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International Representatives

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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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).

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.

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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South America and Ecuador (KM)

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 
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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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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.

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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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.

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.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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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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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!

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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.

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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