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Krav Maga Canberra has been running under the instruction of David Sargent since June 2006. David’s instructor Eyal Yanilov is the chief instructor of the KMG. David has also trained in Israel at the headquaters of the KMG under other top KMG instructors including:- Ilya Dunski, Tommy Blom, Rune Lind, Franklyn Hartkamp.
David is currently ranked Expert Level 2 in the KMG system & has a background in Boxing, Tae Kwon Do & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

David’s instructor prior to becoming an instructor himself, was Richard Fagan who also trains under Eyal Yanilov and is the highest ranked and most experienced instructor in the country at Expert Level 3 and has since moved on to teaching Krav Maga to various Australian government departments.

We currently have six instructors at Krav Maga Canberra:

  • David Sargent. (Chief Instructor ) E2
  • Scott M. G4
  • Alex Webster. G2

All Instructors are KMG certified which means that they have successfully completed the Civilian Instructor Course which consists of 180 hours of training conducted in 2 x 11 day blocks and are required to maintain their certification by attending regular 4 day updates with the KMG. All our Instructors have a working with vulnerable peoples card, hold a current first aid certificate and are taught by Eyal Yanilov the Head Instructor of Krav Maga Global & Co – Author with Imi Lichtenfeld ( Imi Sde Or ) of  ‘How to Defend Yourself Against Armed Assault’.

Krav Maga is the official defensive tactics system of the Israeli military & security services. It originated in the 1940’s from the then fledging Israel Defence Forces’ need for a formalised method of hand to hand combat.

Krav Maga (Contact Combat) was developed by Imi Lichtenfeld, the first defensive tactics instructor for the IDF and security services in the field. In the 1960’s, the ministry of education began teaching a civilian version of Krav Maga in schools. The civilian form of the system has since migrated to all five continents, alongside the military and security syllabus, which is taught to police and military units world-wide.

Krav Maga doesn’t specialise in standing- versus- groundwork, striking-versus- locking/ throwing, empty hand-versus- weapons, etc. Instead it has the core elements of all these fighting methods incorporated into it, as the emphasis of Krav Maga is on pragmatic self-defence for the civilian and efficient defensive tactics for security and military professionals. So, apart from a core of empty-hand striking, grappling and ground-work it places heavy emphasis on defending against weapon threats and attacks, against oneself or a third party (for VIP Protection or hostage situations). These are trained in any position-front, side and rear – as well as standing, seated and grounded, and in all those contexts against multiple opponents.

Krav Maga students train in using common, everyday objects as weapons, such as folders, chairs backpacks, garden implements, coffee mugs, pens, etc.. These are classified into categories such as shield objects, small objects to distract, flexible, stick type, etc. and the tactics and use of these types of objects in these categories is taught as part of the syllabus. Krav Maga teaches multiple- opponent defence as part of its syllabus, emphasises environmental training (field training) and contains many exercises and drills to put students under physical and psychological stress in order to acclimatise the student to the stresses of street self-defence.