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

Eli Avikzar, RIP
June 16, 1947-May 16, 2004.

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

Trained with Immi 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 Immi'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 Immi Lichtenfeld (1948-1976 Head of IDF Krav Maga).

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

A civilian Association for Krav Maga was created with the decision to award civilians with Dojo Style belts for training.  Eli Avikzar was appointed as the Head of Rank Committee.

The Civilian Association Rules and Regulations of Black Belt were composed of three examiners with two higher ranks than the one tested.   

Eli Avikzar signed off diplomas as the Instructor and Immi 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 Immi Lichtenfeld.

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

Eli resigned his role as In Charge of Giving Dan Ranks for Senior Instructors since Immi 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 analyze 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 Immi 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.

Immi'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 Immi principles further helping to improve training methods and avoid the bad habits that even Immi had acquired during his Jujitsu, 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!