FIMA Leadership

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FIMA Board of Directors

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Moti Horenstein

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Mark Gridley

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Maurice Elmalem

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Alain Cohen


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FIMA Honorary Grandmaster Advisory Council

Haim Gidon

GM Haim Gidon

Rony Kluger

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Arieh Cohen

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John Pellegrini

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Frank Sanchez

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Guy Skornik

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Haim Zut

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International Representatives

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.

AUSTRALASIA REGIONAL KM REP - PAUL JOHNSTONE. Paul is  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. Master Johnstone is the Founder and Chief Instructor of Street Edge Krav Maga International. 

Western Australia – Dean – Khanh. (KM)

Dean Khanh is the owner of Defensive Kombat / Krav Maga Academy near Perth in Western Australia. Dean has over 38 years involvement and experience in Martial Arts and the Health and Fitness industry.

He has trained in Boxing, including a variety of martial arts such as Hapkido, Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Kali, MMA, BJJ and Wing Chun. 

In November 2021 Dean was graded to the rank of 6th Dan Black Belt from the Skornik Israeli Combat Gadi-Kempo Jiu Jitsu academy under the leadership of Doctor Itay Gil (8th Dan) and Grandmaster Guy Skornik (10th Dan)

Dean has a Master Instructor Rank of a 5th Dan in Taekwondo since 2015.

Dean is a Nationally Accredited Edged Weapon Response Instructor, a Kali Instructor under Kali Agol Combat, a Gym Instructor and Fitness Trainer under the Western Australia Fitness Academy, a certified Mix Martial Boxing Instructor under Combat Skills Academy WA. 

He has training qualifications in the Panuntukan and Dumog system which is the Filipino Boxing and Locking Restraint system.

Dean also has certification in the use of Semi-Automatic & Revolver Handgun from Ray Mancini at the Sig Sauer Academy of WA.

In terms of Israeli martial arts, Dean has been actively training and teaching Krav Maga for over 10 years. He is a Certified Master Instructor with a 4th Degree Black Belt under 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 and is also certified in CPR and Senior First Aid Life Support.

Dean hosts Krav Maga and Tactical Mixed Martial Arts seminars to small groups as well as international and national corporations, such as Chevron and the Saint John Ambulance group. 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 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 Western Australia, head west to Perth in BAYSWATER / MORLEY to train in Protect KRAV MAGA.



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!

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   Laurent Mougeot

Laurent Mougeot was born in France in 1971 and grew up in a small industrial town where violence ran rampant. Laurent had to fight his way through his entire youth, almost losing an eye to a knife attack at age 13. The need to survive his environment prompted him to start learning Karate, but even after achieving a black belt Laurent found that his skills gave him no edge in street fights.

In 1989, Laurent discovered Krav Maga through one of his Karate Instructors, Jean-Marie Araez, who was travelling to Israel for training. It was a revelation; Laurent understood the difference between martial arts and practical self-defense and fell in love with the brutally simple system. However, when he moved to Canada in 1992, there was no Krav Maga and Laurent resumed training in traditional martial arts such as Tae Kwon Do and Karate. He achieved a second black belt and successfully participated in many competitions, although always disappointed with the lack of realism in his training. In 2003, Laurent finally departed from traditional martial arts and started teaching a reality-based self-defense class in Ottawa, immediately finding followers. In 2005 Laurent invited Philip Kaddouch to come train him and his students in Ottawa. The same year, Thierry Cimkauskas moved to Montreal and opened the first branch of IKMF in Canada. Laurent started to train with him intensely and participated in the very first Canadian Civilian Instructor Course (CIC) in Vancouver in 2006. Laurent opened Krav Maga Ottawa upon completing his training and has never stopped progressing and growing his school to this day.

In 2010, Avi Moyal, Chair of IKMF, appointed Laurent National Director for Canada. Laurent travelled to Israel in 2012, 2015 and 2018 for Expert training. He is an Expert Level 3, one of the highest level Krav Maga Instructor in North America. In 2018, Laurent was inducted into the Expert Instructors Team (EIT), an elite team of Experts in charge of training Instructors and running events all around the world.

Since 2006 Laurent has trained thousands of civilians as well as police officers, the RCMP, armed and unarmed security guards, diplomats posted in high-risk countries, mental health workers and bodyguards. He is recognized as one of Canada’s authority on security and combat tactics. Ottawa is the capital of Canada and a city well worth visiting.

Canada   Laurian Lapadatu (KM)

Master Lapadatu is a very well-rounded martial artist with a wealth of knowledge and experience. 

He is trained in Karate, Judo, Boxing, Krav Maga, Sambo, Systema and Kickboxing. 

Master Lapadatu has: Purple Belt in both Jiu Jitsu and Brazilian Jiu, Brown Belt in Judo, 2nd Dan Black Belt in Kyokushinkai Karate, 2nd Dan Black Belt ITF Taekwondo, 3rd Dan Black Belt Karate in the Chuck Norris System , 3rd Dan Black Belt WTF Taekwondo, 4th Dan Black Belt CMA, 4th Dan Black Belt Krav Maga, 6th Dan Black Belt in both Okinawan and Shotokan Karate. 

Laurian Lapadatu is Certified Instructor in Kali/Escrima (ICSU), Taekwon-Do, Karate and in 5 Different Krav Maga Organizations and also he is a Close Quarter Combat Fire Arms Certified Instructor (Pistol and Carabine).

Laurian it is also a certified Bodyguard for Low and High Risk Zones by the IBA (international Bodyguard Association). He is and is the IBA Regional Director in Western Canada. 

He served in the military and he is trained in Close Combat Shooting (Romania, France, Canada and USA), hostage rescue, Advanced Driving and Tactical Procedures, H2H Combat, Arresting Techniques and Weapons.

He has an impressive experience working with Military, Law Enforcement Agencies and Civilians in Europe, North and South America. 

In the Film Industry Master Lapadatu worked on set as Military Advisor and helps with the fight choreography different stunts teams. 

Laurian is Co-Founder and The 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 has a Level C First Aid and it is 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. 



Canada   Vitor Ferreira (KM)

Vitor is a lifelong martial artist who began studying Karate at the early age of 8 in Portugal. He spent countless hours training the be the best, sometimes with multiple daily training sessions. He discovered and believed in the benefits of living a life of martial arts. After just a few years of training, he began competing in several regional and national competitions. He was successful in both form and function, winning many titles in both fighting and kata, such as the individual Kata (junior) Portuguese championship in 1986, Kumite (team) and Kata (individual and team) in 1989 Portuguese championship. Vitor is a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. He has also cross-trained for a few years in Ninjutsu where he achieved the level of Blue Belt.
Vitor’s experience is not limited to the dojo. At 19 years old (1991) he was accepted into the “Commandos” (Red Berets), the most demanding and elite of the Portuguese Special Forces. This experience gave him the knowledge of real combat, firearms, military techniques and just as importantly, four main benefits: Team Loyalty, Reliable Work Ethic, Motivation and Communication Skills.
Vitor began his journey in Krav Maga in 2000. He had the good fortune to train with great masters, such as Najim Elkebar (Krav Maga Academy), Richard Douieb (FEKM) and his representative in Portugal, which helped him to evolve his technique and interest in this fighting system. He received his Expert Level 3 in Krav Maga from Core International.
Vitor emigrated to Canada. Soon afterward his hard work was rewarded, and he was accepted to be the Representative of the Israeli Federation (Krav Maga Core International) from Amnon Darsa and Haim Sasson.
Vitor is currently the Chief Instructor of MKM Canada – Krav Maga. He runs a Krav Maga school in Montreal, Canada where he is successfully recovering from COVID lockdowns and government restrictions. He currently has about 60 dedicated Krav Maga students. Montreal is a beautiful city in a fabulous Province (Quebec). 

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.

Ricardo Guevara (KM). Ricardo has more than 20 years of experience in martial arts and more than 10 years in Krav Maga. He 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. 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 the director of Krav Maga Panama Academy (@kravmagafc), the largest fitness and Krav Maga academy in Panama, and has representation in other Central American countries such as: Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Ricardo has more than 40 years in martial arts, starting with the path of BUDO from the early age of 5 years. Today he focuses on developing and instructing a Close Combat indoctrination and training program specialized in the Use of Force Program which has been introduced through Workshops, Seminars and Courses based on Krav Maga, Japanese Jiu Jitsu and Kavanah.

Ricardo Guevara through his training center, CECADES (Defense and Security Training and Training Center) has trained the National Border Service, National Aero Naval Service, Institutional Protection Service and the National Immigration Service, which are 4 of the 5 security establishments of Panama.  

FB: https://www.facebook.com/kravmagafc




Eddy Arias Barrantes started his martial arts journey in 2005 in Costa Rica where he trained in boxing with Jonathan Varela. During that time Eddy competed successfully as an amateur boxer winning the Amateur Boxing Cantonal for 2 consecutive years. It was also during this time that he was training in BJJ at the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy.
Eddy achieved one of the most difficult levels in martial arts, a Black Belt in BJJ.
After many successful competitions and tournaments, Eddy realized that there was a deficit in his training and knowledge. He was missing the real-world application and reality-based self-defense necessary to protect himself and his family. So, he hung up his speed bag and gloves and began training in the best reality-based system – of course Israeli-style self-defense.
He started studying Krav Maga with IKMF Academy and also participated in many Krav Maga seminars and workshops to get broader exposure to real-world defense.
He found a passion in studying Krav Maga and like many experienced martial artists, was not satisfied with just what he was taught, he began adding and applying some of his boxing and BJJ knowledge to his Krav Maga curriculum and techniques.
In 2017, he earned his Krav Maga Instructor Level 1 certification from ITKM Academy.
Wanting to both continue his training and to expand his Krav Maga knowledge and proficiency, Eddy began training with FIMA Krav Maga Representative in Panama, Master Wai Kit Cheung in 2017 at the Krav Maga Close Combat Academy. Eddy continues to travel and train in Panama with Wai Kit. In addition to teaching at his academy, Eddy provides training seminars to the local police department and the police academy where he trains students in Krav Maga.
Eddy owns and operates two Krav Maga schools in Costa Rica; he is the head instructor of Jiujitsu Krav Maga Grecia and has a second location in Alajuela. He has 90 students between the 2 schools and has plans to open 2 more schools in the near future. His goal is to improve the quality of Krav Maga training throughout Costa Rica and believes that his affiliation with FIMA will help him achieve this goal. Costa Rica is a beautiful country. When you visit, there is a lot to do there.
When you take a break from exploring the canyons, make your way to Eddy Barrantes’ Krav Maga Academy for a FREE class (with proof of FIMA membership). 

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.

Sanjeev Mehta is our FIMA Representative in Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes, UK, and has been practicing martial arts for almost 40 years. He started his journey into martial arts at the age of 15, initially in Taekwondo in North London. His journey continued from there into Shotokan Karate and furthermore training in Aikido. Sanjeev’s training in Krav Maga began in 2012 and qualified as an instructor in 2014. He founded KMDT in 2016 and has classes across Hertfordshire and Milton Keynes.

Sanjeev is a dedicated individual whose life revolves around the fusion of martial arts and psychology. With extensive training in Taekwondo, Shotokan Karate, and Aikido, he has honed his skills in various disciplines of self-defense. He has a 2nd Dan black belt in Krav Maga and is a Kavanah/Krav Maga instructor, and Kavanah Target System instructor.

While pursuing his academic journey, Sanjeev studied psychology at Roehampton University in London, delving deep into the intricacies of the human mind. This unique combination of martial arts and psychology led him to become a certified NLP Practitioner, enabling him to apply psychological principles to the field of martial arts and self-defense.

Sanjeev’s achievements in the field have earned him a prestigious induction into the London Hall of Fame in 2023. His accolades extend beyond his personal achievements. The martial arts school he  founded, KMDT - Krav Maga Defensive Tactics, has received numerous awards for being the best in its class, a testament to his teaching skills and dedication to his students. Always looking to develop students to the best of their abilities they have an instructor team of 18, including Assistant Instructors. Sanjeev is driven by a profound passion for teaching, fostering personal development, and assisting individuals in their growth journey.

With his mission firmly in mind, Sanjeev aspires to help people feel safe and secure and empowers individuals to navigate their surroundings with confidence and self-assurance. 

Our Team


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 
Website: www.russtactics.com 
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/RUSSRASIGA


Tommi Nystrom is a Finnish self-defense and personal security expert. Tommi has been training martial arts and self-defense for over 30 years, starting with Hokutoryu ju-jutsu under Soke Auvo Niiniketo. Tommi studied Karate, Judo, and kick boxing for years before turning to Krav Maga when it came to Finland in 1996. For the past 25 years he has focused on training and developing Israeli Krav Maga in Finland while coaching actively in kick boxing and training in other combatives. He completed the IKMF Instructor course in 2000 and gained his expert 1 level in 2003 from Eyal Yanilov. Tommi worked in private security in 1992, served in the Finnish Defence from 1995 until 2001 (currently holding the rank of senior lieutenant, reserves). He served in the Guard Jaeger Regiment, the presidential guard unit (military police, counter terrorism, and urban warfare) as an instructor and platoon leader. He was also the regimental head instructor of the Military Police Use of Force and CQB training. He is a licensed use of force instructor and firearms instructor (from the Finnish Police).

In 2001, he started a private security company Prime Sec Ltd which grew to employ over 500 security professionals before the company was acquired in 2010. He also founded the Prime Fighters School of Self Defense teaching Krav Maga and other combatives.

After 2010 Tommi has focused his energy in helping individuals and organizations in developing operational and strategic resilience & security programs. He is one of the key experts in matters of VIP security, threat management and close protection in Finland. Tommi is the Chairman of the Finnish Krav Maga Federation, overseeing the training curriculum and grading system.

Tommi has trained with many high-level Krav Maga experts such as Eyal Yanilov, Gabi Noah, Avi Moyal, Tamir Gilad, Guy Rafaeli, and Ron Rotem.Tommi holds the rank of 4th Dan and a Specialist Diploma in Coaching. He developed the world’s first online training platform, www.kravmagacoach.com to use neural network AI technology giving instant feedback, allowing everyone to have access to high-class coaching anytime and anyplace. There are 20 Krav Maga schools within the Finnish Krav Maga Federation with about 1000 active members and 20 Instructors. Tommi runs an active school in Helsinki, Finland with almost 200 students teaching Krav Maga. He also teaches security studies including personal security, threat management, risk management, and security guard/officer licensing. A visit to Helsinki won’t be complete without dropping in for a class.



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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.

Janine T. Hambleton (Jani) is our Representative in Berlin, Germany. Jani has been practicing Martial Arts for almost 30 years, starting with Karate (Brown Belt). She fought for several years on the German Karate National Team from 1994-1998, during which time she was two times Berlin champion and once national champion. She received two awards from Berlin for excellent sporting achievements. Jani has studied other Martial Arts and self-defense styles over the years including Boxing, Kickboxing and JiuJitsu. In 2010 she completed a Krav Maga Instructor course under FIMA Representative Sejoscha Agiri and passed the exam in the presence of the former IDF Chief Instructor Ran Nakash.

In 2014 she founded the Berlin company Krav Maga Instinct. Over the years she trained with Branimir Tudjan and FIMA Krav Maga Director Dr. Itay Gil. Jani received her 1st degree Black Belt and instructor license in Krav Maga from Dr. Gil and became a Member of Protect/Israeli Security Solutions.

In addition to her expertise in Krav Maga, she is also a Certified Fitness Instructor, Licensed Expert and Trainer for Face Reading and Body Language (Castrian/Ekman/Navarro) and current studies in Psychology - Bachelor of Science. In addition to teaching basic Krav Maga techniques, she teaches her students how to read body language and critical, but often overlooked psychological aspects of perpetrator behavior. Jani conducts Krav Maga Instructor Education and has developed her own program especially for this.

Jani has 25 years of practical experience as a high-ranking police officer where she worked in special units and received 2 commendations during her police service. She is an Official Cooperation Partner of German Authorities and Security Companies. As a personal trainer, she counts prominent entrepreneurs among her clients. Among her talents, Jani has choreographed Krav Maga fight scenes for German actors - recently for an actress from the series Tatort.

She owns one of the biggest Krav Maga schools in Berlin - INSTINCT ACADEMY BERLIN which she opened in 2017. Her academy was named the Best School in Berlin in 2019 and now has approximately 350 members. Jani teaches classes regularly and leads Krav Maga training courses, gives lectures and seminars on special topics of self-protection. She conducts management workshops and special coachings for potentially security-endangered families and instructs employees of large companies like Mozilla Firefox and Zalando. She holds seminars across Germany and accompanies clients around the world, most recently to Malibu, California. In 2017, she organized together with Branimir Tudjan the biggest German anti-terror seminar on an area of 6000 square meters in the Berlin station.



Aggelos Syrmos is a lifelong martial artist. He began his training at the age of 7 years old. He has a 6 Khan in Muay Thai and is just completing his Muay Thai instructor course – the first in Greece with the PMF (Panhellenic Muay Thai Federation). Aggelos also has a 1st Dan in Korean Tang Soo Do and a 3rd Dan Black Belt in Kickboxing. He has been a competitive fighter in both Kickboxing and Muay Thai, winning the European WAKO Championship (World Association of Kickboxing Organizations). He has also won Gold Medals in Greek Championships and tournaments such as “Golden Gloves” and “Gods of War.”

He is a certified Kickboxing instructor with both WAKO and the International Kickboxing Association WPKA (World Pan-Professional Kickboxing Association). He also has instructor diplomas from ISDO (International Self-Defense Organization), EOA (Greek Federation of Self-Defense) and is certified as a Martial Arts Instructor for Children.

In terms of Israeli Martial Arts, Aggelos has been practicing Krav Maga for over 10 years. He has studied and trained with FIMA UK Representative Gheorghe Husar and FIMA Krav Maga Director Dr. Itay Gil achieving the rank of Expert 1 and becoming a certified Krav Maga Instructor. He is a member of Krav Maga Mentality – a Greek affiliate with Krav Maga United Kingdom Mentality.

Aggelos is the owner and chief instructor of Gruppo Victorum a gym and martial arts training center in the city of Agrinio in central Greece. He currently has about 150 students and teaches classes for both adults and children. Of all the martial arts he has studied throughout his life, the techniques that he uses, teaches most often and appreciates the most are those in Krav Maga that he learned from Master Gheorghe Husar.

He also has university degrees in both electronics and electrical engineering from West Attica (Athens).

We are honored to have him on our leadership team!

Alain Cohen - FIMA Board of Directors and Krav Maga Representative in Ashdod Israel

Alain Cohen was born in France and began training in martial arts when he was 6 years old and emigrated to Israel with his family when he was quite young. During his time in France, Alain experienced antisemitism which influenced his desire to be learn how to defend himself when he moved to Israel. Alain studied Krav Maga in Israel under Master Raphy Elgrissy who was one of Imi Lichtentenfeld’s first students and Black Belts.

Alain excelled in Krav Maga and ascended up the ranks, eventually attaining a 6th Dan in Krav Maga awarded by Grandmaster Elgrissy and certified by the Wingate Institute. He is an Official Martial Arts Instructor and Certified Krav Maga coach, authorized by the prestigious Wingate Sport Institute in Israel.

Alain has done much more than teach Krav Maga, he became an Official member of the Israeli Krav Maga Commission of the Israeli National Sport Center for which he served from 2013 to 2017. This was the Official Wingate Teaching Team under Doctor Guy Mor. In this capacity, he helped teach and test the future Israeli Martial Arts Instructors and coaches. He is a Certified (authorized by the Israeli Sport Ministry) Martial Arts Fitness Instructor and an Official Israeli Ministry of Defense Supplier.

Alain has focused on and has specialized in aviation security and has provided education and workshops for several aviation companies. In fact, he is an Air Marshall Instructor for both team units and crews. He is also a Counter-Terrorism instructor and a Close Protection Instructor. In addition to Krav Maga, Alain has an extensive background in Thai Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. In fact, he is a Certified Instructor in all those systems. He became a Certified Thai Boxing Instructor by the Thailand Defense Ministry and a BJJ and MMA Instructor by the Israeli College of Sport (ICS).

Master Alain used his knowledge of BJJ, Thai Boxing, MMA, Close-Protection and Counter-terrorism to improve his Krav Maga as he created his brand of Krav Maga called Krav Maga Force – Alain Cohen (KMF-AC). He is the founder and Head Instructor of the system. Alain now lives in Ashdod, Israel and travels regularly around the globe teaching seminars, workshops and Instructor courses to civilians, law enforcement, military, aviation companies and special units around the world including the United States, France, and South Korea.  Alain has 26 affiliated Krav Maga Schools around the world. He has taught hundreds of Krav Maga courses and instructed thousands of students.

In addition to hands-on teaching, Alain trains and has competed in BJJ competitions in both Israel and the United States winning the IJJI ultra-heavy weight division. He is a student of Professor Alan Surmont one of the best BJJ fighter in Israel. Alain has written four highly successful books on Krav Maga and has produced 26 different Krav Maga DVDs. Three years ago he launched the first Krav Maga Online training website with Krav Maga video courses in 10 different languages covering all of his Krav Maga program, the pedagogy of teaching, Krav Maga philosophy and more. Alain continues to train, learn and enhance his Krav Maga system. You can check out more about Alain Cohen and the KMF-AC by opening up the website link below.



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!

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.

Guy Rafaeli was born in Israel in a military/security oriented family around guns and with a warrior spirit. His father was in the secret service and was a co-founder of the YAMAM (anti-terror unit). Guy began training in Krav Maga and martial arts at the age of 12 under GM Dennis Hanover. Guy got his black belt with Dennis a tthe age of 18 when he joined the IDF, after finishing 2nd place in the Israeli full-contact championships. In the army, he was in military intelligence unit 504 recon, mainly based in Lebanon for 5 years and continued as a reserve until 2006 and specialized in CQB/personal protection, Krav Maga/pistol/knife/baton. After his army service, he traveled to Japan from 1989-90 to train in Karate and Jiu Jitsu with GM Mas Oyama (Karate) and Master Takeda (Jiu Jitsu). Guy also trained with Moshe Galisko and Chaim Peer in Kapap and Jiu Jitsu.

Guy attended and graduated from Tel Aviv University with a BA in Political Science and from Wingate Institute for martial arts trainers. In the1990s, Rafaeli was invited to join the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) as a Krav Maga instructor. He spent several years teaching soldiers in the IDF. During this time, he continued to develop his skills and deepen his knowledge of Krav Maga. He also worked closely with other leading instructors, and helped to refine and improve the training methods used by the IDF. Guy has continued to study and train in a variety of martial arts. He has a 3rd Dan Black Belt with Dennis survival Jiu Jitsu, and a 7th Dan Black Belt in Krav Maga with Yaron Hanover. Guy added Filipino martial arts, studying with James Keating and Bram Frank and later with GM Romell Tortal of Pekiti-Tersia Kali in which Guy has a 5th Dan Black Belt. Guy also trained for several years in BJJ with Ido Pariente and Flavio Bhering and has a purple belt in BJJ.

In 2005, Guy started his own system, ICS – Israeli Combat System – a hybrid of Krav Maga and Filipino MA for close quarters combat for tactical teams and civilians. He emphasizes the practical application of the martial arts and focuses on teaching students how to effectively defend themselves in real-world situations. ICS has schools in Poland, Germany, USA and Israel. In 2012, Rafaeli and the late Yaron Hanover formed Ultimate Krav Maga and have many schools around the world. In the last 20 years, he has been working as a security consultant in the private sector, and trained world wide military-police-Government agencies and private security and many martial art schools. Guy is the designer of the warrior combat knife for Spyderco Inc and is a Masters Martial Arts Hall of Fame inductee.

Rafaeli gained a reputation as one of the leading instructors and foremost experts in Krav Maga. He has traveled extensively, conducting seminars and workshops in many different countries. He is a sought-after instructor and consultant. He is also involved in the development of new techniques and training methods and is dedicated to helping others learn and improve their skills in Krav Maga. Rafaeli’s skills, experience, and dedication to the martial arts make him an inspiration to practitioners around the world. As a leader in the field, Rafaeli has helped to bring Krav Maga to the forefront of the martial arts world, and has helped to ensure that the art remains relevant and effective for generations to come.


Ron Rotem - Hathiya Hod HaSharon, Israel

Ron Rotem is a Top Israeli Krav Maga Instructor and 5th degree Black Belt and has been training in Krav Maga since 1996.  His start in Krav Maga was very much like something out of a Hong Kong Fight movie where a would-be street fight ended up in a pursuit where Ron chased his opponent and wound up in his Krav Maga Gym. The then Instructor told them to put gloves on and fight. Though the fight did not happen, Ron was intrigued and wound up staying at the gym to train and ended up moving up the ranks.

He eventually became an assistant instructor under Eli Avikzar one of Imi's top students. This led him to be a Black Belt prior to his IDF Service where he served in an Anti-Guerilla Unit. There he was introduced to Military style Krav Maga which was quite different than his Civilian Experience. From there he became the head of the training for the Israeli Prison System which was also quite different. These differences lead Ron to begin researching the history of Krav Maga and which is now his lifelong passion. Ron is the Admin of the Facebook group Krav Maga History and culture which has well over 10,000 members.

He is a Wingate certified instructor since 1999 and is also a Wingate certified martial arts trainer since 2009. Ron has served as security personnel in a variety of national organizations and has taught in all aspects in Israeli life from the IDF, Prison system and civilians.  He is also a 1st dan Black Belt in Japanese Ju Jitsu.

Ron is the owner and head instructor of the Israeli Krav Maga Institute in Israel, and is a FIMA Representative in Israel, and is on our Board of Directors.




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.

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,


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, as well as in Kapap, and 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.

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!

Master Fjeld has been a Martial Arts Instructor for 32 years, At the age of 12, Master Fjeld, became fatally ill and the doctors gave him little hope for recovery. Watching Grandmaster Chuck Norris on the big screen inspired Kenneth to fight his way back to recovery and motivated him to get stronger and fully invest in the study of Martial Arts. Fast forward many years later, Kenneth not only met Chuck Norris, but became a Master Instructor and 5th Degree Black Belt in the Chuck Norris System! He has trained directly with GM Chuck Norris, GM Aaron Norris, and GM Ken Gallacher, In addition to studying Tang Soo Do, Master Fjeld also has a Black Belt in Shotokan Karate under Shihan Tetsuhiko Asai, is a Guro level and certified instructor in Pambuan Arnis (Black Belt) and Pambuan Tactical and a Purple belt in Brazilian JiuJitsu (under Professor John Will - Will/Machado BJJ).

Kenneth started training in Israeli Martial Arts in 2008 initially under Moni Aizik and Commando Krav Maga. After 3 years of training in CKM, he switched over to UFAF Krav Maga and continued his training with FIMA Representatives Master Ed Saenz, Master Rick Prieto, Master Stephen Hammersley and Master Laurian Lapadatu. Kenneth has earned his 1st Degree Black Belt in UFAF Krav Maga Force and his 2nd Degree in Krav Maga Force. Master Fjeld has a broad and realistic perspective in teaching and practicing Krav Maga as he is also a retired veteran from the Norwegian Air Force.

Kenneth co-owns an award-winning school, AESIR Academy, with his wife, Loida Arano Fjeld, who is also a 3rd degree Black Belt). AESIR Academy also serves as United Fighting Arts Federations (UFAF) European HQ, currently holds approximately 200 students and won an award as the UFAF 2019 school of the year! Kenneth has certified 48 Black Belts in the Chuck Norris System from 1st Degree to 4th Degree and is the current Regional Chair of UFAFs Region Europe and is the European Director of UFAF Krav Maga Force and UFAF Krav Maga Developmental board member.

In addition to teaching over 200 students at his academy in Norway, Kenneth has a diploma as a Certified Security Guard and has been involved in the security field, including security work at a hospital and a school in Norway and working as a bodyguard for several VIP clients. He is also a highly valued consultant for Norwegian television and has worked as a Professional Martial Arts TV-Commentator for Eurosport on numerous occasions. Master Fjeld is an award-winning martial artist who has been inducted into the Who’s Who Legends and Pioneers of Martial Arts Hall of Fame with the American Martial Arts Alliance Foundation in 2020. He holds seminars throughout Europe and welcomes all FIMA members to come to Norway and visit his school just as GM Chuck Norris did in 2019 (https://www.vgtv.no/.../chuck-norris-besoekte-norge-han...)


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!

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!

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.


Spain and France - Patrick Bittan

PATRICK BITTAN is now on the Board of Directors for FIMA and will be a Representative for Krav Maga in Spain and France!!

Master Patrick Bittan is only 47 years old but his life could already fill several volumes of a literary work. At the edge of the romantic, at the heart of everyday life, Patrick Bittan has contributed to the history of European and World martial arts. Patrick was born in France and has lived in Israel, the United States and is currently residing in Spain. Nurtured in Judo since the age of 6 (black belt in 1992), forged in Krav Maga (black belt in 1991) training since the age of 12 with former Israeli commando Joseph Kalfa, educated in Mixed Martial Arts including Thai Boxing (instructor certificate 2009), it is in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (black belt 5th dan) and the incorporating this into his own system (FFMI) of realistic, practical self-defense that 'he finds his fullness and touches the essence of art. He is one of the pioneers of the discipline in France. In 1997, he took part in the second Championships in history. He regularly travels to Brazil to train with the biggest names in BJJ.

At the end of the 90s, he went into exile in the United States and became a student of the legendary Rickson Gracie for almost two years, where he officially became a member of his competitive team. In the early 2000s, he worked with Grand Master Flavio Behring and became the first French black belt to win medals at the World BJJ Championships. Today, with his 5th Degree, he is the highest non-Brazilian officer living in Europe. He is considered the pioneer of BJJ in Israel, being the first Black Belt to teach a course there in 2001. Above all, he is one of the most brilliant teachers in the discipline. Founder of the Bittan Academy in 1997, he teaches his art to some 1,500 students in his French clubs and 1,000 students around the world. Recognized for his pedagogical qualities, he is called upon to deliver his expertise in different countries.

Teaching BJJ in Israel to and with members of security forces, both police and army inspired Patrick to develop and reinvent his Krav Maga. He trained with legendary instructors such as Eyal Yanilov, Zeev Cohen, Denis Hisardut, and FIMA Krav Maga Director, Dr. Master Itay Gil Krav Maga Expert, Actor, Military & Close Protection Itay Gil, and others. Patrick has also trained and worked with FIMA President Moti Horenstein's Krav-Maga MMA, and Directors David Kahn, Shuki Drai, and Haim Gozali. Basically, he has worked with almost everyone in the business!!

Since 2001, he has been training special elite units in Israel such as Shabak, Yamam, Shaetet 13, Duvdevan, Masada, and Magave. From 2003, he also worked with prestigious units, the GIGN (Groupe d'Intervention de la Gendarmerie Nationale) in France where he is the Chief Reserve Officer and Trainer and ERIS (Regional Prison Intervention and Security Team) in France, SWAT, CIA, and many others.

A few highlights

  • Member of the French National Commission on Krav Maga
  • European Grappling Champion
  • Security for French President
  • National Coach for the French Jiu Jitsu team
  • 2001-2021 – training IDF soldiers
  • Counter-terrorism training for Israeli Prime Minister’s team
  • Trained Foreign Legion in France
  • Trained police, security and elite military forces in Holland, Australia, Israel, Spain, France, USA, Romania, Netherlands, Gibraltar, French Guyana, Greece, and more
  • Taught martial arts at Wingate Academy, Israel
  • Hosted a successful Netflix show directed at BJJ 4 Change

The list goes on for several more pages...

Patrick is still an active and winning competitor in BJJ (Vice European Champion in 2020), highly sought-after Krav Maga instructor (5th DAN Black Belt) internationally and dedicates much of his time to traveling the globe, making sure that Jewish communities around the world are safe.

Patrick Bittan dedicates his life to martial arts, lives his passion for Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA on a daily basis. He does not practice martial arts. He embodies it!

We gratefully welcome Master Patrick Bittan to the FIMA Board of Directors and as a Representative for both France and Spain.


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.


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. In 2021 he was promoted to 3nd 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. Francel was awarded the Israeli Martial Arts 2022 Hall of Fame "Best Krav Maga School in 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.



US State Representatives


David “LD” Thomas is the FIMA Representative for the State of Alabama, as well as the only FIMA Black Belt or Instructor in the state. LD began his martial arts career in Taekwondo at the age of 9 and went on to finish second in the U.S. Open Martial Arts Championship in 1988. Although most of his training since then has been in Krav Maga and KAPAP, LD gained formal training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Filipino knife fighting, and western Dutch Kickboxing. LD holds a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Krav Maga, as well as a Black Belt in western Dutch Kickboxing. His Black Belt in Krav Maga is FIMA certified and he is a FIMA certified Instructor in Krav Maga and KAPAP. LD was also a 2022 inductee of the Israeli Martial Arts Hall of Fame and OA Krav Maga was named the “Best Krav Maga School in the State of Alabama.”

LD has been a licensed Paramedic for 25 years, and is an experienced Combat Medic, Flight Paramedic, and Tactical Paramedic. He regularly teaches Tactical Combat Casualty Care, other advanced medical courses, and was a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the university level. As a sworn member of an elite U.S. law enforcement agency, LD was a K9 Handler, leader of an operational Tactical Emergency Medicine unit, and member of an elite Special Operations Team. During this time, LD developed additional experience in defensive tactics, hand-to-hand combat, CQB, and multiple weapons platforms

LD is also a licensed attorney, experienced trial lawyer, and is a published legal scholar and author.

LD opened OA Krav Maga in Auburn, Alabama incorporating his diverse background into authentic Israeli Krav Maga to create a unique curriculum that includes tactical medicine, survival, firearms, legal seminars, and CQB, in addition to authentic Israeli Krav Maga.

LD teaches daily at his school in Alabama and travels teaching Krav Maga sand Self-Defense seminars for organizations and other martial arts schools.


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 4th Dan Instructor Certified under GM Itay Gil.  He has been in magazines like Black Belt, featured in Motivational Lithographs and has acted in 10+ national commercials including PowerBar, Budweiser and Sony. 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.

GM 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. GM 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 and 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.

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.


The Hiromasa’s have been operating Krav Maga Training Centers since 1997. Shannon and James are co-founders of Colorado Krav Maga and well-known to the Krav Maga Community in the United States.

As Master Trainers, they have been responsible for certifying dozens, if not hundreds, of Krav Maga Instructors around the world through several organizations. 

Shannon’s martial arts background consists of 20 years of training with Black Belts in Goju-Ryu, Tae Kwon Do, and Premier Martial Arts as well as extensive training in Pai Lum Kung Fu. Her fitness background includes Certified Fitness Trainer, yoga instructor, certified Krav Maga Conditioning and Premier Martial Arts Conditioning Instructor. She began her training in Krav Maga 25 years ago and went through the instructor certification process in 1999. To top it off, Shannon is a Certified CrossFit Trainer registered with the CrossFit organization. Shannon is one of the highest ranked female Krav Maga Instructors in the United States with TWO Krav Maga certifications from Wingate in Israel. She is also the Creator, Developer, and Instructor Certifier for CrossKick and the Get-Fit-Done program to juxtapose fitness with self-defense. These programs are used by hundreds of schools worldwide. Being an expert in the field of Fitness and Conditioning, Shannon was contracted to develop the PMA Fitness program for United Professionals, a chain of thousands of martial art schools, and currently certifies other instructors from around the nation. She is often called upon to consult for national media on fitness. Shannon has a degree in Sociology/Psychology with departmental honors from the University of Colorado at Denver.

James began martial arts at age 9 in Judo, then progressed through the years with Karate, taekwondo, hapkido, and of course now Krav Maga. He holds 2nd Dan and 3rd Dan Black Belt Ranks with several Krav Maga organizations as well as among the first to receive the “Krav Maga Senior Instructor” certification from Wingate in Israel. James was in the first group of instructors to get licensed to teach Krav Maga outside of the National Training Center in LA back in 1997. He earned his Krav Maga Instructors Black Belt in 2003 as only the second to do so in the United States outside of LA and the first ever in Colorado. He was also on the Krav Maga Worldwide Advisory Board and one of only a handful of Instructors that hold "Train the Trainer" status and qualified to train and certify instructors in the highest levels of Krav Maga. James is a fully certified Force Training Master Instructor who has taught courses in Fort Hood for the United States Army and is currently teaching Law Enforcement Courses throughout the United States. He works as a contract Trainer for the Boulder County Sheriff’s Department.  

Being part of the community, part of the solution, and leading by example is part of their mission, as evidenced by Shannon being a duly elected City Councilwoman for the City of Northglenn in Colorado, and an original founding member or the Community Co-Production Policing Advisory Board, and now the City Liaison to that board. James serves on the Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Board for the State of Colorado on the Subject Matter Expert Committee for Arrest/Control and Defensive Tactics.  He is also a court-certified expert on Krav Maga instruction and on the business of Krav Maga training.

Talk about over-achievers, they are also both best-selling authors, Shannon authored the popular, “Book of Burpees” and “Get Fit Done”, while James wrote the #1 Best Selling book, “How to be a Super Hero: How to Recognize, Avoid, and Survive Violent Encounters, Assault, and Getting Shot in an Active Shooting

Outside of Krav Maga, James tries to get as much snowboarding, wakeboarding, ATVing, camping, and golfing in as he can when he’s not chilling at home with Shannon and their 4 dogs. They teach a variety of programs at a few locations in Colorado. They are the leading Krav Maga schools in Colorado, regularly doing school talks, summer camps, and Kids Safe seminars. We are honored to have James and Shannon Hiromasa as the Official Colorado Krav Maga Representatives. 


Juan Maldonado is a dedicated self-defense practitioner with over 15 years of experience. He holds a distinguished position as a black belt, under the esteemed guidance of Nir Maman, the founder of CT707 Israeli Special Forces Krav Maga. For more than a decade, Juan has been a certified CT707 instructor, sharing his expertise with passion. He is our FIMA representative in Fairfield, Connecticut.

Juan's journey into the world of Krav Maga is enriched by the privilege of having trained with two direct disciples of the legendary Krav Maga founder, Imi Lichtenfield. As an instructor, Juan believes in offering a well-rounded curriculum, incorporating techniques from various systems beyond Krav Maga. He ensures his students experience cutting-edge simulations for realistic training scenarios including force on force training and trauma care.

Outside of the Krav Maga world, Juan continues to expand his knowledge, pursuing certifications from various instructors. To enrich his students' learning, he regularly invites outside instructors to contribute to the training experience.

Operating his Elite Combatives Krav Maga studio in Fairfield, Connecticut, Juan is admired for the realism and seminars his school offers.

In addition to his Black Belt under Nir Maman, Juan is a FIMA Certified Instructor/Blackbelt, a Certified Firearms Instructor and Range Safety Officer, and a Graduate of the Law of Self Defense Instructor program. His tactical firearms training has been under Frank S. (NYPD SWAT/High Threat Drug Enforcement). He is a Massad Ayoob Group MAG 40 graduate and is TECC (tactical emergency casualty care) and ALICE (active shooter civilian response) certified.

For additional information about Juan and his school go to www.trainkrav.com or call (203) 583-4090.






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.

face book page: https://www.facebook.com/Kravmagaforceflorida/

website: http://americanmartialarts.com/ 


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.


Keith has trained in Tae Kwon Do under Grand Master Art Monroe, Tang Soo Do under Master Chris Benoit, Aikijujitsu, Aikido, and Lung Shou Pai Kung Fu under Sifus Bobby Luttrull and Ron Scott by way of Grandmaster Norman Pedelahor. Since 2013, he has focused his training and teaching on Krav Maga through Krav Maga Alliance under the direction of Soke Tony Morrison and Master John Whitman (Founder of KMA and FIMA Board of Directors member.. He has also been working in the private security industry since 2015. Keith was drawn to Krav Maga for its real-world applications and as a combative rather a sport fighting system.

In 2016, Keith became an instructor with Krav Maga Alliance and joined the instructor team at SICA MMA. In August of 2017, Keith became a StrikeFit Certified Instructor through Rachel Greenbaum of KMA. In January of 2018, Keith became the Chief Instructor of SICA MMA. In September of 2019, Keith, as well as 3 of his instructors were certified as Young Warrior Instructors through KMA under Soke Tony Morrison. Since becoming Chief Instructor, Keith has developed 6 Krav Maga Instructors, which have been certified through KMA, 2 Kickboxing Instructors, and a Boxing Instructor. Together with his training team, the school has grown from less than 70 students to presently over 200 students; This includes more than 60 children in their Young Warriors program for ages 5-15.

In 2017, Keith was invited to teach a Women’s Self-Defense Class for nearly 400 high school students at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge. He has since lead similar courses at Southeastern Louisiana University and Louisiana State University for local sororities. Since then he has been leading a Women’s Self-Defense Class every month at his school and using the class fee to assist in paying for memberships of Victims of Abuse. Keith has started a scholarship program for Victims of Abuse and Sexual Assault at their school to provide a safe training environment for these ladies and children to aid them in preventing becoming victims again. This program provides these members with up to 1 year of training at no charge. Keith has also implemented a free monthly Abduction & Bullying Defense Seminar for ages 6-14 at their school.

As a certified KMA level 4 instructor under CA Representative John Whitman, Keith believes in taking his students out of their comfort zone and challenging them to reach their full potential. If you are visiting Gonzales, Louisiana and taking a break from Mardi Gras, drop in for your free lesson from Keith Burregi. Welcome to the FIMA Family.





Maine - Krav Maga

Michael Parker.

Michael Parker is a martial artist and military veteran. He is a US Army Combat Veteran (Ret) he served for 7 years. He is a Certified Pistol 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 with 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 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 Woman’s self defense, Krav Maga, Level 1 Pistol/Carbine, Level 2 Pistol/Carbine.

If you live in Maine come out and train with Michael Parker. If you’re visiting Maine, drop by and experience the “Real Deal” military training Krav Maga with Michael.

Maine Training 
21 Schoolhouse Rd
Orland ME 04472
(207) 322-0002


Chief Master Mike Kassebaum started martial arts in 1984 earning his 1st Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo in 1986, his Instructors certification in 1990, and in 2017 was promoted to 8th degree black belt and awarded the title of Chief Master in 2018. He earned his Black Belt in Hapkido and is currently a Blue Belt in Jiu-Jitsu. As a competitor, he was the national weapons champion in Taekwondo in 2001 and world champion in 2012 for traditional forms, traditional sparring, and extreme weapons. Mike has earned instructor certifications with the American Taekwondo Association and Global Traditional Martial Arts. He began Krav Maga training in 2003 under CA representative and Board of Directors member John Whitman and is currently still training under his instruction today along with supporting Krav Maga Alliance as a certified Black Belt Instructor. He is also Tactical Krav Maga affiliate under the instruction of James Hiromasa from Colorado Krav Maga/Tactical Krav Maga.

He has taught courses for Offutt Air Force Base, civilian self-defense courses, as well as many workshops and seminars for academic schools & colleges. He also instructs corporate courses within the state of Nebraska, Kansas & Missouri. Mike started his academy ownership in 1987.

He currently owns and operates Kassebaum’s Martial Arts & Nebraska Krav Maga located in Bellevue, Nebraska with over 200 active students. He has 6 instructors under him who own and operate martial art academies in Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, and Alabama. Mike’s goal is to use martial arts to help others achieve their martial arts goals, improve physical fitness and train in the best reality-based self-defense. If you’re in Nebraska, you should visit Bellevue. If you’re in Bellevue, go and see Mike Kassebaum for a free lesson (with your FIMA card) from the best Krav Maga Instructor in Bellevue!

website www.nebraskaKravMaga.com

email cmk@nebraskaKMA.com 




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.

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 - Dallas/Ft. Worth

Christian Garippa is our FIMA Representative for the Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas area, and has been practicing martial arts for over 20 years. The majority of his training has been in Krav Maga and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Christian has Black Belts in Krav Maga, and also in BJJ under Master Carlos Machado. Other martial arts that he has trained in are Muay Thai and American Kickboxing, Boxing and Eskrima.

In 2013 Christian opened his school, Savage Krav Maga. Through the years the school has added multiple programs including Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, Boxing and Fitness classes. They currently have 4 locations in the Dallas Ft. Worth area with plans to add more.

Christian has dedicated his life to educating others including a career in public education as a coach and teacher in the middle school and high school levels. This experience has given him a special skill set of teaching others in a way that promotes structured knowledge and practical skills that everyone can learn and retain.

Christian spends a lot of his time mentoring others, teaching individuals how to be leaders and doing seminars whenever possible.  If you are ever in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, be sure to stop by and take a class at Savage Krav Maga.  Please join us in welcoming Christian to our FIMA leadership team.


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.



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.


Cameron Davis

Cameron has been training martial arts since he was a child, and seriously started training at around 17 years old. He has cross-trained in a variety of traditional martial arts including Brazilian Jiujitsu, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, American wrestling, and Kumdo, Kali and Modern Arnis in which he is a certified instructor, and in American Karate in which has achieved a Black Belt. He is also a certified instructor in the Korean art of Saing Jong Do.

In terms of Israeli Martial Arts, Cameron was training heavily in Krav Maga by 2009 and received his Krav Maga Black Belt instructor rank in 2014 from GM Robert Allemier. He has also trained with Ryan Hoover, Marty Cale and Eddie Diaz. Cameron is currently a fourth Dan Black Belt in Krav Maga.

He has been a security contractor for the Department of Homeland Security for almost a decade while also doing executive protection (PPO/Bodyguard). In 2022, he opened his own academy, Davis Martial Arts & Fitness in Pilot Point Texas. and is working there full-time as the Chief Instructor, teaching a variety of martial arts. While his main focus is Krav Maga and self-defense, he also has a Kickboxing program, Kali/Modern Arnis program and a fitness program.

Cameron Davis is a FIMA Representative in Texas and is an outstanding instructor. In fact, he was inducted into the USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2022 as “Man of the Year”, the London International Hall of Fame in 2022 for “Excellence in Martial Arts”, and the Israeli Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2023 as Instructor of the year.

He was recently appointed to be one of FIMA’s Social Media Directors, and is focusing on member engagement on social media, including Facebook

If you are in the state of Texas and looking for top-notch Krav training, or you are a FIMA member passing through, you are always welcome at Davis Martial Arts & Fitness.

Kaleb Hardy

Kaleb Hardy was raised in the family that brought Krav Maga to Central Texas, in Round Rock, a suburb of Austin.  His parents Ryan and Shari Hardy founded Round Rock Krav Maga and Kickboxing 25 years ago and have built a thriving school with many students and a great reputation. They are licensed with Krav Maga Worldwide and Krav Maga Alliance.  Kaleb is now the Chief instructor/Owner and continues the family tradition.

He has been a certified Krav Maga instructor for 8 years, is a Blackbelt instructor (Gold), and is Civilian Law Enforcement certified.  Kaleb is certified as a KMA train the trainer and is the chief instructor for Round Rock Krav Maga.

He was a 3 sport division 1 college athlete, certified Firefighter, and currently trains in Krav Maga and BJJ.  He has also trained in Kickboxing, MMA and Muay Thai.  He also is an avid weightlifter, runner, cross trainer, and actively engages in boxing, kickboxing, yoga and swimming.

Kaleb is a FIMA Representative in Round Rock/Austin Texas and is a talented martial artist and instructor.

If you are in the Austin area and are looking for a great place to train or are a FIMA member passing through you are welcome at Round Rock Krav Maga.



Sky Benson

Sky Benson teaches a specialized skill set of Science and the relation of movement within certain angles of attack and evasion as well as Body Bio-Mechanics and Dynamic Footwork. He doesn’t teach a specific martial art. Rather he teaches how to become a martial artist. He refers to this as an Application Technology, with these skill sets any untrained individual can grasp the concepts of combat and feel "empowered". He provides the proper foundation.

He began his martial art training well over 40 years ago at the age of nine in 5 Animal Shaolin Kung Fu as well as a few basic Karate classes and within five years by the age of 15 he was a respected point competition champion in the Los Angeles and San Fernando Valley areas. He also studied and received a black belt in the Dux Ryu system and returned to his studies in Ninjitsu when he turned 18.

He became motivated to learn everything he could about oriental methods of healing and he now possesses a PhD in the subject.
Sky studied “dim mak” or "death touch”. Kinetic energy transfer changed the way he saw fighting and put him on a path to learn the principles and breathing exercises of Chi Gung and Iron Palm also known as Poison Hand which after years of practice and studying he can now perform a lot of the same breaking feats with Bricks and Stones. Sky earned the Rank of 9th Dan and was given the distinction of Grandmaster as well as being on the council of the International Fighting Arts Association Black Dragon Fighting Society and the Traditional World Karate Association.

He also trained and earned his blackbelt in the Israeli Martial Arts of KRAV MAGA and KAPAP within the IKA International Kapap Association under Jacov Bresler and a Black belt in the Street Smart Survival System he created.

GM Benson has been involved with the Navy, Army ROTC programs and LAPD, he has trained Navy Seals, Green Berets, and other Special forces personnel. I have fought in the streets and in the ring, in addition to work as in VIP Security. Most recently, Sky was training members of the US Secret Service.
Sky is a weapons expert in Knife, Gun, Sword, Sticks, Bo Staff, Kamas, Sai, Nunchucks, ASP, Kuboton. His specialties include: CQC, Body Bio Dynamics, Dynamic Footwork, Angles of Attack, Knife and Gun Retention and Disarm, Urban and Military Combat, and Iron Palm. He is not just a theorist. Sky is a true master who integrates his esoteric knowledge into street applicability. Sky is an encyclopedia of knowledge in martial arts, sciences, history, weaponry, and tactical training. On the side he has worked as a professional magician and is the author of several excellent textbooks on a variety of topics.

Sky has been inducted into many martial arts halls of fame. Recently, inducted into the Israeli Martial Arts (IMA) Hall of Fame, receiving an award for excellence in teaching. 

We are honored to have Grandmaster Sky Benson as a Representative for FIMA!



Bruce Rubinberg is the son of David Rubinberg, who is also a FIMA representative for Virginia. Bruce’s lineage can be traced from his father, David, to his grandfather, Samuel Rubinberg, and his great grandfather Morris (Abram Mordechai) Rubinberg. Morris came to the United States from Poland. Settling in New York City, Morris worked hard to save enough money to bring his wife and young son, Samuel, to the United States. Morris continued working and saving money, bringing one member of the family from Poland at a time. Those who did not make it out of Europe and survived the Holocaust settled in the United states and Israel. With the belief that the entire family would unite in Israel, Israeli survival techniques were shared and practiced.

Bruce began his martial arts instruction at the age of six years in Krav Maga and Karate. As he grew older additional training included Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and Kickboxing. As an east coast competitor in local and national tournaments, Bruce became recognized for his strength, speed, sportsmanship toward other competitors and fierceness as a fighter. Bruce won two national fighting titles and won one world championship in fighting. Bruce was awarded his 5th degree in Karate (2008) and a 1st degree Black belt in Judo (1997) by Grand Master Charles Carey, Master Fred Schwartz, and Master David Rubinberg. He is also an E5 EXPERT in Krav Maga. He is a member of the International Martial Arts Council of America, United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame, and a 2021 inductee into the London International Hall of Fame for contributions to Martial Arts worldwide.

Bruce is the owner and chief instructor of a very successful Krav Maga program for adults and children at FEKS Martial Arts with 36 years of experience. Along with his father, Bruce continues the tradition of teaching in the name of LOVE. He teaches to protect oneself and family to go home safely by mastering the effectiveness and tactical mindset of Kapap and Krav Maga. In addition to Bruce’s career as a teacher and mentor, he is also an excellent chef. When Bruce isn’t teaching or cooking, he is interviewing Iconic martial artists and celebrities, as well as our FIMA celebrity members for our Members Only FIMA Features.  Bruce is a fantastic interviewer and always finds out something new and interesting about each person he interviews. 


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