Dave Ordini, Lead Instructor NY
Has studied Krav Maga under the watchful eye of the United States lead instructor, David Kahn, for the last 8 years as well as other martial arts for an additional 14 years. Dave Ordini received his instructor’s certification from the Grand Master of the Krav Maga system, Hiam Gidon, in the summer of 2006 and has played a pivotal role in the expansion of students as well as new instructors at the flagship facility in Bordentown, NJ.
Dave has studied with the elite of Krav Maga and other martial arts, in the following: Counter Terrorism Techniques, Police and Military Armed/Unarmed Combat, Active Shooter Scenarios, Women’s Self Defense, Japanese and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, Jeet Kun Do, Eskrima, Kali knife and stick fighting.
Key Krav Maga People
Grandmaster Haim Gidon, 10th dan and IKMA President
Is a member of krav maga founder Imi Lichtenfeld’s first training class in the early 1960’s. Haim fought in the Six Day War, War of Attrition, and Yom Kippur War. Prior to the 1967 War, Haim resumed his competitive boxing and decided to learn more about the krav maga principals he had learned in the military. In 1978, Haim helped Imi co-found the IKMA. Along with Imi and other top instructors, Haim Gidon co-founded the Israeli Krav maga Association (IKMA) which he now heads as President. In 1994, Haim was elected as IKMA president and opened his current gym and the main training center for the IKMA located on Ben Zion Street, Netanya, Israel. In 1995, Imi nominated Haim as the top authority to grant 1st dan krav maga black-belt and up. In an IKMA ceremony, Imi awarded Haim Gidon 8th dan and stated 9th and 10th dans “were to come” designating Haim as the highest ranking krav maga instructor. (Video clips of the ceremony are available at www.kravmagaisraeli.com).
Imi approved of Haim’s adding extensive groundwork modified weapons defenses and other additions/improvements to the krav maga system. Grandmaster Gidon is also a committee member of the Wingate (Israel’s national sports institute) professional committee representing the self-defense style of krav maga. As President and Grandmaster of the IKMA, has taught the Israeli Police defensive tactics for the last thirty years to Israel’s security and military agencies. Haim has received special commendation from federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies worldwide for his specific krav maga law professional training curriculum. His teaching expertise is requested worldwide.
David Kahn, IKMA U.S. Chief instructor and IKMA board member
Received his advanced blackbelt teaching certifications from Grandmaster Haim Gidon. David trains regularly in Israel with Grandmaster Gidon and was elected to the board of the IKMA. As the Grandmaster’s envoy, David is committed to the proper expansion of the system in the U.S. and around the world. Under the oversight of Haim Gidon, David trains local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies along with select military units including the U.S. Marines Special Operations Command (MARSOC) and United States Air Force security forces. David is certified by State of New Jersey Department of Public Safety Criminal Justice Division Police Training Commission. Grandmaster Gidon along with top Israeli instructors regularly visit David’s classes in New York City and New Jersey. David also teaches krav maga at his alma mater, Princeton University. Prior to his instructor-training in Israel, David spent three years during law school training with Senior American Instructors, Rick Blitstein and Alan Feldman.
David was featured in numerous publications including Men’s Fitness, Men’s GQ, Special Operations Report, Military.com, Penthouse, Absolute, Self, Fitness, Razor, Giant, New York, New Yorker, gear, Allure, Daily News, New York Post, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Camp Lejeune RotoVue, and Princeton Alumni Weekly, with several additional articles forthcoming. David was also featured on several news programs. David trains Emmy and Golden Globe Award Winning Actor James Gandolfini (“Tony Soprano”) and Grammy Award Winning Musician John Mayer. David authored the books: Krav Maga: An Essential Guide to the Renowned Method – For Fitness and Self Defense (St. Martin’s Press, 2004, Piatkus Publishers, 2005 and Orana Publishers (2006) and Advanced Krav Maga: The Next Level, (St. Martin’s Press, 2008 and Atlantic Brown, 2009). David’s third book, Krav Maga Weapon Defenses is due out in 2012 along with his Mastering Krav Maga DVD Series in the spring of 2011. David may be contacted at (609) 585-MAGA or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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