Krav Maga



Master Eyal Yanilov and Gordon Emery

Real Self-Defense for Real Situations.

What is Krav Maga?

Krav Maga – (pronounced krahv mahgah, meaning “Combat Contact” in Hebrew) is a pure self-defense and striking system developed for today’s modern world. The system is a collection of the most street applicable techniques from Boxing, Wing Chun, Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, and Wrestling. It is known for its focus on real-world situations and brutal counter-attacks. Krav Maga principles can be applied to any combat situation using an analytical approach to the problem to find the most efficient solution.

In the first stage of learning you will learn basic stances, striking, techniques for falling and getting up safely, and basic defenses against strikes, chokes, bear hugs, headlocks, knife stabbing and slashing attacks, baseball bat swing attacks and gun threats. Krav Maga is known for its aggressive counter attacks and intensity. The self-defense techniques of the system are based on your natural flinch reaction to danger. Your reactions are improved through training drills and fighting games. You will learn all the effective principles of Krav Maga. At this level the student is striving for a fighter mentality.



The development of the Krav Maga system was derived from street-fighting skills developed by Hungarian-Israeli martial artist Imi Lichtenfeld (pictured on the right), who made use of his boxing and wrestling as a means of defending the Jewish quarter against fascist groups in the mid-to-late 1930s. In the late 1940s, following his immigration to Palestine, he began to provide lessons on combat training to what was to become the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) who went on to develop the system that became known as Krav Maga. Upon retiring from the military, Imi began focusing on developing Krav Maga for civilians against common street attacks and problems.

Eyal Yanilov (pictured top of page on the left) is the Co-Founder and Head Instructor of Krav Maga Global and KMG – USA, and was Imi’s closest student and assistant. Eyal is the only individual to be awarded the Founder’s Diploma of Excellence. Working with Imi, Eyal refined and expanded the Krav Maga curriculum. The two wrote a book together laying out the principles of Krav Maga and defenses against armed attacks, making this training system accessible to the public.

In the 80’s, Eyal began traveling around the globe teaching Krav Maga in different countries and training all the first generation Krav Maga instructors. He enhanced and developed Krav Maga to become the preferred combat fighting system for the military, police, and special forces around the world. He has spent decades training fighters of elite units and anti-terrorist squads, as well as SWAT teams, security groups, and executive protection personnel. In 2010, he created Krav Maga Global (KMG) and personally organized a team of high level international instructors and sent them all over the world to develop Krav Maga.

Krav Maga at Charlottesville BJJ

Our instructors, David Sanders and Gordon Emery have had the opportunity to go through the intensive 23-day 180 hour instructors course and examination. With the great teaching from the KMG International Team our instructors passed the final teaching exam and were awarded the rank of Graduate 1.

We want our students to prevail in times when their abilities are needed. That takes quality and thoughtful training, building students abilities one step at a time. We create a unique experience for the students that allows them to develop their mindset and physical abilities to become capable fighters. Classes are energetic, fun and rewarding.

We believe Krav Maga is about self-defense. We have excellent instructors, curriculum and training regime that develops the students in self-defense and fighting ability. We do not grade students in Krav Maga or follow any ranking structure. We only provide quality training to develop good self-defense skills.

New students are welcome to start at any time during the year. The preferred time to start is at the beginning of a cycle or course. To get started; arrange an appointment to watch a class in our viewing area or participate in a trial class.

  • Monday and Wednesday 5:30pm – 6:25pm
  • We offer 1 and 3 month trial memberships as well as annual memberships.
  • Look for our workshops with expert guest instructors on weekends!
Arrange a trial class through our contacts page.

“So that one may walk in peace.” ~ Imi Litchenfeld