Created From Reality
The History of Krav Maga is Rooted in Real World Experience


1944

Imi Lichtenfeld

Imi Lichtenfeld Sde-Or (blessed be his memory) was the founder of the Krav Maga method. He started implementing his method of training in 1944 with the Haganah Brigade, prior to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948. Over the course of the years, Imi’s training method was used and improved in the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces). Throughout Imi’s life, his Krav Maga motto was “The most natural and efficient movement is the best and right movement”.


1964

Eli-Avikzar

Eli Avikzar (blessed be his memory) was Imi’s most accomplished student. Eli started his training with Imi in 1964 and by 1971 he was granted the first Krav Maga Black Belt by Imi. Eli added many improvements to Krav Maga and transformed it into an even better method. Throughout Eli’s life, his Krav Maga motto was “Minimum movement against maximum attack”.


1980

Guy Dar

Guy Dar, the Chief Instructor of Krav Maga Maleh, started his training in Krav Maga in 1980. He was authorized as a Black Belt and a Krav Maga Instructor in 1989. Eli Avikzar, Imi’s top student, personally trained Guy Dar throughout the last 15 years of his life in a special class of top Instructors.

Guy became one of the highest ranked students of the late Master Eli Avikzar. Guy Dar has devoted his life to teaching different people how to defend themselves against many forms of violence. He created and lead a special program to teach self-defense to visually-impaired individuals.

Since 1995, Guy Dar has taught at the renowned Israeli Wingate Institute as a highly regarded Certified Martial Arts & Self Defense Coach. In addition, he holds a special title, unique to only a few individuals in Israel. According to the Wingate institute and Eli Avikzar – “A senior teacher and expert in defensive arts in Israel”. Guy Dar is one of the few individuals in the world holding a rank of Dan 8 in Krav Maga.


1995

Gil Katz

Gil Katz has been involved with various schools of Martial Arts in Israel since 1993. In 1995, he started his Krav Maga training and shortly became one of the top students of Guy Dar, the Chief Instructor of Krav Maga Maleh. In 2003, he was authorized as a first degree Black Belt and a Krav Maga Instructor. In 2011, Gil achieved the level of second degree Black Belt and in 2015, he was further authorized as a third degree Black Belt.

Gil Katz had the honour of training personally with the great Master, Eli Avikzar in several unique Krav Maga seminars. Since 2001, Gil Katz has had thousands of hours of teaching in Israel, Canada, and the United States. Along with his rich Krav Maga experience, Gil Katz also has military experience as a combat soldier in one of the elite units of the paratroopers of the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces).