INSTRUCTOR

YANNI KONTAXAKIS

Yanni is the Krav Maga Global (KMG) Head

Instructor at Rise Up Krav Maga. He began to train Krav Maga in 2014 and is currently a Level General KMG Certified Instructor and a Certified KMG Kids & Teens Instructor. After completing the KMG Mental Conditioning Instructor Course (MCIC) in January 2020, Yanni is also a Certified Combat Mindset Instructor.

Yanni enjoys travelling to other KMG locations as a visiting instructor and has held training workshops in Greece and New Zealand.

Yanni is a dedicated Krav Maga practitioner whose passion is to teach students the KMG self defence system and prepare them for real life situations.

Yanni is also a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Kung-Fu.

 

Krav Maga is a self defence system that was developed for the Israeli Defense Forces and it is known for its focus on real-world situations and efficient counter-attacks. It is well suited for both men and women. Many of our students enroll in classes for self defence, however, weight loss and getting into great shape are fortunately hidden benefits. It is perfect for those that are looking to improve their self defence skills or those that just want to get into the best shape of their lives.

Krav Maga enables personal growth from both a physical and mental standpoint. It enhances and improves the physical and mental abilities to make sound decisions in stressful, fluid and fast moving situations. It can also teach you how to cope with the demanding lifestyles that we have today.

The techniques and principles are taught in scenarios that are as realistic as possible. It enables you to cope with all types of conflicts and violent encounters in different environments and situations, and teaches you how to deal with them when you’re at a disadvantage.

A regular lesson consists of preparation where we do general and specific warm-up so the student (body and mind) is prepared for the session. We then do movements that may have been taught prior or even do a functional game that is related to the goals of the session, much like an analogy. Then the session goes over to the stage of teaching a new technique or repeating a previously learned technique, which almost always ends with summary drills, simulation of realistic conditions, stretching and information about next session. All in a safe and supportive atmosphere.

We offer small group training sessions. These sessions can be tailored to suit your specific needs or they can be structured so that you start at the beginning of the curriculum and work your way through.

   

Some examples of where these sessions are utilised are:

  • for you and some of your friends as a way to learn self defence skills and get fit at the same time

  • you are going overseas with your family and would like to go through some travel specific scenarios

  • you would like a team building session for your workplace

  • you may have been involved in a specific situation that you would like a solution to and many others!

Learn to defend against a variety of attacks and how to counter in the quickest and most efficient way:

  • Counter attacking as soon as possible (or attacking preemptively).  

  • Targeting attacks to the body’s most vulnerable points, such as: the eyes, neck or throat, face, solar plexus, groin, ribs, knee, foot, fingers, etc.

  • Maximum effectiveness and efficiency in order to neutralise the opponent as quickly as possible.

  • Simultaneous attack and defence

  • Maintaining awareness of surroundings while dealing with the threat in order to look for escape routes, further attackers, objects that could be used to defend or help attack and so on.

Training will also cover the study and development of situational awareness to develop an understanding of one’s surroundings, learning to understand the psychology of a street confrontation and identifying potential threats before an attack occurs. It may also cover ways to deal with physical and verbal methods to avoid violence whenever possible.

Krav Maga doesn’t shy away from the use of weapons. Practitioners are taught how to incorporate firearms and knives. They are also taught how to improvise and use random objects such as keys, pens, belts and chairs as weapons.

 

Krav Maga for kids and teens teaches tools and techniques tailored for situations that commonly confront kids at school, on the playground, and in life. In our classes, we stress three things: self defence, fitness and confidence. By focusing on these real world needs, kids are engaged in the learning process.

One of our primary missions with any age group is fostering mental strength. A strong mind is agile, aware and confident. Far from being a physical only class, Krav Maga for children trains young minds to think and react with an emphasis on situational awareness and creative problem-solving.

During classes, your child will get plenty of exercise, but it will be exercise with a purpose. By linking their physical activity to real self defence techniques, we focus on training the muscles they will be asked to use both in class and the real world. We help your kids develop and maintain healthy bodies through the use of exercise, nutrition and mindfulness. They will learn the limits of their body and how to push themselves safely to expand those limits.

Students learn skills quickly and stay in shape, but they also get the practical skills to keep them safe. Students are taught awareness of their environment, what to do if they are attacked and when to avoid a fight. By cultivating the proper mindset and the physical skills needed to support it, you help keep your child safe even when you aren’t around.

Ask us how to redeem the Active Kids Voucher for your child's Krav Maga lessons. 

 

Krav Maga has been developed to meet the specific needs and requirements of each type of individual, and a good example would be for women.

Krav Maga for women is characterized by its effectiveness. Size, strength and power are important realities in self defence training. Most women will be confronted by threats who have a physical advantage in these 3 areas. Hence, Krav Maga is an effective response to potential – or active – violence even when the attacker has this physical advantage.

TECHNIQUES AND TACTICS IN KRAV MAGA

When training a woman, one has to take into account her ability to improve and excel despite her own common misconception to fight and face physical challenges that require strength or aggressiveness.

The training methods for women are based on years of experience as well as numerous real life situations in which women found our system to be the most effective.

Our Krav Maga for women system provides excellent self defence skills, producing the highest rate of defence successes in facing various types of attacks. In addition to the technical and tactical training required to gain Krav Maga skills, it is also important that women acquire the appropriate mental capabilities to support their physical readiness to fight.

This includes developing an attitude that allows for determination, persistence and aggression to become a part of the woman’s natural state of mind whenever needed.

WHY WOMEN SHOULD TRAIN KRAV MAGA

Physical Health

As with many types of physical self defence training, Krav Maga will have a positive effect on overall fitness levels. The difference between Krav Maga and traditional workouts? You will never get bored. You can build:

  • Strength

  • Endurance

  • Stamina

  • Power

  • Core strength & toning

  • Improved coordination & balance

Physical Self Defence

“Krav Maga training methods are based on years of experience, as well as numerous real-life situations in which  women found our system to be the most effective” says Master Eyal Yanilov, Chief and Head Instructor of KMG. Krav  Maga is particularly effective for women since the skills are designed to address the realities of violence when power,  size and strength are factors.

Women practicing the Krav Maga Global system can learn:

  • Power generation

  • Hitting, kicking & other combative effective

  • Avoidance & deescalation skills

  • Effective techniques for common attacks

  • Effective techniques for escalated violence (weapon threats, abduction, etc.)

  • Defensive Tactics

Psychological Aspects

Although it varies across cultures and modern times with large feminist communities activists, women are usually  taught to be kind, nurturing, helpful and polite. Even to strangers.

Training Krav Maga helps pushing past social stereotypes away when is necessary to prevent or perform protection:

  • Understand the freeze/fight/flight situations

  • Find the required level of aggression in a violent encounter

  • Emotional perseverance (“fight to achieve goal”)

  • Use effective decision making under stress

  • Trust your natural instincts VS social “rules”

  • Use the power of your instincts to effectively protect your children/loved ones

  • Carry your body in a way that communicates with personal authority (not appealing to attackers)

  • Live in confidence and not in fear

Most physical training boosts confidence. This confidence is gained in controlled environments, such as; gyms,  training centers, with gentle training partners.

Controlled environments are important for safety. You will find Krav Maga Global training centers adhere to the  highest safety standards as we always take this one step further: Addressing the psychological reality of violent  encounters.

Why is this important? Confidence is important. False confidence is dangerous.

All our practitioners are introduced to the realities of violence and the necessity of accurately assessing the situation.

 

Private Krav Maga training sessions permit the instructor to focus on the individual’s set objectives. Each session is customised to ensure the student is learning the curriculum and achieving the physical goals in a setting that is comfortable and best suited for their age, learning style and physical abilities.

If you are unable to attend regular classes due to time constraints, shift work or family commitments or simply want to refine the skills you learned in a group class, then you can sign up for private training lessons. Private lessons are on an appointment basis arrangement and are pre-arranged with the instructor. 

 

Choose a time that is suitable to you. Choose the topics or issues you would like to train in or give us your goals and let us build a personal training program to help you achieve your best.

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