Directors

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Danny Zelig

Danny Zelig is a premier self defense expert and instructor. He is a 2nd generation Israeli Krav Maga instructor of Imi Lichtenfeld, certified directly by Imi’s most senior disciple and Head of the Rank Committee. He has been practicing and … Continued

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Alexandra Lowe

Alexandra is Graduate-level certified Krav Maga instructor and is the Site Director of KMI Oakland. She holds a B.S. in exercise physiology with a minor in nutrition, and is an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist. Alexandra’s combined experience as a personal … Continued

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Opher Har-El

Opher Har-El has over 30 years of experience in Krav Maga, after beginning his training in 1983 under Eli Avikazar in Netanya, Israel. He continued his training throughout his extensive military service in the Israel Defense Forces. Opher’s experience of … Continued

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Flavio Meier

Flavio Meier is a three-time World champion and two-time Pan American champion who was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Flavio started martial arts very early in life: First Judo at age 6, then Tae KwonDo at 10 … Continued

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Adolfo Garcia

Adolfo “Fito” Garcia has been practicing Krav Maga for years out of the San Francisco Tactica Krav Maga Institute studio, and progressed all the way through the ranks to Krav Maga Instructor Certification in Santa Clara. Outside of Krav Maga, … Continued

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Carl Schneider

Carl is a life-long endurance athlete with over 17 years doing forensic psychiatric social work and homeless outreach in Washington D.C., Chicago, San Francisco, and Oakland. He worked closely with law enforcement engaging substance dependent adults in communities afflicted by … Continued

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Christopher Martinez

Chris M. has been a student at Tactica – Krav Maga Institute since 2013, where he studied weight training with kettlebell instructor Chris Brown. In 2015 Chris completed the Orange Kettlebell Club (OKC) instructor certification course co-taught by Denis Vasilev. … Continued

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Deanna Perez

Deanna has pursued top training in Krav Maga for many years after instantly falling in love with the philosophy, simplicity, and practicality of Krav Maga under the instruction of Danny Zelig. Deanna also studied directly from Eyal Yanilov (KMG), Tamir … Continued

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Kfir Cohen

Kfir Cohen is a respected high level firearms and counter terror instructor at security contractor firms throughout Israel. Kfir is a certified shooting instructor from the Ministry of the Interior of Israel with extensive experience teaching and training shooting and … Continued

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Micha Hershman

Micha is a graduate-level certified Krav Maga instructor with a passion for practical, simple and no-nonsense self-defense solutions. He is available for private and group training sessions (fitness or Krav Maga) at our San Francisco location.

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Rose Valentine

A bay area native, Rose joined KMI in 2011. She became instantly hooked and began training extensively under Danny Zelig, Jeremy Brown, and Deanna Perez. After testing up to P4 she then continued training in Krav Maga until she had … Continued

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Sam Mazaheri

Sam has over 10 years of martial arts experience and began practicing Krav Maga in 2015. He is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and has trained in Eskrima, Hapkido, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Sam became interested in Krav Maga after … Continued

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Thomas Wai

Thomas appreciates and enjoys the practicality, simplicity, and effectiveness of Krav Maga and has been a Krav Maga practitioner for over 5 years. Thomas previously trained in other martial arts, including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai, and brings this … Continued

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Aaron Nagel

Aaron is a professional figurative oil painter who spends his time outside of the studio in the gym. With over 10 years experience, he specializes in optimizing performance, body composition, and overall fitness. His methods include a broad mix of … Continued

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Bruno Escalante

Bruno Escalante was born in Cebu, Philippines and raised in Hawaii. He started competing in 2003 as an amateur in Hawaii then moved to California in 2009 to make the jump to professional boxing. He began his professional boxing career … Continued

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Chris Brown

Chris has been training Krav Maga at KMI for nearly 4 years, and quickly discovered the pragmatism and effectiveness of Krav Maga is perfectly supported by Kettlebell training. After seeing first hand the benefits Kettlebell training has on his Krav … Continued

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Christian Luxton

Christian is a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under Sergio Silva and has been training since 2006. Prior to his BJJ training, Christian studied several systems of Chinese Kung Fu including Wing Chun and Tai Chi. He has also … Continued

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Emily Foxton

Emily is a life long endurance athlete, and former professional cyclist, with a passion for training and exercise that expanded to Krav Maga. Emily earned a master’s degree in Molecular Cellular and Integrated Physiology and a bachelor’s degree in Exercise … Continued

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Jacob S.

Jacob is a member of the United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) with multiple combat deployments in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He has provided instruction to Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies in Close Quarters Battle, Combat Medicine, Tracking, Counter … Continued

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Kendra Katz

Kendra Katz is a Certified Personal Trainer who brings a whole body approach to her work with curvy women, dancers, and people suffering from injuries. Her mission is to help you have fun while achieving your goals whether they are … Continued

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Luis Perez

Luis is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner who has trained alongside some of the bay areas fiercest competitors. He focuses on helping students develop strong fundamentals so that they recognize when they are in dangerous positions and are able to defend … Continued

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Martin Frigaard

Martin Frigaard earned a B.S. in Exercise Physiology and M.A. in Kinesiology from California State University, Chico.  He instructed university-level courses on exercise science and principles of strength and conditioning. Martin has taught dozens of students the foundations for safe … Continued

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Nataly Kuznetsov

Nataly has been training in Krav Maga with Danny Zelig for almost 5 years. She is Russian born, grew up in Israel and immigrated to the US in 2001. She has been working as an emergency trauma nurse for 5 … Continued

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Ricky B.

Ricky is a 7 year veteran of the United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) with multiple combat deployments in direct support of Operation Enduring Freedom. While in support of OEF he has worked as an embedded adviser to the Afghan National Army Special … Continued

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Thomas Foley

Thomas was a convert to Russian Hardstyle kettlebell training over five years ago after 15 years in corporate sales. He studied the craft directly from Pavel Tsatsouline, masters such as Dan John, Geoff Neupert and other top instructors from around … Continued

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William Coyner

Coached by Bruno Escalante, William has been boxing for nearly two years and recently fought in his first amateur competition in June of 2016.  At Tactica William is an assistant coach under Bruno and teaches basic boxing and conditioning classes.  … Continued

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Cal Garbini

Cal is a Graduate Level certified Krav Maga instructor, training under Danny Zelig, Tamir Gilad, and Avi Moyal (IKMF). He has been a Krav Maga practitioner for over 6 years. At a young age, Cal became interested in martial arts, … Continued

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Dennis Ren

Dennis graduated from UC Berkeley with degrees in Biology and Theater. While searching for a practical system of self defense, he was drawn to krav maga. Dennis has been actively training in krav maga under Danny Zelig since March of … Continued

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Guillermo Martinez

William has been training in Krav Maga for over 7 years. He has earned his KMI Instructor’s Certification under the tutelage of Danny Zelig, Opher Har-El, Jeremy Brown, Deanna Perez and Cal Garbini. He has also trained in the Filipino … Continued

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Jacob Ehrlich

Krav Maga instructor Jacob Ehrlich is a firm believer in Krav Maga’s evidence- and reality-based approach to self-defense. Having trained extensively under Danny Zelig, Gaby Gliksman, Jeremy Brown, and Deanna Perez, Jacob teaches Krav Maga classes and is honored to … Continued

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James C. Roberts

James is a graduate level instructor. James is proud to have studied under Danny Zelig since he founded his first gym in 2006. James caries a Graduate Level 3 rank and has trained in Haifa, Israel with Tamir Gilad. James … Continued

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Marylee Farnsworth

Marylee began training in Krav Maga and boxing under Danny Zelig in 2009. She loves the practicality and efficiency of Krav Maga as a self-defense system and the intense workouts the Krav Maga Institute provides. Marylee has a Bachelor’s degree … Continued

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Nina Shirazi

Nina is one of the few high rank female Krav Maga Instructors in the United States to be certified by the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF). Nina earned a B.A. degree and a M.A. degree in Psychology, and became a … Continued

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Randall Chuong

Randall is a licensed paramedic with a passion for self-defense. He grew up in the Bay Area and experienced first hand the unfortunate risks that living in a big city can bring. Randall began training in Krav Maga a few … Continued