by: Alicia Lu
Like Taking Krav Maga Classes? Thank Master Eyal Yanilov, Who Introduced the System Around the World Under the Guidance of Imi Himself
If you ever find yourself in a life-threatening situation, there is no one in the world you’d rather have save you than Eyal Yanilov. Trust me. The Krav Maga master has been training for more than 40 years, first under the instruction of Eli Avikzar, who was Imi’s top student at one point, and then under Imi Lichtenfeld himself, the founder of Krav Maga, whom Eyal calls a “gentleman” and “a living example of how to live and behave.”
After engraining Imi’s teachings into his body and spirit, Eyal was entrusted by his master to further develop his self-defense system. The complete system that we know today is a product of Eyal’s tutelage under Imi combined with developments he added to the core curriculum. Those additions include third-party protection (VIPs, friends, family members) fighting tactics and combat skills, two now-crucial sections of the Krav Maga that reflect a keen intuition behind Eyal’s steely gaze.