- President and Head Instructor of KMG
Eyal Yanilov (born in 1959) studied Krav-Maga under the personal tutelage of its founder, Imi Sde-Or (Lichtenfeld), and has served as the Grand master's closest assistant and foremost disciple since the early 1980s.
Imi regarded Eyal as family and as the natural heir to lead the system. He initiated him during 24 years of training. For this purpose Imi had awarded Eyal with the founder's certificate of excellence and for the first time awarded the rank of “Expert 8” – the highest level he ever awarded to a Krav Maga practitioner.
In 1996, with the Imi's support and blessing, Eyal founded the International Krav-Maga Federation (IKMF). The goal was to spread the system and the knowledge outside of Israel.
As head of the Israeli Krav Maga Association's professional committee, Eyal created a new and modern curriculum for Krav Maga, transforming it into an organized, formal system, both technical and tactical, built on principles of action and unique instructional methods.
In the mid 1990s, Eyal established the International Krav Maga Federation (IKMF), a sport association, and began to teach the system in many countries around the world, educating instructors and establishing branches. In the United States, Europe, Australia and Southeast Asia, Eyal taught Krav Maga to special military and law enforcement sectors, VIP protection units, as well as civilians. But the structure of the IKMF did not permit nor allow such developments or professional progress.
So, after over two decades of traveling all over the globe, Eyal decided to create a new organization. An organization that will keep the true spirit and knowledge of Krav Maga and Imi, and within it all will be able to develop, spread and monitor the knowledge and the advancement of students and instructors. The KMG - Krav Maga Global, was created early 2010.
Now as before, Eyal, together with his most advanced students who serve as local directors or chief instructors in their countries, are the key force in spreading Krav-Maga teaching throughout the world. Mr. Yanilov is currently serving as president and head instructor of KMG – Krav Maga Global, and heads the International School of Krav Maga. In this capacity, he is in charge of the development, definition, and dissemination of the system.
Master Eyal Yanilov has enhanced and developed Krav Maga to become the preferred combat fighting system for the military, police, and special forces around the world.
Eyal Yanilov is the autor of the reference manual "How to defend yourself against armed assault" written together with Imi Lichtenfeld the Founder of Krav Maga.
This is Eyal Yanilov!