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Eyal Yanilov KMG
Eyal Yanilov was 15 years old when he began his Krav Maga training under Eli Avikzar, one of the top Krav Maga instructors at that time. His impressive performance soon led him to train directly under the personal tutelage of the Grandmaster of Krav Maga, Imi Lichtenfeld.  Eyal demonstrated extraordinary talent as a student in Krav Maga, and later as an instructor. He went on to serve as Imi’s closest assistant from the early 1980s for almost 20 years, and is the only person in the world to whom Imi has presented with the ‘Founders Diploma of Excellence.’ Eyal currently holds a Master Level 3, the highest level that can be attained in Krav Maga.


To meet the needs of modern conflict in the world today, Eyal Yanilov, after Imi entrusted him with this mission, created a new curriculum for Krav Maga transforming it to a more organized and formal system that is built on the principles of action and unique instructional methods. He then became the head of the Israeli Krav Maga Associations Professional Committee and was instrumental in the educating the general public in the benefits of Krav Maga, as well as military and anti-terrorist units in Israel.

As the head of the Israeli Krav Maga Associations Professional Committee, Eyal was instrumental in promoting Krav Maga, educating the general public and special forces in the benefits of Krav Maga. He also founded the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF) in 1996 and served as its President and Head Instructor under the guidance of Grandmaster Imi. Krav Maga has since spread throughout the globe and Eyal has personally trained all of the world’s first generation of Krav Maga Instructors in over 40 countries.

Eyal Yanilov and Imi Lichtenfeld


In 2010, Eyal established Krav Maga Global, a global infrastructure that would train students and enable them to rise up the ranks, eventually becoming instructors themselves if they wished to do so. The organization was designed to provide a structured format to Krav Maga whilst maintaining a strict standard of training.

Under the personal supervision of Eyal, Krav Maga Global operates a team of highly qualified instructors known as the ‘Global and International Teams’ who are responsible for delivering and designing Krav Maga training lessons, as well as carrying out exclusive workshops and specialist courses throughout the world.


Krav Maga Global by Eyal Yanilov is proud to preserve and promote only authentic Krav Maga maintaining the professional standards as outlined by Grand Master Imi. To date, Krav Maga Global has training centers in over 60 countries throughout the world, and more than 1000 instructors. To find your nearest local Krav Maga Global Branch, click HERE.


In 2001, Eyal published ‘How to Defend Yourself Against Armed Assault,’ the first of a 3-part manual that forms the official manual of Krav Maga. The collaborative work of Imi and Eyal, the book is rooted in the core principles of the Krav Maga system, and teaches readers how to defend and protect themselves in conflict situations involving weapons.

How To Defend Yourself Against Armed Assualt
Eyal also produced a comprehensive set of online training program outlining the various techniques, tactics and principles of Krav Maga system. To check out the online training program, click HERE.
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