 he taught an Instructors course with Dennis Survival, Jiu-Jitsu at the prestigious Israeli sports center - Wingate Academic College and the following year was promoted to 3rd Dan from Dennis Survival Jiu-Jitsu. During this time, Cohen was also training in Kenpo-Jitsu as well as Kyokushin Karate and was also awarded his 3rd Dan from Kancho Gadi Skornik (Skornik Israeli Combat). For those not familiar, Gadi Skornik was also an icon in Israeli Martial Arts History – he actually gave Imi Lichtenfeld his first Dan Black Belt in Judo. After intensive study, GM Cohen earned his martial arts coaching degree in 1990 from Wingate Academic College.

In addition to being an awesome martial artist, instructor and real-world combatant, Cohen also had a very successful career in Martial Arts Competitions. From 1983 to 1990, he competed in the Israeli Championships Full Contact mixed martial arts and SIX TIMES WON FIRST PLACE! He also traveled internationally, and was invited to compete in the Open Belgium Kyokushin Championships. In 1992, GM Cohen was promoted to 3rd Dan in Kyokushin Karate from Hanshi Steve Arnil, the head of the IFK (International Federation of Karate).

In 1985, alongside Kancho Gadi Skornik’s son Guy, GM Cohen built the new martial arts style – Skornik Israeli Combat - and put together it’s guidelines and syllabus. GMs Skornik and Cohen’s unique style, like many Israeli styles, is an eclectic blend of Judo, Karate, Jiu-Jitsu, Israeli Krav Maga and Muay Thai. GM Cohen was able to do this as he has not only studied all of these styles, but has been tested at the 5th Dan level to be an expert in all of these various styles.
Skornik Israeli Combat was showcased at the International Martial Arts Federation where it became recognized internationally as an effective combat style. In addition, their Israeli Martial Art is now recognized as an international style of martial arts by the Wingate Academic College in Israel. Cohen has continued to excel, train, and teach Gadi Kenpo Jitsu over many years. He was promoted to Grandmaster Status in 2016 and in May, 2018 he received the highest award, 9th DAN in Gadi Kenpo Jitsu. GM Cohen has also been awarded his 9th Dan Black Belt from the International Budo Academy. For over 20 years, GM Cohen has run a very successful martial arts school in Raanana, Israel and teaches both civilians, instructors as well as members of the Israeli Police Force and Israeli Defense Forces.

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Noah was a visionary and was able to combine his passions for history and for martial arts. He began doing serious research into the history of Israeli martial arts in 1998 after meeting and interviewing Maishel Hurwitz who was 78 years old at the time. Maishel had been a member of the Hagana and Palmach before the foundation of the state of Israel and in 1940 had developed and taught a fighting method with a short stick. Noah was puzzled to learn that long before the name Krav Maga had ever been used, there was a system of hand to hand combat called Kapap and it was what the defense forces of the Jewish community in Israel used in the 1940’s. This meeting was pivotal in Noah's path and set him off on a journey of over 20 years that continues to this day. Noah asked the question, "what happened that Kapap had died out and was replaced by Krav Maga"?

It has taken many years to find the answer. Noah published a book in 2010 titled, “Kapap from the field to the battlefiield” (in Hebrew) which covers the development of hand to hand fighting in Palestine and Israel from 1880 to 1948. Noah has been continuously researching this topic for many years and is probably the most knowledgeable person and greatest expert in the world on the subject of Israeli Martial Arts and Defense history. Noah has read thousands of original transcripts from the IDF/Haganah/and Palmach and compiled an awesome history. He believes that through knowing our history we come to understand better what we do and that only when we have an accurate understanding of the process by which Israeli martial arts developed can we truly appreciate and honor those who contributed to it including Imi Lichtenfeld.

We are proud and honored that Noah Gross is the Official FIMA Historian. He contributes to our members-only portal on our website,

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ITALY KM - PIER "SPARTAN" GIAMBANCO.  Pier "Spartan" Giambanco Spartan Academy IFS  Master Pier Giambanco has more than 30 years experience in martial arts. Starting in Karate, he received his black belt in Yoseikan Budo and began competing in full contact kickboxing and then armed combat arts. Pier has trained in Israeli systems since 1998. He has trained with multiple high level instructors both in Israel and abroad. What we like most about Pier, besides being a very likable person, is that he has trained and has certifications in every major Israeli martial art style (as well as Combat Shooting). He is passionate about learning as much as he can without limiting himself to one style. 

He was one of the first six instructors in the world to reach the highest level of CKM. He has trained with Grandmaster Haim Zut and FIMA Board Member Master Itay Gil Krav Maga Expert, Actor, Military & Close Protection in Krav Maga, Avi Nardia in Kapap, and in Hisardut. Pier travels twice a year to Israel for training and exemplifies what FIMA is looking for in representatives - dedication to Israel and to Israeli Martial Arts! Pier is involved in promoting Israeli MA through fundraisers and charitable events to bring all Israeli MA practitioners with diverse backgrounds together. He is the head Instructor for the Spartan Academy Israeli Fighting Systems and the Technical Lead Representative for Italy.

Paolo Bertozzi:  Paolo has been involved in martial arts and combat sports (karate, boxing, kickboxing, ju-jitsu) for FORTY years. In the last 20 years he has specialized in self-defense primarily studying Israeli systems with top national and international instructors like Alain Cohen, Peter Sciarra, Itay Gil, Tom Madsen, and Jaroslaw Rogoski. He is currently the Chief Instructor in Italy for Evolution Krav Maga, He is a member of the Martial Arts Coordination of MSP-Italia and L-1 Instructor of the Global Krav Maga Academy (organization based in Poland).

Paolo works as an instructor for national and international security societies like P.S.A. Group (Firenze) and E.P.T.S.(Livorno), He has also collaborated with the I.P.A. (International Police Association). He teaches in several locations, in EKM / MSP-Italy Instructor Training Courses and special seminars for Police and security staff throughout the national territory.

KENYA KPP - JEAN BRUNEAU LAURETTE. Jean Bruneau is a Sea Marshall, close protection leader, NRA firearms instructor and range safety officer. He is also a maritime security team leader against Somalian piracy in the horn of Africa. Maestro Laurette has been active in Kapap Krav Maga at instructor level with FIMA Board member Avi Nardia for more than 10 years. Laurette is the leading instructor in Kapap for Mauritius, Indian Ocean and Africa.

Darko Gocevski. Darko has 18 years of martial arts experience including traditional Judo and Japanese Karate. He is a certified instructor in karate, krav maga and kickboxing, Darko trained under several KM instructors throughout Europe and certified with Karli Zaniug from Krav Maga Academy of Slovenia. Darko was the first Krav Maga instructor in Macedonia and is the founder of Krav Maga Macedonia. He currently operates the largest Krav Maga program in Macedonia.
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MAURITIUS - Kesseven Armoogum (KPP). Kesseven has been training in several martial arts including Muay Thai and Taekwondo. He has trained and certified as a Kapap / Krav Maga instructor under @Master Jean Bruneau Laurette – FIMA Representative for East Africa. Kesseven is also completing a WABBA fitness coach training course to encompass overall health and wellness into his Kapap/Krav Maga program and teaching. He has completed a Level 2 Kapap Instructor Course and is currently teaching in Mauritius – which is in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa. If you’re in the neighborhood, come and visit Kesseven!

New Zealand  KM - Ljubiša Pavić (Luby)

Luby started training martial arts in Budokai in Zagreb, Croatia at the age of 14 at the Budokai Centre under the founder of Budokai, Dr. Emin Topic. Budokai unites wrestling, boxing and traditional weapons handling into a modern discipline. During his years at Budokai Centre, Luby competed in a few competitions (Budokai & Full Contact kick boxing) and was showing a promising career, however a civil war in former Yugoslavia placed his martial arts training on hold until he moved to New Zealand and discovered Krav Maga.

After years of training intensively in Krav Maga both in New Zealand and in Israel, he was certified as a MASTER Instructor in Krav Maga in 2019 in Jerusalem, Israel by Dr. Itay Gil, founder and CEO of Protect Israeli Security Solutions. In addition to representing Protect in New Zealand, Luby is also an Integrated Combat Systems MASTER Instructor (Level 10 Black Belt). Luby is highly qualified, highly skilled and runs an awesome Krav Maga program in Auckland. If anyone is visiting New Zealand, come out and train for one free day with Luby and experience high level Krav Maga.

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Wilson W. Sze is the founder and head instructor of Tactical Survival Academy in New Zealand. He has 20 years of instructing and presenting experience including working internationally in Asia, UK, Europe and USA. While on extended periods of travel in his previous role, Wil saw the need for better real-world tactical training for civilians and security professionals alike. Since starting Tactical Survival Academy, he has trained members of the NZ Defence Force (NZ Army and NZ Air Force personnel), medical staff, emergency nurses, government diplomats, private security operators, bouncers and members of the NZ Police including STG Special Tactics Group (counter-terror unit), and DPS Diplomatic Protection Squad (executive protection). Wil began training in martial arts in 2006, starting with Eyal Yanilov's original Krav Maga organisation (IKMF) in Australia, under an expert-level Australian instructor within that association. When Wil relocated to New Zealand, he began training in other martial arts including Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do, encompassing boxing, kickboxing, and jujitsu. In Krav Maga he re-trained through the high-pressured Tactical Krav Maga (TKM) system completing Level 10, and became a certified instructor through Australian Chief Instructor Carl Halley - under the technical expertise of Dr. Itay Gil. This experience gave Wil a wake-up call and opened his eyes to the knowledge gap between certain self-defence techniques available in the marketplace, versus criminal/terrorist behaviour and the intense physical and mental demand of a real-life fight. Now having experienced different variants of Israeli Krav Maga, he brings a broad knowledge and aims to inform and equip his clients and students with the same knowledge, experience and preparedness

Since going fulltime in 2014, Tactical Survival Academy has grown in New Zealand to hundreds of students training each week in Wellington through 4x locations. Tactical Survival also offers the annual Summer Intensive Course (5 Days) for those outside Wellington to attend, giving students an opportunity to experience ‘hard-core’ Krav Maga in a military-style no-holds-barred course. In addition, Wil ran many seminars such as ‘Surviving a Knife Attack’, ‘Held Hostage with an Edged Weapon ’, ‘Public Safety and Counter Terror Awareness’, ‘Women’s Counter Assault’, ‘Anti-Car Jacking and Road Rage’, ‘Workplace Self Defence’, ‘Workplace Control and Restraint’, and ‘Workplace Weapons Defence’. He has also hosted expert instructors such as Dr Itay Gil (CEO of Protect Israeli Security Solutions, Israel), Omer Duchovny (Combat Works, California, USA), and Damien Halforty (Tactical Pekiti Tirsia Kali, NZ rep) during 2016-2019 at his school. In 2019, Wil travelled to Jerusalem in Israel to undergo 40 hours of Krav Maga and Counter-Terror Awareness testing and training, and was awarded the new rank and title of MASTER INSTRUCTOR by Dr. Gil.

Wil is also a qualified range officer and member of the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) where he competes in timed stages and 3 Gun competitions (Pistol, Rifle, Shotgun). He also contracts to the Film/Tv industry as a stunt professional. As a lifelong student, he believes no one ever stops being a student and is always on the lookout for quality training opportunities. Tactical Survival Academy in New Zealand is supported by several assistant instructors working under Wil’s oversight. Your next trip to New Zealand will not be complete without taking your free class from Master Instructor, Wilson Sze (bring your FIMA card). Welcome to the FIMA family!
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Panama - Ricardo Guevara (KM). Ricardo has more than 20 years of experience in martial arts and more than 10 years in Krav Maga. Ricardo is a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Japanese Jiu Jitsu, and Black Belt in Professional Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts – Cage Fighting, He has trained with a variety of Krav Maga organizations and achieved a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Instructor certification from Brazilian Full Contact Krav Maga, the World Krav Maga Association and Israeli Krav International with Moshe Katz. He has been working in the area of police tactics and security (certified by International Association for Professional Security & Counter-Terrorism of Germany) and VIP security. He has trained police forces, municipal police, institutional escorts, private escorts, special forces and a variety of civil security forces - training more than 2000 people in the security field and more than 5000 civilians.

Ricardo is President of the Krav Maga Academy Panama and founder of the Krav Maga Fitness Center, the largest Krav Maga and Fitness Academy in Panama and Central America. Ricardo is one of the pioneers in Krav Maga in Panama. He runs four schools in Panama as well as Krav Maga programs in other Central American countries like Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala.

Panama - Wai Kit Cheung (KM). Master Wai Kit has more than 40 years of experience in martial arts. He has studied a variety of martial arts such as karate (2nd Dan), taekwondo, jiujitsu (6th Dan), hapkido and professional kickboxing. Wai Kit has received multiple awards including inductions into several martial arts Hall of Fames such as Golden Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Federation of Martial Arts, Jiu Jitsu Achievement Awards in Peru and Nicaragua and awards in Shorin Ryu Shindo Kan Karate Do & Kobudo.

In addition to martial arts, he has attended the Advanced Instructor Law Enforcement School of Criminal Survival of Puerto Rico. In 2008, Instructor Wai Kit Cheung founded the first Krav Maga personal defense instruction academy in Panama. He is the General Director and Chief Instructor of the KRAV MAGA PANAMÁ CLOSE COMBAT Organization. Wai Kit has traveled to train, including to Israel. He obtained the Martial Arts Instructor Diploma in Krav Maga and Krav Maga Advanced Instructor at the Zinman College of Physical Education and Sport Sciences of the Wingate Institute in Israel. He teaches Operational Personal Defense to national police, LINCE motor police, escort of the Mayor of Panama, SPI Presidential Escort Presidential protection service, special air force, special force Senafront jungle, eagle force, special force anti-narcotics and first brigade military special force and infantry school of Peru.

Wai Kit is a Personal Defense Instructor of the Protection and Surveillance Division of the Panama Canal Authority ACP. He is Master of Martial Arts and Self Defense and a former competitor recognized nationally and internationally. Wai Kit has completed multiple Krav Maga courses with a variety of associations including the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) Civilian Instructor Course. Commando Krav Maga, International Krav Maga Elite Latin America and Krav Maga Israeli Method. He is a well-trained and highly qualified Krav Maga instructor.

PORTUGAL KM - VITOR MARTINS. Vitor Martins is currently the President of the Portuguese Israeli Martial Arts Federation (FPAMI). Was the Portuguese Chief Instructor and Representative in Europe for the Israeli Krav Maga Association under GM Haim Gidon. Vitor is a Certified Master Instructor in Krav Maga under GM Captain Dr. Itay Gil and is in charge of Dr. Gil’s Protect Portugal Division (https://protect.expert/the-protect-team/#GlobalOffices).

Dr. Martins also holds a PhD in Sports and Physical Education, more than 20 years of martial arts teaching experience with 15 of those years leading Krav Maga in Portugal. Master Martins has taught civilians, law enforcement and also the Air Force Academy where he was close-quarter combat/ Krav Maga Chief Instructor for 5 years. Vitor is currently the technical director for the FPAMI which is the only Portuguese organization recognized by the government to legally certify Krav Maga instructors.

Krav Maga Representative for Romania is Samir Pop. Samir started his martial arts journey as a young boy, enrolling in the local Judo club where he practiced Judo for two years. Thirsty for more knowledge and experience; in 1988 he started Kung Fu. With 4 years of that art under his belt Samir moved on to Japanese Shotokan, receiving his brown belt from Leslie Jensen!
Samir started his national service at the age of 23 and based on his fighting skills he was sent to serve Gendarmerie (branch of the armed forces charged with internal security and police duties). During that service he attended and successfully finished NCO school graduating as a Sargent. Later on he was moved to a different unit in charge with airport security. In 2000, Samir began to focus on Professional Dog Handling, breeding and training specialised work dogs, security dogs and search & rescue dogs for Police forces, security companies and civilians.
Continuing to advance his skills, from 2001 Samir took up Orienteering, awarded multiple times as National Champion, winning many international competitions such as: Grand Prix Hungary, Grand Prix Slovakia, Gran Prix Poland and attending the World Championships. In 2013, Samir founded CCS ‘Caini de Cautare si Salvare’ (@www.clcgbaiamare.ro) a professional, not for profit Search and Rescue Team, the first of its kind in Romania. The team is made up of highly qualified medical professionals, all volunteers, who together have taken part in an uncountable number of search and rescue missions and saved countless lives.
In 2008 Samir began Krav Maga to enhance his reality-based self-defence. He travelled to Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Germany and United Kingdom to participate in seminars, workshops and camps. In 2013, after an intensive course and a rigorous examination under FIMA UK Representative Husar Gheorghe, Samir became a certified Krav Maga Instructor. Samir has continued to work very closely with Gheorghe Husar and with Dr. Itay Gil attending all of their civilian and instructor trainings, seminars and workshops. Samir opened Spartans Academy of Krav Maga Romania in 2014.
Samir pulls together all of his knowledge and experience from his service in the Special Police Unit, his canine business, Krav Maga teaching and training and Orienteering to achieve all he really wanted, to be of help and service to his fellow men and country.
If you live in Romania come and check out Pop Samir's Spartan Academy. Like our other Spartan Academy schools, they are the BEST Krav Maga on the planet.
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SINGAPORE KM - ONG GUANLONG. Coach G.L has trained in 13 different styles of martial arts such as Muay Thai, Boxing, Taekwondo, Sanda, and Karate. He has achieved much in almost every field he has explored and is currently a World Muay Thai Council Senior Muay Thai Instructor, Taekwondo 4th Dan Instructor, Sanda Trainer, Combat Kickboxing Instructor and Master Instructor of Protect Krav Maga. Coach G.L has a total of 36 Pro & Amateur competition record in Muay Thai/Sanda/Full-Contact Kickboxing/Taekwondo/Karate. 

He is the Chief Instructor of Protect Krav Maga Training Centre in Singapore (since 2010).
Coach GL came from a very rough background and experienced much violence and life-threatening situations during his lifetime in school, on the street and working in security. His expertise in self-defense, use of weapons and dealing with multiple attackers, comes both from his high level of training as well as his real-life experiences. Coach G.L is a certified Krav Maga Instructor and has been serving as the Chief Instructor of Protect Krav Maga Training Centre in Singapore since 2010. In 2017, he was certified as Protect Krav Maga Master Instructor under FIMA International Director Dr. Itay Gil. Welcome to the FIMA family!
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South America (KM)

Marko Eckert is the FIMA Regional KRAV MAGA Representative for South America! Marko Eckert was born in Germany. Throughout his life he has practiced several martial arts such as Kickboxing, Judo, K1, and Aikido. In 1999 he started Krav Maga training and since 2000 he has been studying with FIMA Krav Maga Director, Dr. Itay Gil. Eckert has been certified in Israel, the United States of America and different countries in Europe. He is now a Black Belt IV DAN Master Instructor in Krav Maga. Master Eckert was the pioneer of Krav Maga in Ecuador when he relocated there in 2011. He also founded the First High Level School called Krav Maga Elite Latino América with 19 Instructors and representatives in different countries.  He regularly provides training and consulting services to the most important private and public companies of Ecuador and has been the Instructor of the Presidential Protection Service for several years; training more than 1600 soldiers and receiving direct congratulations from the President of the Republic of Ecuador.

For several years Master Eckert been an Instructor of VIP Protection of the Intelligence Military School. He has trained Special Forces such as: GOE, GEO, GIR, Military and Police Training Schools and given seminars for civilians. In addition to training bodyguards for High Dignitaries (he and Dr. Itay Gil have trained and certified hundreds of bodyguards), Eckert has more than 25 years of experience as a bodyguard for world famous personalities.  He had the honor of being invited as an Instructor at the National Meeting of Instructors of Krav Maga in Mexico and the World Event of Living Legends of Krav Maga in Madrid in November 2019. He is currently the Chief Instructor of Protect Israeli Security Solutions for Latin America. We are honored to have Marko in the FIMA Family.

KAPAP REPRESENTATIVE FOR SOUTH AMERICA - TBA

TANZANIA   Dady Kassim R. Abeid (KPP)

Shihan Dady has 33 years of experience in martial arts. He began in Shotokan karate in 1987 and now holds a 5th Dan Black Belt and Shihan title. He has also studied boxing and kickboxing.  He is the founder of the Arusha Martial Arts Association and General Secretary of Arusha TZ Boxing association. In 2014 Shihan Dady was awarded a master of arts certificate. He started self-defense training under Shihan Shalom Avitan from Israel and started teaching krav maga at security companies in Zanzibar and Arusha. In 2019 he received his Kapap/krav maga instructor certificate under FIMA East Africa Kapap Representative Master Jean Bruneau Laurette. Since 2007, Shihan Dady has been training police officers, security training and the Tanzanian reserve force Army as well as civilians.

Shihan Dady opened his first DOJO in1996 and now runs NINETEEN martial art schools in various regions of Tanzania with 24 trainers, 40 Black belts and more than 500 students throughout Tanzania. If you’re in Tanzania, after you climb Kilimanjaro, come and train with Shihan Dady!

USA Kapap - Shihan Jacov Bresler (KPP)

Shihan Bresler began martial arts training in Shotokan Karate at age 15 (attained brown belt after 2 years) in Israel working as a Merchant Marine. He also studied Okinawan Goju Ryu for 4 years achieving Black Belt. While a teenager, he trained and worked out with Shihan Moshe Galisko, the Israeli head of the Japanese Karate Associate, the head instructor in the Israeli style KAPAP and FIMA Kapap Director. At age eighteen, in 1970, Jacov joined the Navy Special Unit in the Israeli Defense Forces. In 1973, Jacov saw action while he served in the front lines for 119 days in the Yom Kippur War. After completing his military obligations, he continued training and worked as security for an Israeli Airline and for various clubs as a bouncer while performing martial arts showcases in front of crowds of thousands.

Upon moving to the United States, Shihan Bresler began training with Benny “The Jet” Urquidez in Kickboxing and the Ukidokan style, eventually earning a Black Belt and teaching at the Jet Center for 10 years. He attained 5th Dan Black Belt in Ninjitsu with Frank Dukes and studied with Mr. Ed Parker, participating in Mr. Parker’s “by invitation only” high ranking black belt class. Jacov trained with many different schools specializing in a variety of diverse martial arts styles. He often refereed and judged in most of the major Southern California tournaments, earning him the nickname “The Ambassador of Martial Arts”. His “other” martial arts include training with Shihan Mark Para (co-established “House of Champions”), Doce Pares Eskrima (Black Belt) with Filipino GM Cacoy Canente, and the Australian style of Arjukenpo (7th Dan) under Master Vince Palermo. Jacov also trains in Hawaiian Kempo Karate (7th Dan) with Grand Master Bill Ryusaki.

In Israeli martial arts, Shihan Bresler is a 7th Dan in Israeli karate and a 3rd Top Grade Kapap Instructor. In addition to having his own system of Street-Smart Survival System, he is the Chief Instructor of Kapap with Director Moshe Galisko. Shihan Bresler is a 3rd Top Grade Master KAPAP instructor and has been appointed by the Israeli association as the West Coast Head Instructor for KAPAP for the International KAPAP Association (IKA).

Jacov has successfully combined his martial arts discipline and knowledge with a career in the motion picture industry. He has been a film action director, producer and stunt coordinator for 40 years in Hollywood with over 157 films and 500 commercials including: Astro (2018), Eight Days Carlo (2016), and Memphis Rising: Elvis Returns (2011). Over the past 30 years, Jacov has worked with such notables as Sylvester Stallone, Steven Segal, Lorenzo Lamas, Olivier Gruner, and many other well-known action stars. Jacov Bresler remains extremely active in teaching, training, and continues to enthusiastically exchange ideas by encouraging students and friends in the martial arts community to do the same. Whether you practice Krav Maga, Kapap or any other martial art, if you’re in California you need to train with Shihan Bresler; a true master in Israeli Martial Arts, an awesome instructor and an amazing person.
https://youtu.be/6eRNewKVxiA

Uruguay

Francel Acosta Torres was born in Cuba. He has been involved in martial arts for thirty years. He has been practicing a variety of Martial arts such as Wushu, Jiu Jitsu, wrestling, kick boxing, Karate – Wado Ryu (1st Dan) and Hawaiin Kajukembo (2nd Dan) for many years. He became a Cuban champion in kumite in 1998. He joined the military and has a very successful military career for ten years. After leaving the military as a lieutenant, he worked in the security industry for several different companies and worked as VIP security for several celebrity clients. He began teaching martial arts and self-defense full-time in 2009. Since that time, he trained many champions in fighting competitions.

He began practicing Krav Maga as well as Kapap and in 2014 he was awarded his 1st Dan Black Belt. He co-owned and operated a successful Krav Maga school in Cuba. In 2017 Francel moved to Uruguay where he opened an international Krav Maga school. Last year he was promoted to 2nd Dan Krav Maga and continues to teach seminars, workshops as well as run classes at his school. Throughout the years, Francel was involved in several Krav Maga organizations such as KMG and WKMF. Since 2018, Francel has trained under John Qu, a student of Yehuda Avikzar. Francel has created “MODERNO KRAV MAGA” organization which has been endorsed by JRJ security company. Moderno Krav Maga currently has schools/representatives throughout Cuba (9 schools), Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay. They are in the process of opening a Krav Maga program in Uruguay focusing on children. Francel lives in Montevideo, Uruguay and is always looking for new opportunities and new students. If you’re in Uruguay, come train with one of the top Krav Maga experts in the country.

https://www.facebook.com/francelkmcombatsystem/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=geNfJMAokMo

US State Representatives

Joseph Edmondson: Joseph Edmondson is a lifelong (47 years) martial artist. He is a 7th Dan Senior Master in Taekwondo, 2nd Dan in Hapkido and 1st Dan Instructor Certified under Sam Sade with Alpha Krav Maga.  He has been in magazines like Black Belt, featured in Motivational Lithographs and have acted in 10+ national commercials. As a competitor, he won 2 silver, 1 bronze and 1 gold medal at the United States Taekwondo Union National Championships. He also won the USTU Presidents Cup and U.S. Open and was thirteen-time Arizona State Taekwondo Champion. He turned his competitive aspects to Point/Full-Contact Fighting and won 9 World Championships in that arena.

Edmondson has owned/operated schools in Arizona for over 20 years and trained thousands of students. He currently runs Kids & Adults Krav Maga programs in both Gilbert and Chandler, AZ. Edmondson has been a Self-Defense expert in the media in Arizona for the last 20 years doing hundreds of news segments. He retired from competition in 2005 and has since focused primarily on his training and that of his students and coaches-in-training. Joseph trains every day is a perpetual student of the arts. He has been active in teaching and providing Security and Protection work for various companies over the past 2 decades. In addition to training current and former Law Enforcement and Military Personnel across this great Nation in the art of Self-Defense and Defensive Tactics. If you’re in the great Southwest drop in and visit Joseph at his school. He welcomes any FIMA member to join him and is a phenomenal martial artist!

CALIFORNIA - Jacov Bresler (KPP)  Shihan Bresler began martial arts training in Shotokan Karate at age 15 (attained brown belt after 2 years) in Israel working as a Merchant Marine. He also studied Okinawan Goju Ryu for 4 years achieving Black Belt. While a teenager, he trained and worked out with Shihan Moshe Galisko, the Israeli head of the Japanese Karate Associate, the head instructor in the Israeli style KAPAP and FIMA Kapap Director. At age eighteen, in 1970, Jacov joined the Navy Special Unit in the Israeli Defense Forces. In 1973, Jacov saw action while he served in the front lines for 119 days in the Yom Kippur War. After completing his military obligations, he continued training and worked as security for an Israeli Airline and for various clubs as a bouncer while performing martial arts showcases in front of crowds of thousands.

Upon moving to the United States, Shihan Bresler began training with Benny “The Jet” Urquidez in Kickboxing and the Ukidokan style, eventually earning a Black Belt and teaching at the Jet Center for 10 years. He attained 5th Dan Black Belt in Ninjitsu with Frank Dukes and studied with Mr. Ed Parker, participating in Mr. Parker’s “by invitation only” high ranking black belt class. Jacov trained with many different schools specializing in a variety of diverse martial arts styles. He often refereed and judged in most of the major Southern California tournaments, earning him the nickname “The Ambassador of Martial Arts”. His “other” martial arts include training with Shihan Mark Para (co-established “House of Champions”), Doce Pares Eskrima (Black Belt) with Filipino GM Cacoy Canente, and the Australian style of Arjukenpo (7th Dan) under Master Vince Palermo. Jacov also trains in Hawaiian Kempo Karate (7th Dan) with Grand Master Bill Ryusaki.

In Israeli martial arts, Shihan Bresler is a 7th Dan in Israeli karate and a 3rd Top Grade Kapap Instructor. In addition to having his own system of Street-Smart Survival System, he is the Chief Instructor of Kapap with Director Moshe Galisko. Shihan Bresler is a 3rd Top Grade Master KAPAP instructor and has been appointed by the Israeli association as the West Coast Head Instructor for KAPAP for the International KAPAP Association (IKA).

Jacov has successfully combined his martial arts discipline and knowledge with a career in the motion picture industry. He has been a film action director, producer and stunt coordinator for 40 years in Hollywood with over 157 films and 500 commercials including: Astro (2018), Eight Days Carlo (2016), and Memphis Rising: Elvis Returns (2011). Over the past 30 years, Jacov has worked with such notables as Sylvester Stallone, Steven Segal, Lorenzo Lamas, Olivier Gruner, and many other well-known action stars. Jacov Bresler remains extremely active in teaching, training, and continues to enthusiastically exchange ideas by encouraging students and friends in the martial arts community to do the same. Whether you practice Krav Maga, Kapap or any other martial art, if you’re in California you need to train with Shihan Bresler; a true master in Israeli Martial Arts, an awesome instructor and an amazing person.
https://youtu.be/6eRNewKVxiA

JOHN WHITMAN is a 6th degree black belt in Krav Maga, a Gracie Jiu-Jitsu purple belt, a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, and a certified USAW Sport Performance Coach. He holds a Senior Instructor degree from the prestigious Wingate Institute in Netanya, Israel. He served as president of Krav Maga Worldwide for 7 years and has been teaching since 1994. John has trained thousands of civilians and hundreds of law enforcement and military personnel, including the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations Antiterrorist Specialty Team and other elite military units in the United States and abroad.

John is the founder of Krav Maga Alliance, an international organization of Krav Maga schools with affiliates in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. He is co-author of the books Complete Krav Maga, Krav Maga For Beginners, and Krav Maga Black Belt. He is also the creator of the popular Krav Maga Pro app. John has been featured in the videos Krav Maga Complete Set and Ultimate Krav Maga. He has “train the trainer” status, contributed significantly to the creation of the certification course used in North America to train Krav Maga instructors and has trained most of the other Krav Maga instructors currently working in North America. Master Whitman was recently named in Black Belt magazine as one of the seven martial artists “defining the new standard for the 21st century.” He has appeared in numerous media outlets, including The Today Show, ABC News, and CNN. Master John Whitman is truly one of the highest ranking, well-qualified and dedicated Krav Maga instructors in the World.

COLORADO KM - GABE COHEN. Cohen is a weightlifter and fitness trainer since age 18, he started in American Combat Karate with legendary bouncer/street fighter Rich Barathy. In 2010, he began training in Krav Maga, achieving his black belt and level 1-5 instructor certifications from Mark Slane in the United States Krav Maga Association (USKMA). He has trained with some of the best Kravists in the world, including Grandmaster Yaron Lictenstein, Rick Blitstein, as well as with FIMA Board member, Nir Maman. He has instructor certifications from Maman as well as Blickstein. In 2016 he created American Krav Maga, LLC now with 7 affiliates. Gabe works with the Garfield County Sheriff Department conducting substance abuse recovery for inmates and is involved in VIP/Celebrity Protection, Night Club Risk Management Consulting/Training and recently published a book, Pitbull Bouncer.

CONNECTICUT KM - BRITT SODEN. Britt has been practicing martial arts for over thirty-five years, including fifteen years teaching/coaching Krav Maga, Muay Thai, and MMA. He is a former MMA competitor with a 4-1 record, and Muay Thai competitor (trained in Thailand) with a 3-2 record. Britt is currently training local, active military and law enforcement in Connecticut. He is an Associate faculty at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT teaching Krav Maga and mixed martial arts. He also provides resources and training for campus safety and on-campus active threat scenarios. Soden is the owner and Head Instructor at Apex Krav Maga in Hamden, CT. Soden is a Black Belt and Certified Krav Maga Instructor by Krav Maga Worldwide as well as a Certified Krav Maga Instructor under FIMA Board of Director member Nir Maman.

Florida - Master Stephen Hammersley (Master H.) (KM) Master H is a lifelong martial artist with an amazing career. He has taught martial arts for over 35 years studying extensively in several styles of martial arts to bring a holistic and real-world approach and expertise to his instruction including; Brazilian Jiu Jitsu / Hombu Aikido / MMA and full contact fighting, Karate, Tang Soo Do and Tae kwon do. He has achieved a 1st Dan Black Belt in WTF Tae kwon do, 5th Degree Black Belt in both Champion Martial Arts and Tang Soo Do, and 8th Degree Black Belt in United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF – under GM Chuck Norris). In 1989 Master H was a member of the first ever fighting team to travel to the Soviet Union and in 1991 was voted UFAF “Man of the Year”. Since that time, he has received many honors and awards such as being inducted into the International Black Belt Hall of Fame, the UFAF Professional Martial Arts Designation (by GM Chuck Norris), and the prestigious “Wieland Norris” Award, awarded by Grand Master Chuck Norris & Grand Master Aaron Norris in remembrance of their beloved brother 'Wieland Norris" who served with honors, and fell in Vietnam. Master H was appointed to the international UFAF Board of Directors and now serves as International Director – UFAF Affiliate Schools. He is also certified in Tactical Firearms and Tradition weapons.

In terms of Israeli Martial Arts Steve Hammersley has trained in both Haganah and Krav Maga. He has studied with FIMA Canada Representative Laurian Lapadatu and FIMA Krav Maga Director Dr. Itay Gil. Master H has attained a 3rd Degree Black Belt and Instructor certification with Itay Gil and the Protect Israeli Security Solutions System as well as through the Force system. He has been appointed as International Director of UFAF Krav Maga Force – the Krav Maga system taught in Chuck Norris schools. Master Steve Hammersley is the Chief Instructor of American Martial Arts which he opened in 1985 in New Smyrna Beach Florida. He is also the owner of Krav Maga Force Florida.

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GM Hanshi Moti began training in martial arts at the age of five. He is a Grandmaster (9th Dan) martial artist and holder of world championship titles in several disciplines. Moti, or the Hebrew Hammer as he is known, is famous for several things, like being the first Israeli UFC fighter! Horenstein captured three Junior Champion of Israel titles before entering the army in 1983. His skills in Krav Maga allowed him to serve as an instructor in Special Forces and Commando units while continuing his training in several disciplines including Hisardut with its founder Dr. Dennis Hannover. After completing his army service, Horenstein won three Champion of Israel titles in the adult heavyweight division. His championship titles include Oyama (1995, 1997), Shidokan (1996, 1997), Muay Thai (Bangkok, 1998), Kyokushin World Champion (2001). He competed internationally in MMA competitions, including Ultimate Test (1st place, 1995, 1996), Ultimate Fighting Challenge (1996), No Holds Barred (1st, 1998, Superfight Winner, 2000), and the Bas Rutten Invitational (1st place, Muay Thai, 1999).
In April 2008 Hanshi Moti successfully entered the Guinness Book of World Records in the category of “Most Baseball Bats broken in One Minute,” splitting 38 bats and cracking an additional 11 with his powerful roundhouse kick. Moti is the Owner and Founder of a private security company (sfsecuritycompany.com) and CEO & Founder of Moti Horenstein's Karate & Kickboxing Academy. Moti Horenstein is the President and Co-Founder of FIMA and the Hisardut Director.

NEW JERSEY KM - DON MELNICK.  Senior Instructor Don Melnick began his Krav Maga training in 2008 with FIMA Board Member / ICTA Director & IKMA United States Chief Instructor David Kahn.  Don has trained extensively with Grandmaster Haim Gidon and the senior IKMA instructors in the US and during several trips to Israel (certified in 2009). Don has also trained with FIMA Board Member / IWA Director Nir Maman, as well as Rick Blitstein & Alan Feldman, 2 of Imi’s 1st American students, responsible for the growth of Krav Maga in the United States.  Don has also trained in Jiu Jitsu under 4th Dan USJA board member USMC Mjr. Herbert Bollinger (ret.)  As co-owner and lead instructor of Israeli Krav Maga Cherry Hill, Don serves as the coordinator for both Civilian & Law Enforcement training programs.  He also serves on the advisory board for the Forever Your Overwatch Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to providing support services for survivors of domestic violence.

Don is Police Training Commission (PTC) certified in New Jersey, has taught at the New Jersey State Police Academy, the Mercer County Police Academy, the Philadelphia Police Academy, the New Jersey Transit Police Training Center, several local police departments, and has also taught military personnel at Joint Base M-D-L.  Don has been featured in David Kahn’s books - Krav Maga Weapon Defenses, Krav Maga for Professionals,  Krav MagaDefending the Most Common 12 Unarmed Street Attacks, and Krav MagaCombatives, along with Mastering Krav Maga DVD Volumes, I, II, III and IV, and the Mastering Krav Maga Online Training Program. He has also been featured in Newspapers, Magazines, and Television

NEW YORK KM - PAUL VARACCHI   Paul has been a certified Krav Maga instructor since 2013 and was the first American to be certified by FIMA Krav Maga Director, Professor Itay Gil of Protect Security Systems. Paul has trained in Israel under Grandmaster Haim Gidon of IKMA and Senior Instructors Yigal Arbiv and Noam Gidon. Paul continues to consult and run workshops with Itay Gil. In addition to Krav Maga, Paul has also trained extensively in Muay Thai, Combat Sambo, Kyokushin, kickboxing, wrestling and Jiu Jitsu. In addition to Krav Maga, Paul is a Combat Sambo Instructor and Referee. He is indeed a renaissance man. In addition to his martial arts background, he is a certified personal trainer, a competitive axe thrower and fighter, an accomplished professional Chef, and a stunt actor who has performed in multiple productions.

Through his training with the best Krav Maga Practitioners in the world his passion is focused on the continuous evolution of Krav Maga in order to meet the original principle of developing and teaching the most successful techniques for self-defense. In this light he is the founder and President of Flow Krav Maga teaching seminars and workshops throughout the New York area.

Ohio - Krav Maga

Michael Parker. Michael Parker is a martial artist and military veteran. He is a US Army Combat Veteran (Ret) for 7 years. He is a Certified Pistol Instructor, Advisor Firearm instructor, Tactical Firearms Instructor, NRA Basic CCW certification and Certified Range Safety Officer with 30+ years of firearms experience. Michael was active in Operation “Just Cause” Panama and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm in the 82nd Airborne. He is also a retired Correctional Officer.

In Israeli Martial Arts, Michael is a Certified Instructor and 1st Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga Force under FIMA Canadian Representative Laurian Lapadatu. Michael also teaches Tactical Security Operations and specializes in Active Shooter/Close Quarters. Michael has a long and well-deserved reputation as an excellent instructor and serves as the Military Advisor for Krav Maga Force. He is a Level 5 Instructor with KMF and Level 6 Instructor with UFAF. Some of the classes he offers includes CCW, Basic firearms Training, Advanced CCW Training, CQC (Close quarters combat), Hostage Rescue, Active Shooter Training, Security Teams Training, Krav Maga Training, Pistol and Rifle Range, and Carbine Course. If you live in Ohio come out and train with Michael Parker. If you’re visiting Ohio, drop by and experience and the “Real Deal” military training Krav Maga with Michael. Welcome to the FIMA Family!

Line in the Sand Defense, LLC
litsdefense@gmail.com
937-919-LITS (5487)

Pennsylvania (KM) RINALDO ROSSI. Senior Black-belt instructor Rinaldo Rossi began his Krav Maga training in 2001 and his advanced training in 2006 with FIMA Board Member / ICTA Director & IKMA United States Chief Instructor David Kahn.  Rinaldo completed his IKMA instructor certification with Grandmaster Haim Gidon in 2007.  Rinaldo has trained extensively with Grandmaster Gidon and the senior IKMA instructors in the US and during several trips to Israel. He has also trained with FIMA Board Member / IWA Director Nir Maman, as well as Rick Blitstein & Alan Feldman, 2 of Imi’s 1st American students, responsible for the growth of Krav Maga in the United States. Rinaldo holds a 3rd Dan black belt in Judo and was the 1st black belt awarded by David Kahn.

Rinaldo is Police Training Commission (PTC) certified in New Jersey and has taught at the Marine Corps Martial Arts Center of Excellence (Quantico), a Navy Advanced Training Command (Imperial Beach), the FBI Academy (Quantico), the Mercer County Police Academy and the New Jersey State Police Academy. He was featured in David Kahn’s books -  Krav Maga Weapon Defenses, Krav Maga for Professionals, Krav MagaDefending the Most Common 12 Unarmed Street Attacks, and Krav MagaCombatives, along with Mastering Krav Maga DVD Volumes I, II, III and IV, and the Mastering Krav Maga Online Training Program. Rinaldo has been featured in several newspapers and Television (including CBS-3 News, 6-ABC News, NBC-10 News, FOX-29 News).

Texas –  Ed Saenz (KM) began his martial arts career in 1967 training in the Chuck Norris System and since that time has been exposed to the top martial artists from around the world. He received his first Dan Black Belt in 1971 from Chuck Norris. Ed was a member of the AAU US National and World Karate Team. He is the Executive Director of Operation for Chuck Norris’ Kick Drugs Out of America Foundation (now KickStart Kids) and has been the recipient of many awards including Action Magazine’s Hall of Fame, the Universal Martial Arts Hall of Fame for Outstanding Martial Artist of the Year, and the Instructor of the Year Award from United Fighting Arts Federation (UFAF). Master Saenz has been a member of the Board of Directors for UFAF and the Director of Training and Advancement since 2002. In 2007, Master Saenz was awarded his 9th Degree Black Belt by Chuck Norris. During this time Master Saenz was also training in Krav Maga to gain more real-world self-defense expertise. He became a Krav Maga instructor and Black Belt in 2017 with Krav Maga Force under Laurian Lapadatu and in 2018 received his UFAF Krav Maga Black Belt. Last year, Master Saenz was promoted to 2nd Dan Black Belt Instructor under FIMA Director @Dr. Itay Gil and Protect Security Solutions.

Master Saenz is the owner and instructor at Ed Saenz School of Martial Arts. He helps his students learn real self-defense, but he also helps them work on their confidence, self-esteem and how they carry themselves, helping them better protect themselves and their families. Here’s what he had to say: “When I was 12 years old, I was a shy and introverted child. Martial arts changed my life. My mission is to change people’s lives.” This lifelong martial artist is highly skilled and highly dedicated.

http://www.edsaenzsma.com/

https://www.topratedlocal.com/blog/awards/martial-arts-center/ed-saenz-school-of-martial-arts/

Rick Prieto
Rick Prieto is one of the most experienced martial artists that we have the honor of joining FIMA. Rick started training in martial arts in 1968 with Chuck Norris and earned his 1st Dan Black Belt in 1972. He has been practicing Krav Maga for over 15 years with Krav Maga Force (Chuck Norris System) and Dr. Itay Gil – Protect Israeli Security Solutions (FIMA Krav Maga Director). Prieto has studied under Grandmasters Chuck Norris, Richard Norris, Pat Johnson, and Michael Echanis as well as Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Jean Jacques and Carlos Machado, and several others. He is a 9th Dan Black Belt awarded by Chuck Norris, a 2nd Dan Black Belt under Dr. Itay Gil in Krav Maga, and a purple belt in BJJ. His 1st and 2nd Trophy as a White Belt were from Bruce Lee! He was even on the cover of Black Belt magazine getting kicked by martial arts legend Jhoon Rhee.

Rick has owned and operated Karate of the Woodlands since 1990, which has about 150-175 students a few instructors and many assistant instructors.

Prieto served Honorably as a member of the US Air Force and acted as a substitute instructor for the US Naval Seal Team in Hand-to-Hand Combat. He has multiple UFAF awards including: School of the Year, Hall of Fame, Weiland Norris Award, and Most Inspirational. He is on the UFAF Board of Directors and for 6 straight years he was voted BEST MARTIAL ARTS of the Woodlands and 2 years as BEST BUSINESS OF THE WOODLANDS. Prieto was the Head Instructor for Mr. Norris at the Granada Hills, CA studio from 1973-1974 and performed in the opening demonstration with Mr. Norris for the premiere of Bruce Lee’s movie ENTER THE DRAGON at Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theater. He moved to Norfolk, VA in 1974 as per Mr. Norris request to head up, along with Aaron Norris, the Chuck Norris Karate Studios in addition to writing the teaching curriculum for Mr. Norris. Prieto was the Head Instructor in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, VA for 7 years. Mr. Norris got Rick Prieto started in the movie industry, working together in the movie “A Force of One” (1978). Since that time Prieto has done many more movies and TV shows as a Fight Coordinator, actor (Nightmare on Elm Street 4, Silent Rage, Hero and the Terror, Sidekicks, Texas Walker Ranger and more), and stuntman (The President’s Man, Firewalker, and more), In addition to acting and studying under Mr. Norris, Prieto acting as his personal training partner for over 4,000 hours (3 1/2 hrs. a day, 6 days a week for many years). Rick moved from CA to Houston, Texas at the request of Mr. Norris and President Bush (41) to start the Kick Drugs Out of America program (now called Kickstart). Rick Prieto had the honor and responsibility of rewriting the new belt requirements for The Chuck Norris System which is taught at his school in addition to Krav Maga.

https://www.facebook.com/RickPrieto42
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Daniel Hines
Daniel is trained in Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing, Tang Soo Do (3rd Dan under Jack Bolowskie), and Han Mu Do (1st Dan under Jack Bolowskie and Dr. He-Young Kimm) and Fitness Programs like StrikeFit (Certified instructor). Daniel Hines is a Certified 3rd Dan Black Belt in Krav Maga under Master John Whitman (FIMA Board of Directors member and California representative). He is the Chief Krav Maga Instructor in Dallas Fort Worth with Krav Maga Alliance (KMA); responsible for organizing and maintaining all staff training, quality control for all programs, modifying and improving course curricula, and managing social media, online marketing, and the website. It is easy to see that Daniel is an excellent businessman in addition to a martial arts instructor as he owns and operates 2 locations in Dallas, each with 200-250 students and 20 instructors and was the 2018 recipient of “40 Under 40” award from The Dallas Business Journal.

Daniel is a KMA Force (military/law enforcement division) certified Level 2 instructor and the Chief Instructor for their Law Enforcement program in Dallas, offering free defensive tactics training to a number of local departments at local, state, and federal levels. He has directed programs for many LEO and police departments including Dallas, Grand Prairie, the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Game Wardens, and the Texas Rangers. Daniel has been a Krav Maga Alliance Training Team Instructor with Master John Whitman, (founder of Krav Maga Alliance), since 2015 and a Certified Instructor for Young Warriors (youth division). With over 130 affiliates, it is quite impressive that Daniel Hines was the recipient of 2019 “Affiliate of the Year” award! He is the Chief organizer for SPARbecue – a KMA-wide training event at Krav Maga DFW and smoker fight promotion focused on helping prospective Black Belts satisfy their fight requirement. In addition to his impressive martial arts resume, Daniel Hines also has a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern University (where he was also President of the Martial Arts club) with a focus on immunology and infectious disease and a minor in Spanish with a focus on postcolonial literature, phonetics, and phonology. In other words…a smart guy! His mission is to teach self-defense and sport as a means of self-improvement, helping people feel better, safer, and happier.
(972) 838-0948
daniel@kravmagadfw.com
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VIRGINIA (KPP) - DAVID RUBINBERG. David is the son of Samuel Rubinberg. Samuel came to the USA from Poland with the other members of his family that survived the Holocaust. Many of the family went to Israel while some stayed and made the USA home. Israeli survival techniques were shared amongst family as they learned them. David has been a Martial arts student and teacher for over 50 years. He is an 8th Dan Blue and White belt (the highest of honors in the Israeli Martial Arts) in Kapap promoted by Avi Nardia. He earned his first Black Belt in Kodokan Judo in 1969, 2nd degree in 1971, and his 1st degree in Shotokan Karate in 1969. David started a self-defense club at the Univ of Lynchburg in the late 60s. He is a multiple Hall of Fame inductee who has taught countless police, swat, and military workshops spreading the effectiveness and tactical mindset that Kapap and Krav Maga possess. David currently teaches in the state of Virginia where he has a few hundred students. His mission today is to spread the love and concept of the Israeli Martial Arts to the public.  www.kravmagalynchburg.com