Learn Krav Maga with Moshe Katz

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Learn Krav Maga with Moshe Katz CEO and Founder of IKI

Moshe Katz CEO of IKI
Moshe Katz, CEO, Founder, and Head Instructor

Israeli Krav International (IKI) is under the direction of Moshe Katz.

During the course of his 30 years in martial arts, Moshe has trained with some of the greatest instructors around the world. He is certified by Wingate, Israel’s national Martial Arts certification board, and by Itay Gil; his instructor and friend of many years.

He spent several years working for the Israeli Board of Education as a Krav Maga instructor, adviser, and contributor. He spent two years training the Jerusalem Elite security guards.

Over the years Moshe has been recognized worldwide for his Krav Maga abilities and innovations and has received numerous awards and honors from military, police, civilian and governments. He has been featured in news broadcasts, TV and radio, newspapers and magazines throughout the world.

In 2010 he was inducted into the International Martial Arts Hall of Fame as an instructor of the year.

In 2014 he was inducted into the American Black Belt Hall of Fame as International Krav Maga instructor of the year.

Our IKI Israel Team

This is the IKI team that assists in making IKI possible. All team members are completely dedicated to our group in Israel. The team ensures that teaching continues even while Moshe away teaching seminars all over the world.

Moshe Katz

Head Krav Instructor, CEO and Founder of IKI

Esther Lehman

Krav Instructor and Logistic Manager

Baruch Mackler

Krav Instructor and Video Editing

Jonathan Rossner

Krav Instructor 

Laiser Roskind

Krav Instructor

Yonat Roskind

Krav Instructor

Daniella Goodman

Krav Instructor

Julia Varady

Krav Instructor

Mordechai Saxon

Krav Instructor

Josh Gold

Krav Student

Client Testimonials

Don’t take our word for it – here’s what our clients say:

estimado moshe
along with greet both you and esther I am writing to thank you for the increhible experience that I posed in israel valuable 100 º / º every hour flight to get to israel and return to chile to know such wonderful people as ud and as israel people staying with the best memories of their experiences both in training and in the tourist and the wonderful people who accompanied me in this training experience as krav maga and change my view the people of israel is diustinto see on television live experience and this is undoubtedly the best of my life I remember the conversations you hear and things I saw as far as the person who asks me will report the wonder of israel and its people that despite what live not lost hope that one day peace came to live a quiet life.
and of course I will return to Israel to continue my training and be with you again
un abrazo para ester y para ud y mis mejores deseos
saludos desde chile
Michelestimado moshe
along with greet both you and esther I am writing to thank you for the increhible experience that I posed in israel valuable 100 º / º every hour flight to get to israel and return to chile to know such wonderful people as ud and as israel people staying with the best memories of their experiences both in training and in the tourist and the wonderful people who accompanied me in this training experience as krav maga and change my view the people of israel is diustinto see on television live experience and this is undoubtedly the best of my life I remember the conversations you hear and things I saw as far as the person who asks me will report the wonder of israel and its people that despite what live not lost hope that one day peace came to live a quiet life.
and of course I will return to Israel to continue my training and be with you again
un abrazo para ester y para ud y mis mejores deseos
saludos desde chile

Michel Mandiola

In November 2013 we took part in Moshe Katz’s „Tour and Train”. Since we are 50 respectively 59 years, we were reluctant to book the tour at all, since we had already mixed experiences of Krav Maga in Germany. But what we got was exactly how Moshe predicted in his emails before: “Everyone trains on his own pace and intensity”. We got away with NO injuries, even NO sore muscles, and almost no bruises but with substantial and complex insights into various self-defense techniques, comprising hand to hand, ground fight, REAL knife defense (evasion) and none the less a big portion of gun-disarming. – So far pragmatic aspects!
Even more impressive and moving was the insight Moshe granted into the mentality and mindset behind Krav Maga and his very personal feelings and emotions. Very probably it takes to be mature up to a certain degree to fully understand, what Moshe tried to come across with, but in our case, he entirely succeeded in, sometimes without any word vocalized! A unique experience, we never forget.
A relationship between two nations or two peoples such burdened as the one between Israel and Germany is unique in history. Provided this, we were always very sensitive about reactions, when Moshe introduced our group to Israelis, and where members are coming from. In NO case we sensed negative emotions when Germany was mentioned. It is quite the opposite: We never forget this moment, when a six-day-war veteran chooses Norbert as the only male German to pose arm in arm for a group photo at ammunition hill. And he even showed his pride of his German roots.
Yad Vashem: Given the historical fact, in each and every language it is impossible to find the appropriate words, but we try to: In Germany even after about 80 years, people are very reluctant to talk about the Holocaust. The word “embarrassed” does by far not provide the appropriate reach, what we feel. Germans avoid to mentioning, that since thousands of years Jews had been deprived of privileges, hunted, expelled, humiliated, even killed and that while 2nd world war many Germans granted shelter and helped Jews to escape Nazi prosecution. If this was mentioned by Germans it always sounds like a cheap excuse. But Israelis do! And they emphasize, that everything is confirmed and proved. – What a great gesture!
Thank you, Moshe, for a unique journey through our history.
Ute and Norbert

Ute and Norbert

Dear Moshe,
So nice of you to find kind words for everyone in the group.
Well, only you can judge how the atmosphere in earlier Tour and Train groups was, but from my perspective, I also experienced a good spirit and camaraderie. As a new beginner I felt unsure if I would be accepted – and then I felt so soon integrated and respected by everyone. A lot of this nice atmosphere is owed to yourself – due to your warmhearted way of teaching and treating people. A big thank you as well!
I am looking forward to the next training with you, hopefully in the next Tour and Train, but at least in December in Germany.
With blessings,
Beate (Germany, Class June 2013)Dear Moshe,

Beate Brandt

Moshe, when I chose to travel to Israel, in November 2012 for Krav Maga Training, I did a lot of research in terms of where to train, and I have to say I made the right choice to train with you [IKI] in Israel, because you “Keep It Real” and as a personal witness I can say, you make sure that each and every student learns the IKI Krav Maga concepts, and not to mention, the cost of the training cannot be beat!!
Manual Garcia, California, US

Manual Garcia

“IKI Tour and Train is an amazing experience, but make no mistake, it is not a holiday. During the 10 days, you get more than 8 hours of intensive Krav Maga training each day, during which, you learn and practice a lot of techniques. The training is suitable for everyone, young, old, fit, unfit, experienced or inexperienced. If you are interested in Self-Defence training, then this is a great place to start or consolidate your knowledge, you learn a lot, and can go away with confidence that you can continue.
Something that really differentiates this course and makes it better than the others is the chance it gives you to experience the history and culture of Israel. As well as the excellent training, Moshe and Esther take the group to a range of culturally and historically important locations in and around Jerusalem. There are also opportunities to participate and experience the Jewish culture.
Apart from the Tour and Train part of the trip, you meet an interesting group of people from around the world. While each person has their own reasons for coming on the course, you are united by wanting to learn Krav Maga, and through the intensity of the training. It makes for a lot of fun, and life-long friendships.
Moshe and Esther put heart and soul into the course to give you the best and broadest possible experience of Krav Maga, Israel’s history and Jewish culture. I had a great time, and you really cannot ask for more.
Mike Sloane- UK”  June 2016

Mike Sloane

As a 19-year-old, I at first felt apprehensive going on a trip myself, let alone a foreign country to learn Krav Maga. Yet these qualms ceased on the first day of tour and train. Why? Mr. Katz’s IKI Krav Maga program is special. It is not based on any form of elitist ideology that many programs like to espouse to their clients. IKI Krav is tailored to the individual and is “down to earth”, built for the street and real-life scenarios. Like many martial arts, IKI Krav Maga involves technique.
However, instead of “ten moves for one situation, IKI teaches one move for ten situations, as Mr. Katz himself says and teaches. Tour and Train is also a whole experience both dedicated to one’s Krav knowledge and education about Israeli history and culture. This enriched my experience greatly and exposed me to a wholly new perspective – openness to others and the ability to see beyond my own world in America.
I testify that Isreal is a country worth visiting-With Mr. Katz as your guide around the sights and locales, you will see that this is indeed true. His passion and in-depth knowledge of Jewish history and life are irreplaceable. Along with tour and train are the counter-terrorism course and VIP protection course at Caliber 3. I recommend these also-one will learn about the Israeli mindset and learn invaluable techniques that will be also, along with Tour and Train, never forgotten. This experience brought me confidence for a lifetime!
I also recommend you to join IKI and continue your learning even after the program is done.
Alex Nelson, USA

Alex Nelson

Hi Moshe,   I just wanted to take some time to thank you again for the opportunity to tour and train where Krav Maga was invented and is still developing. It was really an amazing experience! Israel is a very nice country with a great landscape and also a very old history. If I think about the wall of the old Salomon temple, that was more than 3000 years old and I think about what buildings in Europe looked like or were made of back than, it’s just unbelievable.
If someone would have told me, that I would walk through Jerusalem, see the holy wall, visit the place where David defeated Goliath, I probably would have laughed at him. It was also very interesting to train with your local students. They all were very focused and especially the female students seemed very tough.   The whole trip was a great and long lasting experience. It definitely made me understand the roots of Krav Maga a lot better, but also get me a better understanding of the Israelites. I definitely need to practice Hebrew – at least for the real understanding. 😉
I’m looking forward to the seminar in September.   Cheers from Germany, Sven

Sven Schneider

Tour & Train (June 2014) was a defining point in my life. I came with a very training focused mentality and was soundly impressed with both the rigor of practice and realism of the techniques. Moshe and his fellow instructors really will teach you as much as you want to know and by the end of the program, I personally felt much more able to defend myself in any given situation. Although much more can be said in the way of training, it is really something you must experience for yourself and I can’t recommend it highly enough!
As for the touring part of the program, this truly exceeded my expectations, you have the opportunity to see Israel’s past and present. Yad Vashem, in particular, is incredibly moving, there is no memorial in Western Europe that is comparable. Further, you will meet some of the warmest people in Ma’ale Adumim. I was invited to share Shabbat meal with a Rabbi and his family, an experience I will not forget.
The Caliber 3 courses are run by real Israeli warriors who rely on the techniques they teach to enable Israel’s survival. Everyone I met there was incredibly passionate and really wanted you to understand the concepts, there was absolutely no room for just ‘going through the motions’. The Counter-Terrorism instruction, in particular, speaks for itself and is absolutely unmissable.
Tour & Train and IKI, in general, has such a fantastic atmosphere I can only really compare it to family, I thoroughly look forward to returning!
Matthew Phillips, United Kingdom, June 2014

Matthew Phillips

I had a great time with your IKI training, really enjoyed it and for a complete novice, I felt comfortable with your training and pace of training. It was a great group of people, all really helpful and patient with me. Also, your local pupils where all really friendly with a relaxed and happy helpful method of assisting and training a real pleasure!
Dan Mullen, United Kingdom, June 2014 (RIP)
Unfortunately, Dan Mullen passed away from a silent heart issue in January 2015, Dan was a true martial artist in life and a gentleman. Dan was truly loved by everyone who knew him – May His Soul Rest in Peace

Dan Mullen

Tour and Train Israel Review
By Jürgen Köhler, IKI Germany
Tour and Train, June 2015
IKI Team Germany, Counter-Terror training. Team leader – Jürgen Köhler
Editor’s note: Jürgen is a highly respected martial arts master. He came to IKI Krav Maga already a certified instructor and black belt in several styles. He has produced several martial arts instructional DVDs. Yet he came to IKI with no rank and no demands,
He has hosted two hugely successful seminars in his hometown of Königsbach-Stein and a third is scheduled for September this year.
He is a second dan black belt in IKI Krav Maga. Yet, even as a high-level practitioner and instructor, he found that in Israel he has much to learn. He came as a student and humbly dedicated himself to improving his Krav Maga skill and learning about Israel and our culture.
I can honestly say there is the before Israel Jürgen and the after Israel Jürgen. I invite other instructors to follow his path.
Thank you, Moshe, thank you, Esther, for your work with IKI, for organizing this indescribable Trip to Israel.
When I came home … many friends asked me: how was it, did you enjoy the Tour?
Oh, yes … and I cannot explain .. “good” is not enough, Tour and Train are..wooowww!
But why is it “wooowww”? It is because of … where should I start?
Ok, at first the Training sessions:
The Group trains inside and outside, with local Krav Maga students and with the international students exclusively … alone this makes a big difference to regular Seminars. You train in Israel … with the pupils of this fantastic country. You become part of this country. Training with the locals .. does not matter if men or women … they are all so friendly, like really good friends. We met a former IDF Soldier … a young man, he was in the Gaza-War .. he told us the real thing, … not even what the newspapers around the World tell. Here you see, why it is important to learn Krav Maga.
Maybe some of you think the Training in Israel –at Moshe – is only soft skill… hahahahha, so I tell you:
Train with the locals, feel the low kick from Laizer, enjoy the elbow strikes from Yonat.
If you talk with these guys and girls … you will get a flavor how is it to live in Israel.
Maybe in Your Home dojo, the Gun-defense is just a game … wow, here it is real life. Everyone here knows: ”if I do not practice enough, maybe tomorrow I will lose my life” IKI Krav Maga is not a game! It is to protect yourself and your beloved ones.
Our group was recruited by students and Instructors around the World. Australia, Poland, England, Swiss, Sweden, Croatia, Cayman Island, United States, Germany … all of us have different backgrounds. There was a former American Football Player, Bodyguards, Soldiers, Doormen, whatever… with these backgrounds, we worked together with new situations.  A technique which works with an IKI Instructor with 30 years in Martial Arts will not work with a young woman which never was trained in any style of Martial Arts / Self-defense. … so we were searching and finding a solution which fits everyone.
During the two weeks, all participants live together with local families … in this way we can talk with the “native speakers” … they are always friendly – also to us – the Germans.  Here we have learned a lot about the culture and the lifestyle. I must say: this was a great experience for me. I made new deep friends.
Israel – the land of the Torah and the Bible – here all these stories become alive!  The Old City (of King David) or the Battlefield of David vs. Goliath … we also visited the first Christian Church in which the wonder of Pentecost occurred .. wow, I can not give words for this.
Counter-Terrorism Training…
Anti-terror training, what should I say? I’ve never shot before, I was not in the Army .. but yes it was great. The way how these experts teach you to shoot with a handgun or a machine gun … easy and effective! And than … in the lunch-break … a Man – I call him HERO – told us from his “job” in Uganda … to rescue about 100 hostages from terrorists.
Shai Ish-Shalom speaking with members of IKI Tour and Train about his experiences with Yoni Netanyahu of blessed memory, rescuing the hostages in Operation Entebbe.
Visit the Synagogue on Shabbat.
OK, I did not understand any Hebrew word … beside Jerusalem and Amen. But this does not matter.
I’ve had the great honor to be there twice … and see the Jews …hear them pray .. and feel: the presence of the King of Kings, and LORD of all LORDS. Yes, you can feel him.
After the ceremony in the synagogue, we went to Esther for Shabbat meal. Eating together, talking and get the blessings from Moshe … WOW, why “WOW”? because Moshe is in the direct line to Aaron, the brother of Moses (Moshe) .. Aaron was the first High Priest of Israel. The First Cohen Gadol.
Heritage of the Fathers, a synagogue in Maaleh Adumim.
But was there anything bad? or terrible…?
Yes! When we walked in the Old City, we had to go into the Muslim-quarter … no, this is not a racist blog! But I felt not really safe in this area. .. for me, it seemed dark and dusty.
The way how the Arabs have watched us … was not really friendly. Again: this is MY version and MY sight … maybe other guys of our group felt secure – but not me.
So what should I say … if you wanna be a Krav Maga –warrior … you “must” train there. You will never ever feel this Spirit if you will not be Part of this land.
Tour and Train IKI gives you much more than only training. Here you become something for your body, spirit, and mind. .. all three levels of human being are involved.
Thank you, Moshe!
With blessings to Esther, Laizer, Yonat, and Rachel (a friend of Esther)
The men of the IKI Germany delegation at the Western Wall in Jerusalem

Jürgen Köhler

I’m a man of few words but T&T for me has been the most incredible experience of my martial arts career.
Krav Maga is the perfect system for imperfect people. It’s effective, easy to learn and you don’t have to be a super athletic guy to learn it. Everybody can learn and master this effective style of combat regardless of anything.
But it’s not just learning Krav Maga, it’s understanding the cultural aspects of the Israeli people that you really understand how and why the system works.
That’s why Tour and Train is the perfect tool to internalize the system and make it yours.
Jorge A. Castillo (Yizre’el)
IKI Instructor, US Military veteren (Rincon, Puerto Rico)

Jorge A. Castillo

The first thing I felt,  as I had arrived for tour and train, was a very welcomed feeling, it was strongly felt and made me much more at ease. I knew, ( or at least expected ) that I would learn much more of the Krav Maga and its history. I was very much surprised!!  The people are absolutely kind and wonderful. I have learned more From Moshe Katz, and Esther Lehman ( two angels by the way ) in ten Days, then what would take months to learn from books. Their hearts are as big as Israel itself.
They teach real Krav Maga That works at its simplest, design for everyone. The technique doesn’t require strength or endurance to perform and is based on gross motor skills. ( big movements ) Any fine motor skills ( small movements ) go out the window under extreme stress such as a life or death situations.  Moshe and Esther are both all about peace, respect, and ethics. To learn IkI Krav Maga is to learn peace and to spread that peace. To respect, and cherish all life.
Moshe Katz knowledge, and family roots to the history of the Jewish people with their hardships and their triumphs, better then any book you will ever read, walk with Moshe back in time throughout Jerusalem, and the Masada, and not only will you Learn the history, but you will feel the history!! The Heart and spirit of the people.   The whole experience cannot be expressed in words it needs to be witnessed. I will continue to go back for as many years as I am on this beautiful planet.  Thank you, Moshe Katz and Esther Lehman for welcoming me as a part of the IKI family.
Gary Bishop,  Newfoundland, Canada

Gary Bishop

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