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Meet the Team

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Patrick

is a former IKMF Director and the founder of the Krav Maga Institute. He is one of the most experienced practitioners and instructors at KMI having trained with, and taught for, a number of organizations. Prior to starting his training, Patrick boxed competitively for a number of years and was a youth amateur boxing champion in the UK. Patrick is a qualified attorney and is currently the joint-lead instructor.

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Eric

is one of the most committed and passionate instructors and has been practicing since 2005. He has a range of experience within Krav Maga and has as a result a unique understanding of modern self-defense. As one of the youngest certified instructors in the United States, Eric brings a high level of energy and unique perspective to the team. Eric completed his Civilian Instructor Course in 2012 and is a dedicated CrossFit practitioner.

Eugene

has Krav Maga encoded in his DNA but has also trained extensively in Tae-kwon-do, Kendo, Kick Boxing, Shotokan and Fudokan Karate, earning a 1st degree black belt. He received a bronze medal in the Russian National Karate Championship in 1995 and represented Russia in the 1996 European Open Fudokan Tournament in Poland. After a trip to Israel in 2006, Eugene started Krav Maga training in San Diego with Dana Ben Kaplan (Expert 2), before relocating to NYC in 2012. Eugene has a PhD in genetics and became a Krav Maga instructor in 2012.

Josh

is a fighting ‘jack of all trades.’ He is one of the quickest ranking instructors and practitioners at KMI and has become a coveted instructor for the Krav Maga Institute. Josh has over 10 years of other martial arts experience, including Japanese Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Hayastan and Submission Grappling, Judo and MMA. Josh graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in 2006 with a focus on Dance and Vocal performance. All of which plays in perfect  harmony for a completely different and unique combination of classes.

Kristin

Matthieu

Mike Gizzo

Mike Gizzo is one of KMI’s most dedicated and driven instructors. His passion for teaching as well as learning Krav Maga self defense tactics can easily be seen when training with him. His rapid ascent in the Krav Maga community is a direct reflection of his intensity and enthusiasm. KMI is proud to have him on the instructor team!

Ray Lo