About Krav Maga Defence Institute (KMDI)

Krav Maga is a world-renowned fighting system developed in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Many choose Krav Maga because of its reputation as a highly effective fighting system forged from real battlefield experience. All branches of Israeli’s protective services, including IDF, police, and special government agencies such as Mossad and Shin Bet train in Krav Maga.

How Does Krav Maga Get from the IDF to Sydney, Australia?

The Krav Maga Defence Institute (KMDI) in Sydney is unique among Krav Maga schools in Australia and internationally. KMDI’s founder, Ron Engelman, fought in the Second Lebanon War, and served as a Krav Maga trainer to IDF elite units. After his military service, Ron brought his skills to Australia and started teaching Krav Maga in Sydney. This offered the first opportunity for Australians to learn Krav Maga from an Israeli Defense Force instructor.

In 2010, Ron and KMDI joined forces with former Chief IDF Krav Maga Instructor, Ran Nakash, and Itay Danenberg, senior trainer at the IDF School for Krav Maga Instructors. Together, Ron, Ran, and Itay founded Krav Maga International (KMI), offering real Krav Maga training internationally, using the training methods and techniques used by Israel’s protective services and Krav Maga schools.

KMDI hosts the top Krav Maga authorities from Israel several times each year to train and certify our instructors. This guarantees the training we offer our clients at KMDI is the best available outside of Israel.

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. More.