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  • Krav Maga New York Instructors

    Our Instructors

    Krav Maga New York is home to more than 20 Instructors, most of whom are active law enforcement officers, high ranking, in special ops units, or assigned to defensive tactics training. Collectively, our Instructors have more than 100 years of law enforcement and defensive tactics experience.

    Our instructors have trained and continue to train with the best Krav Maga, 3rd party protection, weapons, tactics, use of force, and other subject matter experts across the United States and overseas, including Israel.

    Few other Krav Maga Training Center nationwide offer our level of skill, knowledge, professionalism, and experience.

    One of our female members described how at Krav Maga New York there is “… no machismo from these instructors. It’s one thing to be able to teach a technique to someone, but to teach it in a way that makes the person feel empowered is a unique ability.”

    Meet Our Team of Instructors:

    Chief Instructor – David Gristina
    Davide has been training in martial arts since 1996. In 2001, he received his first Black Belt. He has trained in Krav Maga at centers across the U.S. and in Israel. In the United States, Davide is one of a few Krav Maga instructors with a 2nd degree Black Belt. He is also a certified civilian Law Enforcement Instructor. He is an expert in self-defense and hand-to-hand combat. Davide is dual certified as well as Verbal Self Defense & Influence certified.

    Chief Instructor, Middletown – Ed Raso
    Ed joined Krav Maga New York in 2005. He is certified as both a Law Enforcement Instructor and civilian instructor. Ed leads the Krav Maga New York’s Force Training Team. He is a 32-year veteran of the New York State Police. He’s a former State Police Middletown Trooper. He has served in the Bureau of Criminal Investigation as both an Investigator and Lieutenant, a former Captain, and the Major of Troop “F”, commanding all State Police operations in 5 counties. With Ed’s extensive law enforcement experience, he provides a unique perspective on the type of training relevant to law enforcement officers . Ed is Krav Maga Worldwide Certified.

    Lead Instructor, Somers – Chris A.
    Chris is KMNY’s Somers Lead Instructor. He’s been training in Krav Maga since 2005. He is certified as both a civilian instructor and as a Law Enforcement instructor. He is a member of KMNY’s Force Training Team. He is KMNY’s second highest-ranking civilian instructor. Chris is presently on the NYPD waiting list. Chris is Krav Maga Worldwide certified. He teaches primarily in Somers.

    Certified Instructors

    Erin O.
    Erin has been training in Krav Maga since 2010 and is a civilian instructor. She’s been involved in martial arts for many years. Erin is a NSCA certified trainer, a physical rehab therapist and a very talented practitioner and instructor. She teaches in Somers.

    Andrew P.
    Andrew has been training in Krav Maga since 2010. He is certified as a civilian instructor. A former business management consultant, he’s now an EMS professional and co-founder of leadandexcel.net. He teaches primarily in Middletown.

    Brian W.
    Brian has been training in Krav Maga since 2009 and is certified as a Law Enforcement Instructor. He’s a Law Enforcement officer with more than 14 years experience. He is a powerful Instructor and practitioner and a dedicated representative. He teaches in Middletown.

    Marc M.
    Marc has been training in Krav Maga since 2008, and he is certified as both a civilian instructor and a Law Enforcement Instructor. He is a member of KMNY’s Force Training Team. He’s a Law Enforcement officer with more than 15 years experience, a tactical firearms instructor, SWAT team member and a Defensive Tactics Instructor who’s trained thousands of recruits for his and other agencies. Marc teaches at both locations.

    Mike M.
    Mike has been training in Krav Maga since 2009 and is certified as a Law Enforcement Instructor. He has more than 12 years in Law Enforcement. Though Mike’s humor is refreshing, he takes his training very seriously. We hope to have him teach regularly in the near future.

    Ruben C.
    Ruben has been training in Krav Maga since 2011 and is certified as a Law Enforcement Instructor. Ruben has 15+ years experience as a Law Enforcement office, most of which has been spent in Intelligence. Talented and dynamic Ruben is a pleasure to work with and learn from. He teaches in Somers.

    Paul L.
    Paul has been training in Krav Maga since 2006 and received his certification in 2013. He works in management. Paul is a dedicated Krav Maga practitioner, Instructor and friend. Paul teaches in Somers.

    Gil R.
    Gil has been training in Krav Maga since 2006. He is certified as both a civilian Instructor and a Law Enforcement Instructor, and a member of KMNY’s Force Training Team. Gil is an active Law Enforcement officer with more than 20 years experience and presently assigned to a high profile protective services unit. Gil teaches at both locations. We’re lucky to have him.

    Vinny G.
    Vinny has been training in Krav Maga since 2007. He is certified as both a civilian Instructor and a Law Enforcement Instructor and is a member of KMNY’s Force Training Team. Vinny is an active Law Enforcement officer with 11+ years experience, an FBI Academy graduate and awaiting his promotion to Captain. Vinny teaches primarily in Middletown.


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