Founder of Krav Maga
Imi Lichtenfeld (Sde-Or) developed the beginning of the system that would become Krav Maga while in Hungary and Czechoslovakia in the 1930s. He first taught his fighting system in Bratislava in order to help protect the Jewish community from Nazi militias. Upon arriving in the British Mandate of Palestine prior to the establishment of the Jewish state, Imi began teaching hand-to-hand combat to the Haganah, the Jewish underground army. With the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, Imi became the Chief Instructor of Physical Fitness and Krav Maga at the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) School of Combat Fitness. He served in the IDF for about 20 years, during which time he continued to develop and refine his hand-to-hand combat method.
After he finished his active duty, Imi began adapting and modifying Krav Maga to civilian needs. The method was formulated to suit anyone who might need it to save his or her life, whatever the background of the attack – criminal, nationalistic, or other. During his last years, Imi continued to personally supervise the training of those who had attained high ranks in Krav Maga and to spend time with the instructors in Israel and abroad. Imi monitored the trainees’ progress and achievements, captivating them with his personality and imparting them with his knowledge and unique personality. Imi passed away in January 1998 in Netanya, Israel.
Director of International Krav Maga Federation – IKMF
Avi Moyal was born in 1966 and has been learning Krav Maga since childhood. In 1985 he received his “Expert Degree” and joined the IDF Marines, completed his Officers training with excellence, and served as a Platoon Commander in a Terror Demolition Unit. He acquired many combat hours and experience while commanding subordinates on special operations in Lebanon.
Avi Moyal graduated his BA and a trainer’s course. He also graduated the senior trainers course in the Wingate Institute with excellence. He ran instructors courses in the Wingate Institute for many years, and today he is one of the four leading Krav Maga authorities in the world. Amongst his instructors were Imi Lichtenfeld, Eli Avigzar, and Eyal Yanilov.
He instructs women, children and adults in the Israeli private, commercial and governmental sectors. He also instructs armies and security organizations worldwide. He has published a booklet about Krav Maga for grade school pupils, which is one of his areas of expertise. He is also the part of the IKMF Global Instructors team.
Thierry was introduced to Krav Maga in the early 80’s. While living in France, Thierry continued his training while working in the security and personal protection fields. Thierry took an active part in many VIP protection missions (political, private and military) in the execution of his duties.
In 2003, Thierry obtained his International Expert Diploma at the IKMF headquarters in Natanya, Israel before the likes of Gabi Noah, Eli Ben-Ami and Avi Moyal (Experts and founding members of IKMF). After training over 3000 students (civilians, law enforcement officials, soldiers and security staff) in and around Paris, Thierry immigrated to Canada in July 2005 to continue developing Krav Maga – IMI System for civilians and professionals and opened the first official Israeli IMI System School in Quebec.
Mike Lee Kanarek
Founder of HaganaH
At the age of 18 years old, Mike Lee Kanarek, birth name Michel Kanarek, volunteered to serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Mike served in one of the IDF’s best Special Ops units “Orev Golani”, of the legendary Golani Brigade. His volunteer tour of duty included anti-terrorism missions in the West Bank region and in South Lebanon.
After retiring from the military Mike took his training knowledge/experience of the Israeli Miltary to continue training. Mike earned a sixth degree Black Belt directly under Joe Lewis, the father of American Full-Contact Kickboxing, earned a fourth degree Black Belt in Israeli Hisardut and Tae Kwon Do, a first Degree Black Belt in Israeli Krav Maga and Judo and a Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He also achieved Instructor Certification in Muay Thai.
With “Hands On” military experience and a 20 year Combat Sports Martial Arts career, Mike Lee Kanarek has develop a world class Reality Fighting system, HaganaH, proven to work under pressure sought out by many professional from countless Law Enforcement Agencies and Elite Military units.
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Garret Machine is the lead instructor for Israeli Professional Tactical Training. Garret Machine served as a warrior in the Duvdevan Unit, an elite special forces unit in the Israeli Defense Forces. In addition to participating in the unit’s day-to-day combat operations, he was also a firearms tactics instructor and field medic who taught first aid and firearms tactics in his unit. He is now in the U.S., bringing his knowledge of the field to you firsthand. He will be teaching course exactly as they are taught in the IDF in his unit, verbatim.
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