Virginia Krav Maga is proud to be a part of the Israeli Krav Maga Association. All of our instructors are trained and certified to teach you and your family the proper techniques straight from Haim Gidon. 


Krav maga founder Imi Lichtenfeld established the original non-profit Israeli Krav Maga Association (IKMA) on October 22, 1978, to promote krav maga throughout the world.   In 1964 after Imi’s retirement as the military’s chief instructor of physical training and self-defense, Imi focused on adapting his system to provide both professional security agencies and ordinary civilians – men, women, and children – with solutions to avoid and/or end a violent encounter.

After Imi’s passing in 1998, Grandmaster Haim Gidon, now, the highest-ranking individual in the world at 10th-degree black belt, currently heads the IKMA as Imi’s appointed successor and President.  Haim was a member of Imi’s first training class in the early 1960s, and along with Imi and other top instructors, co-founded the IKMA.  In 1995, Imi nominated Haim as the top authority to grant 1st dan krav maga black-belt and up.

David Kahn has trained extensively under Grandmaster Gidon and serves as the IKMA’s United States Chief Instructor.  David is the only American to sit on the board of the IKMA.  

Virginia Krav Maga attends a 15-day instructor certification course that pushes our coaches mentally and physically.  Imi and Haim’s hometown, Netanya, Israel, serves as krav maga learning and development hub. All of the techniques we teach in class are taught to our instructors straight from David Kahn.

When you come to train at our school, you feel confident that you are getting the best Krav Maga training in Virginia! Our coaches are passionate about learning, training, coaching, and making sure they are giving you every tool you need to stay safe.

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