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 teaching Krav Maga to civilians, military, and law enforcement since 1983.

plaque-golaniDanny began his lifelong passion with combative sports through competitive boxing as a young teenager growing up in Israel. During his military service, Danny served as Infantry Staff Sergeant (סמל ראשון) for an active combat unit within the elite Golani Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), including a tour of duty in Lebanon.

Due to his demonstrated natural ability in combative sports, Danny was nominated to train at the prestigious Wingate Institute where received his Military Krav Maga Instructor certification in Israel in 1987. He subsequently taught Krav Maga in the IDF to active infrantry service members for the remainder of his service.

Danny was formerly the California IKMF Director, and holds multiple instructor certifications in multiple Krav Maga federations and certifying authorities, including KMG and KMW.

Danny’s skill and rank as a top-level instructor of authentic Krav Maga is in high demand world-wide. When he is not traveling, he teaches regular classes in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the Founder and Owner of Tactica and the Tactica Krav Maga Institute headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA.

“Danny Zelig is a friend, a Krav Maga instructor, and owner of the leading schools in the Krav Maga field. Danny is one of the only instructors who never misses any combat training or any seminar, and he taught with me at most of the seminars that I gave in the US. Danny does the best job, and maintains a high level of instructors who work under him.” –Tamir Gilad, IKMF GIT

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  • San Francisco

    An elite self-defense training center, focused on personal attention and small class sizes, we are located in the heart of Hayes Valley in San Francisco. Daytime and evening classes are held seven days a week. We offer a full program in San Francisco, including multiple levels of Krav Maga, Combat Cardio, Boxing, Kettlebell, and Full […]

  • Private: Oakland

    A bright and airy 3000 sq ft Krav Maga training facility right on the water on the Embarcadero in Oakland. Enjoy a jog along the water, or a coffee on the grass next to the yachts after training! We offer classes 7 days a week, including Krav Maga (All P and G levels), Women’s Krav […]

  • Santa Clara

    Located in University Plaza, our headquarters and center for self defense and fitness in Santa Clara offers classes up to 7 days a week featuring Israeli Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Functional Fitness, and more. We also have separate BJJ for kids and Krav Maga for kids programs for our neighbors ages 6-10. Home to our master […]