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Founder Imi (Emerich) Lichtenfeld Print E-mail

Founder Imi (Emerich) Lichtenfeld (1910-1998) is krav maga's founder. Imi was born in Budapest, Hungary and later resided in Bratislava, Slovakia. Imi's father, Samuel Lichtenfeld, joined a professional circus where he excelled at wrestling and boxing. After developing extensive knowledge in fitness training along with wrestling, boxing, and mixed-skill fighting, Samuel joined the police as a detective and had the leading arrest record. Samuel also opened the gym "Hercules" where Imi began his training. Imi rapidly distinguished himself as a champion in judo, boxing, wrestling, gymnastics and ball room dancing among other athletic pursuits.

In 1935 Imi visited Palestine with a team of Jewish wrestlers to participate in the Maccabi games but could not participate because of a broken rib that resulted from his training while on route. This led the fundamental krav maga precept, "do not get hurt" while training. Imi returned to Czechoslovakia to face increasing anti-Semitic violence. Imi organized a group of young Jews to protect his community. On the streets, Imi acquired hard won experience and the crucial understanding of the differences between sport fighting and street fighting. He developed his fundamental self-defense principle: "Use natural movements and reactions" for a defense combined with an immediate and decisive counterattack. From this evolved the refined theory of "simultaneous defense and attack" while "never occupying two hands in the same defensive movement."

Imi arrived in Israel after serving with great notoriety in the Czech Legion. Israel's early leaders immediately recognized Imi's fighting prowess and innovativeness. Imi began to train Israel's first fighting units the Palmach, Palyam, and Haganah in military close quarters combat. This training included fighting fitness, bayonet tactics, sentry removal, knife fighting, stave/stick fighting and any other military oriented problems that required a creative solution. After retiring from the Israeli Defense Forces in 1964 as chief instructor for physical fitness and hand-to-hand combat (which became recognized as the system "krav maga") Imi established the Israeli Krav Maga Association (IKMA) in 1978 to promote krav maga throughout the world for both civilians and law enforcement. Imi focused both on teaching professionals and adapting his system to provide ordinary civilians - men, women, and children - with solutions to avoid and/or end a violent encounter. Haim Gidon, the highest-ranking individual in the world at 10th degree black-belt, heads the organization as Imi's appointed successor. (For more about krav maga founder Imi Lichtenfeld please visit www.kravmagaisraeli.com and click "Founder.")

 
Grandmaster Haim Gidon (Israel) Print E-mail

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Grandmaster Haim Gidon (10th dan and IKMA President) is a member of krav maga founder Imi Lichtenfeld's first training class in the early 1960's. Haim fought in the Six Day War, War of Attrition, and Yom Kippur War. Prior to the 1967 War, Haim resumed his competitive boxing and decided to learn more about the krav maga principals he had learned in the military. In 1978, Haim helped Imi co-found the IKMA. Along with Imi and other top instructors, Haim Gidon co-founded the Israeli Krav maga Association (IKMA) which he now heads as President. In 1994, Haim was elected as IKMA president and opened his current gym and the main training center for the IKMA located on Ben Zion Street, Netanya, Israel. In 1995, Imi nominated Haim as the top authority to grant 1st dan krav maga black-belt and up. In an IKMA ceremony, Imi awarded Haim Gidon 8th dan and stated 9th and 10th dans "were to come" designating Haim as the highest ranking krav maga instructor. (Video clips of the ceremony are available at www.kravmagaisraeli.com).

Imi approved of Haim's adding extensive groundwork modified weapons defenses and other additions/improvements to the krav maga system. Grandmaster Gidon is also a committee member of the Wingate (Israel's national sports institute) professional committee representing the self-defense style of krav maga. As President and Grandmaster of the IKMA, has taught the Israeli Police defensive tactics for the last thirty years to Israel's security and military agencies. Haim has received special commendation from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies worldwide for his specific krav maga law professional training curriculum. His teaching expertise is requested worldwide.

 
David Kahn (New Jersey, New York) Print E-mail

David Kahn (IKMA U.S. Chief instructor and IKMA board member) received his advanced blackbelt teaching certifications from Grandmaster Haim Gidon. David trains regularly in Israel with Grandmaster Gidon and was elected to the board of the IKMA. As the Grandmaster's envoy, David is committed to the proper expansion of the system in the U.S. and around the world. Under the oversight of Haim Gidon, David trains local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies along with select military units including the U.S. Marines Special Operations Command (MARSOC) and United States Air Force security forces. David is certified by State of New Jersey Department of Public Safety Criminal Justice Division Police Training Commission. Grandmaster Gidon along with top Israeli instructors regularly visit David's classes in New York City and New Jersey. David also teaches krav maga at his alma mater, Princeton University. Prior to his instructor-training in Israel, David spent three years during law school training with Senior American Instructors, Rick Blitstein and Alan Feldman. David was featured in numerous publications including Men's Fitness, Men's GQ, Special Operations Report, Military.com, Penthouse, Absolute, Self, Fitness, Razor, Giant, New York, New Yorker, gear, Allure, Daily News, New York Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Camp Lejeune RotoVue, and Princeton Alumni Weekly, with several additional articles forthcoming. David was also featured on several news programs. David trains Emmy and Golden Globe Award Winning Actor James Gandolfini ("Tony Soprano") and Grammy Award Winning Musician John Mayer. David authored the books: Krav Maga: An Essential Guide to the Renowned Method - For Fitness and Self Defense (St. Martin's Press, 2004, Piatkus Publishers, 2005 and Orana Publishers (2006) and Advanced Krav Maga: The Next Level, (St. Martin's Press, 2008 and Atlantic Brown, 2009). David's third book, Krav Maga Weapon Defenses is due out in 2012 along with his Mastering Krav Maga DVD Series in the spring of 2011. David may be contacted at (609) 585-MAGA or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Rick Blitstein (Miami, Florida) Print E-mail

Rick Blitstein (senior blackbelt) is one of a few hand picked individuals who traveled to Netanya, Israel in 1981 to complete an intensive krav maga instructors course. Under the watchful eye of krav maga founder, Imi Lichtenfeld, they were taught by Israeli experts for the purpose of introducing krav maga in the United States. Imi and Rick formed very close bonds and spent much time training together in both Israel and the United States. For many of the past twenty years, Rick has worked in the field of private and corporate security, teaching and using krav maga in real-life situations. Rick has recently opened his own Krav Maga Academy in Miami Beach. A member of the IKMA and recognized as a senior black belt instructor, Rick is committed to the proper expansion of the system in the U.S. and around the world, as Imi expressly dictated before his passing away in 1998. Rick sent his student David Kahn to train with the IKMA for instructor certification. Rick was featured in several publications such as The Miami Herald and network programs including ABC, CBS, Fox News, and the international Spanish cable program Musica Si. Rick teaches in Miami, Florida. (305) 532-2595 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .   www.israelikravmaga.com

 
Alan Feldman (New Jersey) Print E-mail

Alan Feldman (senior blackbelt) is one the original martial arts instructors who received a scholarship to train in Israel in an intensive program to harvest American instructors. Alan began teaching krav maga in the Philadelphia area in 1981. Alan is certified by the ministry of education in Israel and is one of the highest ranking American instructors. Training directly under krav maga founder, Imi Lichtenfeld, and his top ranked instructors, Alan has taught thousands of civilians in numerous schools, colleges, organizations, and agencies in addition to founding the first privately owned krav maga school. A member of the Israeli Krav Maga Association and recognized as a senior black belt instructor, Alan is committed to the proper expansion of the system in the U.S. and around the world and has qualified several American instructors. Over the years Alan was featured in many publications and was most recently interviewed by NBC Channel 3 News, Philadelphia. Alan teaches at the Israeli Krav Maga U.S. Training Center.

 
Mike Delahanty Print E-mail

Mike Delahanty (IKMA associate LE instructor) served four years in the United States Marine Corps and currently is a detective with a municipal police department. Mike has trained in self-defense since 1993 and completed his associate instructor training with Grandmaster Haim Gidon, Yigal Arbiv and David Kahn. Mike assists in IKM law enforcement and civilian training at the Israeli Krav Maga U.S. Training Center.

 
David Ordini Print E-mail

David Ordini (IKMA associate instructor) has studied self-defense since the early 1990’s and completed his associate instructor training with Grandmaster Haim Gidon, Yigal Arbiv and David Kahn. Dave assists at the Israeli Krav Maga U.S. Training Center.

 
George Foster Print E-mail

George Foster (IKMA associate LE instructor) served four years with the United States Marine Corps with a thirteen month tour of duty in Vietnam. George retired in 2004 from the Edgewater Twp. Police Department. George was a certified PR-24 instructor and pressure point control and defensive tactics instructor for the Burlington Police Academy for over sixteen years. George completed his associate instructor training with Grandmaster Haim Gidon, Yigal Arbiv and David Kahn. George assists in IKM law enforcement training at the Israeli Krav Maga U.S. Training Center.

 
H.C. "Sparky" Bollinger Print E-mail

 

H. C. "Sparky" Bollinger (Military and Civilian Instructor) has served over 22 years in the
United States Marine Corps, and has over 35 years martial arts experience. He
began training with David Kahn in 2008, after returning from his second combat
tour in Iraq. He completed the associate instructor course in summer of 2008
under Grandmaster Haim Gidon, Yigal Arbiv and David Kahn. He holds a 3rd degree
black belt in Jujitsu (USJA), 2nd degree black belt in Judo (USJA), 1st degree
black belt in Icho Yama Ryu Jujutsu, 1st degree black sash in Kung-Fu, and 1st
degree black belt in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP). He has also
trained in Western Boxing/kickboxing, Aiki-Jujutsu, Aikido, Kali/Escrima,
Western and Asian Fencing/swordsmanship. Sparky is an assistant instructor at
the Israeli Krav Maga U.S. Training Centers in New Jersey. He will retire from
the Marine Corps in early 2013 and become the lead IKMA instructor in the middle
Tennessee/Kentucky area.

 

 

 
Jeff Eget Print E-mail

Jeff Eget (IKMA assistant Instructor) began his training with David Kahn in 2007 and completed his instructor training with Grandmaster Haim Gidon and Yigal Arbiv.  Jeff served in the United States Army, is a Gulf War II veteran, and is an Army Combatants Trainer and graduate of the U.S. Airborne School.  Currently, Jeff is active law enforcement, an experienced Police Academy instructor, and now is one of the lead assistant instructors in both Bordentown and Cherry Hill.

 
Jeff Gorman Print E-mail

Jeff Gorman began his training with David Kahn in 2003 and completed his instructor training with Grandmaster Haim Gidon and Yigal Arbiv.  Jeff is one of the lead assistant instructors at both Israeli Krav Maga Bordentown and Cherry Hill.

 

 
Chris Eckel Print E-mail

 

Chris Eckel (IKMA Instructor & Bordentown Manager) began his training with David Kahn in 2006 and completed his instructor with Grandmaster Haim Gidon and Yigal Arbiv in both the United States and in Israel.  Chris has completed in excess of 150 advanced instructor training hours under Grandmaster Gidon and additional training with Sgt. Major (res.) Nir Maman.  Chris manages Israeli Krav Maga Bordentown and is one of the lead assistant instructors in both Bordentown and Cherry Hill.   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 
Chris Morrison Print E-mail

Chris Morrison (IKMA assistant Instructor) began his training with David Kahn in 2007 and completed his instructor training with Grandmaster Haim Gidon and Yigal Arbiv.  Chris is one of the lead assistant instructors at Israeli Krav Maga Bordentown.

 

 
Frank Colluci Print E-mail

Frank Colluci (IKMA assistant Instructor) began his training with David Kahn in 2007 and completed his instructor training with Grandmaster Haim Gidon and Yigal Arbiv.  Frank served in the U.S. Navy and has over 30 years of previous martial arts experience.  Frank is one of the lead assistant instructors in Bordentown and Cherry Hill.

 

 
Ron Klem Print E-mail

Ron Klem served with the New Jersey State Police for 26 years and began his krav maga training in 2005 with David Kahn.  Ron completed his instructor certification with Grandmaster Haim Gidon and Yigal Arbiv.  Ron is one of Israeli Krav Maga's lead defensive tactics instructors having also served as an instructor for the NJSP. Ron has completed additional advanced tactical training with Sgt. Major Nir Maman.

 
David Gollin Print E-mail

David Gollin (IKMA assistant instructor) began his training with David Kahn in 2007 and completed his instructor training with Grandmaster Haim Gidon and Yigal Arbiv in both the United States and Israel.  David teaches at both the Israeli Krav Maga Cherry Hill Training Center and the Miriam Katz JCC in Cherry Hill.  David also assists as a junior wrestling coach.

 
Don Melnick Print E-mail

Don Melnick (IKMA instructor) began his training with David Kahn in 2006 and completed his instructor training with Grandmaster Haim Gidon and Yigal Arbiv in both the United States and Israel.  Don has completed over 150 advanced instructor training hours under Grandmaster Gidon and additional training with Sgt. Major (res.) Nir Maman. Don is the Managing Partner for Israeli Krav Maga Cherry Hill, one of the lead instructors and coordinates Israeli Krav Maga's civilian and law enforcement training programs for southern New Jersey.    This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Rinaldo Rossi Print E-mail

Rinaldo Rossi (IKMA instructor) has studied krav maga since the early 1990’s and continued his training with David Kahn in 2006.  Rinaldo completed his advanced instructor training with Grandmaster Haim Gidon and Yigal Arbiv in both the United States and Israel.  Rinaldo is a partner in Israeli Krav Maga Cherry Hill and is the senior instructor.  Rinaldo is certified to teach krav maga law enforcement techniques and applications and spearheads the Israeli krav maga's law enforcement training in Southern New Jersey.  Rinaldo has also trained in Israeli firearms tactics with Sgt. Major (res.) Nir Maman.   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 


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