As more people outside Israel learn about Krav Maga, more instructors offer classes to meet this demand. Numerous federations around the world teach Krav Maga. Each continues to develop the system and offers its own syllabus and training methods. However, not all Krav Maga instructors or federations are equal, so it pays to do your research before choosing. While using the same Krav Maga name, the techniques and methods taught internationally may differ greatly than those taught in Israel. If you’re planning to invest months and years of your time and effort in Krav Maga, make sure you choose an instructor and school that teach the real thing.

KMDI Chief Instructor

Ron Engelman

Ron was born in Israel. Living in the city of Netanya (the birthplace of Krav Maga), he grew up training under the grand-masters of Krav Maga. At the age of 18 Ron joined the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) where he served as a sergeant in one of Israel’s renowned combat units. In 2001, under the orders of his commanders, Ron was sent to undergo some of the IDF’s toughest training necessary to become a certified IDF Military Krav Maga Instructor. After completing his military service, Ron decided to bring his skills to civilians and completed certification as a Civilian instructor. In 2005, Ron moved to Australia and founded the Krav Maga Defence Institute (KMDI). Over the course of the next few years, KMDI became the largest and most dominant Krav Maga training organisation in Australia, training thousands of Australians in self defence and certifying some of Australia’s finest Krav Maga instructors.

Latest videos

Unique Krav Maga seminar held in a nightclub focused on fighting in realistic environments.

Meet KMDI's newest instructor. Saar comes to us direct from Israel after serving as an officer and a Krav Maga instructor in the IDF. 

Krav Maga offers solutions to civilian and military threats. Ron Engelman demontrates a rifle disarm on base in the IDF.

Read what our members have to say

So much better than expected. I had the wrong idea that a martial arts gym would be a very elite field of people who had been training since they could walk, but the Krav Maga Defence Institute is so friendly and open to all fitness levels and ages that I’ve been training non stop for 2 years. The staff are very approachable with any questions that I have and very cautious when it comes to safety. I am always challenged and achieve beyond what I thought I could do. I walk the streets with confidence.
— Samantha L.
I regularly attend 6-10 hours of Krav Maga every week in Surry Hills, and I absolutely love it! I’ve dabbled into martial arts my whole life, in and out of the military, and this is the best school I’ve found. The instructors are really professional, the classes are fun and challenging, the students are friendly and welcoming, and the material is really practical to real-life situations. Excellent choice for both fitness and self-defense! Krav Maga has become an integral part of my daily life!
— Ben B.
I’ve been training with KMDI for two and a half years and love this place. The instructors and staff are top notch and very dedicated, and the training is a balance between physical conditioning and practical solutions to dealing with aggression. I’m fitter than I’ve been for twenty years, and I find that the training increases my mental readiness to deal with stress in all aspects of my life, especially on my work projects. Highly recommend.
— Craig W.
Krav Maga beats going to the gym hands down. No two classes are ever the same, so it is never boring. Having fun and getting fit while learning important self defence techniques is what this organisation is all about. The friendly staff and world class trainers are there to ensure a safe training environment for each and every student, no matter what level you are, they only want to see you succeed. If you are looking for a fun way to get fit and meet some great people at the same time, this it the place.
— Lauren W.

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