Eli Avikzar - 2nd in Lineage of Israel Defense Force Krav Maga Chief Instructors

RIP June 16, 1947-May 16, 2004

Born in Morocco, in 1947, Immigrated to Israel in 1963

Trained with Imrich Lichtenfeld from 1964 until 1974.

1971 Received a Black belt in Judo

The first to receive Civilian Krav Maga Black Belt from Imrich Lichtenfeld in May 1, 1971

1971-2004 Inherited Imi's Civilian Krav Maga School in Natanya.

1977 Received a black belt in Aikido from The European Aikido Association.

1976-1980 Israel Defense Force(IDF) Krav Maga Chief Instructor 2nd in Lineage from Imrich Lichtenfeld (1948-1976 Head of IDF Krav Maga)

Boaz Aviram had succeeded him in the role of the Israel Defense Force Chief Krav Maga Instructor at the Fighting Fitness Academy which certifies IDF Krav Maga Instructors.

Through the Civilian Association Rules of Black Belt testing which usually was composed of three tester with two higher rank than the one tested or at the initiation of the organization as many as were available.

Eli Avikzar signed off as the Instructor and Imrich Lichtenfeld signed off the President of the Israeli Krav Maga Association awarding black belts to many individuals including Avi Avisadon Eyal Yanilov, Haim Gidon, and Boaz Aviram.

1985 Eli was awarded 8th Dan in Krav Maga from Imrich Lichtenfeld.

Founder and Grandmaster of “Krav
Magen Israeli”(KAMI)

Eli resigned his role as In Charge of Giving Dan Ranks for Senior Instructors since Imrich Lichtenfeld which retired from teaching bypassed him and awarded black belts without his knowledge. Striving to maintain quality control, he resigned and established Krav Magen Israeli.

Avi Avisadon had inherited his role at the Krav Magen Association. Avi Avisadon was Eli’s Assistant at the Fighting Fitness Academy, and then was transferred to become the Head of Krav Maga at the Israeli Navy Seals where he served as a career officer for many years.

Eli Avikzar was striving for perfection in the ability of his Israeli Defense Forces trained Instructors to be able to deliver the material learned impeccably and train each unit according to their needs.

As a coach, he had a unique perception to extract the essence of any martial art and fight and analyse why a change is required to greater success in specific needs.

He used to conduct seminars demonstrating the essence of Judo, Aikido, and Boxing, categorizing major training techniques and methods and explaining the essence of success in each one of them.

His initial street confrontation as a child in Morocco, and later training with Imrich Lichtenfeld in Krav Maga which at the time included boxing training, helped him to excel in Judo and Aikido and get his black belt quickly. He was very coordinated to begin with.

Imrich's basic principles and Eli's dedication to go through mass details of studying new systems set up the basis for comparative analysis of other martial arts and Krav Maga.

In fact Eli extracted and purified Imrich's principles further helping to improve training methods and avoid the bad habits that even Imrich had acquired during his Jujitsu training, Wrestling, Boxing and Gymnastics career.


Ron Rotem said...

Nice Biography,
a few corrections if i may.

Eli was awarded an 8th dan degree from Imi in 1996. In 1989 he was still wearing a red/white belt (7th dan).

Eli was allso a graded as a black belt in Aikido from the european fedaration of Aikido.

Softshepherd1975 said...

47 years ago today Eli Avikzar became the world's first Krav Maga black belt! Always remember what he said, "Minimum Movement against Maximum Movement becomes Minimum Defence against Maximum Offense". The ideal description of the efficiency of Krav Maga!