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Grand Master and Founder of Krav Maga, Imi Lichtenfeld was born in 1910 and developed the Krav Maga system from the 1930's right up to his passing in 1998. Imi became Chief Combat, Krav Maga and Fitness Instructor for the Israeli Defence Force. He served for a total of 20 years, during which time he developed and refined his unique method for self-defense and hand-to-hand combat, Krav Maga.

Master Eyal Yanilov was born in 1959 and began his Krav Maga training in 1974 and studied Krav Maga directly under the personal tutelage of Grand Master Imi Lichtenfeld. Eyal later became an Instructor and went on to serve as Imi’s closest assistant from the early 1980’s for almost 20 years. Eyal has a rank of Master Level 3 from Imi and is the only person in the world to whom Imi presented the Founders Diploma of Excellence.

Imi entrusted Eyal with the mission of creating a new curriculum for Krav Maga transforming it to a more organized and formal system that is built on the principles of action and unique instructional methods. After Imi's passing in 1998, Eyal assumed the position as Imi's predecessor and also became the head of the Israeli Krav Maga Associations Professional Committee and was instrumental in the educating the general public in the benefits of Krav Maga, as well as military and anti-terrorist units in Israel.

Donovan Ryan is the Head Instructor at Hong Kong Self Defence and Donovan's Instructor is Master Eyal Yanilov. Donovan travels to Israel every year to train with Eyal and his team of Global Instructors. Donovan received his Expert Level from Master Eyal in 2017 and is the only KMG Krav Maga Expert in Hong Kong.

Our strong lineage and direct links to Israel ensure our students and members receive the very best instruction in Hong Kong.