Press Release – World's Leading Expert at First Defense Krav Maga

PressRelease - Worlds Leading Krav Maga Expert in Virginia


Nick Masi or Cassie Clifford
First Defense Krav Maga
[email protected]

World's Leading Krav Maga and Self-Defense Expert from Israel Trains Up-and-Coming Instructors at East Coast's Leading Krav Maga and Self-Defense Training Facility Located in Herndon, VA.

Herndon, Virginia, May 2013 — From May 18th -29th First Defense Krav Maga in Herndon will be hosting Israel’s Eyal Yanilov, the world's leading Krav Maga practitioner and instructor, for Krav Maga Global’s prestigious General Instructor Course.

Eyal Yanilov has been practicing Krav Maga since 1974 at the age of 15, when he began direct instruction under the system’s founder, Imi Sde-Or (Imirich Lichtenfeld).  Grand Master Imi Sde-Or noted his remarkable talent and recruited Eyal to train high level students and instructors and was the only person the Grandmaster personally awarded both the Founder’s Diploma of Excellence and then-unprecedented rank of Expert 8.  Imi and Eyal then wrote a series of books laying out the principles of the Krav Maga aimed at the civilian sector. Following which Eyal then created a new curriculum for Krav Maga, and transformed it into an organized, formal system built on principles of action and unique instructional methods. In addition to his civilian training, Eyal has also trained anti-terrorist units in Israel and since Imi’s death in 1998; Eyal has held the responsibility of leading the continuing development of Krav Maga for civilians as well as military and law enforcement across the globe.

First Defense Krav Maga is honored to not only have Eyal Yanilov here for a second time -the school hosted the U.S. Krav Maga Instructors Update training in November under Eyals direction- but also to have two other global experts conducting this intensive nine day training.  Ilya Dunsky, Expert 4 and Ran Laskov, Expert 1, from Israel will also be training and advising students in this unique training opportunity at First Defense in Herndon.  Ilya Dunsky, has vast military training experience and was an instructor at the world renowned Wingate Combat Fitness School and Lotar Counter Terrorist School.

First Defense Krav Maga, who already has more KMG certified instructors than any other East Coast school, will have six students attending for certification as full or assistant instructors and a number of other students attending the Part 1 of the intensive three part course -more than any other school or state.

First Defense Krav Maga owner and head Instructor Nick Masi, the highest ranking instructor on the East Coast and only one of only 6 instructors in the U.S. who currently hold the rank of Graduate 5.  Since the studios two and half years of operation, Nick has personally trained three individuals to go on to be fully certified instructors and three to be certified assistant instructors - First Defense is truly a school focused on leadership development and the leading Krav Maga training facility with more certified and high ranking instructors than any school on the East Coast. Nick Masi is also a Regional Representative for Krav Maga Global, assisting with the development of instructors and schools in the Northeast.

As the East Coast's premier Krav Maga training facility First Defense Krav Maga is excited to announce that while conducting the prestigious GIC in Herndon both Eyal Yanilov and Ilya Dunsky will be holding Krav Maga seminars.  On Wednesday, May 15th at 6:30-9:30pm, Ilya Dunsky will be conducting a seminar on Krav Maga Fighting Tactics.  At 6:30-9:30pm on Wednesday, May 22nd Eyal Yanilov will conduct a seminar on defending yourself during a home invasion.  Both of these workshops are open to the public -registration is available online at and are a rare opportunity to train with the world's best.

Nick Masi, Head Instructor of First Defense said of this unique opportunity: “We are very excited and honored to be a host to Eyal and the KMG General Instructor’s Course here at First Defense.  I treat (and like my students to see) First Defense as more than just a gym.  It’s a learning facility and a community.  Students learn self-defense, but more than that, they learn a lot about goal setting and achievement, about how to stand up for themselves and be assertive, about what’s important to them and about how to push themselves beyond what they think they can do.  By having potential instructors from all over the U.S. here at the school, pushing themselves for 8 hours a day towards that title and responsibility of “Instructor”, I think it’s very motivating for any student to see that kind of commitment.”

For additional information or to register for an opportunity to train with the worlds leading Krav Maga Instructor Contact: First Defense Krav Maga, 291 Sunset Park Drive, Herndon, VA 20170; 703-835-9054; [email protected];

First Defense Krav Maga is the Washington, DC area’s premier Krav Maga training facility, boasting one of the highest ranking U.S. instructors and largest instructor team on the East Coast.  Offering a full schedule of classes and private instruction, the First Defense team ensures the highest quality of training possible.

Krav Maga is an Israeli form of self defense that combines some of the best elements of other martial arts resulting in a form of combat that can be used in real situations. Participants learn to defend themselves against grabs, strikes chokes and a range of weapons.

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