About Krav Maga

The Founder

Imi Lichtenfeld Krav Maga was developed in Hungary and Czechoslovakia in the 1930s by Imi Lichtenfeld, also known as Imi Sde-Or. (Sde-Or – “Light Field” – is a calque of his surname into Hebrew.) 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. He died in January 1998 in Netanya, Israel.

 

 

 

Avi Moyal

Imi Lichtenfeld

Avi Moyal was born in 1966 has been studying Krav Maga since childhood soon demonstrating such proficiency that his instructors began having him teach at an early age. In fact, Avi has been teaching Krav Maga for the last 35 years!

In 1985 he received his “Expert degree” and joined the IDF Marines. Avi 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 including highly specialized missions behind enemy lines with various SWAT units. He also provided VIP protection for a high ranking IDF General and an intelligence officer. After active duty, Avi served as a Reserves Platoon Commander in a special operations unit. Avi Moyal graduated all of his trainer’s courses including the senior trainer’s course in the Wingate Institute. He later conducted instructor’s courses in the Wingate institute for 7 years, and today he is one of the highest ranking Krav Maga Masters in the world.

Among Avi’s instructors were Eli Avigzar RIP and of course Imi Lichtenfeld RIP. As a matter of record, Avi was Imi’s direct and most trusted student as demonstrated by the fact that Avi is the former Chairman of the Aguda (the very first Krav Maga organization).

Currently, Avi serves as the Chairman of the International Krav Maga Federation where he leads the organization in continuing the vision of Master Imi Lichtenfeld, the founder and creator of Krav Maga.

Additionally, Avi is the leading expert and authority in Israel in teaching Krav Maga in the governmental sector and serves as Advisor to the Minister of Sport and Education in the area of Krav Maga.

Avi instructs women, children and adults in the Israeli private, commercial and governmental sectors. As a matter of fact, he was the IKMF Master who, at the request of the Israeli government, developed the techniques and teaching programs regarding Women’s Self Defense, Car Rage Defense and Children’s Self Defense.

He also continues to instruct various military units and security organizations world wide as he has done for the last 20 years.

One of the things that make Avi such a renowned and respected authority in the world of Krav Maga is his vast “real world” experience.He has proven IDF combat experience as an officer as previously stated and has also provided VIP protection in the civilian arena for world famous entertainment personalities such as Michael Jackson.

Avi has also published a booklet about Krav Maga for grade school pupils, which is one of his areas of expertise. It is distributed throughout Israel, and it will soon be translated and published abroad.

Head Instructor

Director, Kravmaga SingaporeSascha Soliano – Coming from a strong background in competitive boxing in the mid 1990s during his 2 years in national service,Sascha was chosen to join SAFSA and represent the Singapore Armed Forces in Amateur Boxing. Sascha was recognized and awarded a certificate of merit for his outstanding performance in Boxing having bagged 8 wins out of 9 fights in a span of 3 tournaments over a period of 10 months where he went on to win both the SAFSA Novice and Singapore Nationals in 1994 & 1995 respectively. Having served in the Singapore Armed Forces for 2 years, sascha then volunteered for selection to join the ranks of the Commandos Elite Special Operations Force, after successfully making it through the gruelling selection, 1 year training program and Hell Week, Sascha graduated as a full fledge member of SOF. During his 10 years in service, he was selected to attend the first ever Krav Maga Fighter Program because of his vast experience in martial arts & combatives together with a few other operators from his department, and to be trained in the system of Krav Maga directly under the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) where he again excelled and received the Best Trainee award for his performance. Sascha has extensive experience not only as an operator /Fighter in Military Krav Maga, directly under the IKMF, but as a Krav Maga Military Instructor, for the SOTF especially so in the last 5 years out of the 8 years he has been teaching. He is currently the Director for Military / Law enforcement Krav Maga in Singapore under (IKMF) International Krav Maga Federation He is also the first Krav Maga Civilian Instructor in Singapore’s History, having trained in 2004 and teach since 2006 naturally being the first to bring it to the general public. Opening their eyes to a simple yet effective self defense system with a wealth of experience and close to 5000 students having gone through his school under his tutelage. They say Learn from the source. this is very true….. Where it all started from in ISRAEL and here in Singapore. IKMF For Life! Below just a summary of the Courses and Achievements during Saschas service in the Military.

  1. Certificate of Merit for Meritorious Performance in SAFSA Boxing in 1995/1996
  2. Certificate of Merit for Meritorious Performance in Ex Lancer
  3. Basic Commando Training (served in 3rd Company).(1996)
  4. Commando Section Leader Course 32nd batch (1996)
  5. (served in 3rd Company as a Platoon Sergeant). (1996)
  6. 26th SAF Ranger course (1998)
  7. Airborne Course Class 151 (1998)
  8. Basic Military Freefall Course (1999)
  9. Advance Military Freefall (High Altitude Parachute Operations) 9th Batch
  10. Combat Medic Specialist level II / Para Medic Level II (2003)
  11. Underwater Medic Level I 2001
  12. US Navy BUDS : Basic Underwater Demolition Navy Seal Class 242 (2002-2003)
  13. Combat Diver Class II, 21 Batch (NDU) (2001)
  14. Krav Maga Military/Law Enforcement Fighter Course (Best Trainee) 2004
  15. ASP Baton Instructor Course registration no 22755 (2004)
  16. ASP Tactical Handcuff Instructor Course registration no 607(2005)
  17. Krav Maga Instructor (Civilian) registration no 004159( 2006)
  18. Krav Maga Military Instructor
  19. SKD Kali Tactical (2006)
  20. SAF Life Guard Course 7/98 Batch

Sascha is also qualified in the following fields Medic First Aid International Oxygen First Aid instructor Registry number 131229 Medic First Aid International Advance /CPR/AED Instructor Medic First Aid International Pediatric Plus Instructor Medic First Aid International Pathogens Instructor IMCA Assitant Life Support Technician Cert No: UCT/04/1512 IMCA Diver Medic Technician Cert No: ST/DM-0006 IMCA Diver Medic Instructor Medical / Man Lock Attendant IRATA Level I Rope Access Technician IRATA No: 1/31249

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