David Kahn Krav Maga
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United States Chief Instructor


Welcome to David Kahn Krav Maga, we hope this website will serve to give you further insight into Israeli Krav Maga, its service to civilians and professionals alike. The self-defense spectrum is often distorted by media, entertainment, and sporting compendiums. It's our hope that the following educational information provides a better understanding of real-world scenarios and defenses. 

With that said, the epicenter of Israeli Krav Maga in the United States is David Kahn — Kahn has formally trained all five branches of the U.S. military, the Royal Marines, the Italian Marines, as well as Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement agencies in many central training school houses. These school houses include the Marine Corps Martial Arts School of Excellence (MACE), Naval Special Warfare Advanced Training Command (Coronado), and Army School of Combatives (Ft. Benning). Additionally, David has trained the Academy instructors of the FBI, DEA, New Jersey State Police, Pennsylvania State Police, Philadelphia Police, NYNJ Port Authority, and a host of other agencies. He is a certified instructor by the State of New Jersey Police Training Commission and MPOETC approved. David has also trained NFL players in DK Krav Maga Football Combatives including several perennial pro bowlers.



Kahn, after attending Princeton University, began his Krav Maga school training with senior instructor Rick Blitstein. Rick is one of three Americans to graduate from the first international Israeli Krav Maga Association instructor course in 1981 while completing law school. Rick, along with two other Americans, introduced Krav Maga to the United States. In 1998, Rick sent David to Israel to train with Israeli Krav Maga Association Grandmaster Haim Gidon for individual training. That's when it truly began ...

KahnSultING Services


Throughout the pages of this website you'll be introduced to Israeli Krav Maga's core. Additionally, you'll learn that not only is Krav Maga steeped in rich tradition of protection of civilians along with police and military personnel, but that it continues to actively adapt to the ever changing landscape of today's self-defense needs. David Kahn has sought to bring the core of Krav Maga to any number of clients, groups and students. These Kahnsulting services are (but not limited to):

  • First responder defensive tactics training
  • LEO/Security training and analysis
  • Leadership and tactical programming in the moment
  • Active Shooter programming: schools, locations of worship, corporations and public facilities
  • Correction officers defense and control programming
  • Course curriculum development and programming

Specialized Training


The growing list of specialty training services is ever growing and now include:

Kahn has also trained over 160 law enforcement agencies trained including the U.S. Marshals Service, FBI, DEA, the United States Coast Guard Police, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Transit Police, Pennsylvania State Police, Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Amtrak Police, DOD Police, US Secret Service, and ATF. Police Benevolent Association 130 awarded Kahn a lifetime achievement silver card by for his pro bono LE work. Kahn works with National Football League (NFL) players including several Pro Bowlers and celebrities.

“We do take considerable pride that the hand-to-hand combat instructors from the U.S. Marine Corps Martial Arts Center of Excellence (Quantico), U.S. Navy Advanced Training Command (Imperial Beach,), U.S. Army School of Combatives (Fort Benning), and the Royal Marines (Portsmouth) along with the professional defensive tactics instructors from the FBI and DEA Academies (Quantico) and the New Jersey State Police Academy (Sea Girt) have all vetted, welcomed, and distinguished us from others.”

Earned Authority


Kahn has authored seven Krav Maga books with two of his books having won national book awards. The books in order of publication are Krav Maga: An Essential Guide to the Renowned Method -- for Self Defense and Fitness Advanced Krav Maga -- The Next Level of Fitness and Self-Defense | Krav Maga Weapon Defenses Krav Maga Professional Tactics | Krav Maga Defense -- How to Defend Yourself Against the 12 Most Common Unarmed Street Attacks along with two forthcoming publications, Krav Maga Combatives: Maximum Effect (YMAA 2019) and Krav Maga Situational Defenses (YMAA 2020).

Kahn has also produced four accompanying award winning DVD sets including Mastering Krav Maga Volume | Mastering Krav Maga Volume II Mastering Krav Maga Volume III and Mastering Krav Maga Volume IV along with creating the 42 hour Mastering Krav Maga Online program.

Kahn has been featured in dozens of national and global publications along with other media outlets including the New York Times, “Battle Royale Over Rightful Heir to Israeli Self-Defense Discipline”, United States Marine Corps Official Website, Details, New Yorker, New York Magazine, Esquire, USA Today, Fitness, Self, Allure, Men’s GQ, Soldier of Fortune, SOFREP, Art of Manliness and Inside Football.

REAL WORLD Self-Defense


Are you among the many Americans watching events here and around the world and thinking seriously about personal safety?  You may be your own first and last line of defense in an increasingly violent world. We have a simple yet highly effective self-defense solution that anyone with average physical skills can learn and use to thwart violence: Israeli Krav Maga.

Resistance is an attacker’s not cooperating with your self-defense effort. The attacker will mount a concerted, non-stop attack to injure or kill you unless you neutralize the attack and disable him. Moreover, the attacker may be trained and launch a skilled attack which IKMA Krav Maga trains to defeat including thwarting multiple assailants. In other words, how to defeat a highly fighter and specialist in such arts as Western Boxing, Chinese boxing, Muy Thai, Brazlian Jujitsu, Judo, Escrima, Kali Karate, Western Wrestling, Roman-Greco Wrestling, or the ever more popular Mixed Martial Arts type of fighter.  Lastly, Krav Maga specifically trains to defeat terrorists wielding knives and guns.

Now more than ever are we confronted with predators, attackers and those with evil intent to bring terror and death. The landscape of self-defense is not only changing, but MOST defensive ‘martial’ systems are ill-equipped to keep logical/tactical pace.



Imi designed Krav Maga for people of all shapes, sizes, and physical abilities regardless of age or sex. The same Krav Maga techniques, with minor modifications, are taught to both men and women. However, the emphasis placed on certain techniques is can be different. Size and strength are factors a defender – male or female – must take into consideration. This is especially true where limb reach is a determining factor.

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