Tonya Ben Manour, Mobile
Tonya joins IKI 24 years of martial arts experience in Korean and Chinese martial arts.
Tonya started training Korean martial arts at the age of 9.
She then began training northern style shaolin
Kung fu and Sanshsou and Thai kickboxing for the next 22 years under Shi Deru
Tim Hillis - AZ Elite, Flagsatff, Arizona
Mr. Tim Hillis has a rich and diverse background in martial arts. He has trained in traditional martial arts, law enforcement, and competitive martial arts. Of his thirty years in martial arts the past ten have been devoted to Israeli combat systems.
Mr. Hillis is a Law Enforcement Officer and Lead Defensive Tactics Instructor for his agency. In this capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the continuing DT education of more than 200 officers and Sergeants. He also serves as the primary DT and Physical Fitness Instructor to all cadets attending the Detention Academy for multiple agencies.
From Left to Right, Brian Driver, Brian Moffat, Chief Instructor Tim Hillis
After training with some well known instructors, Mr. Hillis decided to join our team at IKI, something we are very excited about. It is not just his five black belts and 4th dan rank, it is his passion for Krav Maga, his idealism, his honesty and integrity.
I have been to AZ Elite many times for extensive training with the staff and students. Tim Hillis is an outstanding practitioner and a patient instructor.
In Law Enforcement, we often develop a similar 'brotherhood' as those who serve in the military. In my shop I tend to promote the same type of camaraderie. The men, women and children in our classes form a sense of community which helps them to develop confidence in their skills. Not because they take it easy on each other, but because they make one another work hard enough to achieve that next level of competence. It is a challenge, but they are always successful! I am amazed at how quickly each of my students progress. I was told recently by an Officer for Arizona State Parks that he had not come to watch our class in about 30 days and he was shocked at how good each of my students had gotten in such a short period of time! It's because they are a team that cares about one another and their safety. So, yes, they do challenge one another - to bring out their very best, so when they look back in few months, they will see how valuable it is to accept no less in return. Because in each class, what's important is helping the person next to you - YOUR partner.
Owner AZ Elite
IKI Black Belt, Associate Instructor.
read more about Tim Hillis and AZ Elite
Brian Moffat, Cottonwood, Arizona
I’ve been involved in firearms training and competition off and on most of my life. I felt that I was more than able to defend myself regardless of the situation. About 4 years ago my wife and I were looking at an article written by a well-known firearms instructor. The highlight of the article, for me, was that the greatest percentage of defensive shootings were happening at an arms length (upwards of 80-90%). The author was pointing out that, as American instructors, we had been spending way too much time teaching our students pinpoint accuracy and not enough time on hand to hand combat skills. Wow! The light went on in our heads! Thus began our search for something that would give us and our students something worth learning. That search led us to Tim Hillis and Moshe Katz. Working with Tim Hillis the last couple of years has taught us more then there is room here to write about! The mindset we teach in Krav Maga shows people that it’s not about the weapon, it’s about the attitude. It’s about the will to overcome and win the fight! My firearms classes are no longer just teaching people to shoot, but how to fight! I think if we all admit it, that’s a big part of why we do what we do : Making a difference in the lives of people by giving them the tools to survive in extreme situations. The other part, as our senior instructor in AZ Tim Hillis says, “it’s about the guy next to you, that’s why we do what we do.”
As I look at the group of instructors with IKI and the experience we have within this organization, I can truly say that it is an honor to be part of this fine group of people. Thanks especially to you Moshe for making it all possible! We are all students, and sometimes we are given the blessing of teaching.
Brian & Sheila Moffatt
Roger Hutchins, Cottonwood - Apprentice Instructor
Matt Guebard, Cottonwood,- Apprentice Instructor
Brian Driver is planning on teaching the members of this church, LDS.
Manuel Garica, Pomona - Apprentice Instructor
Manuel came to Israel and trained intensively in Krav Maga. He is a career prison guard and a veteran of the United States armed forces. He was certified as an instructor in November 2012 in Israel.
Manny Garcia, on the right, performing a rifle disarm. Israel 2012
Joel Demoura, Apprentice Instructor, Modesto, California
Joel comes to us with over 16 years of martial arts training and multiple certifications. As a school teacher he is a natural teacher, kind, caring, patient and compassionate.
Todd Bradley, Colorado Springs
Todd being promoted to instructor, Arizona, September 2012.
Todd Has over 35 years of Martial Arts experience: Studying over 15 Martial Arts including Krav Maga. Todd holds a 6th degree Black belt in Kempo karate, 20 years Jujitsu training and 12 years grappling experience. Training in Krav Maga for over 12 years. Founder of Shuhari Jujitsu and published set of DVD’s for Shaolin Kempo karate. Head Master and Instructor of Champions MMA based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Champions MMA specializes in Krav Maga, Kempo Karate, Jujitsu,MMA and Boxing
Taves started training Krav Maga in 2008. He became an Apprentice Instructor with IKI in 2012 and is the head instructor at Equation Martial Arts. Along with his Krav Maga training he has been training and competing in amateur MMA matches. His first MMA fight was shortly after he turn 40 years old.
Brown Belt, Apprentice Instructor
Todd Bradley being promoted to level two instructor, Colorado Springs, 2013
Victor Camacho, Apprentice instructor and brown belt
Brown Belt, Apprentice Instructor
Mike Jensen, Apprentice Instructor
Boaz Vituk, Apprentice Instructor
John Liptak, Santa Rosa Beach
President and Founder of The American Combat Federation
In October 2015 John was promoted by Moshe Katz to the rank of Associate Instructor.
Mr. Liptak began his martial arts training in 1976, and has been training and teaching ever since. He was able to practice many systems and styles of fighting, by having multiple instructors and training at the largest dojo in the North West Florida. The dojo had numerous martial arts programs, including: Shotokan; Jujitsu; Boxing; Kickboxing; Full Contact Karate; and Hand to Hand Combat for the Special Operation Ranger Units and police departments in the area. Mr. Liptak rose quickly up through the ranks and became the head instructor.
Over thirty years later, he still serves as the Chief Instructor for the Red Dragon Martial Arts Academies and all affiliated schools, instructors, students, both past and present, under Grand Master Jim Rodriguez. Mr. Liptak spent four years in the United States Marine Corps and continued his training in multiple arts, with a focus on Chinese styles, as well as teaching and training Army personnel at Fort Myers and Marines in Arlington, Virginia. Mr. Liptak has served as a bodyguard in both the military and in a civilian capacity. He later formed the American Combat Federation in 1987 and opened a private dojo teaching his system after leaving the service and returning to Florida.
Through the years, he has worked with military, law enforcement, and private citizens alike. Mr. Liptak currently conducts seminars, teaches self-defense courses, women’s self-defense clinics, private lessons, as well as his own system. Mr. Liptak continues to train and seek knowledge of the martial arts and is very active in training, as well as attending seminars.
Mr. Liptak has learned many Krav Maga techniques through the years, but in March of 2010 he had the opportunity to train with Moshe Katz and was extremely impressed with the practicality and simplicity of Moshe’s Krav Maga system. He soon became a member of the IKI and adopted the techniques. Mr. Liptak believes that Moshe’s system is the most current and up to date Krav Maga system in existence, with the safest techniques for weapon disarms for both the defender as well as any bystanders.
Mr. Liptak looks forward to a long relationship with the IKI.
Current ranks and certification:
9th Degree Black Belt American Combat System
7th Dan Black Belt Shotokan, 6th Degree Black Belt American Combat Karate, 4th Degree Black Belt Hand to Hand Combat, 4th Dan Black Belt Bushido-Ryu, 3rd Dan Kajukenbo,2nd Dan Black Belt Moo Duk Kwan /Tang Soo Do, 1st Degree Black Belt Kickboxing, 1st Dan Black Belt Shorin-Ryu, 3 Years Training Wing Chun, Combat Shooting Specialist (Hand Gun, Combat Shotgun, Rifle M-4 Style), Chief Instructor for The Red Dragon Martial Arts Academies.
John Liptak holds the rank of second dan black black in Krav Maga.
A 6th dan black belt with with John Liptak and a devoted martial artist of many years, I found Gary to be an outstanding and enthusiastic martial artist. In October 2015 Gary was promoted to Associate Instructor. In February 2013 he was promoted to Second dan black belt in IKI Krav Maga.
Gary is known for his intensive and aggressive workouts and for always helping out others who need a hand in understanding the techniques. He is a true martial artist.
Gary has achieved national recognition with the Black Belt hall of fame.
John Liptak, Moshe Katz, Gary Brielmayer
Emerald Coast Martial Arts
Joe is a master life long career martial artist and former law enforcement officer. For more about his career please see his profile on our black belt page.
As a traditional martial arts master he is in a unique position to see the link between modern Krav Maga and the traditional elements. An outstanding and patient instructor and a true gentleman.
Channel came to IKI after many years of martial arts experience, including Krav Maga, military combatives and active service in the US military. He came to Israel for the Tour and Train experience but arrived early and stayed late, to gain maximum training and experience. After several more months of training he qualified as an IKI Krav Maga Apprentice Instructor and began teaching successfully in his home town in Florida.
In September 2014, after an extensive period of training in Israel and in the USA, Channel was promoted to Associate Instructor and Brown Belt.
Mike Thompson, Orlando,
Michael Thompson is the Owner and Senior Instructor at Paladin Hall Martial Arts located in Minneola, Florida just North of Orlando. Paladin Hall Martial Arts provides instruction in the following disciplines; Isshin-Ryu Karate, Judo, Modern Arnis, and Krav Maga. Paladin Hall Martial Arts, "Train Like It's Real" philosophy merges Traditional Martial Arts and Krav Maga into a program that is built on sound Self Defense principles.
Michael is a United States Marine Corps Veteran of 10 years that served domestically and overseas to include; The Persian Gulf and Desert Storm. Michael has a passion for Martial Arts and has devoted the last 30 years studying several different styles of Traditional Martial Arts and Self Defense Systems.
During his military service he received extensive close quarter combat training and served as an instructor in the Marine Corps LINE System, a close quarter combat system that integrates techniques from various Traditional Martial Arts.
He is has achieved the rank of Shifan Yee Duan under Grandmaster Dr. Henry Cook (Seven Winds Wing Chun KungFu), Nidan (2nd DAN) in Ryukyu Kempo under Grandmaster Jack Hogan (Hogan Karate International), Certified Instructor in Modern Arnis under Grandmaster Bruce Chiu (Arnis International), and most recently successfully completed the necessary requirements to become a IKI Certified Apprentice Instructor in Krav Maga.
Paladin Hall Martial Arts
305 North Hwy 27 Suite D
Minneola, Florida 34715
Carrie Banton, Core Martial Arts, Gulf Breeze
Carrie gained an interest in martial arts training through the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program in 2001. After being honorably discharged in 2003, Carrie Banton started a family and became a Licensed Practical Nurse, a certification she keeps valid. Carrie began training Krav Maga in 2011. She earned her black belt in Krav Maga from Moshe Katz in October 2013. In 2012, Carrie began training Hapkido and is currently a red belt. She continues to further her education in both disciplines. Carrie has been assisting her Hapkido instructor, Scott Farley, in teaching children’s classes for 3 years. Carrie was taught leadership and survival skills from a very young age from her father as well as The Young Marines Program. As a teenager Carrie took an interest in shooting and began her weapons training. Among various duties in the Marines, Carrie was in charge of training Marines. This is when she found her passion for educating groups of people.
Scott Farley, Core Martial Arts, Gulf Breeze
Scott has been a full time Martial Arts student and instructor for several years. Scott has been training Krav Maga under Moshe Katz for several years. Scott is also a 2nd Dan Black Belt in Hapkido. Scott seeks every opportunity to further his training by traveling and training under experts in the field of Martial Arts. Scott often volunteers his time to ensure those in his community have the basic knowledge of awareness and self defense.
A veteran of the US Air Force, Scott performed duties as law enforcement, criminal investigator, personal security, and base defense. Scott’s prior experience in law enforcement, private and personal security, and controlling dangerous crowds has given him the knowledge to teach not only self defense techniques, but also conflict avoidance and awareness. Scott is strongly compassionate about the whole person idea of instructing. His goal is to not only teach martial arts but to care and lead his students on the Martial Arts path.
Shawn Hill, Destin Florida
chief instructor of Georgia Mountain Krav Maga
c/o 567 Deer Run Trail
Murrayville, Georgia 30564
Hal has an extensive and rich background in martial arts. He holds the rank of 5th dan
in Hapkido. He joined IKI to enhance his Hapkido skills and make them
more relevant for the street. He soon discovered that he liked Krav Maga
as a discipline in itself. He has emerged as one of our top instructors worldwide.
IKI Krav Maga Associate Instructor, (Level 3 instructor), Black Belt 3rd dan
Hal Herndon promoted to IKI Krav Maga Black Belt, October 2013
Rob Wallace, Assistant Instructor. Rob is a veteran of the USAF and a veteran teacher. His military experience combined with his experience as a high school teacher and his Krav Maga trainer make him an ideal instructor.
Rob Wallace, Kadima Krav Maga,
362 N Main St . Cornelia, GA 30531
- IKI Assistant Instructor
- Retired USAF 24 Years
- High School AFJROTC Teacher/Tennis Coach
- School Attacker Response Course Instructor
Jamie Compton, Gainesville,
Jamie Compton is a veteran of the United States Army and currently serves as a Property Crimes Investigator with a local sheriff’s office. His background includes Wrestling, Tang Soo Do and Gracie Combatives. He was promoted to Level One Instructor on August 31, 2014 by Moshe Katz. Jamie currently assists with LEO training, ground techniques and Rape Defense at Georgia Mountain Krav Maga.
Certified by Moshe Katz, Level One Instructor 31 August 2014 by Moshe Katz
Formerly guard at New Hanover Youth Detention Center
Martial Arts & Self Defense Background: Aikido, Grappling, Wrestling, Karate
Currently Pastor at Oikos Church in Cleveland, Georgia
William, "Bill" Nusbaum, Apprentice Instructor
Bill is a veteran of the United States Navy and currently works for the GA Tech in the GA Manufacturing Extension Program as a process improvement consultant. His background includes wrestling and TKD. He was promoted to IKI Level I instructor in March 2016 by Moshe Katz.
Rachel Lynn Chisum, Apprentice Instructor
Promoted September 2016
Rachel works in the financial operations department of Pharmacy Benefit Management Company. She has many years experience in both Tang Soo Do and KRAV Maga. She was promoted to level one instructor in September 2016 by Moshe Katz. She assists and trains in classes at Georgia Mountain KRAV Maga as well as teaches Tang Soo Do at the local YMCA.
Rachel is an experienced and gifted instructor.
Lynette McDowell, Apprentice Instructor
Promoted September 2016
Lynette is a life time health care worker, i.e. a healer. She has devoted her life to helping those who need it the most; the elderly, the disabled, and the mentally ill. In addition she has managed a staff of over 100 employees.
An athlete all her life, track, field, tennis, running, swimming, cycling, she has now taken up Krav Maga with gusto and is eager to help others in this field as well.
Lynette, an Armenian by birth, is also a world traveler. She will be bringing all this experience to the matt.
Savannah River Krav Maga
Contact information: email@example.com
Amy Jo Giles, Progressive Kenpo Karate, Springfield
Amy Jo Giles; Owner/Instructor
1824 Stevenson Drive, Springfield, IL 62703
E Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amy is a fine martial artist with experience in a number of styles, she is not only a teacher but a very dedicated student of the martial arts, always seeking to learn more and to better herself.
I had the honor of being hosted and conducting seminars at her school in Illinois.
Her experience includes many years of Kenpo, Karate and Krav Maga. Her Krav Maga moves are fluid and explosive. After extensive training she has been certified as a Krav Maga black belt second dan and a Phase Two Instructor in IKI Krav Maga.
Eric W. Littrell - Level Two Instructor
Decatur Krav Maga
100 West 1st South Street
Eric has more than 30 years of martial arts experience as student and teacher.
He began training at age 12 in Tae Kwon Do and Hapkido. By his late teens he realized that traditional martial arts were limited in real life violent situations, so he began a quest for warrior knowledge that has encompassed many styles and continues today.
His experience includes Karate, Ju Jistsu, Judo, Savate, and Military Combatives.
"I have been blessed with a great gift in my ability to learn and teach. I want to use that to help people protect themselves and their loved ones."
Eric Promoted to Assistant Instructor , October 2013
Greg came to Israel for an intensive course. As a professional nurse he encounters occasional violence and need to know how to handle these situations. At the end of the course in June 2013 he was certified as a first level instructor.
June 2014 promoted to Assistant Instructor
My desire to teach comes from a lifelong passion to help people become more self reliant and protect themselves, to live free of fear while making our society safer. I have always had a deep desire for learning but did not find the right thing until I discovered Eric Littrell's teaching and then IKI Krav Maga.
I have dedicated 8 years of formal training in IKI Krav Maga which built upon a foundation of never ending self education of martial skills. My experience includes IKI Krav Maga, firearms, fencing, military style combatives, grappling, and Irish Stick Fighting.
Name: Ryan Pope
Text: (541) 595-3657
We currently have no IKI instructors in Indiana.
Major Robert Peters, Elizabethtown
Robert Peters being awarded Second dan Black Belt, IKI Krav Maga, February 2012
I had the pleasure of training with Major Robert Peters in Kentucky and found him to be an outstanding martial artist; always questioning, training hard, and striving for the best technique.
Major Peters has over 20 years military experience and 35 years martial arts training. Holder of Black belts in Karate, Judo, Jujitsu, SAMBO and the Marine Corp Martial Arts program. Certified Jeet Kune Do instructor, Modern Army Combatives instructor and a Krav Maga Law Enforcement instructor. He is a certified Judo and Jujitsu instructor/examiner/coach through the United States Judo Association and the United States Jujitsu Federation. He has trained in submission wrestling and kickboxing. He has trained national champions in Karate, Judo, and Sport Jujitsu. He is a lifetime member of the United States Combat SAMBO Association and a member of Israeli Krav International.
The Louisiana group is headed by Albert Bossier, a veteran police officer with many years experience. He sought out Krav Maga after many street confrontations, he was looking for realistic solutions to real street problems. He still patrols some of the most violent areas.
Contact Information - Albert L. Bossier, III, Esq. 985-966-9146
C. Taylor Bracken – North East, Maryland
Taylor has trained exclusively in Krav Maga since 2007. He trained in New York City and received an endorsement to become an instructor before ultimately joining IKI in 2015. Taylor serves as a State Trooper under the Special Operations Division of his department. Due to Taylor’s competent martial arts background, he is requested and detailed to the agency’s training academy approximately twice a year to help in testing the new recruits’ fighting capabilities prior to graduation. Taylor is SWAT certified through the National Tactical Officers Association and is a Tactical Paramedic. Taylor is the head instructor at DelMar X-treme Self-Defense, Krav Maga which is located in Elkton, MD.
Address: 175 Fletchwood Rd. Suite "A" Elkton, MD 21921
Facebook – DelMar X-Treme Self-Defense, Krav Maga
Mark Kaufman Chestnut Hill,
Mark Kaufman a former division 1 wrestler turned spec operator grew up in Oceanside, CA. This influenced his outlook on both martial arts and the practicality of self defense. Mark was heavily influenced by one of his predecessors who used to say "The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle". To this day he is a firm believer in this philosophy and his class is a reflection of those beliefs.
served in the United States Navy from 1981 to 2001, retired as a
Lieutenant Commander. He has also served in both SEAL and Special Boat
Teams. In 1982 while on an exchange program with the Israeli Defense
Forces (Shayetet 13) he was first exposed to Krav Maga. From 2004 to 2007 he studied Krav Maga and began working as a private trainer and Krav Maga instructor. Mark
is also a TRX Qualified trainer, having completed the Force Level 2,
military training program. Mark is also an NASM Certified Personal
In December 2010 Mark was promoted by Moshe Katz to Phase One Krav Maga instructor.
Craig Gray, Grand Rapids, Michigan - Associate Instructor, 3rd dan Black Belt
Craig is constantly seeking to improve his skills and to stay on the cutting edge of Krav Maga. He has hosted many seminars with Moshe Katz, attended Tour and Train in Israel, and consistently drives up to ten hours each way to attend seminars with Moshe in nearby states of the US.
Craig Gray Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Started training in martial arts in 1976
Began training in Krav Maga in 1999
Joined IKI in January of 2009
Martial Arts Experience:
Krav Maga - 3rd Dan Black Associate Instructor
Tactical Martial Arts - Instructor
Budo Taijutsu - Black Belt
Silat Satria-Naga - Associate Coach
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu - Blue Belt 3 stripes - Training Association Leader & Coach
Praying Mantis Kung Fu / Tai Chi - Senior Student - Asst. Instructor (former)
Tae Kwon Do - Chung Do Kwan - 2nd Degree Black Belt - Instructor
Verbal Defense & Influence Instructor
Resolution Group International (RGI) Associate
Developed the MCOLES (Michigan Commission of Law Enforcement Standards) Approved Self Defense for Law Enforcement Program.
Private security / Executive protection 6 yrs.
Craig has hosted and attended over 8 IKI seminars and was apart of the first Tour and Train (60hrs) program in Israel
Craig has trained in IKI Krav Maga intensively and has gained my confidence as a top instructor.
Craig combines over 30 years of martial arts experience as instructor, competitor, and student with many real life situations. He has trained in a wide variety of traditional, sport and tactical combative systems.
Treating people with respect and as individuals he is able to help each student bring out the best in themselves and their training. He believes it is very important to keep going in training and in life as he tries to live up to and inspire others to embrace Robert Humphrey's Warrior Creed:
"Wherever I walk, everyone is a little bit safer because I am there. Wherever I am, anyone in need has a friend. Whenever I return home, everyone is happy I am there."
Currently Craig teaches classes at the WestSide Fitness Center and is a defensive tactics and warrior ethics instructor at the Homeland Security and Protective Services Academy within the Gerald R. Ford Job Corps in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
"My objective is to create an environment that promotes empowerment, awareness and the universal human values of respect and compassion starting with each individual and extending it into our global community! "
Grand Rapids Seminar, 2013
Michael Weingartz - Assistant Instructor (Level 2)
Michael Weingartz background in martial arts:
* 30 years martial arts experience
* 6th dan in Tang Soo Do
* Instructor rankings in several methods of Chinese/Japanese martial arts
* Studied and participated in several Muay Thai bouts.
* Studied several forms of grappling (Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Combat Submission Wrestling).
* Student of Kali
* 4 time gold medal winner and USA team member at the WKC World Championships in Portugal (2010)
* Studied martial arts in China, Mongolia, Japan, Canada, and the United States.
* Green belt, Phase One instructor in IKI Krav Maga
School name and address:
White Tiger Martial Arts
4470 Huron Street, Suite B
North Branch, MI. 48461
Craig Gray, Moshe Katz, Dan McGee, Michael Weingartz, Michigan 2913
Colby Taylor - Assistant Instructor "Covenant Defense"
Traverse City, MI
Colby has a background in martial arts, physical fitness, and defensive firearms training. Combining these disciplines with Krav Maga, Colby brings the concepts and skills together to equip and empower people to be protectors of themselves and others. Colby is passionate about helping people and welcomes invitations to put on seminars for groups of any size that are interested in being better prepared.
Arthur Knapp, Twin Lake, West Michigan,
My name is Arthur E. Knapp, I was born and raised in the area around
Muskegon, MI. I am a blackbelt, and have been involved in martial arts
for over 20 years, having studied: Chi-Do Kwan Karate, Boxing, Brazilian
Jiu-Jitsu, Weapons, and
IKI Krav Maga. I currently teach martial arts and self-defense, as well
as outdoor survival skills and bushcraft. I also shoot competitive
pistol and rifle. I work for the Michigan Department of Corrections
where I have served for over 10 years as a Corrections
Officer at various security levels. I am a graduate of Grand Valley
State University having earned a bachelors degree in criminal justice.
In the summer of 2016, I helped pull a severely injured woman out of a
wrecked burning vehicle and was recently nominated
for a life-saving award for my actions. I have done volunteer work and
give charity to my favorite foundation, the Wounded Warrior Project. If
your in the West Michigan area, feel free to come and train with me! I
can be contacted at (231)769-8871 (texting
is best). I can be found on Facebook under Arthur Eli. I will have a
website up and running soon! I look forward to training with you!
We no longer have any active members in New Hampshire.
Shmuel Mischel- Highland Park NJ
comes originally from an MMA background
First entered the martial arts world at age 6
Served in the Israeli Defense Force as a Paratrooper
Participated in two operations and saw action in the 2014 war in Gaza (operation protective edge).
Being promoted to second level instructor, October 2015
Shihan Ervin Velez, Ph.D/Ma./D.Sc
IKI Krav Maga Assistant (level 2) Instructor
Martial Arts Hall of Famer
Former Full Contact Fighter
Mr. Velez began his training with boxing and martial arts in 1967. He was a Golden Glove Candidate in boxing. In 1981 he began training in Kyokushinkai Karate Mr. Velez has trained in Aikido, has Black Belts in both USA Goju and Japanese Goju, practitioner of Philipino martial arts Escrima.
Mr. Velez has dedicated his life to teaching and perfecting techniques.
Ervin Velez has been featured in several local Bronx newspapers and magazines such as El Batu, Bronx Times Newspaper, Bronx Press Review, T.V shows, Radio Talk Shows and News 12. In Nov 30th 2007 he was named New Yorker of the Week with NY1 News. He has taught self defense to community civilian patrol officers, senior citizens self defense and has been a serious advocate against children abused and abducted and women domestic violence. He has been invited to speak about martial arts by local community organizations and has done karate demonstrations citywide.
He also trained under world renown Great Grand Master Soshu S. Oyama at the World Oyama Karate Organization and holds rank of a 6th Degree Black Belt there and assisted Soshu S. Oyama in teaching. He is Chief Branch Instructor of the Bronx Regional Dojo. The first World Oyama Karate Dojo in the Bronx and the first to bring a full contact karate tournament to the Bronx, NY.
He is an official of the United States Muay Thai Associaton (USMTA) A.M.T.J.R.A. Judge/Referee
In 2000 Mr. Velez was inducted as Instructor of the Year Hall of Fame in Houston, Texas.
WORLD OYAMA KARATE
Bronx, NY 10460
Ervin Velez joins us with a wealth of martial arts experience. He is a veteran fighter and a gifted teacher. In addition to his Karate classes he is now also offering Krav Maga Self Defense classes. We are proud to have such a fine representative in New York.
Rabbi Michoel Shapiro,
Eilon Even Aish,
Dariel WILLIAMS, Plainview, Long Island
What one notices about Jon right from the start is his passion for Krav Maga, humility in his approach to training, and his desire for constant improvement.
Jon has traveled long distances to learn with Moshe Katz, participating in seminars and private training whenever possible. One thing I can assure you - no one works harder! Jon has fully earned his Krav Maga Black Belt.
Jon is a caring and enthusiastic instructor.
With Jon Phips discussing Krav Maga.
With Jon Phips and his Krav Maga class.
Timothy A. Tharp, Dayton
Jimmy, Moshe and Tim, Ohio, USA
Timothy A. Tharp is the founder and chief instructor of Dayton Krav Maga. Mr. Tharp has somewhere in the range of nineteen years of training in various martial arts and self defense systems. He has worked in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, security, and loss prevention, in the civilian and military sectors, along with various military assignments. Mr. Tharp holds a Masters Degree in Security Management and a Masters of Business Administration.
Dayton Krav Maga phone number
Cincinnati Combat Club www.CincinnatiCombatClub.com
Krav Maga seminar in Ohio.
Joe Stronsick, Brunsick
I met Leo at the University of Miami in Ohio, he was among the organizers of my seminar. Since then he participated in several more seminars and finally came to Israel for the summer where he spent two and half months training with me. He is now a junior instructor in Krav Maga.
Jeff Webb, Assistant Instructor
Jeff Webb lives in Troy, Ohio and is a proud father of 2. He has devoted his life to teaching which includes Krav Maga and high school science, where he has been selected as a Master Teacher by ASM International. He has over 25 years of Martial Arts experience including Kung-Fu, Tang Soo Do, Shaolin, and IKI Krav Maga. Jeff has been exclusively studying IKI Krav Maga since beginning with Dayton Krav Maga in 2011. Jeff has experience training Law enforcement, Air Force personnel, private security employees and civilians. While education is his passion, other hobbies include, guns, dirt bikes, camping and spending time with friends and family.
Black belt first dan, February 7, 2017
Jerry Holmes, Apprentice Instructor
Chris Cromer, Greenville,
Absolute Fitness & Martial Arts
Chris and Caleb are both second dan IKI Krav Maga Black Belts,
Chris Cromer being certified as IKI Krav Maga instructor, February 2013
Kaleb Young, certified IKI Instructor, assistant to Chris Cromer.
Kaleb Young Black Belt
Chris Cromer, IKI Black BElt, October 2013
Timothy Garrett (Tim), is the head martial arts instructor, personal trainer, and joint owner of TWMA. He has been practicing & teaching martial arts since 1987. He has black belts and certifications in multiple martial arts and combat systems. He really enjoys working with children and makes learning fun.
In his experience he has:
Competed and won multiple traditional martial arts point tournaments, full contact ISKA kickboxing matches, tough man boxing matches, and grappling tournaments.
Trained, rolled, and sparred
with professional and amateur kick boxers, Jiu-Jitsu practitioners, shoot
fighters, wrestlers, grapplers, MMA fighters, Krav Maga instructors, and
various other martial artists and instructors from around the world.
Trained successful MMA and Jiu-Jitsu competitors.
Served in the Army National Guard for 8 years as a military policeman and signal support specialist.
Provided martial arts, combative, and self defense training regularly to law enforcement, military personnel, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Women’s Self Defense Classes, Empowerment Classes, non-profit organizations and a variety of other out-reach programs.
Current Ranks, Certifications, and Education:
Black Belt Associate Level Krav Maga
Instructor by Moshe Katz 5th Dan
4th Degree Black Belt in Isshinryu Karate by Masters Scott 10th Dan & Ruth Ann Shamblin 7th Dan Recognized through the OKU and IIKA
Dan Level Black Bar / Belt in Mixed Martial Arts by UFA President Bunny Hawkersmith & TN ISKA Director Anthony Maness
Blue Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) by Grand Master Rorion Gracie
Black Belt in Kick Boxing, Jujitsu, & Judo by Moshe Katz 5th Dan
Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise
B.S. Degree in Information Technology & Health and Human Performance
Tim being promoted to Associate Instructor
Misti Garret, Apprentice Instructor
Lee Nettles, Assistant Instructor
Lee Nettles surrounded by Moshe Katz and Tim Garrett
Drew Arthur, Tyler, Texas
Drew Arthur, Associate Instructor
Drew is a black belt in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and has a black belt awarded by Relson Gracie in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He also holds a black belt in Kempo and is a certified Kru/Instructor of Muay Thai Kickboxing. In addition to these credentials Drew is also a certified Jeet Kune Do / Kali/Silat , and Shoot Fighting instructor. He is a certified Israeli Krav Maga instructor, and assistant Russian Systema instructor.
Drew is a licensed private investigator, and level three security for the state. He also is a certified and licensed instructor for Texas State "Peace Officer/Police" officers continuing training. Drew continues to teach and train as a student under 9th Degree Res Belt Grand Master Relson Gracie, Guru Ray Parra, Moshe Katz, Arjan Buck Grant, Kru & Champion Enn Fairtex. Drew is a former US Marine Infantryman and Military Policeman, a former South Florida Police Officer, and has served over 20 years with the US Marshals Service in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Honululu, Las Vegas, and Texas as a "Fugitive a Warrants Man Hunter", and Security Expert. Drew also instructs Tactical Mixed Combatives (A Synergistic/Reality Based Functional Combination of Helio/Relson Gracie Self Defense, mixed with real Israeli Krav Maga, Jeet Kune Do, and Systema). Drew instructs kids from 3-12 in MMA, Tactical Mixed Combatives, Muay Thai Kick Boxing and in Striking Combatives, and Jiu-Jitsu.
Address: Relson GRACIE Jiu-Jitsu/Lone Star MMA, 3508-B Westway Street, Tyler, Tx 75703---
Miklos was promoted by Moshe Katz to the rank of Phase One Instructor in November 2010.
Gary Hodges Jr, Basset
Gary has a rich background in martial arts and fitness. He wrestled in High School, trained in Kempo, Submission grappling, boxing, judo and jujitsu. With the same philosophy as Krav Maga, he picked out the techniques and concepts that worked best.
When he heard about Krav Maga he did his best to train in this system but could not find a place to train until he found IKI.
We are proud and honored to have him aboard. In March 2010 Gary was promoted to first dan black belt in IKI Krav Maga, a rank well deserved. Gary continues to train hard, teach others, and try out the techniques in diverse situations. He is an innovator and a hard worker.
2nd dan IKI Black Belt
Blue Belt Gracie Jiu Jitsu
Defensive tactics 4 EMS
consulted as subject matter expert..
Self defense for SRs Instructor with
Va Techs Reynolds Homestead location
College for older adults.
Personal trainer and creator of
RCT-(Radical Circuit Training & Combatives)
Crew 57.@ Bassett Va location -Lakeside Combat Club.
A new focus on surviving the worst case scenarios, to increase a persons chances
of surviving a act of violence.
IKI Member from the beginning and for life.
Gary Hodges Jr awarded second dan black belt, October 2013
Michael Fath, Fairfax
The Blue Chip Academy - Fairfax, VA
Third dan black belt, Associate Instructor
B.A. Kinesiology/Psychology/Education, Emory and Henry College, Emory, VA
Martial Arts Ranks Related Training Certifications:
• 4th degree Black Belt Master - World Taekwondo Federation
• 3rd degree Black Belt - World Haedong Kumdo Federation (Korean sword)
• 3rd degree Black Belt Israeli Krav Maga – I.K.I. (Moshe Katz)
• 3rd degree Black Belt Israeli Kick Boxing – I.K.I. - Mountain Spirit Warrior (Moshe Katz)
• 2nd degree Black Belt - Master Martial Arts Training (Hapkido based/Korean blended system)
• Green Belt Yang Ki Yin/Yabe Ryu Ju Jutsu - Sensei Leonard DePasquale
• Blue Belt Brazilian JiuJitsu – RGDA (Royler Gracie/David Adiv)
• Muay Thai Certified Assistant Kru: The International Council of Muay Thai Trainers (pro coach Scott Sullivan)
• Master Level Crucible - Yang Ki Yin/Yabe Ryu Ju Jutsu
Background Sports History:
year Muay Thai/kickboxing with pro coach Otis Berry
• Amateur boxing - New York Military Academy
• Emory and Henry College varsity basketball (point guard)
• Broad Run High School: varsity basketball and football
• American Legion baseball
• Current Krav Maga (8 years), Krav Sakeen, Muay Thai and JuJutsu
senior instructor with the Blue Chip Academy
• Haedong Kumdo/Taekwondo instructor, 10 years with Highkicks Taekwondo
• Krav Maga instructor 5 years with KravWorks, Falls Church, VA
• Head Coach Women’s JV basketball, Emory and Henry College
Professional Clients include:
British S.A.S, Washington, DC Police Force; United States Secret Service; Washington
Metro Police; Alexandria VA Police; Arlington, VA Police; Loudoun
County, VA Sheriff’s Department; US State Department Special Ops unit;
VA State Police, private corporate heads.
• Krav Maga senior instructor with the Blue Chip Academy • Private/Corporate clients, east and west coasts
Real Life Experience:
• Have survived numerous street/bar fights
• Have aided friends in altercations
• Have de-escalated several potentially violent encounters
"Michael Fath is a talented and intuitive self defense instructor. During the time that I trained with Michael he assisted in identifying my strengths as well as the areas that needed improvement. His training focused on reality situations and instinctive responses to threats as they materialize. I enjoyed training with Michael and found it to be relevant and beneficial to my employment as a law enforcement officer of more than twenty-five years." Det. Irv ELLMAN (Alexandria, VA Police Department)
"Instructor Michael Fath has been a dedicated coach of mine in Krav Maga for many years. His passion for the art is responsible for the integration of Krav Maga into my Defensive Tactics lesson plan for my police department. His strong ethos, coupled with his vast experience and black belts in other martial arts, continue to inspire me and other students to go above and beyond our potential." Detective Leo Bello (Arlington County Police, VA)
“Michael has a vast knowledge of the martial arts. The variety allows him to adapt his teaching to your specific needs! I highly recommend him as an instructor!” Chris Todd (Former MPDC Sgt.)
Janet GilmanApprentice Instructor
Maurice Cohen, San Juan
Maurice Cohen , born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico, is the owner and Operator of Elite Security Group; a licensed Security and Investigations agency.
During his self defense career he had the opportunity to learn the
same methods that the Elite Military and Police Units teach to their
He is a certified instructor in:
Counter terrorism by CAT
Counter terrorism Specialist by CAS
Protective Services Operator by HSS International
Protective Services Specialist by AVES,
Knife Defense by HSS International,
Ground Tactics by HSS International
Patrol Defense by HSS International,
Defensive Tactics by HSS International,
For three consecutive years, he had the opportunity to teach defensive tactics to Security and Law enforcement personnel, from more than 30 countries at the Miami Convention Center during the Americas Fire and Security Expo.
Jorge Yizre'el Castillo
Apprentice Instructor, December 2012
Assistant Instructor, June 2013
IKI Brown Belt
Mr. Jorge A. (Yizre'el) Castillo
Founder and Head Instructor of Integrated Combat System (ICS Protection) Mr. Castillo has been in the World of Martial Arts since 1986. A former Sergeant with the US Army he spend 12 years in the military. During that time he was deployed to El Salvador, Honduras, Germany, and Afghanistan.
Assistant Instructor /Black Belt 1st Dan in IKI Krav Maga.
Associate Instructor in Jun Fan Jeet Kune Do under Sifu Albert Grajales.
Black Belt 2nd Dan in Taekwon-Do.
Black Belt in Koryo Gumdo.
Other systems experience:
Aiki-Jujutsu/Bushin Jutsu (Gary O'Neil ), Brazilian Jiu-jitsu,
Filipino Martial Arts, Catch Wrestling (Snake Pit USA )
Military or law enforcement experience:
Sgt. U.S. Army (Ret.)
Executive Protection and Security Specialist.
Certified Law Enforcement Self Defense/Shooting Instructor (Phoenix Supreme Intelligence )
NRA Basic Pistol Instructor
NRA Range Safety Officer
2012 Puerto Rico Martial Arts HOF Instructor of the Year.
2015 Puerto Rico Martial Arts HOF special golden award for 30 years in Martial arts.
In June 2013 Jorge came to Israel for a month of training. This included the IKI Tour and Train program. He was tested and promoted to Level Two instructor at the completion of the course.
Contact Info Cel Phone: 1-787-464-3417www.facebook.com/integratedcombatsystem
Jorge in Israel, being awarded the rank of level two instructor.
Jose Ruiz Ruiz
Born in New York City, moved to PR at the age of five. Presently, he is a State Police Officer with the Puerto Rico Police Department and a Military Police Sergeant in the US Army Reserve. He has more than 14 years of experience in both fields.
He is also an Iraq War Veteran and
holds a M.A. in Criminal Justice from the Interamerican University of
He recently passed his exam for 2nd Degree Black Belt in Combat Hapkido and became an Apprentice Instructor in Krav Maga in October 2013. He has also trained in different Martial Arts including: Chinese Boxing, Taekido Defense System, Junfan Jeet Kune Do, Ground Survival Techniques, Kali, Ground Grappling, Expandable Baton Techniques with the Advanced Kajukenbo Defensives and Tactics System, and Modern Farang Mu Sul.
Luis Muniz Arroyo, San Juan
Luis Cuevas, Apprentice Instructor
martial arts background: first degre black belt in Aikido , black belt in Shaolin kung fu, 2 degre black belt in hapkido . Level 1 filipino combat system and brown belt in jujitsu also I am the founder of rapid action mix martial arts system aka rammas
Luis Cuevas being promoted by Moshe in Puerto Rico, 2014
Manuel Alonso, Apprentice Instructor