Eyal Yanilov

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Eyal Yanilov
StyleKrav Maga
Teacher(s)Imi Lichtenfeld, Eli Avikzar
RankMaster Level 3 / Expert Level 8 in Krav Maga

Eyal Yanilov (born 30 May 1959) is an Israeli Krav Maga instructor and currently Chief Instructor of Krav Maga Global.[1] He was a co-founder and Chief Instructor of the International Krav Maga Federation from 1996 to 2010.


Eyal Yanilov is a graduate of the School for Trainers and Instructors at the Wingate Institute for Sport and Physical Education and holds a degree in electrical engineering. He studied with the founder of Krav Maga, Imi Lichtenfeld (also known as Imi Sde-Or) beginning in 1974.[2] He is one of two Krav Maga practitioners who holds the highest level granted by Imi Lichtenfeld, Master level 3 and the Founder's Diploma of Excellence, along with Darren Levine.[3] Yanilov and Levine were the driving force in popularizing Krav Maga in the 1990s.[4]

In 1981 Yanilov directed the first Krav Maga training seminar outside Israel and has introduced Krav Maga in 40 countries.[5] He is the co-author of Krav Maga: How to Protect Yourself Against Armed Assault with a foreword written by former president of Israel, Shimon Peres. The book has been translated into six languages.[6] From 1984 until Lichtenfeld's death in January 1998, Yanilov and Lichtenfeld worked together to compile a comprehensive manual on the principles of Krav Maga and its various techniques.[7]

Until 2010, Yanilov served as head of the Professional Committee of the Israeli Krav Maga Association, established and served as the Chairman and Chief Instructor of the IKMF. In 2010 Eyal founded KMG — Krav Maga Global.[8]

Eyal Yanilov was featured on an episode of Human Weapon, where he demonstrated disarming techniques of Krav Maga.[9]

Published works[edit]

  • Sde-Or, Imi and Yanilov, Eyal. Krav Maga: How to Defend Yourself Against Armed Assault. New York: North Atlantic Books (2001). ISBN 1-58394-008-1
  • Yanilov, Eyal and Boe, Ole. Krav Maga - Combat Mindset and Fighting Stress: How to Perform Under Alarming and Stressful Conditions (2020). ISBN 978-1782552031


  1. ^ "Krav Maga Global — Modern Self Defense — Eyal Yanilov". Krav-maga.com. Retrieved 2016-01-02.
  2. ^ Young, Robert W. (2 September 2013). "Israeli Martial Arts: Eyal Yanilov on the Best Krav Maga Techniques Against a Front Kick". Black Belt Magazine. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  3. ^ Levine, Darren; Whitman, John (3 July 2007). Complete Krav Maga: The Ultimate Guide to Over 200 Self-Defense and Combative Techniques. Ulysses Press. ISBN 9781569751794.
  4. ^ "History of Krav Maga". British Krav Maga.
  5. ^ Lu, Alicia, interview with Eyal Yanilov, founder of KMG, Krav Maga News
  6. ^ Sadeh, Sharon (14 September 2004). "Fight Club". Haaretz. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  7. ^ Horwitz, Raymond, Israeli Martial Arts: Krav Maga Expert Eyal Yanilov Shows You How to Disable an Opponent and Defend Yourself From the Ground[permanent dead link], Art Martial:Le portail des arts martiaux et sports de combat, 25 June 2014
  8. ^ Krav Maga Head Instructor, SGS Krav Maga, 21 April 2018
  9. ^ Krav Maga expert shows how to fend off knife attacks, DNA India, 24 February 2015

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