When looking for a Krav Maga (KM) instructor, who should you listen to? Moni Azik with Commando Krav Maga or David Kahn with Israeli Krav Maga? Or should you follow the Alain Cohen or Darren Levine style of Krav Maga?
Each one is a master in this field, but each one has a different method of instruction. Let’s take a closer look at the top instructors so that you can decide which one is right for you.
1.) Moni Azik with Commando KM is certainly one of the most famous experts. He has a very polished web site and has been featured on the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, Fox News, and a whole host of nationally syndicated magazines.
Commando Krav Maga (CKM) is unique in that it provides training through traveling classes in most major American cities as well as Canada and European venues. These bootcamps are for certified instructors as well as the general public. You can even schedule some private lessons with Moni Azik the day before or after one of his CKM Boot Camps.
2.) Another expert and instructor is David Kahn with Israeli KM, a school in New Jersey. David Kahn trained under Grandmaster Haim Gidon, who is the highest ranked KM black belt ever promoted by founder Imi Lichtenfeld. It has been said that “David is quite possibly the most connected with honest to goodness Israeli special ops guys of anyone in North America.”
David Kahn has written one of the essential books for the for the method called Krav Maga: An Essential Guide to the Renowned Method – For Fitness and Self-Defense.
3.) There’s also Alain Cohen, who heads the KM Federation. His specialty is security and close protection. He is a security consultant for large firms and has written several books including Israeli Defense System Krav Maga.
Alain Cohen also has a DVD course and a seminar that travels around the United States.
4.) Darren Levine is probably the most well-known instructor in the United States and has a center in Los Angeles, California. He has one of the largest studios in the world called KM Worldwide Training Center. He also has the largest reality based self-defense organization in the world with over 240 licensed schools and claims to have trained over 500 law enforcement and government agencies.
Darren Levine is a prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and was awarded a Founder’s Diploma by Imi Lichtenfeld for Special Excellence in KM. Imi awarded this diploma to only 2 individuals in the world: Darren Levine and Eyal Yanilov. These diplomas were given to the people that Imi wanted to be the future leaders in the field.
5.) Eyal Yanilov with the International KM Federation is another Master and holds the unique “Founder’s Diploma of Excellence,” which was given to only one other instructor, Darren Levine.
Offering one of the first classes for American citizens, Eyal Yanilov has been teaching instructors’ courses around the world, under the auspices of the Israeli Ministry of Education and the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF). Eyal Yanilov is the key force in spreading the method throughout the world.
Hopefully, you can now identify the major players in the Israeli self-defense method. Each expert has his own personal style of instruction, and each instructor appeals to a different demographic.
Whoever you choose to follow, realize that Krav Maga is a “no holds barred” method of real-world self defense on the street.