Krav Maga founder Imi Lichtenfeld set forth codes of conduct as Martial Artists as well as utilizing the belted system whereby material and techniques separate ranks of students, White through Black belt.
Each school of the Krav Maga Federation follows the guidelines and principles set forth by the Krav Maga founder and continued by Grandmaster Haim Zut and Rhon Mizrachi without alteration.
The Federation, led by Rhon Mizrachi, produces the highest caliber instructors who adhere to the most stringent standards of teaching and training. Rhon Mizrachi's relationship with Imi is the reason that his instructors are dedicated to honoring Imi's legacy. They honor their direct lineage by continuing to follow Imi's Krav Maga principles by providing the highest level of authentic Krav Maga training. They also share a commitment to the true art of Krav Maga: to properly educate fighters and to respect what the art represents to the State of Israel and its people.
Federation Instructors and students have bonded to Rhon, their teachers and each other by the years spent training. These relationships are the reason that the KMF functions as a family, and will ensure the protection of the art in the future. In a time when unqualified practitioners dilute the style for financial gain and recognition, this is crucial.
The Krav Maga Federation has three partners: Master Instructor Rhon Mizrachi, President of the Federation Dror Bikel, and Managing Partner Eve Gold.
Ed Maisonet began training in Krav Maga early 2003 under Master Instructor Rhon Mizrachi. Ed began teaching Krav Maga early 2005 under the supervision of Rhon Mizrachi at Krav Maga Inc (John Jay College, NYC). In 2005 Ed Maisonet opened Krav Maga Staten Island while continuing his Krav Maga Training. Ed brings with him a lifetime of paying attention to detail while growing up on the Lower Eastside of New York City. Ed served in the United States Navy and participated in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Ed has worked as an armed guard with the responsibilities of protecting people, currency and property. As well as working as a personal driver/bodyguard for several high profile clients in the NYC area. Most importantly, Instructor Maisonet has demonstrated a unique ability to positively affect the students in his class. He has exceptional charisma on the training mat, and has the ability to communicate material and technique in an accessible and often entertaining manner. His students are challenged appropriately, and leave his classes inspired for the next class. Significantly, Instructor Maisonet has demonstrated the priority that the Federation places on maintaining safety in all classes. In August, 2008 Ed tested for and received his Black Belt in Israel from Grandmaster Haim Zut, Uri Refaeli, Dan 8, and his teacher Rhon Mizrachi, Dan 5. To learn more about Ed, please visit StatenIslandKravMaga.com
Piotr Tuznik, Dan 1, emigrated from Poland at the age of 13. Once here, he began training in Krav Maga under Master Instructor Rhon Mizrachi, Dan 5, and Katrina Reynolds, Dan 2. Peter's superior physical talents allowed him to excel at Krav Maga, and the fighting style appealed to him. As he continued his training, Peter's commitment to both his teachers and the Art of Krav Maga grew. Because of his values and beliefs( that we have the right to aggressively defend ourselves, and with that ability comes the responsibility of protecting our family and community), Rhon's commitment to his student also deepened. Peter completed an Instructor course taught by Rhon, and began his training as a Krav Maga Instructor. This path ultimately led Pete to Israel during the 2008 KMF trip. During the training in Israel, Peter, like many students of Rhon's, demonstrated in front of the Professional Committee the high level of proficiency and skill that he possesses in Krav Maga. His knowledge of the details in Krav Maga material of all levels and his ability to demonstrate this knowledge quickly and aggressively allowed him to successfully complete the grueling Black Belt test (Partnered with Ed Maisonet, Krav Maga Staten Island). This exam was presided over by Grandmaster Haim Zut, Head of the Professional Committee Uri Refaeli, Dan 8, and in front of his teacher Rhon Mizrachi, Dan 5. As Pete's skills as both a practitioner and teacher of Krav Maga continue to develop, so too does his understanding of the values held by his teacher and this Federation. To learn more about Pete, please visit Brooklynkravmaga.com
Alicia Mandelkow began studying Krav Maga with Master Instructor Rhon Mizrachi and Katrina Reynolds, Dan2 in 2004. She is a certified Krav Maga Instructor, having successfully completed an Instructor's course given by Rhon Mizrachi. Alicia received her Brown Belt from Grandmaster Haim Zut during the 2008 summer trip to Israel. Currently she teaches Krav Maga at the 14th Street Y, women's seminars at 25th Street, and privately to individuals and groups of varying ages. Alicia continues to train with Master Instructor Rhon Mizrachi in preparation for her black belt and to further her ability as a Krav Maga instructor of the KMF. Other interests include motorcycling, parkour, rock climbing, trap shooting, and Shakespeare. To learn more, visit the Krav Maga Federation 14th Street site
Vladimir Zolottev has dedicated himself to the continuous development of character through the martial arts for more than 20 years. Born in Romania, Vladimir started his training in Shotokan Karate at the age of 13 under Shihan Aurel Patru and Sensei Marian Patru. Within 3 years, Vladimir became one of the youngest members of the National Karate Team of Romania. Vladimir successfully competed with the National Romanian Karate Team at competitions throughout Europe, and the United States. Vladimir holds numerous awards, including First Place awards in Shotokan Karate at National, European and World levels. Vladimir also holds awards in Tae Kwon Do. In June, 2008, Vladimir began training in Krav Maga under Master Instructor Rhon Mizrachi and Instructor Ed Maisonet in N.Y.C. Due to his innate talent, understanding of the human body and martial arts, Vladimir was accepted into the Krav Maga Instructor Course taught by Master Instructor Rhon Mizrachi in August, 2009. He successfully graduated the course and has been authorized by the Krav Maga Federation to teach Krav Maga at his Martial Arts School, KI Martial Arts, in Tuckahoe, NY. Vladimir is a gifted athlete and an exceptional instructor. At the age of 16 he was chosen as an assistant instructor to the Romanian National Karate team, and has been passionately teaching ever since. His intensive competitive training experience has brought him an intuitive understanding of concepts of movement, position, and Krav Maga techniques. To learn more, visit WestchesterKravMaga.com.
Pietro "Pete" Malino is passionate about teaching the authentic art of Krav Maga. He continues the legacy of his teacher Rhon Mizrachi and the Krav Maga Federation, as well as that of the Krav Maga founder Imi Lichtenfield.
Pete began training in martial arts at the age of four, at the encouragement of his father, Theodore, a Karate and Judo practitioner. The elder Malino recognized his son's natural ability and interest in the martial arts, and upon his untimely passing early in Pete's life, it was Pete's mother Zenobia who enrolled him in his first Karate class, his first step on the path of training. To learn more, visit ValleyStreamKravMaga.com.
Krav Maga instructor Kevin Williams has been involved with the martial arts for over 15 years and has obtained the rank of black belt in Tae Kwon Do as well as advanced level rankings in Jeet Kune Do. Kevin began studying Krav Maga in 1998. Kevin is a certified instructor under Krav Maga International (Kapap) headed by Haim Zut in Israel. He is currently training under the highest ranking Israeli instructor in the U.S, Rhon Mizrachi. All Krav Maga Instructors affiliated with Master Instructor Rhon Mizrachi have received training in Anatomy, Physiology, Physical Fitness, Methodology, Psychology, Practical training, Individual skills, and Training theory as well as Standard First Aid/CPR. Currently Kevin is teaching Krav Maga at Dowling College as an adjunct lecturer while teaching regular nightly classes as well as privately. Please visit the Long Island school page.
Instructor Brian Coblitz began studying Krav Maga under Master Instructor Rhon Mizrachi in 2007. Brian completed the rigorous KMF instructor's course in 2009 and has spent years assisting instructors at the Krav Maga Federation's flagship school in NYC. Brian has previous martial arts experience and is a 2nd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate. He was the Head Instructor of the Patterson Park Recreation Center Dojo for the Maryland Shotokan Karate-do Association. Brian now dedicates his martial arts practice to Krav Maga, because of the unparalleled effectiveness and efficiency of the KMF teaching practice. He is excited to be expanding the Krav Maga Federation martial arts family to include the DC Metro area. Both he and his school follow the Instructor Standards
of the Krav Maga Federation. Visit the Krav Maga Washington D.C. site
to learn more.
Fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese, Frank Colon teaches classes for students of all levels and ages, specializing in private training sessions for middle-age and senior citizens. He has been certified as an Instructor by both the Wingate Institute (Israel's National Center for Physical Education and Sport) and Krav Maga International since July 1998. Frank currently holds the rank of Dan 2, received in 2011 from Grandmaster Haim Zut. Frank is a founding member and former Vice-President of The American Association of Krav Maga Instructors, Inc., (AAKMI) a not-for-profit organization created to promote Krav Maga and to provide Self-Defense training for the general community. Frank is certified in Adult CPR and First Aid by the American Red Cross Association. With 35 years of practical experience, Frank is also certified to teach Yang Style Tai-Chi Chuan. He also currently trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as a member of the Alliance BJJ team of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Frank is a professional musician, with credits on over 100 record albums. He is also a PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Divemaster. To learn more about Frank and KMF in Brazil, please visit kravmagabrazil.com
The Federation is not a franchise and does not participate in any licensing agreements. It does not offer Instructor Certification Courses to non-Federation students or accept "donations" in exchange for rank. A full instructor degree requires a black belt ranking from the Federation and the completion of a KMF Instructor Course. Federation schools are financially independant of each other, the organization does not have ownership of individual schools.